The Best Subscription Boxes for Kids – 2021 Readers’ Choice
Every year, we ask you, our readers, to tell us your favorite subscription boxes. The 2021 results of the Reader’s Choice Awards are in! This list features our fellow subscription fanatics’ top choices for kids.
Over the years, we’ve built a substantial list of kid-friendly subscription boxes. These services teach important skills, aid development, and — most importantly — provide a lot of fun experiences for both kids and parents. From toys and clothes to full-fledged science projects, subscription services give kids something to anticipate each month. They’re a great way to cut screen time and build family memories.
Of course, to find the right subscription boxes for your child, you’ll need a little help. We’ve asked our readers to choose their favorite subscriptions for 2021. Read their selections below.
Shopping for an older child? Check out our list of the Best Subscription Boxes for Teens (Ages 13 Years & Up)!
The Most Popular Subscription Boxes for Kids
Here are the best boxes for kids as chosen by our readers. We’ve included information about pricing, but heads up: Companies can change their pricing at any time, so read before signing up. Wherever possible, we’ve tried to include up-to-date coupons and promo links to make browsing a little bit easier.
With that said, let’s dive in!
1. KiwiCo Crates – Best Kids’ Subscription Box Overall
Suggested Age Range: 0 to 16+ years.
Cost: Starts at $19.95 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA50 to save 50% off your first box!
What Our Readers Say:
“We’ve been getting KiwiCrate for 4 years now, first KoalaCrate, then KiwiCrate, and now my older kids get the DoodleCrate. Every single one has been fantastic!” – Meeks
“STEM oriented activities that are always age appropriate even as they grow. My son adores his monthly package and loves the hands on learning!” – Kathleen E.H.
“These are fantastic. We get the Stem boxes for ages 9-13. They are fun and give kids a sense of accomplishment for creating a machine or other working device.!” – Kristy L.
About These Boxes: KiwiCo offers several boxes filled with hands-on fun activities for every age and interest. The company focuses on learning through exploration; kids build their knowledge of engineering, tech, and art through hands-on experience. Every crate includes detailed instructions for tackling the project, and KiwiCo’s excellent online resources provide additional guidance.
KiwiCo offers at least one box for each age range, and adults can get in on the fun, too. You’ll look forward to each delivery — while this kids’ subscription box focuses on education, every project is interesting, engaging, and most importantly, fun.
Choose Panda Crate for babies ages 0 to 24 months to explore and discover. Koala Crate is ideal for ages 2-4, with play-focused activities. The Kiwi Crate offers science and art activities for ages 5-8, while Atlas Crate addresses geography and culture for ages 6-11. Doodle Crate is for aspiring artists ages 9 to 16+, or choose Tinker Crate if they’re into engineering. There’s truly something inspiring and activity-focused for everyone, including Eureka Crate and Maker Crate for ages 14 to 104.
Who It’s For: There’s a KiwiCo crate for just about everyone. You can switch lines at any time, so the subscription grows with your child, and each box gives you an amazing opportunity for bonding. Don’t miss this one — for a few dollars per month, kids get an incredible experience.
Check out all of our KiwiCo reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S.
2. kidpik – Best Clothing Subscription Box for Kids
Suggested Age Range: Girls and boys sizes 4 to 16.
Cost: $0.00 commitment. Average cost is $13.50 per item. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code BEWELL50 to save 50% off your first box + free shipping & free styling when you keep the whole box! .
What Our Readers Say:
“So happy kidpik carries boys clothes now – good quality and value.” – Ashlea
“Clothing is trendy, modest and fits perfectly!” – Raindrop
“My daughter LOVES kidpik! She is excited to see what is in her box as soon as it is delivered.” – Meagan
About This Box: This kids’ subscription box is a perpetual favorite for a simple reason: It simplifies clothes shopping.
Kidpik started out as a girls’ clothing subscription service, but they now offer options for boys. You’ll complete a quick style profile, then kidpik will send a customized, 7-piece collection of trend-savvy clothes. There’s no styling fee, no monthly subscription fee, and no commitment whatsoever.
