10 Subscription Craft Boxes for Kids Compared

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We all love to get mail.  It is one of the reasons why I think monthly craft and activity subscription boxes are a popular choice for parents and those buying for kids this season.

It is the gift that keeps giving past the holiday.  

There are lots of different choices and each has a different slant, price and overall value.

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Which Craft Subscription for Kids is Best?

I did some research to narrow down the choices to 10 subscription craft boxes for kids and then ordered all 10 to get the story on which is the best fit.  In my case, I had my 7 year old youngest son in mind and I decided not to try anything that was more than $30 a month.  I also wanted to make sure I could cancel the subscription after the first month easily so I didn’t end up with 120 boxes by year end!

Over the last month Rhett and I have been in research mode – intensely playing with each of the subscription boxes for kids that we ordered to give you our thoughts.  For each box, I have taken a picture of the supplies we received and then an assortment of photos from the projects we made.  If we missed any boxes, please comment below and we will try them out!

We ordered 10, but only received 9 in the first month.  I will be updating this article as more arrive.  Any of the boxes that offered an affiliate program have affiliate program links below.

I have listed these craft subscriptions for kids in alphabetical order.

Carefree Crafts

Carefree Crafts Subscription Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Carefree Crafts – New craft packages each month filled with 5 holiday or seasonal-themed craft kits.  These crafts are meant to be assembled by kids aged 3-7 with their parents and caregivers.

The Carefree Crafts Subscription Price:

  1. One month = $17.95 with free shipping
  2. 3 months = $58.85
  3. Year = $179.95

Ordering Carefree Crafts:  The Carefree Crafts website was a little confusing at first because they have both subscription and box sets available.  I wanted to get one month of the subscription and was ordering on October 26 and my only choice was to order the Halloween craft set even though Halloween was only 5 days away.  I decided to return later so I could receive a non-Halloween kit.  When I ordered later, it was the Thanksgiving craft kit that was available which arrived within a week.

I thought I had just ordered one month, but received an email later saying that my next month’s box would arrive in January, but it was easily canceled with an email.

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Carefree Craft Subscription Box for Kids

Inside the Carefree Craft envelope was 6 holiday craft projects.  Rhett was pretty excited because there was lots to do.  The Thanksgiving crafts were:

  1. Leaf Wreath
  2. Pilgrim Hat
  3. Turkey
  4. Paper pumpkin
  5. Thankful tree
  6. Indian corn craft

There was everything we needed to make all 6 crafts in the box.  I liked that many of the things were assembled with glue dots since Rhett was able to do that by himself.  In fact, most of the things included he was able to do without much help.  His favorite craft was the turkey.  I thought the corn came out pretty cute.

What we liked best about the Carefree Craft kit:  There is a lot of craft for the money in these kits and no waste.  We used everything inside for about 1 1/2 hours of fun.  We put all our projects on display for the holiday.  This was Rhett’s top pick when asked which subscription he liked the best.

Crafting Our Kids

Crafting Our Kids Craft Subscription Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Crafting Our Kids  – delivers fun and creativity to kids’ mailboxes each month.

The Crafting Our Kids Price:

  1. One month = $21.99
  2. 3 months = $65.97
  3. Year = $224.30

Ordering Crafting Our Kids Kits:  The Crafting Our Kids website was a bit challenging to complete an order.  The child’s information and shipping address were entered awkwardly and then it appeared I was done.  Except, I hadn’t paid yet.  At the bottom of the page was a small paypal button that needed to be pushed as well to complete the order.  It said “pay as you go” so I assumed I didn’t have to cancel the subscription, but was charged again the next month.

Crafting Our Kids Monthly Craft Subscription Box for Kids

Crafting Our Kids Craft Subscription Kit for Kids

The Crafting Our Kids envelope had two large projects inside that were holiday related.  One was a “Thankful” banner to hang and the other was a very large snowflake.  Everything we needed to make both crafts were included.

