12 Awesome (& Educational) STEM Subscription Boxes for Kids

We all love receiving gifts in the mail – especially my kids!

Do you want to create a recurring activity for your family? Or simply want a great gift for a kid in your life?

A STEM subscription box is the answer.

It’s difficult to plan regular STEM activities with your family. Maybe you’ve tried different experiments or new science kits every month, but it’s becoming too time-consuming to plan and shop for them. (Plus, they start to get expensive!) Well, say hello to the easiest way to bring a STEM activity or experiment into your home every month.

As you probably know, there’s no shortage of subscription boxes! I’ve tried some for crafts and snacks, but my favorite theme has been STEM subscription boxes.

There’s a variety of STEM subscription boxes available for kids. You’ll find general STEM activities, robotics, coding, and more. In this article, I’ll go over the best subscriptions out there for each category.

Everyone at home is going to be excited when these boxes arrive in your mailbox every month. Let’s dive in.

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Best Overall STEM Subscription Boxes for Kids

These boxes switch it up every month! You’ll find activities that range from engineering to science to tech.

1. Kiwi Crate

tinker crate from KiwiCo reviewed - awesome monthly science subscription box

At just $20/month, Kiwi Crate is GREAT! Hands-on STEM activities arrive at your doorstep every month. Plus, every box includes a lesson, so your kids understand the skills or principals taught through the activity.

The activities vary each month, so you won’t get bored. You’ll find some more focused on engineering (like building a catapult) while others have a science (like replicating constellations with fiber optic lights.)

KiwiCo offers eight different subscriptions for different ages. Our family received Kiwi Crate which is designed for ages 5 to 8. But you can find a subscription for every age! Even the art box subsciption is fun for adults!

Price: $20/month

Use code SHARE30 for 30% off your first box!

Age: 9+

2. Green Kids Craft

This is the STEM subscription box for your nature and art-loving kid! 

It’s the perfect combination of science and art delivered to your door every month. They have 3 different subscriptions for different age groups, so you can be sure to find the most age-appropriate box! 

Example projects include making bird feeders or a safari-themed box. 

What makes them especially awesome is that they plant a tree too for every purchase. It’s a win-win for everyone! 

Get 50% off your first month with the code GET50.

Price: $25 and up (includes shipping)

Age: 4-12

3. Groovy Lab in a Box

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With Groovy Labs, kids are encouraged to think like engineers!

These hands-on activities involve following the engineering design process. Activities have included creating your own guitar or marble runner.

(You can also get 20% off your first month with the coupon code: GROOVYGLOBE)

Price: $29.95

Ages: 5-12

4. Amazon’s STEM Club

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Amazon offer’s its own STEM subscription box for just $19.99/month. However, this is a different type of box. Instead of receiving monthly activities and experiments, you’ll receive a STEM-focused toy each month. 

You can choose one of three different age groups.

I like this subscription because it is affordable. But, it does not mean you’re getting cheap STEM toys (ie. selling you toys that would typically be priced under $20). It is a big variety, but I would estimate the average price is about $20 per toy, so while it isn’t a steal, you also don’t feel ripped off. Past months have included Snap Circuits or Gravity Maze.

Price: $20/month

Age: Multiple Age Groups Available

5. Little Passports Science Expeditions 

Little Passports offers 3 different boxs for different age groups, but if you’re looking for a box for older children, their science box is a great option! The Science Expeditions box is ideal for 9 & up.

Each month you’ll receive a fun science or engineering activity! You can subsribe directly on their site or manage your subscription through Amazon.

Price: $25/month

Age: 9 & up

6. Girls Can Crate

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Next up – let’s look at those subscription boxes that focus on teaching kids to code. Many of these kits aren’t simply programming on a computer. They are teaching kids the logic patterns that they would need as a programmer!

 

Best STEM Subscription Boxes to Teach Kids Code

Next up – let’s look at those subscription boxes that focus on teaching kids to code. Many of these kits aren’t simply programming on a computer. They are teaching kids the logic patterns that they would need as a programmer!

