Hands-on learning, collaboration and self-directed playtime are just a few of the hallmarks of the Montessori method of education, an experiential educational system developed by Dr. Maria Montessori that has been shown to deepen a child's understanding of academic fundamentals, while promoting age-appropriate social interactions and reinforcing empathy.
With plenty of students out of school to comply with new social distancing needs, the educational needs of youngsters everywhere are being met at home, making now a great time to incorporate some high-quality Montessori materials into their daily learning. From homeschooling and unschooling, to pandemic-induced at-home crisis schooling, monthly subscription programs, created by pro parents and child development experts alike, can ensure you have the necessary materials on-hand to engage little minds.
Packed with high-quality wooden toys, age-appropriate books, and hands-on STEAM and craft activities, monthly subscription boxes can help spark their creativity and stimulate their imaginations. No matter your child’s age, Montessori boxes can help you teach them how to learn through play!
Price: Starts at $19.98/month
What You’ll Get: Designed for 2 specific age groups, those ages 2-4 and 5+ can get a well-designed box of hands-on DIY STEAM projects in each monthly box from Green Kids Crafts. Each themed box focuses on scientific principles, like flight, color or transportation, and aims to excite children into a world of exploration with a mix of 6+ age-appropriate activities, lessons and projects, complete with eco-friendly and sustainably sourced materials and supplies, and easy-to-follow instructions.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within a few days of ordering, with renewals shipping around the 2nd week of each month
Price: Starts at $36.95/month
What You’ll Get: Learning through hands-on play is essential for the development of all children. Though the Sensory TheraPLAY Box is all about providing tactile stimulation that's ideal for teaching and calming toddlers, young kids, and children with specific sensory processing needs. Packed with 5-7 items, kids will get a fun play kit filled with soft, squishy, bumpy and textured toys, like putty and hand fidgets, supporting everything from the development of gross and fine motor skills, to language and cognition.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 1st week of each month
Price: Starts at $22.33/month
What You’ll Get: Let their creativity loose with a box of some of the finest art supplies on the market with Paletteful Packs. Available in packs curated specifically for young, budding artists and those with more experience, children will get a high-quality selection of 4 or more hard-to-find art supplies and essential tools, including specialty pens and pencils, sketchbooks, colorful paints, brushes, stencils and more.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of every month, with a cutoff date of the 26th
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
What You’ll Get: Providing excellent value for the price, the We Craft Box is a monthly service bringing stress-free crafting that's designed for kids between the ages of 3-9. Incorporating a fun story and a coordinating theme, dive into hours of learning through creating art and getting crafty. Leave the prep work to the pros with 2-3 complete craft kits, including all the materials, supplies, tools and instructive step-by-steps needed to get right to it!
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. beginning on the 1st of the month
Price: Starts at $66.00/every 3 months
What You’ll Get: Beyond being playthings, toys are crucial for early brain development, helping little ones develop hand-eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills. With the quarterly Hoppi Box, you'll get the opportunity to discover amazing toys from some of the best brands in the biz. Curated specifically to bring little learners high-quality, sustainable toys made of natural materials, every box is tailored to match each child's stage and help them hit their developmental milestones.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. by the 20th of Mar, Jun, Sept and Dec
Price: Starts at $25.99/month
What You’ll Get: Combining the best of reading, science and art, each box from Banyan Tree Kidz centers around an inspiring storybook, bringing 1 book and 2-3 STEAM project kits designed by a team of innovators for children between 3-7. The story opens up ideas and concepts that are then reinforced with fun interactive learning experiences and activities that help children explore the foundations of science, technology and math.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from Canada between the 2nd-4th of each month
Price: Starts at $18.33/month
What You’ll Get: Young, inspired minds will one day inherit the world, so support their abilities to think critically and solve problems right from the start. With a subscription to the Spangler Science Club, kids between the ages of 5-12 can gain an understanding of the scientific method with several interactive experiments and STEM challenges while building their own mini lab, complete with basic science equipment, month after month.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. around the 6th or 21st of the month, depending on which kit is ordered
Price: Starts at $8.99/month
What You’ll Get: Montessori learning is designed to establish self-sufficiency in preparing and eating food, including all things green! The Veggie Buds Club can help support this process by making it fun to explore a different nutritious vegetable each month. Available as a monthly e-book, or as a mailed box for 1 or 2 children, little members enjoy everything from unique learning activities and kid-friendly recipes, to seeds, tattoos, stickers and a collectible button.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 1st of each month
Price: Starts at $29.16/month
What You’ll Get: Give your little ones a head start with The Preschool Box, a monthly subscription that prepares toddlers for school success. Developing the basic building blocks for learning, each box brings interactive and engaging activities to help them practice phonics, numbers, shapes and colors. Colorful, hands-on tasks, a book, stickers, and an instructional learning guide for parents makes navigating the early stages of learning simple and fun.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except for select countries on the 6th of every month
Price: Starts at $16.99/month
What You’ll Get: Montessori classrooms are, by design, very reading-friendly environments that encourage children to master sounds, letters and words through independent work. But strengthening those skills comes from daily reading. My First Reading Club is a monthly book box that aims to share a passion for reading with kids of all ages by sending new board books, picture or chapter books, and age-appropriate activity books.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2 business days of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 1st of every month
Price: Starts at $10.95/month
What You’ll Get: While sticker charts may not be the norm in Montessori learning, stickers themselves offer toddlers and young children the perfect opportunity to practice their fine motor skills. Packed with plenty of colorful cuteness from 15 or more themed sticker sheets, Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Club brings it all, including special foil sheets and sparkly sets. Club members get a mix of brand-new designs and tried-and-true favorites.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 4th of each month