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    16 Subscription Box Gifts To Help Keep Kids Busy In 2021

    Think about it this way: the more time they're kept busy with a subscription box is more you time.

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    1. Reading Bug Box brings any kiddo from birth to 13-years-old an assortment of books they'll be excited to read and add to their very own book collection.

    various board books
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    What they'll get: There are four different subscriptions to choose between. The Baby Bug Box comes with three board books a month recommended for kids ages 0—30 months. The Reading Bug Box comes with three or four books and extra little gift items recommended kids up to 13-years-old, and is available in monthly and bi-monthly options. There is also a Reading Bug Box for 2 option, which comes with five to six books, and is meant to be shared between two kids.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $18/month.

    2. Creative Crayons Coloring Box sends a unique assortment of themed artisan crayons. It'll be fun to see the new crayons they receive each month and even more fun to color with them!

    various shapes of crayons like presents, trees, stockings, and three that spell out JOY
    Creative Crayons Coloring Box / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Each box comes complete with 15–20 non-toxic artisan crayons with a different theme each month. It'll also come with coloring activities for them to use their new crayons on. Not to mention, the box itself can be used as a coloring activity.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $33.33/month.

    3. KiwiCo provides young, curious minds with a box containing an educational project in a variety of categories, and is available for all ages. It's always a win/win when learning can be combined with entertainment.

    person painting something as part of a project about Canada
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    What they'll get: Depending on which subscription you choose (there are eight to pick), they'll receive a box with a carefully planned, hands-on project to keep their creative and curious minds busy. Not only that, but it's a great box for parents, guardians, siblings, and other loved ones to work on with the kids!

    Get it from KiwiCo starting at $19.95/month.

    4. Up & Away Adventures focuses on a new country every other month that the entire family can enjoy learning about. It's like taking an international vacation without having to pack a suitcase or board a long flight.

    a spain themed box
    Up & Away Adventures / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Every other month, they'll open a box with a different country as the theme. The box will contain crafts, games, activities, recipes from that country, and an interactive online component so they can learn all about the culture, music, cuisine, and more exciting information from that country.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $49.95/two months.

    5. Bitsbox brings the kiddos a new coding project each month that'll allow them to create their very own mobile apps, and then actually use those apps on a mobile device afterwards.

    a coding project
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    What they'll get: Each monthly box comes with a project to teach them a new computer science concept. They'll be able to build their very own apps on the Bitsbox website, and then use those apps on a mobile device! if you choose to get them the deluxe box, they'll also receive a monthly toy, stickers, and tattoos!

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $24.95/month.

    6. Vika Twist sends a box filled with balloons and crafting supplies for creating balloon animals. If this was a thing when I was a kid, I personally would've been VERY excited to receive this.

    various items to make balloon animals
    Vika Twist / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Their box will contain four different balloon twisting lesson plans each month, along with a 100 count (or more) of balloons, and fun surprises to turn their balloons into exciting works of art!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $25.99/month.

    7. Unicorn Dream Box transports your kiddo to the most magical land of all — Unicornland, of course! This box is filled with, you guessed it, all things unicorn from plushies to books to accessories to school supplies, and so much more.

    box filled with various unicorn-themed items
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    What they'll get: Choose between the Unicorn Dream Box (6–9 items), or the Deluxe Box (10–15 items); items include things like a unicorn plush or squishy, unicorn school supplies, a unicorn bag, unicorn accessories, and books plus a themed unicorn educational flash card and stickers!

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $38/month.

    8. Think Outside Boxes encourages the kiddos to spend less time looking at a screen and more time exploring nature and the great outdoors.

    box filled with various outdoor items including a blue backpack
    Think Outside Boxes / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Each box will come with 2–5 outdoor gear items, a 20+ page educational and activity booklet containing guided resources to help master outdoor skills, and fun challenges! Plus, their first box will come with an outdoor backpack in their choice of blue, pink, or orange!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $36.50/month.

    9. Pipsticks brings them 15 exciting sticker packs each month along with a postcard and an activity book. Who doesn't love new stickers?

    various packs of stickers with different themes like butterflies cute animals inside mugs
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    What they'll get: Each monthly delivery will come with 15 sheets of stickers, a postcard, and an activity book! Each box is priced at over $48! Gotta love a subscription that's also a great deal!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $17.95/month.

    10. Momo's Book Club sends books each month that'll help to grow and diversify their collection by providing them stories with themes of strong female characters, diverse families, and celebrating uniqueness — just to name a few.

    box filled with books like tikki tembo and the doorbell rang
    Momo's Book Club

    What they'll get: Each month they'll get between one to three books in each box to build their collection of stories. These books cover diverse topics including stories that feature strong female characters, diverse families, different family structures, celebrating uniqueness, Latin culture and the Spanish language.

    Get it from Cratejoy starting at $10/month.

    11. Loop Lab delivers up to four new STEM activities designed for kids ages 8+ that'll make engaging in and learning science a fun, interactive activity.

    various items needed for a stem science project
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    What they'll get: Each month, they'll receive up to four STEM activities with step-by-step instructions and explanations that'll make learning science an engaging, exciting activity!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $28.33/month.

    12. The Clay Box provides kids with the materials and tools needed to create awesome clay projects designed by a professional art teacher!

    christmas themed clay project with mini christmas trees, letters that spell joy, paint, brushes, and more
    The Clay Box / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Every month, they'll receive the high-quality materials and tools needed to create two clay projects a month. Plus, each kit is designed and curated by a professional art teacher.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $25/month.

    13. Color My Cookie combines creativity with deliciousness. Each month they'll have the chance to "paint" and decorate pre-iced shortbread cookies and most importantly, eat them!

    christmas themed iced shortbread cookies with tubes of frosting and sprinkles
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    What they'll get: Each month, they'll receive six pre-iced shortbread cookies from Dallas-based Tart Bakery. It'll also come with their signature edible watercolor palette, paint brushes, icing, and sprinkles or edible glitter, as well a link to an online tutorial taught by a real pastry chef.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $28.75/month.

    14. We Craft Box delivers a unique theme crafting box to keep young ones ages 3–9 channeling their creativity. Plus, each box comes with a story about the crafts and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions!

    a penguin-themed craft box
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    What they'll get: Each box comes with a themed story, four or more coordinating crafts, crafting materials, and easy-to-follow instructions designed for kids ages 3–9. They say this box can easily be shared between two kids!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $25/month.

    15. Wonder Crate chooses a different book each month focusing on a change-maker. The kiddos will also receive fun activities to help them learn more about the inspirational figure.

    box containing a who is dolly parton book and other activities
    Wonder Crate / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Choose between Wonder Crate Jr. (designed for ages 5–7), or Wonder Crate activists, innovators, artists, or a combo (designed for ages 8–11). Each box will contain a book and activities to help spark their curiosity and connect them to the change-maker in their box. Featured people have included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton, Frida Kahlo, George Washington Carver, and so many more inspirational people!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $23.96/month.

    16. Toy Box Monthly sends a wonderful assortment of toys each month from a variety of well-known brands like Barbie, Disney, and Marvel. It's basically a child's dream in a box.

    Toy Box Monthly / Cratejoy

    What they'll get: Each month, the box will be filled with four to six trending toys designed for kids 4–8. You can opt for a month-to-month, three-month, six-month, or once-a-year subscription. Toys will come from brans like Disney, DC Comics, Barbie, Marvel, My Little Pony, LEGO, and more!

    Get it from Cratejoy for $24/month.

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