As every parent knows, kids can be fussy about their clothes. You can update your child’s style profile at any time, and if you receive something that doesn’t work, send it back within 7 days for a refund. The Kidpik selection features high-quality shoes, garments, and accessories designed to create multiple mix-and-match outfits.
You’ll only pay for what you keep, and if you keep the entire shipment, you’ll get a 30% discount. There’s even a little surprise for kids tucked inside each shipment, completely free of charge.
Who It’s For: Kids who love exploring style — and parents who don’t want to make frequent trips to the department store. Kidpik is affordable, helpful, and easy.
3. OwlCrate Jr – A Magic-Themed Book Club for Kids
Suggested Age Range: Kids aged 8 to 12 years.
Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code JRMSA2021 to save 10% off your first order.
About This Box: OwlCrate Jr is a book subscription box for younger readers 8-12 years of age. It’s the younger sibling of the original OwlCrate, which offers YA literature along with an assortment of bookish goodies.
OwlCrate Jr provides the same magical literary experience, with careful curation to ensure that every subscription box will delight and inspire your middle schooler. Each OwlCrate Jr box includes a new hardcover book and 3 to 4 extra items. That might mean author-signed bookplates, stationery items, fan accessories, additional books, games, or other delights.
The emphasis is on imagination, and Owlcrate excels at delivering the magic. Limiting screen time can be tough — here’s a simple way to get your kid to put down the tablet and pick up a book.
Who It’s For: Imaginative middle-grade kids who always need something to read. Owlcrate Jr provides a truly magical experience, and subscribers can always upgrade to the original OwlCrate as kids get older.
4. MEL Kids, MEL Chemistry, & MEL Physics – Science Subscription Boxes for Inspiring Kids
Cost: $34.90 per month. Subscribe here!
About This Box: If your child loves science and performing hands-on experiments, you’ll want to check out the kids subscription boxes from MEL Science. With options for different age groups, this subscription box for kids is ideal for ages 5 and up.
Each box includes fun buildable projects to explore with MEL’s interactive app. In the MEL Chemistry box, little learners from age 12 and up can explore 2-3 science activities and DIYs per kit; all ingredients and instructions are included for child-safe chemistry experiments. MEL Physics is ideal for children 8 years and up; this box introduces lessons from the laboratory to teach the principles of physics.
Both boxes provide hours of fun. MEL Chemistry takes science out of the classroom, and while the kits use technology to make the experience more engaging, there’s a strong focus on hands-on learning.
Who It’s For: Any child aged 8 and up. Your kiddo doesn’t need a strong interest in science to get started — MEL Chemistry’s kits provide plenty of inspiration.
5. We Craft Box – Craft Subscription Box for Younger Kids
Suggested Age Range: 3 to 9 years of age.
Cost: $29.99 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to get $5.00 off your first box!
About This Box: We Craft Box is a monthly subscription box providing craft supplies for children ages 3-9 years. Each box comes equipped with all the materials and instructions needed to complete 2-3 crafts based on a themed story. The stories are imaginative enough to keep kids interested — and the crafts are absolutely adorable.
We Craft Box includes enough materials to allow a parent or sibling to join in. That makes this a great way to schedule family time.
Who It’s For: We think that any younger child will love We Craft Box, but if you’re not sure whether it’s the right subscription for your family, check out the company’s website; you can purchase individual boxes to see how the service works.
6. Pusheen Box – A Subscription Box with Pusheen-Themed Goodies
Suggested Age Range: All ages (grown-ups welcome!)
Cost: $43.95 per quarter. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
“Pusheen boxes are a great mix of cute and practical. My daughters love Pusheen, and I love that most of the items can be used in daily life.” – Jennifer
About This Box: Pusheen Box is a quarterly subscription box that features beloved Pusheen the Cat in its exclusive merchandise. Made famous by her animated comics, GIFs, and stickers on Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and other platforms, Pusheen is an adorable tabby cat that brings smiles and laughter to people of all ages around the world.
