The Best Science Subscription Boxes for Kids (2021)

No matter how back to school looks like for you, you're trying to get into the swing of things and looking forward to watching your kiddos reconnect with their love for learning. Now is the perfect time to add a fun layer to their at-home learning with high-quality science subscription boxes.

Keep them curious and imaginative while engaging their growing brains with STEM subscription boxes designed to teach them the ins and outs of science, technology, engineering, and math. Whether you'd like to introduce them to coding (and no, you don't have to know how to do it yourself!) or help them DIY their hearts out with incredible science experiments, why not make this school year––and ongoing pandemic season––one that's filled with plenty of learning fun?

Right from the very first box, your kids will be engaged and looking at the world around them with a newfound curiosity. Check out a few of our favorites below!

Fun (and Educational) Science Kits for Kids

1. Bitsbox


Price: Starts at $24.95/month

You may not know how to code, but don't let that stop you from teaching your child programming basics! This month-to-month subscription delivers monthly coding projects to your door that will teach your child to make "video games, greeting cards, simulations and more." The fun, colorful projects in every Bitsbox demonstrate the engineering design process and help your child create their very own apps.

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2. Creation Crate


Price: Starts at $29.99/month

Each month, Creation Crate delivers a complete DIY electronic and coding project with all the components and step-by-step instructions your child needs to reach a successful outcome! As projects become more challenging every month, kids build on previous months to learn electronics, C++, circuitry, engineering, and critical thinking. This interactive science box is created for kids ages 12 and up.

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3. STEM Discovery Boxes


Price: Starts at $24.95/month

This high-quality subscription box contains 3 STEM projects or experiments every month with all supplies included. Through hands-on activities, STEM Discovery Boxes helps your child explore a wide range of curiosity-piquing topics like electronics, chemistry, physics, coding, hydraulics, and more. Although it's designed for young learners between the ages of 7-12, we're not going to rule out that parents and caretakers may also learn a thing or two!

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4. Messy Play Kits monthly subscription


Price: Starts at $34.00/month

Don't leave preschoolers and little learners out of the STEM fun––and never underestimate the learning power in all things messy! All that oozes and gushes, erupts and fizzes is not only tons of fun, but helps young brains make connections with the world around them. If you're committed to the cleanup, Messy Play Kits does all the rest for you, designing and prepping a kit of 3-5 science, art and sensory play activities, like melting snowmen and DIY slime.

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5. Loop Lab Box


Price: Starts at $28.33/month

Loop Lab Box is perfect for the older kids in your house, as it's designed for 8+ year olds. The brainchild of the experts and science enthusiasts behind Mad Science, this box is all about bringing age-appropriate science kits that are entertaining and educational. Since it's geared toward kids who are reading on their own, all the STEM activities require minimal adult supervision, allowing children to play and explore at their own pace!

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6. Club SciKidz Lab Box


Price: Starts at $32.95/month

Kids get a chance to explore all the STEM careers the world has to offer with Club Scikidz Lab Box. First, they'll receive a lab notebook so they can jot down observations and get hands-on with the scientific method from hypothesis to conclusion. Then, whether the theme is robotics or saving the bees, each box delivers science kits, engineering projects, and mini labs, and introduces kids to basic lab equipment to help them grow and learn.

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7. Superpower Academy


Price: Starts at $27.08/month

Superpower Academy helps kids in all age groups to unlock the strengths and powers they never knew they had. When kids learn that superheroes are just ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary, they learn that they can be a superhero, too! Send them a little inspiration with a monthly box that delivers a mix of science projects, comics, workbooks, and fun surprises.

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8. Beautiful Discovery Box


Price: Starts at $29.00/month

The world is full of wondrous things, and getting our tweens and teens to see that beauty can be a challenge. Thankfully, the Beautiful Discovery Box is here to enchant (and educate) anyone 9 and up. Now they can explore the patterns found in nature through fun activities and STEAM fundamentals for visual learners. Decode the mysteries of the natural world using science and math, coding projects, crafts, eco games, and more!

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9. X Workbox STEM Subscription Box for Kids


Price: Starts at $21.95/month

Time for the kiddos to put those screens down and engage with the fascinating world around them! STEM kits from X Workbox offer the perfect opportunity to do just that. This tinker crate for older kids comes with a mix of hands-on projects that help to make learning about science and engineering fun and relevant. They'll get all they need––materials, tools, and simple step-by-step instructions––for every fun STEM project.

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10. Sensory TheraPLAY Box!


Price: Starts at $38.28/month

Whether you're looking for playthings to help a child with sensory processing needs or you're interested in STEM toys that offer tactile stimulation, Sensory TheraPLAY Box fits the bill! Getting hands-on with textured toys, putty, hand fidgets, and more can help children learn self-soothing techniques, develop fine motor skills, and create pathways for improved neural processing.

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