14 Best Science Boxes for Kids With Hands-On Activities

No matter what back to school looked like for you, you're hopefully getting into the swing of things and 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 that are designed just for them. 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?

Check out a few of our favorites below!

Fun (and Educational) Science Boxes for Kids

1. Spangler Science Club

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Price: Starts at $18.33/month; use code TRYSTEM10 at checkout to get $10 off your subscription of 3 or more months to STEMlab or STEMdeluxe

What's Included: Designed by renowned science educator Steve Spangler, this monthly subscription box is a great way to prepare your young scientist for a future in STEM-based fields. Spangler Science Box is available in 2 tiers for your 5- to 12-year-old child: the STEMlab, which is the perfect starter kit to build their very own lab, and the STEMdeluxe, which features science kits filled with age-appropriate experiments and science projects for a variety of hands-on activities and challenges.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries around the 6th (STEMdeluxe) or 21st (STEMlab) of each month

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2. Bitsbox

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Price: Starts at $24.95/month

What's Included: 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 app projects in every Bitsbox demonstrate the engineering design process behind different languages, and can lead your child to creating their own apps to work on any mobile device.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1 business day of ordering

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3. Groovy Lab in a Box

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Price: Starts at $24.95/month

What's Included: Sometimes you have to try it yourself to really learn, and Groovy Lab in a Box can make it happen, delivering a complete DIY experiment to your little STEM-ists every month. Ideal for kids 8 and up, introduce them to both scientific inquiry and the engineering design process through a number of different STEM activities with the aim of enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Watch them blossom into creative inventors before your eyes!

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries at the end of each week, and typically arrives in 7-10 days

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4. Creation Crate

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Price: Starts at $29.99/month; use code C5JFO at checkout to get a special discount

What's Included: 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.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from Canada within 3-5 business days, then every 30 days thereafter

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5. Green Kid Crafts

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Price: Starts at $21.91/month; use code SCREENFREE at checkout to get a special discount

What's Included: The perfect STEAM box for your littles, Green Kid Crafts subscribers can look forward to up to 6 science and art kits that include all the necessary materials and instructions, plus a monthly game-filled magazine, extra puzzles, book recommendations, and project ideas. Placing an emphasis on green values and eco-friendly materials, each box is ideal for your young scientists and little artists in the age range from 2-10+.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on a monthly schedule based on your first order

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6. Club Scikidz Labs

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Price: Starts at $28.95/month; use code SPOOKY20 at checkout to get a special discount

What's Included: Hands-on and fun, Club SciKidz is a great way to introduce the kids in your life to a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering and math, giving them new perspective on the world around them. Featuring STEM-based activities and projects, each box comes with a lab notebook filled with micro-experiments, quotes, riddles, and real-life examples of scientists. While recommended for kids 7 and up, this unique lab kit is fun and informative for the whole family.

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries within 2 business days, then on the 27th of each month

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7. STEM Discovery Boxes

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Price: Starts at $24.95/month

What's Included: 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!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US between the 17th-20th each month

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8. Beautiful Discovery

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Price: Starts at $29.00/month; use code DISCOVER at checkout to get a special discount

What's Included: Eager to help your kids discover the awe and wonder of science? Beautiful Discovery can enchant and educate your tweens and teens about all the incredible patterns found in nature. Focusing on STEAM fundamentals for visual learners, each box helps decode the mysteries of the natural world through science and math, bringing a mix of mentally stimulating coding projects, crafts, eco-games and origami that can be used to simulate spirals, stripes, spheres and more.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 72 hours of ordering

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9. Slime

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Price: Starts at $13.00/month

What's Included: Kid-tested and mom-approved, Slime is a monthly box that can actually play a hefty role in wiring little brains, shaping mood, cognition and sensory processing. It's not just that smushy squish that helps with neuroplasticity -- slime helps stimulate the sense of sound, sight, smell and touch. Fun for all ages, from early learners on up, each box brings an assortment of premium handcrafted slime, plus extra add-ins like stickers and sweets.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. in the 1st week of every month

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10. Loop Lab - STEM Activities for Kids

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Price: Starts at $29.99/month

What's Included: Whether you use it to get hands-on with kids or let their independence shine as they do it all on their own, Loop Lab is a great open-and-go option that comes with everything they need to do up to 4 unique STEM activities each month. Each box has been designed and safety tested by the Mad Science team, so that kids 8 and over need minimal assistance to follow the simple step-by-steps and understand new science concepts!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 10th of every month

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11. X Workbox

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Price: Starts at $16.95/month; use code SAVE5 at checkout to get $5 off your first order

What's Included: Instead of watching another person's creativity on display through a screen, show your kids that they have the ability to be the creative with the monthly Little Workbox. Featuring up to 4 projects that span physics, chemistry, engineering and robotics, every box involves kids 8 years or older in the design process and helps them learn by doing. Unbox all the necessary materials, tools, instructions and how-to tutorials they'll need to make it happen.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 72 hours of ordering, then on the 15th each month

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12. Think Outside Boxes

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Price: Starts at $36.50/month; use code FIRSTBOX at checkout to get $10 off your first order

What's Included: Nature is arguably one of our best classrooms, making Think Outside Boxes a fun way to introduce kids ages 7 and up to basic outdoor survival skills. This month-to-month subscription showcases fundamental skills like navigation and fire-building while helping them build out a daypack filled with useful gear. The first box arrives with a child-sized pack, high-quality gear, and a 20+ page themed booklet that mixes educational activities with practical training!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 5th or the 15th of the month, then around the 5th of the month thereafter

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13. GIRLS CAN! CRATE

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Price: Starts at $18.50/month

What's Included: Celebrate the incredible role women have played in shaping history while inspiring the next generation with the GIRLS CAN! CRATE. Showcasing female-led achievements and specific role models throughout history, each monthly subscription box focuses on a personal trait of success, sending a mix of hands-on STEAM projects, an interactive activity book, and play props that show girls between the ages of 4-8 that they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to!

Shipping: Ships to the U.S. and select countries within 3 days after the 15th of the month

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14. Messy Play Kits monthly subscription

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Price: Starts at $34.00/month

What's Included: 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 that's filled with 3-5 science, art, and sensory play activities like melting snowmen and DIY slime.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 8th each month

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