Best Homeschool Subscription Boxes: Fun STEM, Math, Outdoor Kits

Updated by Timothy Paradis

In light of the current circumstances across the globe, many parents are facing the prospect of homeschooling this coming school year . But, making the decision to homeschool is no easy task! A big challenge lies ahead -- getting organized, selecting a homeschool curriculum, and getting ready for excitement, fun, and learning.

What is the main motivation for parents to homeschool?

Many parents, both before and during the pandemic, are making the enthusiastic and confident shift to homeschooling. There are many reasons parents choose homeschooling , like giving kids a hands-on higher-quality education that involves the whole family.

In "Understanding Parental Motivation to Home School: A Qualitative Case Study," author Nolen Ben Olsen writes, the eight "factors that led them to make the initial decision to home school are peer socialization, religion, special needs of the child, parents' negative experiences as schoolchildren, child safety concerns, environmental issues, recruitment, and the pure freedom to choose homeschooling for your family."

If homeschooling is right for you or you're already well into your career as a homeschooling parent, how can you minimize your struggles and maximize your successes? We think a big part of that equation is making sure your homeschool classroom is well-prepared.

What are the benefits of a homeschool subscription box?

One easy way to create fun and engaging lessons for your kiddos is by using educational subscription boxes . Curated by educators and experienced homeschool moms and dads, these monthly subscription boxes bring prepped-and-planned STEM projects , literary-themed crafts, and tasks that foster empathy and emotional growth.

From science kits to art projects to outdoor gear for kids, we've rounded up some of the best subscription boxes that offer a fun way to bring educational activities into your homeschool experience. Parents and students across the country and around the world can benefit from these grade-A subscription boxes!

What are the best homeschool subscription boxes?

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit โ€“ Award Winning Kids Science and Art Box

DIY Kids STEM & Crafts Kit โ€“ 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.

โ€œFirst 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.โ€ โ€“ Tyra M.

Electronics (12 Projects ANNUALLY)

Electronics (12 Projects ANNUALLY)

From $104.97 per box
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It's never too late to learn new skills! While there are many tech gifts on the market, Creation Crate definitely ranks high on the cool gifts list in the STEM world. This unique gift will have him learning new skills in electronics, coding, circuitry, and engineering with monthly or quarterly hands-on projects. Each project includes an online course with video tutorials and step-by-step instructions. The perfect gift for gadget lovers looking for a new techy project.

Shipping: Your first box will ship on the next Tuesday or Friday. If you purchase a: Monthly subscription, you will receive your next box every 30 days. Quarterly subscription, you will receive your next box every 90 days. Semi-Annual subscription, you will receive your next box every 180 days. Annual subscription, you will receive your next box every year.

"I bought the 12 project box. I've made a few of the projects, and so far they've been fun! Glad I decided to check it out. My favorite so far has been the mood lamp--I'm currently working on a battery operated version that I can take to work once I'm back in the office. - Rachel C.

Bitsbox

Bitsbox

From $24.95 per box
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Like a little passport to a world beyond screens, Bitsbox helps get kids involved with the creative side of technology through age-appropriate coding projects. Kids ages 6-12 are walked through the process of creating and building apps all by themselves, using colorful guides and thought-provoking progression. They'll also get a sticker sheet to chart their progress and fun extras!

Shipping: Your first Bitsbox ships immediately within 1 business day of your order being placed. Subsequent boxes ship every month thereafter!

โ€œMy son loved it and he really enjoyed the activities in the box! Looking forward to the next box.โ€ โ€“ Deann H.

DIY Kids Crafts Kit โ€“ Award Winning Kids Art and Craft Box

DIY Kids Crafts Kit โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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!

โ€œI 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.โ€ โ€“ Donna H.

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.

โ€œMy 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!โ€ โ€“ Liane W.

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 โ€” all of which are incredibly important for a young learner!

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

โ€œFantastic preschool box ๐Ÿ“ฆ!! Itโ€™s perfect and exactly what my little preschooler needed. Her eyes light up every time I pull out the box. She knows itโ€™s time for some FUN, hands on learning. Sheโ€™s already showing so much growth in such a small amount of time already.โ€ โ€” Priscilla R.

Little Dreamers Club Crafts Subscription Box - MONTHLY Subscription Box

Little Dreamers Club Crafts Subscription Box - MONTHLY Subscription Box

From $32.99 per box
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Quality time reigns supreme when it comes to our kiddos. From the first box on, the Little Dreamers Club helps you give your little ones the attention they crave and the confidence they need to learn and explore. Open to find a selection of goodies that include everything from books and activity pages to art projects and hands-on craft ideas.

Shipping: Your first box ships immediately. Subsequent boxes ship out on the 11th of the month. Order By Dec 8Th for Christmas Delivery.

"LOVED these! It got me on the ground and engaged in doing fun things with my 4 year old. The projects all had great instructions and were so easy to follow." - Ronda W.

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.

Beautiful Discovery Box

Beautiful Discovery Box

From $29.00 per box
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Beautiful Discovery will enchant and educate kids aged 9+, tweens, teens, and even adults on the patterns found in nature. Focusing on STEAM fundamentals for visual learners, each box helps decode the mysteries of the natural world through science, math, and coding projects.

Shipping: FREE USA SHIPPING! 1st box ships within 3 days, subsequent boxes ship by the 11th of each month (for each box shipped, one tree planted) Ships worldwide

โ€œMy kids and I love all of the boxes we have received! They really are beautiful discoveries! The packaging is enticing, the materials are beautiful, and the activities are all so unique. We are so glad we discovered this subscription, and we recommend it to everyone!โ€ โ€“ Cynthia G.

Check out our full collection of boxes for preschoolers & homeschoolers at the Back-to-School Shop !