7. BitsBox

coding subscription box for kids - a new programming project every month

This Boulder, CO startup was founded by two ex-Googlers looking to teach their own children how to code.  

It combines both physical activities and the computer to give a child a well-rounded approach to how code works. Your kids will learn how to think like a programmer with this box! 

Each month you receive a box with dozens of coding projects, ranging from simple to more advanced. You then login to the Bitsbox website to begin building the app. The app can be shared and played with on any mobile device or computer with a web browser. We loved the characters and themes of the games and kit!

If you have done other programming apps with your children, most are graphical. This eliminates any syntax errors and is generally easier for kids who are slower to type. However, Bitsbox is typing based, which may make it frustrating for younger children who are slower to type.

Bitsbox uses JavacScript syntax. (But you, as the parent, don’t need to know anything about code to guide your kids through the activity!) 

This is my favorite STEM box with a coding focus.

You can subscribe direcly on their site or purchase through Amazon.

Price: $24.95/month

Ages: 6-12

8. Creation Crate

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The Creation Crate is a combo programming and electronics subscription box for kids.

With the Electronics + Programming kit, you’ll be programming an Uno R-3 (essentially a slimmed-down Raspberry Pi model).

Price: $29.99

Ages: 12+

Best Science Subscription Boxes

Know you have a future scientist in your midst? These subscription boxes are focused on science experiments and activities.

9. Spangler Science Club

STEM subscription box activity science experiment

There are so many ideas for science experiments on Pinterest. But let’s face it. Actually coordinating and making them happen is difficult.

Spanger Science Club is a great subscription box for monthly science experiments right to your door. Make play-dough, slime, volcanos and so much more!

Plus — it’s affordable. You can get the starter kit for just $15/month – making it the least expensive subscription on our list. Most of the kits were a one-time use. But I’d say an afternoon of fun experimenting for $15 is well worth it!

Price: $15/box

Age: 5-12

10. Club SciKidz

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SciKidz subscription boxes are unique in that they focus on a specific scientific career in each box. One box may focus on veterinarian sciences and another on astronomy. (You can view all of their past boxes here!)

The company also offers STEM camps, so while I haven’t tried this particular box personally, I trust they know what kids love while learning!

Price: $29.95

Age: 5-12

11. The Young Scientist Club

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Monthly science kits that are all Magic School Bus themed. Ms. Frizzle will take your kids on a scientific adventure every month with this subscription box.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed yet — I’m a bargain hunter. The Young Scientist Club currently has a deal on Groupon to buy 6 boxes at a great discount! You can find that deal here.

Price: $19.99 per box

Ages: 5-12

Best Robotics Subscription Boxes

12.  GoBox

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GoBox is an interesting STEM subscription! You receive a starter pack for GoPiGo car kit. The cars are using a Raspberry Pi. Then, each month you receive a new mission.   

I love Raspberry Pis. This subscription box is building skills you can keep using for the rest of your life and continue to advance to more advanced projects.

The big downside to this subscription box: the kits are $15.99 per month which is the typical subscription box price. But GoBox charges a $189.99 entry fee (when you receive your car). However, generally robotics kits are a higher price point, so even though this is expensive compared to the other type of kits we have reviewed here, it was still worth the price tag!

Price: $189 Entry + $15.99/month

Age: 9+

 

Wrapping Up

Find a subscription box your family will love! If STEM doesn’t seem like the right fit for your family right now, know that there are plenty of other educational boxes out there.

Here at STEM Education Guide, we really want to help parents, families, and teachers learn how to have a healthy relationship with technology. These boxes are great activities for “screen-free” time while still learning STEM skills.

(PS. Feeling stuck making a choice? I get it! So let me make it easy for you. If you’re just looking for your first STEM box and want to figure out what kind of activities your kids love most, go for a KiwiCo box. It’s an affordable option with a lot of variety.)

And most importantly – have fun!

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