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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.

You know the thrilling feeling of having your latest subscription box surprise arrive in the mail? Kids love it just as much, if not more. Why not nurture that excitement with something constructive, educational, and fun?

So many monthly subscription boxes for kids are filled with just the right combo of attention-keeping and instructive activities. This list includes subscription boxes for kids ages 0 to 14 (and beyond) and includes all things kids love, from science and engineering, cooking and crafting, books, stickers, toys, and more. Enough chatting—let’s dive in!

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, recommended by real subscribers just like you:

1. KiwiCo Crates – Fostering creativity and exploration in all ages

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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. There is at least one box for each age range, from infant to teen. Choose Panda Crate for babies ages 0 to 24 months to explore and discover. Koala Crate is ideal for ages 2-4, and inspires them to play and learn. 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. You’ll love the learning resources and extra activities in each crate!

Check out all of our KiwiCo reviews to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


2. kidpik – Fun fashion finds for trendy kids

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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 subscription box has long been a reader favorite as a girls clothing subscription service, and now they style boys too! Upon completing a quick style profile to get a sense of your kid’s taste, kidpik sends subscribers a customized, 7-piece collection of trend-savvy clothes! Since kids have been known to change their minds about what they like to wear or what their favorite color is, the style profile can be updated anytime. Apparel options feature high-quality shoes, garments, and accessories designed to create multiple mix and match outfits. You keep and pay for what you like and mail back any unworn items you don’t want within 7 days. What if you and your kiddo love everything in the box? You get a 30% discount if you keep the entire shipment! The styling, shipping, and returns are always free, and there’s even a little goodie surprise for kids tucked inside each shipment, completely free of charge.

Check out our kidpik reviews and our kidpik details to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


3. OwlCrate Jr – Growing the imaginations of little bookworms

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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: Imagine a library of books arriving at your doorstep for your young reader. For emerging lifelong lovers of reading, OwlCrate Jr is a book subscription box for younger readers 8-12 years of age. The younger sibling of the original OwlCrate, which packs in YA literature as well as an assortment of bookish goodies, OwlCrate Jr provides the same magical literary experience! Designed with middle schoolers in mind, each OwlCrate Jr box comes with one new hardcover book, and 3 to 4 extra items, like author-signed bookplates, stationery items, fan accessories, and other delights. A book club with an emphasis on imagination, readers have found this one to be a real treasure!

Check out our OwlCrate Jr. reviews and Owl Crate Jr. details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


4. MEL KidsMEL Chemistry, & MEL Physics – At-home experiments for your budding mad scientist

Suggested Age Range: 5 to 9+ for MEL Kids, 9 to 14+ for MEL Chemistry, and 8-14+ for MEL Physics.

Cost: $34.90 per month. Subscribe here! 

About This Box: If your child loves science and performing hands-on experiments, the kids subscription boxes from MEL Science are sure to be a big hit! Catering to different age groups, science comes to life for every stage of learning. Perfect for younger kids ages 5 and up, MEL Kids offers fun buildable projects to pair with an interactive app to take creations to the next level. In the MEL Chemistry box, little learners from age 12 and up can explore 2-3 science activities and DIYs per kit, where all ingredients and instructions needed are included for child-safe chemistry experiments. MEL Physics is ideal for children 8 years and up, introducing lessons from the laboratory to teach the principles of physics in a fun way.

Check out our MEL Kids reviews and MEL Kids details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and select international countries.


5. We Craft Box – Cool creations for crafty kids

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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. A great feature is that there are enough materials included so a parent or sibling can also join in on the creativity, connecting the family together with precious shared moments!

Check out our We Craft Box reviews and We Craft Box details to learn more. Ships free to the U.S.


6. Pusheen Box – A box of practical cuteness for every season

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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.

Check out all of our Pusheen Box reviews and Pusheen Box details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


7. Amazon Prime Book Box – Hardcover books to build a children’s library

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: Amazon Prime Book Box delivers age- and level-appropriate hardcover storybooks to children ages 0-12 years at 40% off list price on the schedule that best suits your family. Discover new favorites every 1-, 2-, or 3-months by setting up your child’s profile to meet the stage of their reading journey. For babies up to 2 years old, each box contains 4 unforgettable board books that stand out to Amazon editors and have won the hearts of readers. Age brackets 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-12 years each include 2 hardcover books, filled with new releases, classics, and hidden gems you might not have otherwise discovered. Building your child’s library with this curated experience tailored to their reading level opens them up to a whole new world of characters while fostering a budding love for literature.

