Let your children see how fun and exciting STEM can be with these nine monthly subscription boxes for kids.
“The myth is that we have to convince children that science is fun. Are you kidding? Science has always been fun for children… if it’s presented in the right way.” – Steve Spangler
Too many children think science is boring. Maybe it’s because their only exposure to science is listening to classroom presentations and reading dry textbooks.
But when put into practice, science can be downright fun. It involves exploration, experimentation, and creativity – all things children naturally love and use on their own every day as they explore the world around them.
The following is a list of science subscription boxes for kids that provide fun and engaging ways to explore and create. Each subscription box has its own unique focus, whether it’s learning how to code, learning about space, building electronics or experimenting with a variety of STEM projects. These kits will leave your child feeling that science can be loads of fun!
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STEM Subscription Boxes
These nine boxes are generally listed by age range – from younger kids to older children and teens.
Focus: Monthly STEAM projects
Age Range: Kiwi Crates, ages 5-8 and Tinker, ages 9-16
Price: $16.95+ per month
Kiwi and Tinker Crates provide kids with projects that teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles. Each box comes with supplies and instructions on how to create that month’s project. Kiwi Crate projects include an arcade claw, a study on shadow and light and the science of color. Tinker Crates include a trebuchet and studies in hydraulics and motors.
Focus: Teaching kids to code
Age Range: Recommended for ages 6-12
Price: $16.95+ a month
Subscribers to Bitsbox receive monthly coding projects that teach elementary school-aged kids how to program apps for real devices. Projects are done online and once complete, kids can play with the project they’ve completed. No prior coding experience is needed.
Focus: Hands-on science experiments designed by Steve Spangler
Age Range: Recommended for ages 7-14
Price: Starts at $19.99 per month
The Spangler Science Club features a range of hands-on science experiments designed by Steve Spangler, a former TV host of a popular science education segment on News for Kids. Projects focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math.
Focus: STEAM projects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)
Age Range: 2-10+
Price: $24.95+ per month
Green Kid Craft boxes offer kids a wide range of hands-on STEAM projects with each month focused on a different theme. Themes include rocket science, intro to electricity, and backyard science, to name a few. Each box contains a small magazine that highlights the theme of the box as well as two-three projects with step-by-step instructions. Green Kid Craft boxes are made from recycled materials and the company plants one tree for every box ordered and is also carbon neutral.
Focus: STEM experiments
Age Range: 8+
Groovy Lab in a Box provides monthly hands-on STEM projects, blending scientific inquiry and engineering design process. The idea is to encourage children to use problem-solving skills when creating projects. Groovy Labs offers extended learning through its online portal.
Focus: STEM activities
Age Range: 8-12 years old
Price: $26+ per month
Every month Genius Box sends a toolkit that allow kids to complete three STEM activities. The goal is to foster curiosity and a passion for STEM projects in a fun and engaging way. A few of the topics already covered in Genius Boxes include robotics, forensics, crystals, and rockets.
Focus: Teaching kids about science and technology
Age Range: Recommended for ages 7 and up
Price: $28.95+ per month
Club SciKidz Labs introduces children to science and technology through projects and experiments. Each box contains a variety of career-based activities such as veterinary medicine, robotics, food science, programming etc. Additionally, the supplies provided will allow kids to begin their own home lab.
Focus: Teaches electronics and coding
Age Range: Recommended for +12 years
Price: $22.49+ a month
Creation Crate teaches anyone age twelve and over electronics, coding, and high-level problem-solving. Each crate teaches a lesson and is progressively more challenging. A sampling of the projects include a mood lamp, an electronic memory game, and a distance detector using an ultrasonic sensor.
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