In this box full of rare special edition items, you’ll find useful items like Pusheen clothing, accessories, electronics, toys, stationery, and more! Readers love it for their kids and themselves, as Pusheen universally brings fun and function to all ages.
Who It’s For: Fans of Pusheen (and anyone who likes cute cat merchandise).
Note: Pusheen Box is not accepting new subscribers as of 4/26/2021. However, the service is still around — check the website for the most up-to-date info.
7. Amazon Prime Book Box – A Simple Book Subscription Box for Kids
Suggested Age Range: 0 to 12 years.
Cost: $19.99 per box (available on a schedule of every 1-, 2-, or 3- months). Subscribe here!
About This Box: Sometimes, we forget that Amazon started as a bookstore. The Amazon Prime Book Box delivers level-appropriate hardcover storybooks to children ages 0-12 years at 40% off list price. The service can be scheduled for deliveries every 1, 2, or 3 months.
For babies up to 2 years old, each box contains 4 unforgettable board books that stand out to Amazon editors. Age brackets 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-12 years receive boxes with 2 hardcover books; the selection ranges from new releases to classics, so you’ll get plenty of gems.
Building your child’s library with books tailored to their reading level opens them up to a whole new world of experiences while fostering their love of literature. Parents can preview the books and make edits, so you won’t have to worry about receiving books that you already own — and Amazon makes returns easy.
Who It’s For: Amazon Prime Book Box is appropriate for all children up to 12 years old. The low pricing makes this an excellent value, but if your child is a voracious reader, you may need to open multiple subscriptions to give them enough reading material.
8. Girls Can! Crate – STEAM Projects for Empowering Girls
Suggested Age Range: 5 to 10 years.
Cost: Starts at $18.50 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code SUBADDICT15 to save 15% off your first box of any subscription!
About This Box: Girls need role models to inspire their abilities and motivate their minds, and that’s exactly what Girls Can! Crate delivers.
This monthly kids’ subscription box features fun, educational activities focused on positive female role models from around the world. Each crate includes an activity book with the story of that month’s fearless leader (think activists, coders, and archaeologists).
You’ll also get 2 to 3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities or experiments along with props for play and learning. Future fearless females love this subscription box designed just for them!
A portion of all sales goes towards non-profit organizations that empower young girls, and we love Girls Can! Crate’s story: Founder Megan Goodman started the service in 2015 to show her daughter that women are innovators, creators, and leaders. Since then, this service has rapidly grown — and has likely inspired thousands of young girls to challenge harmful gender stereotypes.
9. Pipsticks – Sticker Subscriptions for Artistic Inspiration
Suggested Age Range: Kids and grown-ups of all ages.
Cost: $17.95 per month for the Kids Classic subscription, or $11.95 per month for the Kids Petite subscription. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code FRIENDSROCK to get $5 off your subscription!
What Our Readers Say:
“Monthly stickers to match the seasons… my 8 year old cannot wait until the stickers arrive to bring color to everything in our lives!” – Jessica
About This Box: Pipsticks is a monthly sticker subscription from an indie sticker company that believes firmly in the power of putting a smile on your face. For the kiddos, choose between the 15-sheet Kids Classic subscription or 7-sheet Petite plan.
Inside, you’ll find a giant puffy sticker, scratch n’ sniff sticker, activity book, postcard, and a storage pouch, along with sheets of feel-good stickers. Once your child is about 10-13 years old, they can move up to the Pro Sticker Club, which carries on all of the fun and magic of the previous clubs with the inclusion of paper goodies and more.
Who It’s For: This is an inexpensive, fun subscription with plenty of artistic goodness. Kids who love decorating will love a regular delivery of simple supplies, and Pipsticks’ products are truly high quality.
10. Sensory TheraPLAY Box – A Sensory and Tactile Toy Subscription Box
Suggested Age Range: Toys are appropriate for most children aged 5 to 9 years old, but his box is well-suited to a diverse range of ages depending on the child’s independence and developmental abilities.
