Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Subscription Boxes

Kids love getting things addressed especially to them in the mail, and so monthly subscription boxes are a great way to combine learning and fun with the thrill of getting mail. Here are 5 terrific subscription box companies.

Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers: Subscription Boxes

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1. Little Passports : This company offers a monthly box delivered in the format of a package from two fictitious characters on an adventure around the world (or the US – depending on the package you choose.). The starting kit comes with a little mini suitcase for your child to keep their monthly treasures in, a world map, and intro letter. Each following month has a postcard and activities based on a new country, as well as some online bonuses and goodies. It is a great way to learn about other cultures and communities, and spark their interest in geography. (I wrote a post about how to expand it to do a fuller world geography experience.)

If you have younger kids, you can also get an Early Explorers kit, which is geared for preschoolers to start their exploration of the world. Plus they have a lot of extra new additions in their store – such as a plush puppy, world coins, a backpack, and even a coral reef kit.

New for 2016, Little Passports introduces Science Expeditions, a monthly subscription that sends your child a kit full of scientific fun. Solve science mysteries, do experiments, and feed your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for kids ages 9+.

Where to Buy: Little Passports Website

Cost: World Kits & USA Kits are $12.95/month or you can buy a year’s subscription and lower the cost to $11.95/month. Early Explorers Kits are $15.95/month, or only $13.95/month with a year’s subscription. Science Expeditions are $20.95/month or a year for $17.95/month. Shipping to Canada is an additional $4.50/month. (US$)

Age Range: Ages 5-10.  Early Explorers is for 3 – 5 year olds. Science Expeditions is for 9+.


#2. Curiosity Box : Canadian. This monthly activity box is filled with 3 crafts and an activity plus everything you need to complete them (including instructions!) based on a theme for the month.

curiosity box

Where to Buy: Curiosity Box Website

Cost: Single boxes cost from $26.50/month. Subscribing ahead helps lower the cost – a year’s subscription lowers it to $24.50/month. Sibling add-ons are available at an extra cost.

Age Range: Ages 3 – 7


#3. Nerd Block: Canadian. Unlike the other boxes above, this box isn’t about crafts or activities. It’s designed to fulfill the need of the inner nerd – with a monthly box full of random nerdy stuff related to gaming, movies, television shows, toys, etc. There are several different options of versions to choose from: the original Nerd Block, Nerd Block Jr. (one for boys and one for girls), Arcade Nerd Block, etc. Other than the Jr boxes, each includes a unique t-shirt every month.

Where to Buy: Nerd Block Website

Cost: All boxes are from $19.99/month (and include a t-shirt). Shipping costs are based on box chosen.

Age Range: Jr boxes are for ages 6 – 11. Regular boxes seem intended for 13+.


4. Creation Crate: Canadian. These boxes are perfect for the tech savvy, engineering-minded children in your life. They challenge you to use circuit boards, electronics, and computer programming to create a project each month.

We tried box #1 which was a mood lamp. It was a lot of fun, and completely challenging. Here is my review. Use the code below to get 10% off when you order your subscription.

Creation Crate
Where to Buy: My Creation Crate Website

Cost: Individual boxes cost $29.99/month, or you can order subscriptions which can lower the cost to $22.50/month. Please note that even though this is a Canadian company, their prices are in US dollars. 

Age Range: The activities are designed for ages 12+ (and not just for kids!)


5. Brick Loot. Have a LEGO fan in your house? This is the box they need! A monthly box of LEGO related theme-centred goodness.

“You will receive a Brick Loot box filled with LEGO and brick related items. We search high and low for the newest, coolest and most outrageous items you will not find at your local toy store. All items are hand picked by our LEGO loving team and sure to leave you with a BIG smile.

EACH BOX MAY INCLUDE: (BOXES ARE A SURPRISE EACH MONTH SO ITEMS WILL VARY)

  • Exclusive Brick Loot LEGO Minifigures
  • Custom Build with LEGO Bricks (Instructions and pieces) in EVERY BOX
  • LEGO Accessories
  • LEGO compatible products
  • The newest brick items in the market
  • Exclusive Brick Loot items you can not get ANYWHERE else!”

Coolest of all? This company was started by a 9 year old boy named Parker (who is now 12 years old).

Brick Loot - A Monthly LEGO Subscription Box

Where to Buy: BrickLoot Website

Cost: Individual Monthly Boxes are $27US, or subscriptions can lower it down to $24.95US / month. Shipping to Canada is $13/month.

Age Range: Recommended for ages 6-99.


GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to Little Passports for offering a 6 months subscription of your choice to one of their kits, including their new Science Expeditions.

