Activities for kids at home often require pre-planning and time, which we know parents are short of. So these subscription boxes take the mess and stress out of crafts, baking and gardening by supplying everything you need through the letterbox each month. There are lots of good ones on the market today, and with the Coronavirus lockdown in full swing, they couldn’t be more useful. Activity subscription boxes are also great for when you are travelling in future. They will keep the kids entertained whilst waiting at an airport, or keep them quiet on the flight.
We’ve rounded up our favourite kids boxes below. So whether they’re into baking, painting or science experiments, we hope you’ll find some great inspiration.
1. Little Passports
First on our list had to be a travel inspired box! These activities for kids at home are for young explorers for ages 3-5 or 6-10. Starts at £13 per month. Early Explorers box covers new themes each month like music and oceans , whilst older children discover a new county each month with souvenirs and hands on activities.
Montessori inspired activities for kids at home, designed by education experts.(former teachers, educators and artists) Each box is built around the popular STEAM method of learning – using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as an access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. “STEAM encourages children to think logically and practically, solve real-world problems and develop technical passions, building core skills for their future. ” Good for crafty kids aged 3-8. Craft material, magazine and instructions. Your little one will have great fun making interactive games, role-play outfits and toys.
3. Little Cooks Co.
One of our favourite activities for kids at home is baking, so we love this subscription box which makes it super easy. Ages 3-10 years. Organic, free from refined sugar and packaged in in 100% eco friendly materials. Also free from wheat so fine for gluten allergies. All the dry ingredients (you will need a few simple extras like eggs or milk, which they’ll email you about head of time.)
- Additional child-friendly recipes for family meals
- Collectable stickers
- Table talk cards to spark fun and laughter at the dinner table
- Fun activities, games and extras
They will even earn their little cooks awards at diffrent stages, complete with badge and certifiacte.
Teach children valuable life skills. Enjoying real food, awareness of where the ingredients come from and how they affect your body, But most importanlty, enjoying making and eating delicious real food! Make the kitchen the heart of the home, as you bond with your little one.
The company also donate to Magic Breakfast (a charity providing meals for under-privileged children) for every box they sell.
For more baking ideas see our article Easy Bake Recipes for Kids.
4. Curiosity Box
Is your child always asking questions like what is gravity, why is the sky blue and how does electricity work? Then you need this fab subscription box filled with science experiments and activities. Aimed at 7-11 year olds. It is more expensive than other boxes .They do also have a box for 4-6 year olds.
5. Rainy Day Box
Racking your bran for rainy day activities for kids at home? Simpy subscribe to this box and they will send you everything you need. Seasonal craft activities, from to Christmas wreath making to baking mixes. Choose from two different size boxed depending on your budget. Choose their own pre-made boxes (eg Spring, Summer or animals themed) or build your own, depending on your child’s interests.
Great for toddlers, this is a toy swap service. We all know when you go to a friends house or a playgroup, their toys are far more interesting to your toddler than the hundreds you have at home. So keep them interested by swapping their toys every month. I’ve tried this myself and love it- my little boys gets excited just from the box coming through the post – the day it arrives I know it’s going to be a fun one. Luckily he doesn’t tend to get too attached to any single toy, but if he does they have the option to buy it.
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Builds children’s creative confidence and problem-solving skills with award-winning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and maths) projects and activities. We love this one for its range of ages. There’s a box for 0-24 months, right up to 6-11 year olds. Each month they’re sent a project to complete. Award winning range. Wide range of interests including geography, art and engineering.
8. Mysteries in Time
History for kids ages 7-11. From the Elizabethans to the Egyptians . Travel back in history to solve a mystery in the illustrated adventure story and learn fun facts in the colourful history magazine. Get creative and make a stunning craft and have fun solving the puzzles.
9. Mud & Bloom
Inspiring children to connect with nature. Inspired by Forst School and Montessori learning. For 3-8 year olds. Four seasonal activities, including seeds and compost, nature quizzes and craft supplies. Learn about plants, insects and the seasons. Got two kids? Choose the sibling box which contains enough materials for two children . You don’t need a garden either- can plant in yogurt pots, old egg cartons or jam jars.
10. First Wonder
Arrives fortnightly instead of monthly – great if your ids get bored easily! The box itself turns into the activity, craft or game, so full use is made of the packaging. Kids aged 4-8 will work their way through a range of educational topics to become ‘mini experts’ in line with Early Years and Key Stage 1 learning. Themes are wide ranging, covering history, geography, science, art and more. One week they might be learning about solar systems, and the next about pirates!
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