Cost: $40.95 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code WELCOME to save 10% off your first box!
About This Box: Sensory TheraPLAY Box is a sensory toy subscription box designed specifically for children with autism and sensory processing needs. Curated by a licensed pediatric occupational therapist, each box includes an assortment of toys, fidgets, crafts, utensils, and other sensory goodies.
Equal parts fun and therapeutic, the items provide hours of enjoyment each month. For teens and adults, there is a quarterly Sensory Box edition designed with the same principles.
Who It’s For: Children who have different sensory needs will love Sensory TheraPLAY. We love that this box is specifically designed for those kids, and it’s both affordable and helpful — check their site for more information.
11. Groovy Lab in a Box – A Science Subscription Box for Kids of All Ages
Suggested Age Range: 4-7 years for Young Creator series, 8+ years for STEMist series.
Cost: $28.95 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!
About This Box: Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly kids subscription overflowing with science experiments for early explorers. Choose from the Young Creator series, designed for kids 4-7 years old, and the STEMist series, developed for kids 8 years and up.
Both of these subscription boxes give kids ways to naturally develop their engineering skills. They’ll address interesting problems and find brilliant solutions — while having fun, of course!
All boxes include hands-on projects and engineering design challenges. Kids also receive a lab notebook, which allows them to document their findings and learn more about the topic. Subscribers also receive access to an online portal with in-depth resources for more learning.
Who It’s For: Kids who love tackling unique problems will get hours of fun from Groovy Lab in a Box. It’s a great way to develop STEM skills, and parents will have plenty of opportunities to help out.
12. STRONG self(ie) – Empowering Subscription Box for Girls
Image via our review.
Suggested Age Range: 8-12 years for the BLOOM box, 13-17 years for the BURST box.
Cost: $56.00 per quarter. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box!
About This Box: STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly box geared toward tween and teen girls. The goal is empowerment, and to that end, each box contains inspirational, positive products focused on health, beauty, and beauty.
Deliveries might include accessories, stationery, lifestyle items, or deluxe snacks; the quarterly themes help young girls navigate their lives and build their self confidence. Parents also receive helpful advice and guidance — useful for making those sometimes difficult middle school years more manageable.
The STRONG self(ie) site notes that “moments matter,” and your subscription will help you and your child navigate the little (and big) moments with ease. Choose from the two boxes described below — both act as inclusive toolkits for strength and wellness.
Who It’s For: The BLOOM box focuses on girls 8 to 12, while the BURST box focuses on ages 13 to 17. These make excellent gift subscription boxes for girls!
13. Raddish Kids – A Cooking Subscription Box for Kids
Suggested Age Range: 4 to 14+ years.
Cost: $24.00 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code FIESTA to save $15 off your 6-month subscription.
About This Box: Raddish Kids is a cooking subscription box for kids. You’ll supply the ingredients — all recipes include simple ingredients that you can find easily at any grocery store.
The box gives you everything else you need to get started. Each delivery includes 3 recipe cards, a quality kitchen tool, conversation starter cards, an apron patch, an ingredient shopping list, and a creative kitchen project.
The instructions are well organized and easy to follow. Families can work through the recipes together, and kids will gain valuable life skills while building their confidence in the kitchen. Don’t be surprised if your kid eventually starts cooking for you!
Who It’s For: Kids don’t have to love cooking to enjoy Raddish Kids. The projects and recipes should keep most children interested for hours on end. While this subscription box is best for tweens, younger kids may need some extra assistance from parents.
14. Creation Crate – STEM Subscription Box for Kids Who Love Tinkering
Suggested Age Range: 12 years and up.
Cost: $29.99 per month. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!
About This Box: Creation Crate is a subscription box designed to teach electronics to teens and adults. Each month, you’ll receive the necessary components to tackle a new project. Subscribers can visit an online portal to view instructions and learn more about what they’re building.
We love that each Creation Crate focuses on a single skill; as kids progress, the projects increase in difficulty. If you’re raising a little programmer or engineer, you won’t want to miss this subscription.
