The Best Subscription Boxes for Preschoolers and Early Education

Updated by Timothy Paradis

Bill Gates said, "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out." Now more than ever, science has helped us understand how true Gates' words are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the brain starts growing in the womb and keeps growing in major ways until a little one is eight-years-old. But don't let this fact intimidate you! You can nurture kids in early elementary school with age-appropriate educational tools conveniently curated into monthly preschool subscription boxes. 

In this article, we highlight some of the best subscription boxes available to help your preschoolers thrive: 

Benefits of Preschool Subscription Boxes 

Preschool subscription boxes are designed to stimulate young minds, taking early explorers on imaginative adventures and helping them develop reading skills and fine motor skills. Whether they deliver art projects or serve as book clubs, all are packed with fun ways to learn and take the hard work out of staying creative — saving you time, energy, and a whole lot of runaround.

Whether you’re a homeschool family or you have young children heading to school for the very first time, you’ll find subscription boxes essential in keeping your kids fully engaged in learning. Delivering everything from new books and sensory play toys to DIY arts & crafts, subscribers know that preschool subscription boxes can help their kiddos hit those milestones with ease!

Types of Preschool Subscription Boxes 

There are many subscription boxes available, like the DIY Kids Crafts Kit. This award-winning kid's art and craft box offers many activities and comes with all the supplies you and your little one need to be successful. Made for kids between three and nine years old, these boxes help foster creativity and critical thinking. The Sensory TheraPLAY Box is another popular option. Each box is curated by a licensed pediatric occupational therapist and geared to children on the spectrum. 

Below, you’ll find a list of even more preschool subscription boxes available:

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

DIY Kids Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

From $29.99 per box
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What could be more fun for your little ones than some quality crafting time? Keep it stress-free and fun with the We Craft Box, a monthly craft kit that delivers an amazing hands-on experience that combines a unique story with fun projects. Created for kids between 3-9, there's no need to prep – just open and get to it with all the materials, tools, and step-by-step directions you'll need!

Shipping: First box ships within five business days. Renewals occur on the 11th. Subsequent boxes ship on the 1st of the month. Free Shipping for US orders! Order for your little crafter today! All subscriptions come with a printable card!

“I send this as a gift to my great niece and nephew. Reports are that they love this box and can't wait for it to arrive each month. I am so appreciative of crafts and entertainment away from screens. My niece says that the supplies alone are worth the price. Thank you.” – Donna H.

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit – Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

From $28.95 per box
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This monthly subscription box combines science experiments and art projects to provide educational, imaginative, and creative activities for developing the whole child. All needed eco-friendly materials are included for up to 6 projects per themed box. Boxes also include a 12-page educational magazine jam-packed with puzzles, games, book recommendations, and additional project ideas related to the monthly theme. Green Kid Crafts makes a great gift and is perfect for ages 2 through 10.

Shipping: We are shipping on schedule! Free Shipping for US orders! Your order is shipped from our facilities between 1-4 days of being placed, and you will be notified with details. Subsequent boxes ship monthly from your first order.

“First box was a complete delight for the two 3-year-olds in my care. They were completely engaged with the art/science/exploration materials for several hours. The families appreciated that everything included is recyclable. I loved that everything I needed was in the box and I could see them learning as they played. It's just what I hoped for.” – Tyra M.

Sensory TheraPLAY Box!

Sensory TheraPLAY Box!

From $40.50 per box
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Curated specifically for children with sensory processing needs or on the autism spectrum, the Sensory TheraPLAY Box is a monthly box that provides hours of hands-on play essential for learning self-soothing techniques and overall childhood development. Open to find a fun mix of tactile stimulating toys including putty, textured toys, hand fidgets, and more.

Shipping: Your box will ship out during the first week of each month. For example, the July box will ship out during the first week of July and the August box will ship out the first week of August. You will receive a confirmation email with USPS tracking information as soon as your box is on its way!

"Not only is the box always great, the customer service is the best! My daughter fell in love with a toy from a box a few months ago and unfortunately broke it. She was so sad so I contacted customer service to find out where I could find a new one and they sent us 2 extras they had for free! I'd highly recommend this box!" - Nikki V.

Little Learners Busy Box

Little Learners Busy Box

From $13.50 per box
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Created by a former educator and homeschooling mom of three kids, Little Learners is the perfect box to get a toddler prepared for preschool. There is no prep-work for weary moms: Each box is designed to be used straight after opening!

Shipping: Subscription boxes ship on the 5th of every month to the US and Can. for orders placed by the 4th. Contact us if you would like your first box to ship early. For gifts, enter recipient email address & special note to be emailed to them when the box ships.

“My 2 1/2-year-old boy LOVES the February box! This is our first shipment and the theme (First Responders) is a huge hit, he's obsessed with firefighters. I really appreciate the simplicity of the activities. We can get these out anytime, no prep work, for a quick educational "game" to play. I'm excited to see future boxes!” – Liane W.

