12 Best Educational Gifts for Kids

For kids, learning is not just a part of life, it is life. As natural-born scientists, every moment in every day presents an opportunity to explore and learn something new. Childhood represents a time where the mind is wide open, naturally inquisitive and hardwired to solve problems and acquire knowledge.

A great way to support that natural curiosity and encourage scientific discovery is with educational science gifts for kids that are delivered right to the front door. Expertly curated with hands-on activities, imaginative stories and creative DIY arts and crafts projects, monthly science kits offer all that’s needed to stimulate the young minds of little scientists.

To point you in the right direction, we’ve gathered up a dozen of our top educational subscription services available here on the Cratejoy Marketplace. Sway bonding time into exploring the sciences with a gift that keeps on giving. Read on for curiosity-sparking STEM & STEAM boxes that make great gift ideas for any occasion!

1. Black Girl MATHgic

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Price: Starts at $39.95/month

What You’ll Get: When it comes to math, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Black Girl MATHgic is on a mission to break through learning style barriers by sending learning resources that aim to help girls of color develop their skills. Designed to serve one of the most underrepresented populations in STEM careers, each box exposes girls to math-loving role models who look like them, improves proficiency, and creates a deeper learning experience by connecting classroom fundamentals to the real world. Give her a leg up on the competition with a monthly themed math activity booklet that’s created by experts who know how to tap into the desire to learn. Each box comes with 3-5 educational extras and a "Caring Adult Guide" that offers tips and pointers to help maximize the experience, along with an answer and explanation key to tailor the activities to her learning style.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 8th-13th of each month

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2. Green Kid Crafts

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Price: Starts at $19.98/month

What You’ll Get: When you think Green Kid Crafts, think fun, creativity, education and science all rolled into one monthly subscription. Available in 2 different subscriptions that cater to different age groups, this box makes a unique educational gift for toddlers between the ages of 2-4 or school-aged kids between the ages of 5-10+. Carbon-neutral and sustainable STEAM activity kits focused on a particular theme arrive with an introductory card, a mini magazine, and up to 6 craft projects or mini science projects. Get minds and hands moving to create everything from a backyard terrarium to spin art. Complete with all the materials, tools and art supplies needed for each project, kids get a stress-free, hands-on gift that will inspire them to explore the solar system, color science and the human body!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. immediately after receipt of order, with renewals shipping around the 2nd week of each month

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3. GIRLS CAN! CRATE

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Price: Starts at $18.50/month

What You’ll Get: Bearing the motto "You can’t be what you can’t see," each monthly GIRLS CAN! CRATE sets out to inspire girls by showing them all the things that they can be and do. Focusing on the life and scientific achievements of some of history’s most brilliant women, this box earns that exclamation point by packing in plenty of enthusiasm for fearless female role models. Read about an inspiring woman each month with a 16- or 20-page activity book, and ignite a passion for learning with 2-3 hands-on STEAM projects and themed play props. Sharing unique stories of brave aviators, pioneering nurses and curious coders, girls between the ages of 5-10 get to see firsthand how women have helped to shape the world. And parents can get in on the action with some suggested tips on how to help their kiddos learn to foster each month's featured trait!

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

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4. Slime

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Price: Starts at $13.00/month

What You’ll Get: Believe it or not, ooey gooey slime can play a role in experience-dependent neuroplasticity, the process that builds the structural pathways in the brain that are responsible for mood, cognition and sensory processing. So, more than just being a fun-filled monthly subscription, Slime is a gift that can actually do wonders for children’s brains. From early learners to tweens, light up that brain circuitry by stimulating the senses with a themed box that brings slimy tactile sensations, yummy scents, and auditory squishiness with a mix of handcrafted premium slime in a rainbow of colors, including neon brights, glow-in-the-dark, and glitter-loaded slime. To round out the experience, kids can expect to find fun themed add-ins, like sweets, pins, plushies and more.

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

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5. Bitsbox

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Price: Starts at $24.95/month

What You’ll Get: Take curiosity to the next level by offering up a soft intro to coding with Bitsbox. Coding shows kids how ideas are brought to life and boils technology down to its most basic human inputs. The creation of 2 fathers who want to ensure that kids are prepared for the jobs of the future, each box is filled with brightly colored content that outlines basic app-building projects that are fun and engaging, giving children the opportunity to understand what’s behind the scenes of their favorite video games and smartphone apps. Choose between the apps-only Basic or the apps+add-ins Deluxe box and watch their faces light up as they see their inventions play out IRL.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. shortly after receipt of order

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6. Wonder Crate

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Price: Starts at $23.96/month

What You’ll Get: Will your child become an activist, innovator or artist? While it's not possible to predict a child's future, parents are some of the most important influences in their lives. Exposing kids to people who have done big things in the past can give them the courage and encouragement to pursue their loftiest goals. Available in 4 different options, Wonder Crate is a subscription that teaches kids that good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do! Using the Who Was...? book series, each box focuses on an influential figure, providing activities and conversation cards that establish the framework for a growth mindset, while emphasizing important traits, including leadership, empathy and activism.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of the month

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