Sharing some great opportunities for learning outside the classroom can help fulfill eager learners and help inspire and engage reluctant ones. Society is filled with a multitude of at your doorstep conveniences, and educational resources are no exception. There are a wide array of monthly subscriptions that allow children to explore learning at home via special delivery. We’re highlighting a few to share with families to keep the learning spark alive outside of the classroom.
Genius Box — This STEM learning adventure is recommended for children ages 8-11. The box includes a narrative story and activity cards to explain the concepts covered in an engaging way. Three or more activities are included to immerse students in the chosen topic. Past subjects of study have included magnets, polymers, circuits, going green, weather, paleontology, and more. Subscriptions start as low as $23 a month.
Kidstir — Have a child that’s taken an interest in the culinary arts? Then Kidstir is the perfect match. Each kit contains three creative food projects. Recipe cards, educational foodie pages, digital and printed shopping lists, games and puzzles, kid-sized cooking tools, and e-newsletters with printables and recipes are included with every subscription. All food groups are included in each package’s exploration of palette pleasing recipes. With subscriptions starting as low as $12.95 a month, it’s a great opportunity for kids to work with measurements, follow directions, and learn about healthy eating.
History Unboxed — These age-tailored history lessons are available for learners from ages 5-16+. The monthly hands-on activities allow students to explore history in unique and memorable ways. All supplies needed are included unless a perishable component is part of the monthly agenda. Links to a wealth of additional resources are also available for students and parents/teachers. This is a pricier subscription that breaks down to approximately $38 monthly for a quarterly purchase, but it could be just the right fit for a die-hard history buff!
Amazon’s STEM Club Toy Subscription — For those looking to ensure that toys are educational and age-appropriate, the new STEM toy subscriptions from Amazon are sure to please. Subscriptions are just $19.99 monthly, and subscribers can choose from plans for ages 3-4, 5-7, or 8-13. Each month a new toy for exploration is delivered and the STEM components will have kids learning through play as they engage with robotics, chemistry, electronics, and more.
Groovy Lab in a Box — This partnership with Popular Mechanics has produced an engaging way to get kids excited about STEM activities. The blend of Scientific Inquiry and the Engineering Design Process are present in every set of activities. Subscriptions can be purchased for as little as $24.95 monthly and single box purchases are also an option if a particular topic is of interest for just $36.95. Children 8 and up will enjoy this journey through STEM concepts, and the additional learning opportunities available through the online portal can make for hours of educationally engaging fun.
Crate Joy — Literally hundreds of subscription options are available for browsing and discovering the best fit based on interest and age level from Crate Joy. With a wide variety of price levels and topics, this is a great way to explore the concept of educational subscription services. Combine reading and STEM explorations with a subscriptions to STEM Reads Book Club. Expose a green-thumbed interest with My Garden Box. Let Bitsbox strengthen the concepts of coding with monthly emailed or delivered app projects. While there are loads of subscriptions for kids, adults can also explore some unique collections to delve further into their own interests.
Kiwi Crate — The variety of subscriptions found at Kiwi Crate offer unique learning opportunities that meet kids at age-appropriate levels. For younger kids, the monthly crates include materials that allow them to explore math, science, art, and more. Maker projects are accompanied by an engaging magazine and additional online DIY ideas. For older learners, subscriptions can be tailored to meet interests in either art and design or science and engineering. All crates are affordable at less than $20 monthly, and there is even a Kiwibop Postcard Pals option that sends subscribers 4 engaging postcards a month to teach them about the world and improve reading skills for as little as $3.59.
Learning doesn’t have to be in short supply outside of the classroom. Students and families can easily tap into their interests or areas that need some extended focus and continue the educational adventures at home. These monthly subscriptions are definitely worthy of some teacher touting and parental investing.