Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure here.

Do you find your kids moping around the house because they’re bored? Maybe you’re fresh out of new ideas? Looking for a new avenue of learning and discovery? It may be time to switch things up and look into some of the best monthly subscription boxes for kids!

best monthly subscription boxes for kids- child in a box

What is a monthly subscription box?

I’m glad you asked! A subscription box is a package that is delivered right to your door full of items based on a specific theme. In our case here, the theme would be related to kids.

Many of the themes change up each month to match the materials and activities provided.

Best monthly subscription boxes for kids-  box on a doorstep

How does a monthly subscription box work?

The boxes are delivered a specific number of times throughout the year, with a monthly box delivery being a popular choice. It’s usually a pretty straightforward process. You choose a type of box you (or your kids) are interested in and voila, it shows up on your porch once a month.

The materials needed to complete the craft or activity are all included. Step-by-step written or picture instructions may also be part of the package, when they are needed. Open the box and let the fun begin. Sweet deal!

Best monthly subscription boxes for kids- how does a monthly subscription box work

These boxes could be a fun thing to get for your own kids or to give as a gift to someone else. It is a common gift for grandparents, aunts or uncles to share with kids in their life (especially when they live far away!).

Which age group(s) do these work for?

There’s a subscription box out there for every age group! You can choose from a whole variety of boxes depending on the ages and interests of your kids.

Some subscriptions come with a pack for 2 (or more) to complete the activities. This could be a fun option for kiddos who like doing things together. Or for the ones who get along better when they have the same things, there are times that having different things results in chaos! 😉

Best monthly subscription boxes for kids- group of kids
Best monthly subscription boxes for kids- group of teens

There are box themes ranging from craft kits for kids to making your own pet treats. There is bound to be something everyone would learn from and enjoy!

Why get a subscription box?

It takes all of the hassle out of coming up with new activities for your kids. It can be exhausting to always be the “go-to” with ideas of what to do when “boredom” hits! These boxes add variety, each month will be a surprise! (Bonus: It’s a surprise YOU don’t have to come up with! Win win!)

There are often multiple activities included in the box, some have up to 6! The boxes include all of the materials needed to complete the activity, which is a huge time saver- don’t worry about rounding up any materials. It’s a one and done deal, the box arrives and you can let the good times roll! Instructions are included (when needed).

Join your kids in their creations and learning! Maybe not every time, but some things are best enjoyed together:) It could be a great opportunity to spend time together and see the creative wheels spin. You may even surprise yourself and let your own inner creativity shine!

I’m in! Now what?

You’ve made it through the tough part of choosing to jump in and let your kids try a new level of fun! Now the hardest part is deciding which box would be the best for YOUR kid(s).

I know, not another decision! Well, I was hoping to simplify the process a bit for you. I’ve rounded up some of the best subscription boxes to choose from.

We Craft Box

We Craft Box – $29.99

from: Cratejoy

What is the theme? It depends on the month:) The theme changes each month and includes a new story to go along with it.

Who is it for? 3-9 year olds

What’s in the box? All of the materials needed to make 3+ crafts with picture directions. You may need to have scissors on hand, but other than that you are covered!

Koala Crate

What is the theme? Creative activities for young innovators.

Who is it for? 2-4 year olds

What’s in the box? Materials for 2-3 creative activities, activity parent guide, a magazine with stories and games, and online DIY ideas.

Little Dreamers Club

Little Dreamers Club – $34.99

from: Cratejoy

What is the theme? It’s a surprise, but it does change every month!

Who is it for? 3-5 year olds and 6-8 year olds

What’s in the box? 6-8 themed craft projects with all needed materials, a fun book, a badge, and extra projects you can make with things around the house.

Think Outside Boxes

Think Outside Boxes – $39.95

from: Cratejoy

What is the theme? Outdoor gear with related activities and skills

Who is it for? 7 year olds-mid-teens

What’s in the box? 2-5 outdoor gear items and a 20+ page education and activity booklet with resources to master outdoor skills. The first box comes with a backpack.

Owl Post Books

Owl Post Books – $32.99

from: Cratejoy

What is the theme? Reading

Who is it for? Children ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-11

What’s in the box? Imagination Box: 3 new age-appropriate books, themed toy, a box that doubles as a coloring sheet, and a theme card. See other related box options here.

Terra Create

Terra Create – $34.00

from: Cratejoy

What is the theme? Crafting handmade gifts and keepsakes

Who is it for? tweens, teens and adults

What’s in the box? Step-by-step picture instructions, a quick lesson about the cultural history of each type of art form, and the materials needed.

There you have it!

Did you find what you were looking for? I sure hope so! If not, feel free to explore other options through any of the links.

My hope is that you will have fewer headaches and happy kids with whichever subscription box you choose. These are designed with kids AND parents in mind. Crafting and creating can be so fun! It sure helps to have all of the guess work taken out and materials provided.

For more ideas on things to do with your kids at home, try these activities.

Have you ever ordered a subscription box? What was your experience like? Please share in the comments below!

Share the love:

10 thoughts on “Best Monthly Subscription Boxes for Kids”

  1. Hi there,

    These sound like some great ways to keep the kids entertained while also invigorating their minds and creativity. Anything to keep them away from computer games is my personal preference! They also look relatively reasonably priced which is always an added bonus!

    Are there such offers for older children as well?


    • I agree! There are so many options out there that don’t require a screen:) I think it is a pretty great deal for the materials you receive!

      Yes, there are many different types of subscription boxes for older children! Out of the boxes shared above, Think Outside Boxes and Terra Create have things for older kids, but there are many other options out there. I’d be happy to look into that further if you’d like!

  2. This is so cool!

    Very well written article and I think it’s really important to guide your kids towards more physical activities instead of using phones and the internet when they are in a certain age.

    I really enjoyed reading your post and I wish you all the best.
    / John

  3. Hi Heidi,

    this definitely sounds like a lot of fun! Never heard of these before so great to know! curious about one of thing: This are created as subscriptions only or can you get them on off as well? Thanks again for your review!

    • Hi! I’m happy I could explain them for you! Great question, you can just order one box at a time if you’d like or if you have a monthly subscription set up you can cancel anytime you choose.

  4. Wow this article has the wheels rolling in my head. This is a very good idea, especially at a time like this when we are restricted in away from home activities and social distancing. I’m very curious about subscription boxes for kids and now think I’ll begin seeing what is out there to choose from. thank you for your well informed article and bringing this subject to light. I like that your post has lots of illustrations and is very easy on the eyes.

    • You are welcome! I’m glad it helped. This would definitely be a great time to take advantage of them. Please let me know if you have any further questions I can help with. I’d love to hear about your children’s experiences if you end up getting a box or two!

  5. It is an excellent suggestion gift for kids that can be considered fit with their growth and development.
    It would help the child enhance creativity and find more fun doing things by themselves. It makes them more occupied, and lets mothers do the household chores undisturbed.
    Thank you for the insight; it’s beneficial and informative.



Leave a Comment