Subscription Boxes-What Are They And Should I Get Them?
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I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of subscription boxes. They are an amazing tool and resource for our family. We are subscribed to three services and we look forward to them coming each month. It is like Christmas morning in here when the packages arrive.
The first subscription box we ever signed up for was Little Passports and it was gifted to us. Being that we had cut cable, I did not see the commercials for this company, I didn’t even know they existed! Little Passports has been an amazing resource for both of my children. Because my kids are nearly two years apart in age, we received two boxes, one for each of them, from two different age categories. My son’s was called World Traveler and my daughter’s was Early Explorer. World Traveler is geared toward a slightly older child, there is a bit less activities to do in the box, but it came with a lot of information. Each month he received a pen pal letter from a new country, along with a small activity booklet and a memento from the country. There wasn’t enough in the box to justify a whole unit study, so I used it as a segway into learning about the world through mini lessons. I’d pull resources from different sources that were associated with the geography, wildlife, and culture of the country and use it in conjunction with our monthly box. My kids LOVED when our France box came and I painted their faces and dressed them up as mimes!
My daughter’s Early Explorer subscription box is designed for a younger age group and there is a bit more activities to do in each box. The activity booklet is substantially thicker with match-ups, dot to dot, coloring pages and more. Hers is less based on a specific country and more based on a broader sense of geography. For example, she’s had one box dedicated to world landmarks, a box about the continents, and a box about animal habitats. For her skill-level, the box comes with plenty of materials to get a full idea of the topic at hand and learn a lot from the activities and games. The Early Explorer box also comes with a memento or game and I have to say, they’re surprisingly creative and made of good quality. She has received a wooden block animal fishing game, a puzzle, solar system stamps, an insect magnifier cup, and a whole lot more. We have been subscribed to this service for 2 years and have yet to receive a duplicate location or activity!
The next subscription box we started receiving was Kiwi Crate Co. This is a STEM or STEAM based box and it is absolutely amazing. There are five categories by age-range: my daughter gets the yellow box which is called Koala Crate for the younger kids. My son gets the green box which is Kiwi Crate. Each month they are a different theme and come with the instructions and materials for three different crafts or experiments. The Koala Crate is definitely geared more toward the crafty and artsy side of things as The Kiwi Crate is heavily science-based. Both of these boxes have covered a myriad of topics such as; Rainbows, Secret Messages, Ultraviolet Light, Solar System, The Arctic, Mirror Illusions, Reptiles, My Body (Anatomy), the list just goes on and on. There is always an activity booklet inside as well with more information on the theme and instructions for more experiments you can do at home with your own household materials for further learning. The way these boxes are packaged, the materials included, the instructions and graphics-they are utterly of the highest quality. They are fun for the kids, super engaging and really give them a sense of accomplishment when they are finished. Of course, I always take it a step further and check out books from the library on the topics at hand to turn it into a week long unit study. We usually split the Kiwi Crate up into four days segments, doing one of each of the prepared crafts each day and on the fourth day completing the activity book and further learning projects. Here are some examples of awesome projects my kids got to create!
Lastly, we recently subscribed to the Wild + Free bundle. In May I started my own Wild + Free Group (more info on that in another blog post) and signed up for the free bundle. I started listening to their podcast and became so humbled by these mommas’ perspective on homeschooling and parenting. We upgraded and subscribed to the monthly bundle which has a wealth of information available for digital download. Included in their packages are inspiring interviews, beautiful crafts and projects, and gorgeous photography. This is a wonderful resource for growing closer to your family and to nature.
As you can see, I love a good subscription box. They take the responsibility of creating a lesson off of my shoulders for a brief time and allow the kids to learn in a new way. They take us down new paths, toward new ideas and motivate us to venture outside our comfort zone into something we might not have otherwise explored. They are well worth the money in my personal opinion. I will be making separate blog posts when each box comes so you can get a peek of what’s in store!
Comment below if you are subscribed to a learning box and tell me about one that I should look into for my family!