Rhett loved the snowflake craft.  It had a large template so he was able to do it completely by himself with just a little verbal guidance.  The Thankful banner was a little more challenging.  The according folding was made easier by pre-scored paper, but he was still unable to fold them by himself.  I obviously should have helped him with the letters because our “Thankful” has several of the letters backwards!

What we like best about the Crafting Our Kids Craft Kit: I thought both projects were really creative.  They are things I would never have thought to do on my own.  The snowflake will be something that Rhett saves for a very long time.

Foldigo Subscription for Kids

Subscription Boxes for Kids - Foldigo

Foldigo – Foldigo sends new activity packs each month.  With a subscription, kids receive a new story and an activity pack with die-cut paper toys.  It appears that the story continues each month and you can order the entire story which will be complete after 6 months.

The Foldigo Price:

  1. One month = $11.95 with free shipping
  2. Full series (6 months) = $60
  3. Digital version – PDF printables delivered via email = $4.95/month

Ordering a Foldigo Subscription:  The Foldigo website is very simple and before I knew it I had purchased one month with the only payment option being a reoccurring monthly paypal withdrawal.  It didn’t ever ask me for my mailing address which made me go and check that my paypal mailing address was up to date.

When I did cancel the membership, it was by email and I received a response right away confirming the cancellation.

Foldigo Subscription for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Foldigo Subscription for Kids

We received our Foldigo Subscription within a few weeks and it was packaged in a flat envelope.  Inside was a story and foldable versions of the house and characters.  The actual folding process for several of the projects was pretty advanced.  The house wasn’t too complicated, but needed a craft knife instead of scissors to cut properly.  It was the bulldog 3D animal that took me 45 minutes to fold.  Rhett was done with everything else long before I finished.

What we liked best about the Foldigo Subscription:  Rhett really liked the pop-up house.  I think the less expensive pdf version is a great option – you would be able to get 6 months of activities for the price of what just one month costs for some of the other subscriptions.

Green Kid Crafts

Green Kids Crafts Subscription Craft Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Green Kid CraftsGreen Kid Crafts is an award winning and earth friendly subscription of art boxes for kids.  Each box has 3-4 creativity and science kits designed by experts to build confidence, flex creativity and engage kids with the world around them.  All materials and instructions are included.

Green Kid Crafts price:

  1. One month = $19.95
  2. 3 months = $59.85
  3. Year = $203.40
  4. Siblings can be added to the subscription for about $10/month

Ordering a Green Kid Crafts Kit:  The Green Kid Crafts website has a lot of information, but is really easy to use.  The ordering process was simple and I was given a order summary right after I completed the process.  It also gave me an immediate link to tweet for commission on sales from friends which is kinda cool.  I was also given an immediate login to manage my account.  Cancellations happen via email per FAQs on the site.  When I did cancel, I received a quick confirmation.

Green Kid Crafts Craft Subscription Box for Kids featured on Kids Activities Blog

Green Kid Crafts Craft Subscription for Kids

Green Kid Crafts was one of two craft subscription kits that I had been familiar with before I started on this journey.  A few years ago we reviewed a box they sent as here on Kids Activities Blog.  It was a positive experience back then and Rhett loved this one as well.

Our box {and the packaging is really cute} included three projects:

  • Photo frame project – small {could be used as an ornament}
  • Tape resist painting
  • Card-making kit
  • Bonus:  Wrapping paper making from the packaging supplies

Rhett started on the tape resist before I even showed him what to do.  He loved that project.  He also completed the photo frame and took it to his teacher at school before I could get a picture of it!  I take that as a sign that he really enjoyed the projects.

The supplies are bright and colorful and just made us happy to look at them.

What we liked best about the Green Kid Craft kit:  Everything is simple, organized and easy for kids.  Rhett was able to do all the projects on his own without help from me unless I wanted to be involved.

Kiwi Crate

Subscription Boxes for Kids - Kiwi Crate contents

Kiwi Crate - Kiwi Crate is a hands-on learning box that includes art, science, games and more for kids ages 3-7.

