Whether it's a rainy Saturday, a week of spring break or - (could it be?) - another snow day on the East Coast, we're always looking for fun ways to keep the kids busy and entertained over those long stretches indoors. Luckily, with one of these S.T.E.M. subscription boxes delivered right to your doorstep, you can inspire your kids with monthly activities to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
From books and toys to classes and games, S.T.E.M. activities are all the rage. They give kids of all ages the chance to learn while they are having fun. Here are four subscription boxes worth checking out.
Just for Girls: StemBox
StemBox is designed just for girls, ages 7-13. Each box contains everything you'll need to complete an experiment related to electrical engineering, computer programming, math, spatial awareness, or biology. Past experiments included creating a smartphone microscope, learning about bacteria, and building a bridge. StemBox also works to give kids exposure to some of today's most inspiring women in S.T.E.M. through accompanying educational videos and interviews on YouTube. ($30/month or $25/month if you sign up for the whole the year)
Multiple Experiments in Every Box: Little Passports Science Kits
Want more than just one activity each month? The Little Passport's Science Kits are a great choice for kids 9+ looking to learn. Each box contains three thematic activities as well as a comic book exploration of the topic with Sam & Sofia, achievement badges for kids to earn and additional online content to further learning. ($20/month or $17/month if you sign up for the whole the year)
For Older Kids: Tinker Crate
From the makers of Kiwi Crate, the Tinker Crate is a S.T.E.M. box designed for kids 9-16.This monthly crate deal with more advanced S.T.E.M. topics and includes all the materials and inspiration for science and engineering projects like building a trebuchet, creating paper circuits and making fiber optic stars. We love that the Tinker Crate includes a Tinker Zine that include the project instructions as well as background information on the topic, recommended books and apps, and a monthly hashtag for Tinker-ers to share their creations and get a chance to get featured. ($20/month or $17/month if you sign up for the whole the year)
Choose Your Age Range: Amazon STEM Club
Recently, Amazon.com introduced their own STEM Club, an all-new monthly subscription program that delivers hand-picked, top-quality science, technology, engineering and math toys, right to your door. One of the unique features of Amazon's S.T.E.M subscription box is that it is available for multiple age ranges. When you sign up, you can choose a STEM Club 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds or kids 8-13. Each month, subscribers will receive one age-appropriate, STEM Club toy designed to encourage children to learn through play. These toys are either recently launched on Amazon.com or exclusive to Amazon. Five to seven-year-olds might get the Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab while older kids score the Be Amazing Science Behind the Magic Kit. Do note that since the toys in this subscription series come from different brands, there can be a lot of variety in the format, style and topics of the kids received. ($20/month)
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