Subscription boxes have a way of bringing learning to life. There are several advantages to using subscription boxes in your homeschool, so let’s take a look at the benefits and the types you can choose.
Benefits of Educational Subscription Boxes
Subscription boxes are convenient because they are mailed right to your doorstep at a predictable time every month. Most everything you need for the lessons are included right in the box, other than some common household items you already have, depending on the type of box.
Two/ Hands-on learning
Most subscription boxes are designed to be very engaging and hands-on with experiments, projects, maps, and more. These get the kids excited and involved with the whole process of learning.
Subscription boxes make it easy to include a variety of learning activities in your homeschool without all the fuss and muss of planning them on your own. You get a box, you do the activities, and then you can look forward to something different next month. That kind of learning variety can really perk up your homeschool when you’re in a slump.
Did I mention that some of the boxes can be used like a unit study approach? You know that the unit study approach works for relaxed homeschoolers, unschoolers, and child-led homeschoolers. Also, subscription boxes are a great way to keep the kids learning while you’re sick or even if you need a break from teaching.
Here is a list of homeschooled kids’ favorite subscription boxes, divided by subject, and where possible I added ages that each company recommends for their subscription box.
STEM and SCIENCE Subscription Boxes
Amazon STEM boxes available in three age ranges (3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-13 years). I love these boxes. Right now we’re using them for preschool with Munchking and love the monthly boxes.
Science Expeditions from Little Passports (elementary). The Science Expeditions subscription is recommended for children 9+ years of age.
Academics in a Box (elementary to middle school) physics and chemistry projects a/k/a Groovy Lab in a Box. Stem learning and Groovy Lab in a Box is for children ages 8+.
Steve Spangler science (elementary to middle school). Great for ages 5 to 12 years old.
Mel Science (elementary to middle school) for practical chemistry experiments. Aimed at children ages 10 to 14 years old.
Tinker Crate crafts and STEM projects for middle school to high school. Ages 9 to 16+ years old.
Magic School Bus science club through (The Young Scientist Club) has 12 kits with the program and each kit has a 12 page colorful manual. For ages 5 to 12 years old with younger kids needing some supervision.
ToucanBox preschool crafts and activities. For ages 3 to 8 years old and encourages STEAM.
Geography Subscription Boxes
Little Passports, both World and United States geography. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years old.
Top Secret Adventures Book Club from Highlights, world geography and critical thinking skills. Join Highlights Hidden Puzzle Club and Receive a Free Book and Tote with Your Order Today! From the site: Your child can explore the world, capture a villain, solve a mystery and still be home in time for dinner. For ages 7+. Visit a new country with every kit . Each kit is a kid’s world travel guide, puzzle challenge and detective game all rolled into one.
Creativity and Crafts Subscription Boxes
Kiwi Crate crafts and activities for ages 0 to 16 years.
Radish Kids crafts and activities for elementary. Teach weekly thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. For ages 4 to 14 years old.
Green Kid Craftsfor preschool through elementary. Different theme each month to emphasize STEAM. For ages 2 to 10 years old.
Booster Bricks from LEGO for preschool through elementary. From the site: Each one of our famous Challenge Boxes includes over 250 LEGO® pieces as well as at least 5 unique Build Challenges and LEGO® Story to bring it all together! We recommend our boxes for kids ages 4-12, but LEGO can be enjoyed by anyone 4 and up!
Foreign Language, Craftsman, and Arctic Subscription Boxes
Boss Club for entrepreneurial kids
Polar Pen Pal (elementary) to learn about the Arctic with crafts, videos, and more. Includes educational postcards, stickers, northern gifts, and access to online content including videos, printable activities, craft suggestions etc. For ages 5-12 years old.
TalkBox immersion foreign language for the whole family. Each talkbox has a theme.
CraftsmanCrate with tools and ideas for building.
From the site: You’ll get the tools you need to learn the skill and they’ll be tools you can keep using. You’ll get quality supplies that will let you produce a real project. Boxes are designed for ages 12 and up, due to the complexity of the tasks involved.
Kids love to get mail, right? They’ll look forward to getting a brand new subscription box in the mail every single month. Use that excitement and eagerness to your advantage while homeschooling to bring a spark to their learning.
You’ll love these other ways to keep the fun in learning:
- 6 Fun and Free Nature Studies to Beat the Doldrums
- A to Z List: 100 Fun Summer Homeschool Unit Study Ideas
- Amazing Hands-on History Activities for 14 Ancient Empires (free notebook cover too)
- 100 Brilliant STEM Activities Using Everyday Items
- 100 Easy Ways Kids Can Fight Boredom & Celebrate Childhood
As you can see, there are lots of great options to bring subscription box learning into your homeschool! If you want the benefits of convenience, variety, and hands-on learning in your homeschool, try one of these subscription boxes to get started!
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