Kiwi Crate Pricing:

  1. One month = $19.95 + shipping
  2. 3 months = $60 with free shipping
  3. Year = $205

Ordering a Kiwi Crate Craft Subscription:  The Kiwi Crate website is bright and easy to navigate.  When I selected one crate, I was sent to choose which one I wanted!  Yay.  I chose Robot Rally because it just looked fun.  When I chose it, I also had the option of starting my subscription with that box.  Since I was ordering just one month, I had to pay for shipping which ended up to be $4.95.  At the end of my purchase I could create an account by adding a password.  Cancelation was via email.

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Kiwi Crate Craft and Activity Subscriptions for Kids

Kiwi Crate packaging is amazing and it doesn’t stop inside.  Everything we needed to create two different robot projects was inside the box.  The first project was a robot that we assembled and then used a magnet to guide him along a path or maze.  Rhett made extra mazes for him to travel.  The second was a wind-up toy that we covered with a custom robot cover.  Then created trailers, trains and things for him to pull.

The additional suggested activities included making a large robot out of boxes.  Rhett insisted on doing that and we spent the afternoon upcycling cardboard boxes from our recycling bin int a large robot.

What we liked best about the Kiwi Crate crafts subscription box:  My 10 year old got involved too – he couldn’t help himself.  The two boys created robots for 2 1/2 hours that afternoon without fighting.  The activities were ones that I would never have thought of on my own and were very clever.

Little Passports

Little Passports Subscription Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Little Passports - Little Passports is a ticket to an exciting global adventure.  Inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a new country every month or embark on an adventure around the United States of America.  The world edition is recommended for ages 5-10.  The USA edition is for kids ages 7-12.

Little Passports Pricing:

  1. One month = $11.95
  2. 3 months = $41.85 (which is $13.95 a month)
  3. Year = $131.40 (one-time payment)

Ordering Little Passports Activity Kits for Kids:  The Little Passports website made me want to order both the world and US editions.  But, I restrained myself and went with the world edition.  There was a coupon code ON the site which gave me another $5 off which I adored.  I chose the 3 month plan which was $41.84 minus $5 and plus a $12 shipping charge to my Texas home.

Little Passports Subscription for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Little Passports Subscription for Kids

The first Little Passports box contains the adorable Little Passports suitcase.  It also had a passport, boarding pass, post card, large map and an activity sheet.  Rhett was excited about the suitcase.

From what I can tell, future months will fill the suitcase with activities surrounding 2 countries each month.  We are looking forward to what next month has in store for us.

What we liked best about the Little Passports Subscription:  The supplies are high quality and are things that Rhett will definitely keep for a long time.  It is fun to see what is in store for us each month as the activities build on one another.

Surprise Ride

Subscription Boxes for Kids - Surprise Ride

Surprise Ride - Superprise Ride are themed hands-on activities to explore art, science, cooking, magic and more.  It is perfect for ages 6-11 and includes supplies and instructions.

The Surprise Ride Price:

  1. One month = $29.99
  2. 3 months = $89.97
  3. Year = $299.90 (paid upfront each 6 months)

Ordering Surprise Ride Craft Kits:  The Suprise Ride website worked well.  There were more boxes to fill out when checking out, but they were simple.  I was able to use a credit card and given a order number after it was placed.  In the process of checking out, I was lead through setting up an account which is where I will need to change my subscription settings.  This was one of the few sites that told me how to make subscription changes.  Canceling was easy.

Surprise Ride Subscription Craft Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Surprise Ride Craft Subscription for Kids

Surprise Ride packaging is bright and fun.  It was the first box to arrive so Rhett was super excited to open it.  It was all about the country of Japan which coincidentally has been of interest to him for awhile.

There were two main crafts in the box, but also some information about the country, a book, some snacks and souvenirs as well.  The eraser animal was immediately put in his school pencil box.