Who It’s For: The Creation Crate is intended for ages 12 and up (and yes, adults can learn quite a bit from these projects, too). You’ll also need access to a computer with a USB port, and you’ll need the internet to view all of the instructional materials.
15. Lovevery – Developmental Toy Subscription Box for Babies and Toddlers
Suggested Age Range: 0 to 4+ years.
Cost: Starting at $36.00 per box, the price and frequency of shipments vary based on the child’s developmental stage. Subscribe here!
What Our Readers Say:
“Lovevery goes above and beyond in both the quality of their products and their customer service as well!” – Ellie
“Lovevery is amazing! They send montessori-friendly toys for ages up to 3. We ordered our first box when my daughter was 1 and she was enthralled with each item. She still plays with all of the items and it’s amazing to see her progress.” – MSA reader
About This Box: Lovevery is a play kit subscription that delivers stage-based products to your door. This kids’ subscription box grows with your child; each new box includes research-based products on target with developmental milestones, accompanied by an in-depth activity guide for parents.
The products and information in each Play Kit were informed by published research in the field of child development and reviewed by specialists from multiple disciplines. The kits are tailored to your child’s age, arriving every 2 months for babies (larger Play Kits for toddlers arrive every 3 months).
The stage-based approach is intuitive for parents, and the toys are awesome — many feature high-quality woods, which gives them a pleasing aesthetic (even when they’re strewn all over your living room).
Who It’s For: Younger kids will love Lovevery. The sooner you start this subscription service, the better the potential benefits, but the company provides an easy way to match your child with the appropriate Play Kit via a simple form.
16. Green Kid Crafts – Eco-Conscious STEM Craft Box for Kids
Suggested Age Range: 2 to 4 years for the Junior Discovery Box, 5 to 10+ years for the Discovery Box.
Cost: $29.95 per month. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code JOY60 to save $12 off any subscription!
About This Box: Green Kid Crafts offers a monthly box subscription with a clear STEAM focus (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math). Each themed box focuses on a different area of science; your child will receive 4-6 projects, along with an activity-filled magazine.
The Junior Discovery Box is intended for children aged 2-4 and has craft-oriented projects, while the Discovery Box (for kids 5-10+) focuses more on science. Both options should provide hours of entertainment. Your young inventor will find the inspiration they need to explore and learn — and since Green Kid Crafts is an eco-friendly company, parents will get peace of mind.
Who It’s For: Any younger kid who enjoys science will love Green Kid Crafts. Older kids should probably stick with the Creation Crate or a KiwiCo subscription box (both of which are discussed above).
Little Passports – A Kids’ Subscription Box for Learning About Other Cultures
Suggested Age Range: 3 to 5 years for the Early Explorers Edition, 5 to 8 years for Science Junior Subscription, 6 to 10 years for World Explorer Edition, 7 to 12 years for the USA Edition, and 8+ years for the Science Expedition Subscription.
Cost: Boxes range from $20.95 to $27.95per month, depending on which edition you choose. Subscribe here!
COUPON: Use code ACTIVITIES to get 15% off your first order!
About This Box: Introducing lessons in culture, geography, and STEM, Little Passports invites hands-on discovery for kids aged 3 to 13.
Each box focuses on themes that blend science with world knowledge. Your child will learn about other countries and cultures, and they’ll love the experience. Subscriptions begin with an introductory kit filled with informative materials, games, and activities. Subsequent kits include experiments and souvenirs, suited to meet the developmental stage of the subscriber.
Move between subscriptions as your little one grows. All of these kids’ subscription boxes are affordable, and they offer a creative way for children to explore the world around them.
Who It’s For: Little Passports offers options for different developmental stages, though their projects are a little simple for older kids (in other words, we wouldn’t pick these up for most teenagers). The kits aren’t gendered, and any child interested in world cultures should have a blast.
Check out our Little Passports: Early Explorers reviews and details to learn more. Ships free to the continental U.S.
That wraps up our list of the best kid’s subscription boxes! Which ones are favorites for your kids?