Bill Gates said, "The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out." The brain starts growing in the womb and keeps growing in major ways until a little one is 8 years old, according to the CDC. Science has helped us understand now more than ever how true Gates' words are — but don't let this fact intimidate you. You can nurture your preschooler with subscription boxes that stimulate her, offer little passports for early explorers into new adventures, and those that help with reading skills or fine motor skills.
Whether you have one child or several young children, the following boxes are worth your consideration as you lead your kiddos through this crucial time in their development. And as a bonus? These monthly subscription boxes take some of the hard work out of staying creative — saving you time. All that from a monthly kit!
Price: Starts at $29.16/month; use code 5PREPAY on a 3-month prepay or higher for $5 off at checkout
What's Included: With more than 16 activities in every crate, this pre-K and kindergartener box subscription is a great way to get your child excited about learning. Featuring a mix of crafts, hands-on learning activities, and games, The Preschool Box helps children develop their "beginning phonics skills, counting, shapes, colors, and writing." Every box includes stickers and a book along with a Parent Guide to help you and your child get the most out of every activity. Perfect for kids aged 3-6.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries on the 6th of every month
Price: Starts at $16.95/month
What's Included: In an increasingly screen-oriented world, why not encourage a different direction in your child by instilling the love of books? Bookroo combines the excitement of opening a present with the discovery of a new book. Every month, this book box arrives with a gift-wrapped book that helps your child understand that books are special. Thoughtfully curated for a broad age range of 0-10, each box will help your child discover hidden gems by the world's most-talented writers and illustrators.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. following the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $37.95/month; use code WELCOME10 at checkout to get 10% off your first box
What's Included: A monthly subscription box specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing needs, Sensory TheraPLAY Box delivers fun, sensory toys to engage your child in calming, therapeutic playtime. Every box includes 5-7 beautifully- and thoughtfully-crafted sensory toys or items made from quality materials to help develop your child's sensory motor skills. Perfect for ages 5-9, Sensory TheraPLAY also makes a great gift.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries in the first week of every month
Price: Starts at $43.75/month; use code SUMMERFUN at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: With many preschools closed, and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year, this is one of the most extraordinarily complete educational subscription boxes out there for busy parents trying to replicate what their children might be missing out on. Every delivery is packed with high-quality items, fun activities, and projects related to a changing monthly theme, always following the foundational idea of "5 Building Blocks of Early Learning: Talk, Read, Play, Think, and Do." With a special emphasis on communication and math, Get Ready 4 Kindergarten is curated specifically to ensure your little one's kindergarten readiness. Just open the box and get started!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the first of every month
Price: Starts at $13.00/month; use code FIRSTBUSYBOX at checkout to get a special discount for first-time orders
What's Included: Thoughtfully designed and curated by an educator and homeschooling mom, this monthly kids subscription box will keep your children busy while they learn. Every box is centered around a monthly theme and is filled with ready-to-go, hands-on activities and play that will help develop the skills your future preschooler needs. Even better—activities are reusable, and can be mixed and matched for further learning opportunities for your 2- to 4-year-old.
Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries between the 5th-8th of each month
Price: Starts at $16.67/month
What's Included: There's no better way for kids to learn than through play, and this monthly box delivers high-quality kids crafts and educational activities to your door for that exact purpose. Every crate includes everything you need for 5 STEM activities appropriate to your child's age. Many activities have a live component on Facebook, so your kids can watch before they do it! Perfect for ages 3-7.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the first Wednesday of every month
Price: Starts at $37.00/every 3 months; use code USB5OFF at checkout to get a special discount
What's Included: Want to prepare your kiddo for kindergarten's Common Core Standards? This quarterly subscription helps your child learn through play and enhances their readiness for kindergarten. Every box contains 10 educational activities with all the materials they'll need. Plus, every delivery also includes a themed children's book with lesson play, so you can have a dialogue with your child!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of each quarter (January, April, July, October)