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. We Craft Box

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Price: Starts at $25.00/month

What You’ll Get: Let creativity flow in a low-mess, stress-free way with We Craft Box. Each month’s delivery provides the opportunity for 3- to 9-year-olds to put the A in STEAM and work on letting their imaginations run wild with a mix of 2-3 seasonally inspired hands-on craft projects. Every box is inspired by fun themes complete with corresponding stories, like Apple Orchard Adventure or The Pumpkin Patch Cat. With fully stocked craft kits, there’s no need to organize and prep for craft time, leaving more time for creating and getting some quality time together. All that’s needed to create each project from start to finish is at your fingertips from the get-go.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 1st of every month

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6. Snail Mail for Kids

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Price: Starts at $14.00/month

What You’ll Get: Along with Sunny the Mail Snail leaving a special surprise in the mailbox every week, Snail Mail for Kids is an affordable educational gift that can enhance literacy competency and help kids develop a love for reading. Fun for the whole family, a welcome kit brings a stuffed Sunny and a map to track his global travels. Then each week afterwards, a letter arrives telling witty and silly snail tales of all of Sunny’s adventures, bringing fun facts about animals and locations from around the world. Each letter also delivers a trading card that will help solve Sunny’s secret code and includes a fun extra that ties into the week’s story. Sunny is guaranteed to become a fast family friend, and leave everyone checking the mailbox in anticipation!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S.; the starter box will ship within 3-5 business days from receipt of order and subsequent letters will ship weekly

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7. Learning Crates

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Price: Starts at $27.08/month

What You’ll Get: Keep reading exciting with a gift box that brings an assortment of 7-10 age-appropriate books, activity books and guides filled with simple science toys and experiments, games and puzzles. Fill out a simple questionnaire to send a Learning Crates box that is custom-tailored to each individual child based on their grade level, hobbies, interests and favorite school subjects. Catering to kindergartners on up to 6th graders, each box contains a curated mix that includes story books or chapter books filled with imaginative characters and fun facts, and introduces children to intriguing role models and historical figures.

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

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8. Club Scikidz Labs

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Price: Starts at $28.95/month

What You’ll Get: Club Scikidz Labs ticks all the boxes when it comes to hands-on science gifts for kids. Perfect to create some parent-child or sibling bonding time, each monthly box is centered around a fun theme, like Geodes, Save the Bees or Grossology, the study of all things slimy, crusty and smelly! An activity guide outlines challenging experiments and mini science labs for your young scientists and scientific explorers, and the box is packed with all the materials and supplies needed to complete each activity. Reinforce STEM concepts learned in the classroom with monthly at-home experiment kits that show off the fun of scientific discovery.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 2 business days from receipt of order, with renewals shipping on the 26th of the month

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9. 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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10. Spangler Science Club

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Price: Starts at $18.33/month

What You’ll Get: We all know that inspired young minds will rule the world. Gift kids the opportunity to unlock their inspiration potential with a monthly subscription to the Spangler Science Club. Give them the building blocks to start their own mini smart lab, complete with basic science equipment like test tubes, pipettes, beakers and safety goggles. Available in 2 subscription options for children between the ages of 5-12, each brings hands-on science experiments and activities that challenge kids to solve problems, think critically, and gain a better understanding of the scientific method.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. around the 6th or 21st of the month, depending on which kit is ordered

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11. 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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12. Kid Curated Books

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Price: Starts at $31.99/month

What You’ll Get: Nurturing a love of reading early on sets children on a positive course for learning in all subjects and disciplines. Kid Curated Books is a monthly subscription that makes it a priority to send a mix of age-appropriate, challenging and personalized books with the intention of sparking each child’s imagination and enhancing multi-modal thinking. Tailored specifically by age group, reading level and interests, each box sends 4 high-quality board, picture or chapter books, including some of the best-known and most-loved titles, empowering and inspiring kids one story at a time!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 5 business days of receipt of order

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