I hope that everyone had a fantastic 4th of July, Our’s was pretty incredible. We had bbq, slushies, smores, the beach, and fireworks to top off an amazing week. As we settle back into the routine, I wanted to share some of what my kids have planned this summer regarding home activities.
One of the best things about being a WAHM is that we have a schedule, a list, and structure during the summer months. I keep my kids occupied with ideas, activities, and whatever else that will keep their little brains on a roll for the summer. I want them to be stimulated still during the summer months so come September they can go back to school prime for learning again.
Subscription boxes are one of the things my kids and I both love. There are so many ideas, and you never know what’s coming each month. In Minnesota, we get three months of summer break, meaning it’s quite a long time to be spending on electronics, so these little boxes are entertaining.
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So what are subscription boxes you ask? It’s a monthly box service that you sign up for with carefully curated items by the company you signed up with. There are usually three-month, six-month, one-year subscriptions. Some even have one month if you just wanted to try their boxes. They arrive in your mailbox and you open and enjoy. These days there is a subscription box for just about everything.
10 Subscription Boxes your kids need this summer.
1. Book Of The Month
A big favorite in our home, the Book of the Month is a must for any little reader you have in your family. Select what types of books you like to read (thriller, fiction, history, memoir, etc.) then select how many books you read every month and bam you’re done. You get a hardcover book each month with free shipping always and you can also skip a month whenever you like. Subscriptions plans are 3-months, 6-months, and 12-months. Gift subscriptions are available also. Click here to learn more about Book of the Month.
2. Bramble Box
Bramble Box is an award winning play and craft kit delivered to your door every month. Each kit is themed and encourages kids ages 3-7 to investigate, create, discover and imagine through science, math, art and more. Parent created and kids tested, with Bramble Box you can choose the theme of the first six months of boxes or opt for a surprise. No duplicates! Click here to learn more about Bramble Box.
3. Freckle Box
Technically not a subscription box but I absolutely love this site. Freckle Box delivers personalized gifts and products such as puzzles, bookmarks, stickers, journals, placemats and more. There’s even an adult section on their website. These are the perfect gifts for birthday parties or can be used as favors. Check out Freckle Box here.
4. Green Kid Crafts
Your kids will never be bored again with Green Kid Crafts. One of the most inexpensive subscription boxes I’ve come across, they have a monthly subscription, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month with gifting and siblings options available. Each box is meant for kids to discover something new and exciting like, Around the World, Weather Science, Rainforest, Dinosaurs, Outer Space, Gemstones Mining kits, Insects and much more. Check out Green Kid Crafts here.
Do you have kids that love to cook? Then they are going to love Kidstir, cooking kits delivered to your door each month. My daughter is a little foodie and loves spending time with me in the kitchen and Kidstir is perfect for us. It’s so much more than a cooking kit, there’s a special cookbook binder, kitchen tools, shopping list, games, puzzles, and step by step recipes. Subscriptions are monthly, 3-months, 6-months, and 12-months. Click here to visit Kidstir.
6. Little Passports
Little Passports will allow your kids to discover a new adventure every month. Select which subscription box would fit your child first then check your mailbox. You can choose from:
Little Explorers, ages 3-5
World Edition, ages 6-10
USA Edition, ages 7-12
Science Expedition, age 9+
My kids love ‘traveling’ and learning about different places and cultures each month. Click here to check out Little Passports.
7. Little Ms. Crate
Little Ms. Crate is a bi-monthly subscription crate full of fun activities to introduce young girls to all of the careers that await them and the inspiring female role models who are waiting to work with them. With a new career each month like CEO, Space Scientist, or 3D Animator you little girl will be so excited when this subscription box arrives. Click here to learn more about Little Ms. Crate.
8. Loot Crate
Loot Crate advertises themselves as the subscription box for gamers and nerds. Each box is a different theme, there are exclusively licensed figures, t-shirts, comic books, stickers, home goods and more. I actually gave my son a 3-month subscription for his birthday back in May and he absolutely loves it because he’s into all the Marvel and DC comics themes. In addition to Loot Crate, there is also Loot Crate DX, Loot ANIME, and few others to choose from. Click here to learn more about Loot Crate.
Pley is a monthly play club, it will save you tons from buying toys for your kids, ages 0-12. Rent the best toys from a library of 500+ educational toys. Select, play and return or keep the toys you want. The Pley website also features a Disney Princess mystery box that tells a story and includes 4-6 Princess figurines, accessories & goodies to keep and a National Geographic box with a monthly mission that explores our planet. Each box includes activities, toys & accessories including educational digital games. Click here to visit Pley.
10. The Story Box
Just like the Book of the Month, The Story Box is a monthly book subscription but specifically for younger kids. They also include parent guides in their packages as well. These are full of tips that will help you use your new books to facilitate your child’s speech, language, and pre-literacy skills. The tips are simple, practical, and easy to implement. It’s fun and educational at the same time. There are 3 types of packages available. Click here to learn more about The Story Box.
Bonus – Mac & Mia
I couldn’t help but add Mac & Mia to this list. I think it’s a perfect subscription box for kids but parents are going to love how easy it is to shop for the latest trend in kids clothing. Mac & Mia is your kid’s online personal stylist. To join, you take a style quiz, so they understand what you like and don’t like, then you receive your box in the mail with 6-8 handpicked items. Keep what you want and send back the rest. Shipping is always free. Visit Mac & Mia to learn more.
Are your kids already sign-up for a subscription box? Let me know in the comments if yours isn’t listed above.
Herchel A Scruggs says
I totally want to try Pley! I should give some of the other ones a try.
Joyce Brewer says
Subscription boxes are all the rage!
They’re great for rainy weekends and to help kids transition to a new sitter/nanny where they can do fun things together.
Yolonda Webb says
My 4 year old receives Little Passports and he loves it! When a package comes in the mail his little face lights up! He tries to complete the entire lesson in one day. 🙂
I’ve wanted to do Little Passports. The others I haven’t heard of so thank you for introducing me to them.