For the toy-lover
Bubbles & Joy
If bath time has become a struggle in your household, this monthly subscription box filled with a curated assortment of BPA-free and natural bath goods is the antidote you’ve been looking for. To wit, the Original Box (which can be ordered a la carte) comes stocked with a rubber ducky teething toy, a color-changing bath book, a set of bath crayons and three aromatic bath bombs that dissolve to reveal animal-shaped sponges that are guaranteed to have kids looking forward to a soak in the tub.
Hardcore fans have found a haven in Loot Crate, which specializes in sending curated boxes based on iconic films, shows, anime, games, and horror. Each crate contains toys, collectibles, and clothing — and because Loot Crate has partnered with Marvel, Harry Potter, Sanrio, Nickelodeon, and more, you can bet that the items are legit.
Subscribers can select the crate of their choosing (for example, Loot Game or Loot Sci-Fi) and choose their subscription frequency. (Frequencies vary depending on the box.) Each box varies in price, but fans can find goodies from $9.99.
Sensory TheraPLAY Box
Every kid deserves access to fun and educational toys. Sensory TheraPLAY Box is a wonderful option for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing needs; though, all kids could have a lot of fun playing with the carefully selected textured toys, putties, and spinners. Each box is curated by a licensed occupational therapist and includes five to six items that hone sensory-motor skills, as well as provide therapeutic benefits.
Shoppers can sign up for Sensory TheraPLAY for $39.95 a month, or they can choose from a three-month or six-month pre-pay option ($119.85 and $210.70, respectively).
For the little (and big!) learners
Expand your little one’s world view with these cute boxes. The concept is that the Little Passport mascots, Sam and Sofia, go travel around the globe and send your child back a package each month, just for them. Inside, it contains fun games and educational activities. They’re all bundled in an adorable case that your child will want to hang onto. There’s a Little Passports box for each age group: Little Explorers (age 3-5), Science Junior (age 5-8), World Edition (6-10), USA Edition (7-12) and Science Expeditions (age 9 and up). You can also get standalone science and explorer kits, which are packed in cute backpacks.
The first three years of a child’s life are paramount for their learning and development. During this time, they learn motor and sensory skills, language, and social and emotional behaviors. As such, it’s vital that kids have access to learning tools that fuel their curiosity. Based on the Montessori Method of Education (a learning model that emphasizes scientific thought and hands-on activities), Monti Kids provides children 0-36 months with brain-boosting activities, from activity gyms to baking sets. The service is broken down into eight levels, all of which include toys, curriculum, and parent resources, such as online classes.
The service is on the pricier side; each level costs $297 and ships every three months. All boxes and curriculum are designed by Montessori experts and include high-quality, sustainably sourced materials.
Coding is an especially useful skill to have these days. But if you’re a bit tech-savvy-challenged like us, your computer skills may peak at Ctr+Alt+Delete — which is to say you’re of no help to a kid who wants to create her own apps. Thankfully, with Bitsbox, you don’t have to know the first thing about coding.
Each month, Bitsbox subscribers receive up to 12 different coding projects based on the app of their choosing. Kids then log online and copy the code provided to create and customize an app they can access on most devices through the Bitsbox website. Over time, kids will become more confident in their coding skills and can start writing their own.
Bitsbox offers Basic, Deluxe, and Digital packages starting at $16.95 per month.