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The coolest subscription boxes for kids

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Monthly subscription boxes for kids are gifts that keep on giving

When you're a kid, getting something in the mail is extra exciting. So getting a box of goodies in the mail every month? That can be mindblowing! Subscription boxes are a great way to keep kids busy and also make unique gifts. From craft boxes, to book subscriptions or even ideas for the LEGO-obsessed, we have rounded up the best subscription boxes for kids.

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Kiwi Crate: For the crafty kid

Monthly subscription boxes for kids are gifts that keep on giving

Geared for crafty kids ages 3 through 8, the Kiwi Crate arrives each month full of fun hands-on projects that include science experiments, art projects and build-and-play games. Each crate includes two to three projects based on a different theme each month, such as Space Hero, City Adventure and Around the World. I was sent the Rainforest theme, which included cool crafts like a jumping frog game and a craft in which kids create their own rain stick. These little boxes include everything you need for the craft (even the scissors) as well as a Highlights-esque magazine and other activities to further explore the theme. Kiwi Crate subscriptions start at $17/month and shipping is free. (If you aren’t quite sure if you want to commit, you can purchase individual activity packs on the Kiwi Crate website or at Target stores.)

Kidstir: For the foodie kid

Monthly subscription boxes for kids are gifts that keep on giving

Got a budding chef or foodie on your hands? Kidstir is geared for kids ages 5 through 10 and features monthly subscription boxes filled with hands-on food adventures for kids. Kidstir would also be a great way to introduce your picky eater to healthy and nutritious foods. The first subscription box includes a personalized cookbook binder and future boxes are geared to a chapter of the cookbook, such as snacks or breakfast. Your child will love creating their own cookbook and whipping up dishes (with your help), as each box features step-by-step recipes, as well as three kid-sized tools, among other fun items. Kidstir subscriptions are $20/month with free shipping. You can also choose three, six and 12 month packages — or individual kits for $25.

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