Check out all of our Amazon Prime Book Box reviews and Amazon Prime Book Box details to learn more. Ships to the contiguous US.


8. Girls Can! Crate –STEAM tool kit for future world changers with strong female role models

shark activity books in box

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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 Girls Can! Crate is up to the task! This monthly subscription 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 activities or experiments, and props for play and learning. Future fearless females love this subscription box designed just for them! Plus, your purchase supports nonprofit organizations that empower young girls.

Check out all of our Girls Can! Crate reviews and Girls Can! Crate details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


9. Pipsticks – Sticker packs filled with magic, creativity, and inspiration

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Suggested Age Range: Kids and grown-ups of all ages.

Cost: $17.95 per month for the Kids Classic & Pro Classic subscriptions, $11.95 per month for the Kids Petite & Pro Petite Subscriptions, and $4.95 per month for the Kids, Pro, and Planner printables 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 this sticker pack you will find a giant puffy sticker, scratch n’ sniff sticker, activity book, postcard, and a storage pouch, among 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. Pipsticks also offers a printables subscription that delivers a great creative outlet right to your inbox each month. Filled with creative prompts, coloring pages, pretty stationery, DIYs, and more, select between Kids, Pro, or Planner, and get subscribing to decorate the day for the entire family.

Check out all of our Pipsticks reviews and Pipsticks details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


10. Sensory TheraPLAY Box – Sensory and tactile toys that aid with self-regulation

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Suggested Age Range: 5 to 9 years old, however, this is just a general guideline. This 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 month your child will receive an assortment of sensory goodies that include toys, fidgets, crafts, utensils, and more. Equal parts fun and therapeutic, the items inside inspire smiles and hours of enjoyment. For teens and adults, there is a quarterly Sensory Box edition designed with the same mission in mind. 

Check out our Sensory TheraPLAY Box reviews and Sensory TheraPLAY Box details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


11. Groovy Lab in a Box – Hands-on science projects for engineering kids

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. With the Young Creator series, designed for kids 4-7 years old, and the STEMist series, developed for kids 8 years and up, this exploration subscription box encourages children to use the engineering skills naturally found within them to solve difficult problems and create solutions—while having fun, of course! All boxes include hands-on projects and engineering design challenges, as well as a lab notebook where they can learn more about the themed topic and document their findings. Additionally, subscribers receive access to an online portal to give a deeper understanding and opportunities for learning.

Check out all of our Groovy Lab in a Box reviews and Groovy Lab in a Box details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


12. STRONG self(ie) – Bestowing positivity and girl power to tweens and teens Strong Selfie box assortment

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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: Now this is a subscription that offers a boost of confidence! STRONG self(ie) is a quarterly box geared toward tween and teen girls that aims to empower. Each box contains inspirational, positive products focused on health, beauty, fun, and more. We’re talking accessories, stationery, lifestyle items, and deluxe snacks. You’ll get info for parents on navigating this time in their lives too! The BLOOM box focuses on girls 8 to 12, while the BURST box focuses on ages 13 to 17. Consider it a toolkit for strength and wellness!

Check out our STRONG self(ie) reviews and STRONG self(ie) details to learn more. Ships to the U.S.


13. Raddish Kids – Cooking up fun healthy meals for kids

Raddish Kids Box Contents include recipe cards and kitchen tools

Image via our review.

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 meal-time and cooking subscription box for kids that includes 3 recipe cards, a quality kitchen tool, conversation starter cards, an apron patch, an ingredient shopping list, and a creative kitchen project. The only thing you need to supply in this fun and educational activity are the ingredients! Complete with well-organized instructions and loads of inspiration, families pull together new culinary skills each month, gaining valuable life skills and kitchen confidence along the way.

Check out our Raddish Kids reviews and Raddish Kids details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


14. Creation Crate – For older kids that enjoy building and programming their creations

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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 for teens and adults ages 12 and up who want to learn how to build and program electronics. Each month, you will receive the necessary electronic components and access to a thorough online curriculum to create your tech projects. These projects build on skills learned and increase in difficulty over time. You’ll need access to a computer, the internet, and a USB port, but everything else you need is included in the box!

Check out all of our Creation Crate reviews and Creation Crate details to learn more. Ships worldwide.


