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Summer Learning: Nine subscription boxes that will keep your children learning – and having fun

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With the school year soon coming to an end, you may find yourself looking for ways to continue your child’s learning this summer. Subscription boxes are one option. From coding and cooking to travel and arts and crafts, you’ll find something for every interest (and age group) on this list – at an affordable price.

  • BitsBox – Is your child interested in coding? With BitsBox, they can learn how to create their own app – no experience necessary. Once it’s complete, the app can be viewed on a phone, computer, or tablet.
    Ages: 6-12.
    Cost: Starts at $16.95/month.
    More information: bitsbox.com.
  • Girls Can! CrateMarie Curie. Florence Nightingale. Malala Yousafzai. Children can learn about these female role models and more in the monthly Girls Can! Crate. Each box includes a 28-page activity book with games, experiments and more, along with 2-3 STEAM activities.
    Ages: 5-10.
    Cost:
    Starts at $27.95/month.
    More information:
    girlscancrate.com.
  • Green Kids CraftsFounded by an environmental scientist, the monthly Green Kids Crafts box includes 4-6 art and science activities, each with a nature theme. The company has also partnered with One Tree Planted, planting a tree for each order.
    Ages: 2-10.
    Cost:
    Starts at $24.95/month.
    More information:
    greenkidcrafts.com.
  • KiwiCoKiwiCo offers monthly boxes for a variety of interests and age groups, including the Panda Crate, which features products that were created for infants and toddlers, and the Eureka Crate, which explores engineering and design (other topics include art, travel, and science). It is also one of the most affordable option on this list, with prices starting under $17 a month.
    Ages: newborn-16+.
    Cost: Starts at $16.95/month.
    More information: kiwico.com.
  • Little Global Citizens – Travel around the world from the comfort of home with Little Global Citizens. This bimonthly box contains a guide for each country, along with crafts, recipes, and activities.
    Ages: 4-10.
    Cost:
    Starts at $39.95/month.
    More information:
    little-global-citizens.com.
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  • Little Passports Little Passports is another option for travel-themed boxes. Each month, children can explore a new country with the World Edition or two new states with the USA Edition. Little Passports also offers STEM boxes, featuring hands-on activities.
    Ages:
    3-8+.
    Cost:
    Starts at $16.95/month.
    More information:
    littlepassports.com.
  • OwlCrate and OwlCrate Jr. If you have an avid reader in your family, OwlCrate is the box for you. Each contains a book, a letter from the author and several themed items (such as mugs, puzzles, and keychains) –and the best part is, all titles have been released in the past 45 days.
    Ages: 8-14+.
    Cost:
    Starts at $32.99/month.
    More information:
    owlcrate.com.
  • Raddish Does your family like to cook together? Each Raddish box includes three themed recipes, a kid-sized cooking utensil, and more. You can also visit the company’s website for additional recipes, cooking videos and musical playlists.
    Ages:
    4-14+.
    Cost:
    Starts at $20/month.
    More information:
    raddishkids.com.
  • We Craft Box –We Craft Box makes it easier to craft with your children – each box includes everything you need to make 2-3 crafts (past themes include Jungle Safari and Under the Sea). Individual boxes are also available for purchase on We Craft Box’s website.
    Ages:
    3-9.
    Cost:
    Starts at $29.99/month.
    More information:
    wecraftbox.com.

Local museums are another great way to keep your child learning this summer. Check out our list in the January issue of Family Times.

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