Wiggle Worms Preschool Kits (kids ages 3-5)

Wiggle Worms Preschool Kits (kids ages 3-5)

From $28.00 per box
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Handcrafted and designed for early learners by experienced educators, Wiggle Worms Kits bring playful STEM toys, activities, and crafts in every box. This open-and-go subscription sends all the materials and supplies the kiddos need to play and learn! Each box delivers at least 2 reusable activities, so the fun will last to the next monthly delivery (and beyond).

Shipping: FREE SHIPPING IN US NEW ORDERS ship within 2-5 business days! For existing subscribers and renewals, we ship on the first Wednesday of every month.

“Love these boxes, fun for the whole family and helps make learning so much fun!” — Jennifer B.

Little Bookish Wardrobe Book Club

Little Bookish Wardrobe Book Club

From $49.00 per box
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Merge reading with imaginative play with Little Bookish Wardrobe, a fun monthly book box that delivers an age-appropriate kids' book to read, character-inspired costume pieces, and craft projects to help your little one bring their favorite stories to life. Packed with hours of playtime fun, sit back and watch your children's imaginations run wild and free.

Shipping: All orders placed between the 1st and last day of the month ship around the 15th of the following Month. For example, an order placed in December will ship around January 15th.

"My 4yr old niece loved this last box! I get her a 3 month subscription every year for her birthday and it never disappoints" - Melinda A.

VIP BOX OF SENSORY TOYS 💛 for KIDS 4-8 years

VIP BOX OF SENSORY TOYS 💛 for KIDS 4-8 years

From $39.99 per box
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Designed by a long-time teacher for children with sensory processing issues, the VIP Box of Sensory Toys provides kids ages 4-7 with an expertly curated collection of tactile toys, fidgets, conversation cue cards, putty, memory games, brain teasers, and more for skill-building and calming. And with up to eight sensory items per box, there will be plenty to enjoy!

Shipping: • Subscription renews automatically • Cancel or pause at any time • CANADIAN CUSTOMERS : Canadian customs/fee taxes upon delivery may apply to buyer. This is 100% decided by Canadian customs (not my businesss) as box ships from California.

“I was super happy with my purchase. I am looking forward to getting this month’s box!” — Dawn G.

The Preschool Box

The Preschool Box

From $42.95 per box
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This activity box is perfect for a preschooler or upcoming kindergartener. It features a wide array of activities that can build skill in phonics, counting, shapes, colors, and writing — all of which are incredibly important for a young learner!

Shipping: We ship the week of the 6th every month.

“Fantastic preschool box 📦!! It’s perfect and exactly what my little preschooler needed. Her eyes light up every time I pull out the box. She knows it’s time for some FUN, hands on learning. She’s already showing so much growth in such a small amount of time already.” — Priscilla R.

Kindercarton

Kindercarton

From $45.00 per box
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Prepare your little ones for what awaits them at school with Get Ready 4 Kindergarten. The name says it all, and works each month to help young children connect new ideas to familiar themes. Encourage engagement and hands-on learning with board books, sight word activities, kid-friendly recipes and crafts, outdoor adventures and plenty of fun, new ideas!

Shipping: Recurring subscription boxes will ship the last week of the month. New subscription boxes ordered by the 10th will ship within 48 hours. All boxes are shipped Priority Mail through the US Postal Service. You will be notified by email when your box ships.

"This learning box is perfect! We love learning through play and it’s nice they provide guidance week by week (a win for mom!)" - Christine A.

Reading Bug Box for Babies & Toddlers

Reading Bug Box for Babies & Toddlers

From $19.00 per box
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Gift your child the joy of reading with the Reading Bug Box. Each month they’ll receive 3 hardbound children’s books curated by the staff of the award-winning Reading Bug Bookstore.

Shipping: Reading Bug Boxes ship between the 15th-20th of each month. Please email bugbox@thereadingbug.com should you need an earlier shipment and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

“I sent this to my niece for our brand new member of the family. She loved it!! Very high-quality items wrapped up beautifully!! It even arrived before Christmas which was an unexpected surprise!! Thank you so much. I’m renewing!!” – J G.

Snail Mail Weekly Letter  from Sunny the Mail Snail for ages 3 to 8

Snail Mail Weekly Letter from Sunny the Mail Snail for ages 3 to 8

From $15.00 per box
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Along with Sunny the Mail Snail leaving a special surprise in the mailbox every week, Snail Mail for Kids is an affordable educational gift that can enhance literacy competency and help kids develop a love for reading. Fun for the whole family, a welcome kit brings a stuffed Sunny and a map to track his global travels. Then each week afterwards, a letter arrives telling witty and silly snail tales of all of Sunny’s adventures, bringing fun facts about animals and locations from around the world. Each letter also delivers a trading card that will help solve Sunny’s secret code and includes a fun extra that ties into the week’s story. Sunny is guaranteed to become a fast family friend, and leave everyone checking the mailbox in anticipation!

Shipping: First order/letter ships within a week then weekly thereafter.

“My 4 year old loved getting letters from Sunny. She always showed off her stickers and pictures to family that would visit. She also loved her stuffed Sunny and would bring him to daycare whenever she got the chance. Thanks for making lasting memories for our family.” — Alyssa N.

Take a look at our full collection of boxes for preschoolers in the Back-to-School Shop.