Who doesn’t love getting something awesome in the mail? That’s why subscription boxes have become such a hit! Once a month, you get something new delivered to your door, with all the fun of unboxing what’s inside. There are hundreds of versions available, including educational subscription boxes just for kids. There are options for every interest and age level, and they’re great for home enrichment or as group activities in the classroom. Here are our favorite educational subscription boxes for the eager young learners in your life.
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The Best Subscription Boxes for Kids
- Book Subscription Boxes
- Craft Subscription Boxes for Kids
- STEM Subscription Boxes
- Travel and Adventure Subscription Boxes
- Kids Cooking Subscription Boxes
Best For: Readers up to age 12 who are always looking for a great new book
Bookroo dives deep into the world of literature to highlight the best hidden gems, beloved classics, and new hits kids might not find on their own. They break things down by age with board books for infants and toddlers, picture books for ages 3 to 6, junior chapter books for ages 7 to 10, and middle grade chapter books for ages 9 to 12.
Learn More: Bookroo
Amazon Book Box
Best For: Pre-K and elementary readers and teachers
If you’re looking to build a library of quality books, Amazon’s book box is just the ticket. Choose an age level and receive two new hardcover books each month. Selections include classics and new releases, and you can make changes each month, so you don’t wind up with books you already have.
Learn more: Amazon Book Box
Best For: Voracious bookworms in middle and high school
OwlCrate for young adults is so popular that there’s often a waitlist to join! Each month, readers get a new book to devour, along with lots of themed goodies to match. These reads are fresh from the publishers, so no worries about duplicates in your library. The original OwlCrate is for young adults, while OwlCrate Jr. is for upper elementary and middle school bibliophiles.
Little Feminist Book Club
Best For: Anyone hoping to add more female and diversity-driven stories to their bookshelves
According to the company, only 31% of children’s books feature female characters—and just 13% include a person of color. They aim to change that with monthly book deliveries for ages up to 9 that promote empathy, diversity and inclusion.
Learn more: Little Feminist Book Club
Reading Bug Box
Best For: Avid readers who will appreciate personalized additions to their collection
This box of books creates their customized selections based on each individual child’s age, interests, and reading level. The personal touch might even turn non-readers into book worms!
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Best For: Students who love both reading and craft time
Really bring books to life for young readers with this monthly box geared for ages between 3 and 8. Each delivery includes a hardback picture book and art project that connects hands-on crafting back to the story.
Learn more: KidArtLit
KiwiCo Doodle Crate
Best For: Crafty kids between 9 and 16
Despite what the name suggests, this box covers way more than doodling skills. Creating a felt succulent garden, designing faux leather accessories, and mixing up their handmade soap are just a few examples of the variety of projects young artists will enjoy tackling each month.
Learn more: KiwiCo Doodle Crate
Green Kid Crafts
Best For: Creative elementary kids who care about the Earth
Green Kids Crafts educational subscription boxes combine art and science to create awesome projects that respect our planet. You get 4-6 nature-based STEAM activities in each box, along with a themed magazine for additional learning. Teachers and schools can contact Green Kids Crafts to discuss special rates on group orders, too.
Learn more: Green Kids Crafts Discovery Box
We Craft Box
Best For: Pre-K and younger elementary kids who love to create
If your kids love arts and crafts projects, this is the box for them! Each month, a new themed box arrives, with a story and cool art supplies to create several different projects. There are enough supplies in each box for two kids to craft, so it’s perfect for families to share. Plus, you can get 15% off your 1st We Craft Box with code: CRAFT21. (Valid through 1/1/22.)
Learn more: We Craft Box
Orange Art Box
Best For: Little artists between 5 and 10
The bright orange box comes packed with plenty of supplies based on a changing theme. Youngsters can follow along with idea prompts, or let their creativity flow with their own imaginations and designs.
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KiwiCo Tinker Crate
Best For: Kids and teens ages 9+ who love STEM
KiwiCo has a whole series of educational subscription boxes (you’ll find them again on this list), and Tinker Crate is one of the best. Each month, you receive a new STEM project to build and play with. We’re talking really cool stuff, like walking robots and trebuchets! Video tutorials complement complete written instructions, so kids really can do these builds all on their own.
Learn more: KiwiCo Tinker Box
KiwiCo Eureka Crate
Best For: Inventive students over 12
The company takes the tinkering up a notch with this box for older students who love designing and engineering. Their minds will expand as they create musical instruments, electronics (like the lamp shown above), and more.
Learn more: KiwiCo Eureka Crate
Steve Spangler Science Club
Best For: Elementary kids who want to get hands-on with science
Steve Spangler is well known for science experiment videos and supplies. Their subscription box includes a new collection of themed science experiments each month, with all the supplies you need. This box is also a good choice for teachers, who can use the supplies to perform hands-on demos with their class.