15. Lovevery – Developmental toy box that grows with baby

baby playing on mat with development toys

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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, growing with your baby and toddler, one box at a time. Each delivery includes research-based products on target with developmental milestones, accompanied by an in-depth activity guide that helps you learn right alongside your little one. The products and information in each Play Kit were informed by published research in the field of child development and reviewed by child development specialists from multiple disciplines. Play Kits are tailored to your child’s age, arriving every 2 months for babies, and larger Play Kits for toddlers that come every 3 months.

Check out our Lovevery reviews and Lovevery details to learn more. Ships to the U.S. and Canada.


16. Green Kid Crafts – Eco-conscious crafts & science for kids

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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: For the science-minded artists out there, Green Kid Crafts offers a monthly box subscription that taps into both hemispheres of growing brains! A STEAM focus (science, tech, engineering, art, and math) means this box gives future inventors the inspiration they need to fuel discovery and creativity. Each themed box focuses on a different area of science, like the Arctic or the ocean and sends 4 to 6 projects in addition to an activity-filled magazine. The Junior Discovery Box, ideal for younger ones 2-4 years old, is more craft-oriented in its theme, while the Discovery Box is perfect for kids aged 5-10+ and targets more of a science angle in its kit. Readers agree that Green Kid Crafts is the perfect introductory kit to get children on a mission to preserve and protect the planet, and have fun while they’re at it!

Check out our Green Kid Craft reviews and our Green Kid Craft details to learn more. Ships to the U.S., Canada, and other select international countries.


One More Kids Subscription Box To Consider!

Our editors couldn’t resist from adding one more box we love for our children:

1. Little Passports – Your child’s ticket to science and culture around the world

Image via our review.

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: $27.95 per month for the Early Explorers Edition and Science Junior Subscription, $22.95 per month for the World Explorer Edition, $20.95 per month for the USA Edition, and $27.95 per month for the Science Expedition Subscription. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code ACTIVITIES to get 15% off your first order!

About This Box: Introducing lessons in culture, geography, and STEM to children of all ages, Little Passports invites hands-on discovery, fun, and learning for every developmental stage from 3 years on. Igniting the hearts, minds, and imaginations of the little people in our lives, each box edition focuses on themes that blend science with worldly insight, raising awareness through creativity. Each subscription begins with an introductory kit to kick off the adventure, filled with informative and engaging materials, games, and activities, and is followed by experiments and souvenirs, suited to meet the developmental stage of the subscriber. Move between subscriptions as your little one grows, giving them a journey through the world of science, exploration, and the creativity along the way.

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?

Written by Samantha Sendor

Samantha Sendor

Samantha loves discovering new finds, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription box right from home! When she’s not creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, crafting, sketching, or goofing around with her daughter Penny.

Comments (164)

  1. thank you for all your efforts

  2. thanks for sharing this blog post..

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  4. It’s a good web site, Thank you.

  5. This is not meant to be sarcastic … But under the the first subscription box..
    “including Eureka Crate and Maker Crate for ages 14 to 104.” Age 104? No pun intended… Just thought it’d be funny…

  6. The wooden toys from KiwiCo Panda Crate have not been durable. Please use them with caution. I Just signed up for the Junior Green Kids Crafts! I look at the reviews on MSA but only now saw that they have a junior version. One other Ive tried is Experience Early Learning from Mother Goose Time. We’ve tried the toddler version, and my boys love it.

  7. Why is Ivykids kits not on here, it is better than slot of these. It is a teaching tool.

  8. Excavating Adventures is great for the rock and fossils loving kids. My seven year old son loves it and Little Passports!

    • I wanted to say thank you for posting this. My niece is going to love it this xmas.

  9. Thanks for sharing useful Information. I appreciate your Content

  10. I have such a great idea for these box companies and MSA. Would you ever get the “best of” to work with MSA and have parents buy a package that includes one of each box every month, for the discounted prices?
    It would be such an amazing birthday/holiday present, and a way to try out each box and get a feel for which ones the kids and family want to subscribe to full time!!
    The same could be done for every category: makeup, skincare, clothing, crafting! It would take so much stress off a new sub addict, not having to choose only one box! And it would really even the playing field for indie or new company subs.
    Thanks for reading!
    Love to everyone at MSA! Stay safe!

    • Love this idea!

    • I think THAT is a fantastic idea!!!!! I know my sister and i would each be interested in that! Great idea Elizabeth!!!

