Q: Can you purchase additional boxes? We have the monthly big box subscription but go through them so quickly! Asked by Rachael R., January 2020
We have some “surprise boxes” which are an assortment of busy bags from past boxes. If you contact us directly via email, I can look up your subscription date and put together a box containing activities from boxes before you subscribed so that you don’t get any duplicates. So glad to hear you are enjoying your boxes!
Q: I have twin grandchildren age two, sometimes they want to do the same craft etc. is there enough crafts in the box for this? Carol SAsked by Carol S., July 2021
Hi Carol, our activities are reusable, so one box goes a long way. Our Big Box contains 5 activities, each contained in its own resealable bag. Some parents of twins opt to get 2 separate subscriptions so that the siblings don't have to share, but honestly there is plenty for them to each be working on a separate activity since there are 5 in the Big Box and 3 activities in the Mini Box. Thanks for the question!
Q: I would like to order a couple of surprise boxes after I receive my first box and make sure my kid loves it! I am looking to get 12-15 total before traveling end of July? Would that be possible? Asked by Alaina B., May 2021
Hi Alaina, currently we have enough busy bags to fulfill your request. You can order those on our website or feel free to send us a message or email for more details!
Q: I would like to order the "Surprise Box" with the Dental health activity but I don't see anywhere on your website where that box is available, please help.Asked by Cheryl B., April 2021
Hi Cheryl, thanks for contacting us! We do sell our past leftover busy bags in our surprise boxes and will be happy to fulfill special requests as long as our supplies hold out. At this time, we do have a few of those left from the Healthy Teeth box. You’ll need to send us an email first to confirm, and then go to our website and place your order for a surprise box and we can fill it with the items you requested. Our CrateJoy listing does not include our surprise boxes.
I subscribed to the “mini” busy learners and was very impressed with our first box! My son (almost 3yrs) was so excited for his mail today. It shipped very quickly, was well packaged and had 3 super cute activities that my son loved! He’s obsessed with the fruit sorting, and making his peas in the pod.
As a full time working mom with a toddler at home and no day care due to COVID, I wanted to make sure my little one can still learn through educational activities. So glad I came across this subscription!
They sell out quickly, I had to wait until the 5th to order. But I received the teeth kit for the first month and my toddler loved it so much, kept her busy for an hour!
Also when the cousin came by, who is 5 year old, they played together with these sets. So cute!!
I loved them so much I reached out quickly to the owner to get past kits!!
i’ve only had one box so far and haven’t used all that’s inside yet. first thought was i felt like the projects were a little old for my 3.5 year old BUT i can appreciate that exposure to these ideas/tasks etc are really the key to to learning and experiencing new things. we do the activity (which doesn’t last too long for him)and then he ends up using the materials in a free play way using his imagination. at the end of the day i just really need things curated for me (and him) and this checks that box!
My 18-month-old LOVES this box! Everytime we get it he gets so excited and we have activities to do for a few weeks (then like every other toddler gets bored and we have to "recycle" them) This box is well-curated. I love the fact that my little guy is learning so much (matching, sorting, fruits, patterns etc). I love how it's packaged in individual bags as well... I can keep them and use them again when me newborn is old enough to enjoy!
Pro Tip: we also take them with us when we eat at a restaurant and it keeps him entertained!
Have received several boxes so far. The packaging is nice and the activities kept my 3 year olds interest. In many cases he would do the activity several times and reused some of the materials for other self-created games. As a busy mom it is super nice to have these pre-packaged ready to go activities!
Update: My child was enjoying the activities so much that I upgraded from the mini box to the big box. Also ordered a ‘surprise box’ where they put together a box with activities from a month prior to when my subscription started (email first to make sure they have activities available that you do not already have).
I have to say I researched this box, read all the reviews, and have used other box subscriptions before. This box makes stuff like kiwico look bad. All these activities are fun and REUSABLE, whereas some boxes you can buy- the kids make it and then that's it, you're out of supplies. Each activity is educational & comes in a little bag so it keeps things organized. We take one or two bags with us on trips or when we need our kiddo to stay entertained for 10 mins. I can't say enough good things about this box. Yes some activities have small parts BUT if you're right there and watching your child it shouldn't be an issue. If you have pets around that would snatch a random part off the floor, put them away while playing. Seriously the best box around for a toddler/threenager in my opinion.
My two year old has a hard time with some of the items but they're perfect to keep coming back to and trying out. These are fun, well made and don't take up a ton of space! I love playing with them with him too. We have older kids that come over and will play with these as well.
My granddaughter has outgrown this, though it was totally awesome. I can't find a way to end my subscription and I don't want to pay for something that she no longer needs.
Hi Wendy, we are so glad that your granddaughter enjoyed her busy boxes! Subscriptions can be cancelled any time by logging into your CrateJoy account, or by emailing us. I have processed the cancellation for you, although you will still receive one more box which is the final shipment left on your 3-month subscription. Thank you!
My son loved this box at 3 years old. He unfortunately has outgrown it! It was a great box for learning and fun activities!
Thank you so much for the great review! We are excited to hear that your son enjoyed the activities and understand he is growing on toward new things! All the best to you!
I ordered the Big Box for my niece that is 2 and she absolutely loves it. My sister says the simplest things yet so good for teaching in a way they can understand and have fun while doing it. The sensory beans are her favorite she spent an hour with just those. Will be adding on to her monthly subscriptions.
Fun hands-on busy bags that focused on colors and counting activities
Loaded with sea creature fun! Fishing, playdough, letter matching and more!!
Filled with Fall fun! Sensory bin, number puzzles, pretend pie making, and more!!