Learn more: Steve Spangler Science Box
Groovy Lab in a Box
Best For: Kids with a budding interest in science and engineering
Groovy Lab offers two different boxes, the Young Creator for ages 4 to 7 and the STEMist series for ages 8 and above. Each one includes fun projects and activities based on a new monthly scientific topic.
Best For: Elementary students interested in learning to code
Basic computer skills are a given these days, but many students will go on to need advanced abilities like coding in their future careers. Start off early with Bitsbox, which teaches coding and other computer concepts in a way that’s easy for little ones to understand. Each box comes with a Grownup Guide, so parents and teachers can learn and help, even if they have no previous coding experience.
Learn more: Bitsbox
Best For: Middle and high school students with an interest in technology
Calling all future engineers! Go hands-on with Creation Crate’s educational subscription boxes and learn to build electrical projects from mood lamps to alarm clocks. You get all the components you need, with online courses to walk you through each one step-by-step.
Learn more: Creation Crate
KiwiCo Koala Crate
Best For: Preschoolers eager to start learning with STEAM activities
It’s never too early to embrace all the ways science and art can combine for creative activities! This box will help get youngsters excited about all the learning they have in store for them.
Learn more: KiwiCo Koala Crate
Best For: K-4 students who want to learn about the world
Introduce young citizens to the great big world with Little Passports. Each month, they receive a box with letters from their “pen pals,” Sam and Sofia, telling of their adventures in a new country. The box includes a book, souvenirs, collectible country coins, and more. Your starter box comes with a toy suitcase, world map, and passport, and each month you receive new stickers to mark your travels.
Learn more: Little Passports World Edition
KiwiCo Atlas Crate
Best For: Elementary students interested in exploring other cultures
Atlas Crate is similar to Little Passports, but better for slightly older children with its stronger emphasis on culture and hands-on learning. Each box contains atlas cards with facts about foods, customs, history, and more. Kids also get several STEAM activities themed to match the country, with real connections to its culture and history.
Learn more: KiwiCo Atlas Crate
Best For: Elementary kids who love hands-on projects
WompleBox is another fun way for students to explore the world through their imagination. Geared for kids between 6 and 11, monthly boxes focus on a new destination with two creative STEAM projects, an early-reader chapter book, postcards and stationary from a “pen pal” named Womple, maps and guides, and a souvenir.
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Hola Amigo Early Learner Box
Best For: Students who want to learn or improve their Spanish skills
The company explains that this box is perfect for those wanting to pick up Spanish or maintain their home language as they get older. It comes with engaging stories and activities in Spanish and English for kids between pre-school and first grade. The company also offers a separate box geared toward toddlers.
Best For: Fans of adventures and mysteries
Kids will have a blast deciphering codes, solving puzzles, and exploring new cities and cultures with this twist on escape room challenges. Although it’s geared toward those over 10, younger ones can still have a lot of fun pitching in or just watching along as the mysteries unfold.
Learn more: Finders Seekers
Best For: K-12 kids interested in history
History Unboxed offers their educational subscription boxes at several learning levels, so there’s an appropriate choice for every age. You start by selecting a time period (Ancient History, American History, or Middle Ages), then customizing the age level (Kids 5-9, Teens 10-15, or Young Adults 16+). All boxes include high-quality crafts and reading materials tailored by age. You can choose a “Sibling Add-On” too, to provide extra materials for families without needing to order multiple boxes.
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Best For: Aspiring chefs from Pre-K through middle school
Want to give your kids real-life skills in the kitchen? Try Raddish Kids educational subscription boxes. Each month, you get a series of new recipes to try, plus culinary skill lessons and a quality kitchen tool. This box doesn’t provide any ingredients, but it does include a grocery list, so you can take your kids to the store and teach them how to shop for food and supplies—a valuable life skill on its own.
Learn more: Raddish Kids
KiwiCo Yummy Crate
Best For: Kids between 6 and 14 who love rolling up their sleeves in the kitchen
The Yummy Crate is another great way to inspire a love of cooking while also learning about the science behind each delicious recipe. The easy to follow shopping lists make sure to include alternative suggestions for any food sensitivities, vegan and vegetarian options, and more.
Learn more: KiwiCo Yummy Crate
Bonus Box: Crayola Experience At Home Adventure
This isn’t technically a subscription box, but it’s too cool not to include! The Home Adventure Kit includes a video-guided scavenger hunt mystery storyline along with supplies to complete multiple craft projects along the way.
Learn more: Crayola Experience At Home Adventure Box