By Olivia Haveron
Kids are back to school but parents know that those remote days in, weekends, and snow days mean that having some structured activities at the ready is never a bad thing.
Subscription boxes and activity kits are a creative way for your children to create, imagine, and learn about the world around them while making it easy for parents to entertain their kids.
These subscription boxes and activity kits are geared for different ages, from toddlers to tweens, and include topics such as discovering the world, managing stress, and emphasizing children as creators and innovators.
Making the play experience easier for parents, each digital playbook grants access to seasonal activities, crafts, and sensory ideas for the month; a monthly collection of themed printables with directions on how to use them; an easy-to-shop supply list; and a library list and curated screen time ideas. $11/month or $99/year. magicplaybook.com.
Little Global Citizens
Every other month, you and your child will receive a new box that includes a country activity guide, a book, multiple crafts, activities, recipes, and a collectable language card. $34.95 every other month, $200 annually. little-global-citizens.com.
Girls Can! Crate
To introduce girls to diverse women who have made history, each crate contains a Girls Can! activity book, several hands-on activities, and much more. Crate options include packages for one child, multiple children, and a mini-mailer for busy families. $27.95/month; crates for multiple children are an additional $9/child, and the mini-mailers begin at $18/month. girlscancrate.com.
The UPside Delivered
Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, each box is built with a lesson and coaching in mind that explain to kids the pathway to feeling calm. The standard subscription box includes four boxes that you will receive quarterly: The Begin Box, The Find Your Feelings Box, The Move Your Mood Box, and Create Your Calm Box. The UPside Delivered also provides specialty boxes to deal with Self-Esteem, Covid, Anger, Mindfulness, etc. $39.99/box. upsidedelivered.com.
Hullabaloo Book Company
Working with publishers, libraries, and other book venues, Hullabaloo works hard to find books and collaborations that lift people up, while emphasizing inclusion and fostering accessibility. Each box arrives on a monthly basis and includes a premium picture book, a signature activity pack, and a free Club Members Only tote. $19.95/month. hullabaloobookco.com
Each box is themed around one major global issue and guides kids to engage with the issue in a positive, meaningful way. There are four major aspects included in each box: learning about the issue, connecting and building empathy through experience, taking action through special volunteering projects, and giving to charity through $5 donations. $49.50-$55.00/month.alltruists.com.
This article first appeared on NewYorkFamily.com.