Pandemic months can drag on (and on … and on), but these eight fun of-the-month subscription kits for kids will provide entertainment as well as opportunities to explore, learn and create, all conveniently delivered right to your door on a regular basis. Lockdown blues, be gone! —Jennifer Cox
Raddish is a cooking club, culinary lesson, and mealtime solution all-in-one. Inside each kit are three recipe guides with illustrated, laminated, step-by-step recipes that are perfect for any age; a quality kitchen tool to build up their arsenal; a colourful apron patch and four table talk cards; a creative kitchen project; three culinary skill lessons; and a complete grocery list. Sample kit: Family Fun Night—gather together to host a DIY baked potato bar, bake colourful corn muffins, and play dominos with your dessert!
Curiosity Box’s mission is to build creative minds through discovery, creativity, and exploration. The great thing about this company is that they offer monthly subscriptions (like the Discovery Box, the Creation Station Box, and the Great Explorer Box), or individual craft boxes with many themes and age brackets. Sample kit: The Creation Station box has a cool “friendly scarecrow theme” where recipients can create a stained-glass project, make a scarecrow magnet, a race to the pumpkin patch game, activity books, puzzles, stories, and even a few fun surprises.
Kiwi Co. offers projects for every age and interest, it’s delivered monthly, you choose your plan (they have ones that started around $15), and the first crate ships in two days. There are loads of options, from the Panda Crate for 0-24 months up to the Eureka Crate for ages 14 to 104! Sample kit: Ocean Games—make a splash with science and math! Use a fishing pole to catch all sorts of felt sea creatures, practice sorting them by size, colour, and critter type, and create a colourful pair of mosaic marine animals while practicing your colour-matching skills.
Ruby Crate is a new subscription box designed with tweens and teenage girls in mind. It’s filled with beauty, style and self-expression items that have been carefully curated, delivered right to your door. It arrives four times a year according to season. Sample kit: There are five to seven unique products in every Ruby Crate, including new makeup and skincare products, cool accessories, tech gadgets and tasty snacks.
Myfunvelope is a Canadian craft subscription box for kids ages 3 to 9, available in both French and English, where every month your child will receive their MyFUNvelope and discover four craft projects as well as a STEM activity or idea for hands-on building. Sample kit: Nail art kit, with two bottles of Townley Girl non-toxic peel off nail polish, nail decals, carrying pouch, jewelry, pencil crayons, a nail colouring activity and more.
Buzz Box Fun Kits are designed to spark creativity, fun and active play in kids aged 4 to 12. The company was founded by a 16-year-old Bellville, Ontario, boy during the pandemic, and now they are shipping their kits across Canada and the U.S. Sample kit: The Globetrotters kit, with a luggage box, passport with stickers, airplane glider, pair of chopsticks, fan with international flags, stickers, activities and so much more!
Comic book fans need to check out ComicBoxer, where their comic book experts handpick a selection of the hottest comic books and send them right to your front door. These are the books you need in your collection. Sample kit: A variety of comic books, covers, and number-one issues, variant covers, exclusives, first appearances and more.
Crafty kids will love the kits available through Annie’s Creative Girls Club. Choose from kits for everything from knitting and crocheting to card-making, beading, painting, and scrapbooking. Sample kit: Watermelon dyed tote, with tote bag, dye, gloves, fabric marker and instructions.