You want to encourage your kids to be more inquisitive about the world, right? Of course, you do! Getting them interested in STEM subjects is one of the best ways of getting their gray matter ticking, while also teaching them some valuable skills for later life. Here are the best science-based subscription boxes for your offspring.
Each of these boxes is a fun collection of scientific projects that inspire your child to become creative problem solvers. They’ll educate them without them even realizing it. Plus, it’s an awesome gift to get in the mail on a regular basis. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
Best For Variety: KiwiCo ($16.95 per month to $19.95 per month)
KiwiCo is a great place for subscription boxes for all age groups. From the moment your child is born, the Tadpole crate provides them with plenty of fun with that being expanded upon as they grow up. While the Kiwi Crates and Eureka Crates are awesome for some scientific fun, it’s the Tinker Crate that stands out most here.
Aimed at 9 to 16 year olds, kids are given everything they need to complete a cool science project each month. The box contains all the materials, along with a blueprint step-by-step instruction guide, and a Tinker Zine that suggests additional experiments and activities to join in with.
Projects include fun with slime, making dioramas or light systems, and learning to make a small rocket. It’s really varied so your kid won’t get bored.
Month by month subscriptions cost $19.95 per month with a 12-month subscription working out at the equivalent of $16.95 per month.
Best For Independent Learning: Spangler Science Club ($19.99 to $29.99 per month)
Some science subscription boxes require input from you—the capable adult—to help your child get going with their project, no matter what the age of your child is. The Spangler Science Club subscription box promises that minimal adult supervision is required except for the very youngest age group, and that aligns well with parent experiences with the different boxes.
Aimed at 5 to 12 year olds, the box contains everything your child needs to complete up to 5 simple but cool projects. Your kid gets to experiment with lots of things to do with physics and chemistry, in a way that doesn’t even feel like learning. Alongside the projects however are details on the real science behind everything so, in no time, your child will appreciate the importance of science in everyday life.
For $19.99 per month, you can get the STEMLab box which includes up to 5 projects each month. Alternatively, for $29.99 per month, you can subscribe to the STEMDeluxe box which contains up to 10 experiments. Be warned though—these are more complex so typically require more adult assistance.