These days it’s no exaggeration to say kids are born with the world at their fingertips. They can summon an Uber or Lyft. Have any food delivered within minutes. Google answers to every question that pops into their head, or just ask via Siri or Alexa. And when it comes to education and entertainment, the options available on Youtube or Spotify for free are truly endless.
But the ubiquity of tech also presents challenges. Fear of overuse leads many parents to limit screen time, but it’s not easy to keep kids engaged without modern gadgets.
Luckily a new crop of subscription boxes has emerged to solve this exact problem. Offering a wide range of educational experiments and projects for kids of all ages, a few of these curated boxes are designed to build interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), while others are built breed curiosity about art and culture. Either way, they present an enriching experience that fosters a lifelong love of learning and gives your child a much-head start (they’ll thank you later). We’ll compare three of the most popular kids’ subscription box providers on the market today – KiwiCo, Little Passports and Amazon STEM — to help you decide which might be most compelling for the youngest learners in your life. Ready? Let’s go.
What exactly is a kids educational subscription box and how do they work?
All three subscription box brands — KiwiCo, Little Passports, and Amazon STEM — start with you selecting a product line by age-appropriateness. Next you decide on a length of subscription (1 month trial? 6? Annual subscription?), and then finally you add a payment method. Naturally they are happy to charge your card for the entire subscription upfront, or you can opt to pay monthly. When all’s said and done, a curated selection of fun educational activities are shipped at the cadence you specify, addressed to your child, and ready to explore in depth upon arrival.
Each comes loaded with everything your child needs to become a more effective problem solver or budding artist. The core benefit of these boxes is to get kids to unplug and feel more excited about the endless possibilities of the real (i.e. non-virtual) world. Oh, and by investing in an education subscription box, you not only help your child learn, you might actually pick up a fact or two yourself!
One of the most important steps in the process that we cannot stress enough is to actively participate in the projects and activities alongside your child. The activities in the box are not meant to replace your babysitter or act as an exercise in solitary study. Each is designed to spark the desire to learn more and change the world, but that requires parents to team up with — and ultimately invest time in! — their kid’s intellectual and artistic development.