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Bitsbox Subscription Box Review – July 2016

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Bitsbox is a subscription service that teaches grade-school children (ages 6-12) how to code apps! Isn’t that amazing? I am well on my way to raising my two boys to be complete nerds, and this subscription may be the key piece to the puzzle.

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The Subscription Box: Bitsbox

The Cost: There are 3 options. Digital Book is $20/month, Bitsbox Book is $25/month with free shipping, and Bitsbox Original is $40 + $9.10 shipping = $49.10/month.

The Products: All subscription types come with an online account for kids to create their apps. All subscriptions come with a book of projects, although the digital book option is a download. The Original Bitsbox also comes with toys and swag that support the little coder lifestyle.

Ships to: Worldwide

Good to Know: If you have multiple grade school children in your household, they can each set up an online account for free for working on their apps. There’s no need to purchase multiple subscriptions!

Also Good to Know: You need a computer for your kids to work on; Bitsbox’s interface won’t work on a tablet or phone yet.

Check out all of our Bitsbox reviews and the Kids Subscription Box Directory!

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This is a review of the Bitsbox Original.

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This is the book of projects, and it’s probably the coolest technical manual I’ve ever seen! This month there are 19 different projects in it for the kids to try, ranging from super easy and short to quite lengthy and complex. This month’s theme is “Lazy Summer.”

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Here’s a look at a couple of pages from the book. Every project contains the code for the kids to copy to make their app work. Additionally, there are snippets of info such as “What’s a Flag?” that help explain what the child has just copied, plus little challenges to see if the child understands the code well enough to alter the app a little. This technique works really, really well!

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This month, Bitsbox sent a jump rope as their toy of the month. It’s not too exciting, but they boys will get some use out of it, I’m sure.

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Bitsbox also seems to include stickers and temporary tattoos as a regular inclusion in every box. They are two things that kids can’t seem to get enough of! This month they also included a pack of trading cards.

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When the kids log in to their home screen, this is their “tablet” where they can see all the apps they have built. They can also go back into them and edit at any time.

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This is the coding interface the kids use. Obviously the graphics and sounds are already there for the kids to use, but they are writing real, honest-to-goodness code! Bitsbox makes it a really fun experience.

Now onto the apps! Feel free to click the links and actually see the apps in action! (They will run in your browser, no download required.)

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My eight-year-old made this app that stacks random flavored scoops of ice cream up when you click the screen.

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He also made this app where you make the ferris wheel go faster or slower. This one cracked us up because if you make it go too fast, the passengers scream!

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My ten-year-old made this app where you pull your pet dolphin around the screen and help him catch fish to snack on.

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He also made this app that creates beautiful fireworks when you tap the screen!

VerdictBitsbox has become one of our favorite boxes! The apps are funny and engaging, and they’re not hard at all. I’m still astounded that they actually teach the kids how to code! It’s a great value since both kids can share one box with separate accounts online for working. It’s one of the rare boxes that last the kids all month because they can keep returning to it whenever they like to try new projects – and they do! We are huge fans!

Have your kids tried Bitsbox? What do you think?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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