    • Do you mean like a sub that rotates through the boxes, or one where you get 10+ boxes a month to try? That might be a lot, lol…

      But it would be interesting to have some way to easily compares subs, like the one company that packs up different brands of diapers for newborns so you can try out which one works best.

  11. My grands have loved Reading Bug Book Box, but I guess it did not make your list.

  12. I love the look of the Owlcrate box.

  13. Cool!!! Thank you for this. For me Mel Science and Bitsbox are the best!

  14. 😩 My MIL has been asking for a subscription to buy for our daughter forever but these are all so expensive. She only wants to spend $10-$15 a month to replace her old Minifig subscription. If anyone has any ideas please feel free to let me know!

  15. Aw, my pick didn’t make the list. My kids love the Coffee and a Classic kids’ box (which I found through MSA!).

  16. Eat2Explore need to be on this list!! My kids love this box, it’s educational and the recipes are fabulous.

  17. They no longer do the Minechest it is a Tee shirt subscription now that comes with a pen. My boys loved thier boxes but was real sad when it ended.

  18. My son turns 7 today he lives w his dad . Told me mom why don’t you send me a card. Receiving mail is something he really likes. What a blessing it would be to win a subscription of “Little Passports” “Wonder Crate” I know he would enjoy love and greatly appreciate any of them each month.

  19. This STRONG selfie code doesn’t work 🙁

  20. I got sensory theraplay for a few months and stopped because most of the toys were not the right age for my son on the spectrum. It would be nice if there was a sub that had just 1 good quality toy for kids under 5 rather than kits and crafts with lots of pieces or several smaller toys.

  21. The Disney process has my attention, but I don’t see where to subscribe to a box. Just wondering if it was in one of the other boxes!! Thanks!!!!!!

  22. Have you heard of Eat2Explore?

    • We love Eat2Explore!!

  23. My daughter is eight and I would love to try the girl can box or the Amazon stem toy box!
    The kid box would be interesting as well.
    Also I do not see it on here but I have a three-year-old boy who would love the dinosaur monthly box.

  24. We really liked Tinker Crate.

  25. I want to gift Little Passports to my nieces! I heard about it on NPR and it sounds so good!

  26. Kidpik! Kiwico Crate & Strong Self(ie)

  27. Theraplay and Owl crate are two that interest me.

  28. a favorite of mine, Sensory Theraplay Box

    • Absolutely agree! It’s a fantastic subscription box. My nine year old son is autistic and we subscribe for him.. But my 12 year old neuro-typical daughter loves the box as well. She tells her brother she’ll take whatever he doesn’t want. We call it the “pink box” because it’s a mauve color and it’s very exciting when we see the “pink box” on the doorstep.
      Really excellent selection of products. All excellent quality, full size, cutting edge, award winning toys and objects. Well worth the cost!

  29. Bookroo or kiwico crate

  30. I’d like to get strong self(ie) for my daughter

  31. Either Kiwi crate or green kid crafts.

  32. Amazon STEM for my son. I love anything STEM, and this box helps expose them to it at a young age!

  33. I think my daughter would enjoy Wonder Crate.

  34. Bitsbox is a strong contender – I love that it introduces new coding concepts every month in a fun way that kids (and their parents) enjoy. I also like that they let you set up multiple accounts so your kids don’t have to share and you only have to buy the one subscription. Smart!

  35. I would like to get the STEM club but really my boys would be all over the Mine Chest!

  36. We love the Amazon STEM one, but would love to try any of the book subscriptions, now that we have an avid reader!

  37. I would like to try Kidbox

  38. Kidbox looks fun!

  39. We would love to try Owlcrate

  40. I love Owlcrate

  41. I love the look of the Owlcrate box.

  42. I’ve tried fab kids but would like to try amazon stem or owl crate for my kids.

  43. I would love to try Owl Crate Jr. They seem to have such fun, diverse items.

  44. KiwiCo crate! I like how it’s tailored for kids of different age ranges, and I actually enjoy playing the games too. Lol

  45. strong selfie

  46. So many awesome choices & we haven’t tried any yet! I’m thinking Little Passports would be great fun as my oldest LOs love learning about places around the world!!

  47. We love kiwi crates already, with memberships to doodle and tinker but would try like to try kidpik, maybe?

  48. Either Mine Chest or Brick Loot

  49. Bookroo!

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