The first craft we tackled was to add lots of color to a Japanese lantern.  There was even a little light that could be added once we were done to make it glow.  The second was a series of origami with corresponding colorful paper.  We made several of the simpler ones, but I have found that origami is not a strength of mine so we were limited by my skill level.  Despite my inabilities, Rhett adored everything that we did that afternoon.  Everything we needed to make the crafts were included in the box.

What we liked best about the Surprise Ride craft box:  The Surprise Ride boxes are well put together and every element in the box has a reason.  Rhett loved the chocolate sticks that were a sample of food from Japan.  Several of the other things included have been relocated to his personal treasure box.

Together Box

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TogetherBoxTogetherBox will land on your doorstep with everything you need for hours of family fun.  Open and find 3-4 unique activities to enjoy together.

The TogetherBox Price:

  1. One month = $29
  2. 3 months = $81 (pay upfront)
  3. Year = $288 (pay upfront each 6 months)

The TogetherBox Activity kit ordering process:  TogetherBox’s website was one of the easiest to use and purchase.  It instantly gave me an order number and terms which did show that I would need to cancel my subscription.  It was one of the two websites that made it easy for me to cancel my subscription within the login area and not have to email them.

Together Box Subscription Activities and Crafts for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

TogetherBox Activity Subscription for Kids

TogetherBox arrives in a cute box with coordinating packaging and simple instructions.  Our box was called “glow box” and everything inside glowed in the dark.  There was two crafts and a series of games to be played in the dark with a set of cups and a ball.

Rhett immediately wanted to create a custom t-shirt for one of his stuffed animals.  The kit included everything we needed including glow-in-the-dark puffy paint.  He copied the enclose information about constellations to create an abstract big dipper on his t-shirt.  I was surprised how excited he was about this project.  We used the stars that were intended to be hung on a wall or ceiling to create glowing constellations as a stencil for his art.

The other activities were  a series of games that we played that evening after dark.  There was glowing bowling, ring toss and hide-and-seek.  All the boys got involved because…who doesn’t love a good in-the-dark game?

What we liked best about the TogetherBox craft and activity box:  Each of these activities and crafts were very unique.  It was well-themed and we did them all.  I liked the simplicity of the activities and the kids were really engaged in them!  It wasn’t clear what age was intended for these boxes, but they are really for multiple ages and could easily be modified for younger or older kids.

Xplore Box

Subscription Boxes for Kids - Xplore Box

Xplore Box - Xplore Box engages kids to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by delivering hands-on kits and toys each month through a subscription service.  Great for kids ages 7-12.

The Xplore Box Price:

  1. One month = $29.95 with free shipping
  2. 3 months = $89.85
  3. Year = $323.40

Ordering Xplore Box Science Activities for Kids:  The Xplore Box website only has a few choices which made it easy.  The payment system sent me directly to paypal and there was no choice to just choose one month.  It did return me to a page on Xplore Box which let me know that they had my proper shipping address and gave me an order number.  After I received my box, Xplore Box was one of the two sites that let me cancel my subscription easily within my login with the push of one button.

Xplore Box Subscription Box for Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Xplore Box Science Activities for Kids

The Xplore Box was another one that arrived shortly after we ordered it.  It was FULL of stuff all about space.  There were two main projects – a baking soda rocket and a soda bottle rocket.  Rhett was thrilled to see astronaut ice cream was one of the box supplies.

There was a long list of things we needed to build the baking soda and soda bottle rockets.  We had the things on hand for the baking soda rocket and played with that for a long time.  It was a really clever activity that we both thoroughly enjoyed.  The soda bottle rocket was much more complex and overwhelming activity that we have not done and likely will not.

What we liked best about the Xplore Box:  I liked the baking soda rocket, but Rhett overruled me with his love for the astronaut ice cream which he DID share with his brothers.

Subscription Boxes for Kids

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We had a ton of fun investigating these boxes.  There is one more on the way from The Happy Trunk.  I will update this post after it arrives {and then we really WILL have 10!}.  I hope you can find the perfect subscription box for the kids on your list.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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