Recently, a mummy friend sent a coupon code for discount off a science subscription box which she had just subscribed to. This created a little stir in the chat group and the discussion got me interested to check out a bit more about the box. Actually, I’ve discovered these subscription boxes a while back and have always been interested to subscribe, but held back because these babies don’t come cheap and the contents were not guaranteed. One of the mummies had already received her box and a few others were going to subscribe as well, plus the activity looked extremely interesting, so I took a deep breath, keyed in my credit card details and took my virgin foray into the subscription box world. Safety in numbers, I guess that applies to shopping too.
Once I opened the floodgates, I suddenly developed this itch to go buy more boxes. After all, its not fair that Kor Kor gets a box and rest don’t get anything right? Nope, definitely not my shopaholic tendencies surfacing.
Surprisingly, there are quite a few options for these services which cater to different age groups.
For the future Einsteins,
1. Kiwi Co:
“KiwiCo was created to celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity, while helping parents who want to bring enriching experiences to their children”
They have 6 different boxes (lines as they call it) for different interests and age groups start from newborns.
Their focus is on STEAM projects. In one of their sample crates for 5 – 8 year olds as shown on the website, they provided materials to build an arcade claw and also a little booklet which details how they can create other arcade activities.
This is not a local product so after ordering, there will be some waiting time. There are also shipping charges.
Recommended ages: 0 – 16+
Proudly made in Singapore. The boxes include a learning guide, equipment such as gloves and almost all the ingredients required to conduct each experiment. There are 13 different boxes and popular ones include Crazy Chemistry, which gets the kids to make lava lamps and crystal gardens, and Wonders of Colours, which teaches colour mixing.
Each box includes:
- 3 – 4 fun experiments
- Step-by-step detailed instructions to guide you through the experiments
- A learning guide packed with fun facts and tidbits to explain the science behind the experiments
Recommended age 5 – 10 yrs old
3. My messy box
is a subscription box designed to bring messy-sensory play into your own home with play tools and materials that encourage sensory exploration. It provides our children, who are natural explorers, with the opportunity for observation and manipulation through a hands-on learning experience. It’s a great way for children to engage their senses and learn through exploration, discovery and meaningful play.
Recommended age: 1 – 6 yrs old
The EllieFun box is ideal for those who still desire to teach your child comprehensively and effectively but have no time to research, plan and gather materials, Based on the Montessori curriculum as a guide, the boxes will help you teach and guide your child into mastering the literacy and numeracy skills needed to transit to primary school.. Each month, you will receive a book related to the theme and 4-5 packets of materials for a subject area
- Literacy (English) – focus on phonics and eventually how to teach your child to spell and read.
- Literacy (Mandarin) – explore how words relate to their pictorial meanings. Children (and parent) will know that there is nothing scary about Chinese.
- Numeracy – children will learn numbers, how to count, understand operations shapes, geometry and relationships.
- Craft – children will practice their fine motor skills and fine-tune hand-eye coordination as parent and child work on age-appropriate art and craft
- Everything else – depending on the theme, a science, history or geography activity will be included that brings to life what they have read in the book!
- Online resources – to stretch your child’s learning, additional materials are available for download. Ready help and tips will be provided in the subscribers-only Facebook Group.
Recommeded age: 2 years old to 4 years old. .
5. Josh and Cherie books
Their books are carefully curated and sourced from around the world, and have received extremely favourable reviews by both parents and educators alike.
Every month, a parcel of books will be sent to your child. Each box is lovingly packaged, so it is just like receiving a gift every time a Josh & Cherie parcel arrives in your mail! The combined retail value of the books always exceeds the subscription price! And moreover, every Josh & Cherie parcel is delivered right to your doorstep. Reading to our babies is a great habit to develop their love for reading and now mummies have the perfect excuse to start buying books and bonding with baby through reading. Whats even better is that, there is a possibility to add on Mandarin books as well. Looks like its a good way to build a love and familiarity for Mandarin from young.
Recommended age: 0 – 7 years old
Wow, too many options out there. Looks like Mummy has lots of new things to do with the kids now.
Having these subscription box would be a good way to remove the kiddos from excessive screen time. Do you also have a hard time struggling how much screen time to give your kids?
I share my thoughts here on this topics and some activity ideas to help mummies out there to cope with this.