Creative Monthly Activity Subscriptions for Kids
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With school out – or winding down – for most of the country this week, parents are talking of summer camps, activities and trips to avoid hearing the dreaded daily whines of “I’m bored.” If camp isn’t your thing, and trips aren’t in the budget, try these monthly activity boxes delivered directly to your door to ignite some creativity and keep the kids busy with mindful play.
Geared toward kids 3-7 years old, Kiwi Crate delivers a crate full of hands-on projects to build, create and explore on their own or with friends and siblings. With art, craft and science projects like Discover the Dinosaurs, or Dig into Gardening, each box includes at least two projects and other related materials. You can sign up by month for $19.95 each, or $220 for a year subscription.
Aimed at 3-6 year olds, BabbaBox monthly gifts contain enough materials to create 2-3 themed projects, complete with a related storybook. Each theme relates to the world and nature, with thoughtful elements to drive the theme home for kids. For example, the “Grateful” shipment includes a real serving tray to decorate and use to serve others, a hot pad to decorate and gift away, thank you cards to decorate and write notes, the book Giving Thanks, and a disposable camera for the kids to take photos of things they’re thankful for to make their own gratefulness collage. Each monthly delivery costs $29.99, and would retail for $40 -$50.
Deisgned for 5-10 year olds, Little Passports brings the world to your doorstep with these monthly deliveries. The first one arrives in a suitcase with a world map and passport. Each delivery includes a letter from characters Sam and Sofia about their adventures visiting a different country, an activity, a themed souvenir, passport stamp and stickers - there’s even access to related online games. Little Passports start at $10.95 a month for one year, or $13.95 for two months.
Best for kids 5-12 years old, these Magic School Bus monthly hands-on science kits have been developed by Harvard graduates, scientists and educators. Guided through each project with Ms. Frizzle and the students of The Magic School bus, each month’s kit includes further online exploration and materials, as well as a manual for adults. The topics include magnets, the human body, acids/bases, the weather, volcanoes, fossils, bacteria/fungi, and more. Each monthly shipment costs $19.99.