  • The prize is a 6 month Little Passports subscription.
  • The winner may choose which subscription they would like (Early Explorers, World Edition, USA Edition, or Science Expeditions).
  • Ages 18+
  • Open to Canada & US, excluding Quebec. Void where prohibited.
  • Please complete the entry below for your chance to win.

56 Comment(s)

  • by Jeanine Posted November 22, 2014 8:46 pm

    Wow! A HUGE Thank You from this Canadian Mom whos been pulling he hair out at unaffordable US Shipping costs! Seriously, thank you soo much for bringing my atention to these amazing canadian Companies! Dont get me wrong, we are do alot of US on line shopping regardless but for these creative boxes, I was looking for some affordable options, for which youve shared plenty! PS i found this post through your recent Holiday Gifts for Homeschoolers email article 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 22, 2014 9:01 pm

      You are so welcome! I am glad to help! 😀

    • by Michaela Posted November 22, 2016 5:19 pm

      I totally agree and I think that all packages look like fun for all.
      Especially science expeditions and world edition. ☺

  • by Lisa Posted November 23, 2014 12:30 pm

    We’re doing our first unit study on animals using the Thornton Burgess books along with our Science curriculum! We love the DK books, they are so much help! We are totally encyclopedia lovers, which DK is most know for!

  • by Launa Bustamante Posted November 25, 2014 11:58 pm

    Thank you for the options. I am always on the look out for new sites (to me) that have fun stuff for all occasions!

  • by Krystle Posted November 7, 2016 8:42 am

    Mine would love any one if them! I would prefer science though. 🙂

  • by ameirah taha Posted November 7, 2016 8:45 am

    Brickloot sounds awesome! My girl loves Lego! So educational & fun! Thanks

  • by Deanna Posted November 7, 2016 8:56 am

    THANKYOU for the great ideas and a chance to win!

  • by Melissa Posted November 7, 2016 9:16 am

    The brick loot one

  • by Sara Posted November 7, 2016 9:20 am

    My boys would love the little explorers box. It would be neat to start exploring the world with them through the boxes.

  • by Jill Posted November 7, 2016 9:32 am

    This is such an awesome compilation of information! I love subscription boxes but the US prices are insane for us right now. Nice to have Canadian options! My daughter will be all over that creation crate when she’s older.

  • by Jaclyn Posted November 7, 2016 9:51 am

    Love this idea! A couple of my kids would love the Nerd box and the Lego ones!

  • by stacey d Posted November 7, 2016 9:59 am

    i would pick little passports and/or curiosity crate but eally all of them are equally awesome

  • by Melissa Holden Posted November 7, 2016 10:07 am

    That pretty awesome my little guy would love the science boxes

  • by Karen Posted November 7, 2016 11:33 am

    This would be an amazing gift for my girls…8&10 years.

  • by Alison Posted November 7, 2016 1:09 pm

    Great giveaway! We did the Magic School Bus science kits a few years back (it was a gift actually) but I’ve been curious about Little Passports for a while. I’ve not heard of those other options before – great that they are Canadian 🙂

  • by Cassia Posted November 7, 2016 3:23 pm

    Soooo, I know this was supposed to be for the kids… but I’m totally asking for A Nerd Block subscription for Christmas hahaha 😉

    • by Cassia Posted November 7, 2016 3:29 pm

      I should add, my daughter would most likely love the Little Passports World kits… she is more interested in countries and cultures than comics and klingon 🙂

    • by LisaMarie Posted November 7, 2016 3:49 pm

      hehe yes – I totally would love a nerd block!

  • by Fay Posted November 7, 2016 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the information and chance to win a giveaway.

  • by Melissa DeJong Posted November 7, 2016 7:00 pm

    My son would love the science kits

  • by Leatha Burke Posted November 7, 2016 9:04 pm

    Interested in all of them

  • by Sarah De Diego Posted November 8, 2016 7:47 am

    My kids would LOVE the brickloot one but we travel 6 months of the year so the Passport one will be well received as well.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  • by Marcie Posted November 8, 2016 7:49 am

    My daughter would enjoy all of them, but Little Passports would be fantastic.

  • by Cara Smith Posted November 8, 2016 7:50 am

    I think that my son would love the science kit!! They all sound awesome though 🙂

  • by Rebecca T Posted November 8, 2016 7:53 am

    I didn’t know there were so many Canadian subscription boxes! Thanks for sharing them!

  • by Alya P. Posted November 8, 2016 8:21 am

    My oldest loves maps and would love the Little Passports subscription!
    Thanks for the chance to win! And for highlighting Canadian subscription boxes, which I didn’t know about before.

  • by Pam Posted November 8, 2016 8:25 am

    I think we would be passport fans around here. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • by sunnid Posted November 8, 2016 8:26 am

    I think my kids would like the World Passport kit.

