Subscription Boxes for Homeschool Fun
While they may not be practical for everyday, subscription boxes can add some fun surprises to your curriculum. They could be used to spark interest in a difficult subject, as supplemental activities for a favorite topic, or as an excellent “clutter-free” gift or prize. Explore the cool subscription box ideas in this Homeschool Living for some educational homeschool fun! There are options available for tons of different topics, such as STEM, geography, home economics, history, science and nature, and much more. (HEAV is not affiliated with any subscription kits. Parents should evaluate programs and materials for individual suitability, as they would with any curriculum or lesson plans.)
Homeschool Fun Boxes for:
KiwiCo–this subscription kit offers hands-on science and art projects for students of any age. Age-appropriate topics include science, art, geography and culture, engineering, and design.
Crunch Labs–geared toward students ages eight years and older, these kits feature a unique build-it-yourself toy highlighting a different STEM principle, including toys like the “boomerang car,” “domino catapult,” and “drawing machine.”
Geography & Culture
Little Passports–subscription options include “Early Explorers,” “World Edition,” “USA Edition,” and “Science Expeditions.” Students ages three years and older can explore themes like music, the ocean, and dinosaurs; “travel” the world one country at a time with souvenirs and hands-on activities from the month’s featured country; or stay closer to home and learn about the United States with activity journals.
Backpack the World–these subscription boxes are geared toward students ages nine through fifteen, so they’re a great way to include older kids in the homeschool fun! Each box is curated to immerse the recipient in a new country and culture with a six-page newsletter, maps, a regional craft and recipe, currency conversion, and language activities. Kids also get a personal letter from your guide Nate about his experiences traveling the country with his dog.
Raddish–each monthly box features a theme like “Edible Experiments” or “Ticket to Japan,” and includes three recipe guides and three culinary skill lessons, an item for your child’s collection of kid-friendly cooking tools, a creative kitchen project, conversation starter cards, apron patch, and grocery list. Sibling add-ons, which include additional tools and apron patches, are also available, which makes this an easy kit to share with multiple children.
Reading, Science, and Nature
Ivy Kids–a monthly educational subscription box for children ages three through eight years. The items featured in each box can include storybooks, crafts, hands-on science and nature activities, and more.
Homeschool Science Adventures–these science experiments are structured for family use and geared toward students in grades one through eight. Boxes include all materials needed and require little to no parent preparation before the kids can jump in!
Sparketh–an online subscription which includes new weekly courses with downloadable course files and unlimited access to instructional videos. Tracks include drawing animals, drawing nature, and elements of art and design, with activities like tape art and fluid painting, technical courses like gesture drawing and perspective drawing, and more.
History Unboxed–boxes are available for kids, teens, and young adults in three different time periods: ancient history, American history, and Middle Ages. You can even customize a subscription box plan to include specific boxes from each timeline. Sibling add-ons are available to add additional consumables and craft supplies to utilize the box for multiple students.
Crate Joy Bitsbox–these fun coding project boxes include app-building projects for kids ages six to twelve years. Kids will love exploring what’s going on behind the scenes of their favorite video and computer games.
Travel and Adventure
Finders Seekers–fans of adventure and mysteries will have a blast solving puzzles, deciphering codes, finding clues, and exploring new cities and cultures with this twist on an escape room challenge. The activities are geared toward students ages ten and older, but can be a great opportunity to incorporate some cooperation between older and younger siblings.
Hola Amigo–this bi-lingual activity box is a great way to introduce Spanish to your youngster or practice their Spanish language skills. There are options for toddler, early learner, and elementary learners.