  • by Meaghan Dawson Posted November 8, 2016 8:39 am

    Suuuuuch an amazing post! My kids are still too young for most of these (other than the Young Explorers!) but I will be saving this post for later! Love all the Canadian options!

  • by Lynnise Osberg Posted November 8, 2016 9:17 am

    This is awesome! And so is your website! This is my first year homeschooling and your website has provided so much information and feedback on products. Thank you! I think my son would be most interested in the Little Passports Science or the Creation Crate! So fun!

  • by AJ Posted November 8, 2016 9:21 am

    My son would enjoy Science Expedition and Nerd Block. Thank you for posting these. I knew about Little Passports but not the others.

  • by Lori Desrosiers Posted November 8, 2016 10:23 am

    Thank you! Such great subscription boxes 🙂

  • by Melissa Shears Posted November 8, 2016 10:46 am

    Thank you for the subscription box reviews. Great information! My 7-year-olld would love the brick loot box, my 11-year-old would love the creation box, and my youngest would love the little passports box.

  • by Michelle Posted November 8, 2016 10:56 am

    I think my children as a group would like the Science Expedition. I’m unsure about the Lego box because when I read the details, it says that not all of the contents are real Lego, some of the stuff is “Lego compatible” (which can sometimes mean lower quality) and the box is not supported or endorsed by Lego at all. My son would love it still, I’m sure.

  • by Rebecca Simpson Posted November 8, 2016 12:04 pm

    This is a very helpful list – thank you! I love seeing the Canadian Companies especially as shipping from the US is prohibitive for others.

  • by Amber V. Posted November 8, 2016 5:32 pm

    My kids would love all of these, but I think all of them would enjoy the Creation Crates the most! Thanks for this giveaway.

  • by Linda C. Posted November 8, 2016 9:38 pm

    Omg which one to choose lolll.. I think the brick loot one… so happy to see it for Canadian residents…

  • by AshleyT Posted November 9, 2016 5:04 pm

    My boys would love all of them! I think Little Passports and Brick Loot would be their favorites. I am definitely saving this post for future birthdays and Christmas

  • by LWattie Posted November 9, 2016 7:19 pm

    How awesome!! Such a great prize giveaway!! I would think my son would be interested in the passport world or science.

  • by Nancy Posted November 9, 2016 8:39 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love the Little Passports World Edition — she has, in fact, been begging me for it for the past week or so.

  • by Christian Posted November 10, 2016 2:07 am

    It would be a great help, as a single mom, it can be hard to provide resources that add to a tiny budget, so the giveaway sound helpful and great

  • by Maryanne Posted November 14, 2016 4:49 pm

    I’m sure my son would like the Science Expedition one!

  • by Christine Posted November 16, 2016 3:53 pm

    I’ve been looking at a few of these and really appreciate the reviews! I was seriously considering getting my two youngest kids each a subscription to Brick Loot. They go bonkers for Lego!

  • by Jami Posted November 17, 2016 7:06 am

    I’ve looked into so many of these boxes but haven’t been able to commit. I’d love for my kids to give the Little Passports one a try!!

  • by Jillian Dueck Posted November 17, 2016 9:47 am

    My son would love The Passport and Lego subscriptions! They would be a great Christmas gift option!!

  • by Christa Posted November 17, 2016 11:55 am

    My kid would LOVE a science box delivered every month! He has gone from saying he wanted to be an alien doctor to an everything scientist to the most recent, possibly marine biology with two other science degrees he has not decided on yet!

  • by Jacquelyn Posted November 17, 2016 9:20 pm

    Would live to try this with the kids. Thanks for the oppertunity! Fingers crossed.

  • by carrie l Posted November 17, 2016 11:20 pm

    my kids are itching for a little passports subscription

  • by Rowena Posted November 18, 2016 6:24 am

    My girls would enjoy the world edition box. This is such an awesome opportunity thank you

  • by Lindsay Hermanson Posted November 21, 2016 10:11 am

    We are currently doing the world geography, would love to try the science kit!

  • by Loni Posted November 21, 2016 10:22 am

    I have kids ages 4-10 and I can see someone in this house loving any of the subscriptions! Might have to change up Christmas presents to include one or two of these. Love the idea.

  • by Rachel Posted November 23, 2016 12:54 am

    I think at my kids ages they would love the little passports the most.

  • by Sue Posted November 23, 2016 1:23 am

    SCIENCE!!!!

  • by Tiffany Posted November 23, 2016 8:30 am

    #my son would live the science edition!

  • by Rebecca Posted November 23, 2016 8:58 pm

    My son would probably love the lego box and the science part of Little Passports. Another great subscription box is Kiwi Crate. They have STEM and art options for children ages 3-teenager.

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