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When you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained, nothing is better than a zero preparation activity sent right to your door. Children thrive with activities that they can do independently, it helps them gain confidence and learn how to be self-starters. To cover your bases, we’ve put together a list with some of our favourite activity boxes that contain puzzles, crafts, books and more involving Math, STEM and Art that you can surprise your child with. Also known as activity crates, they’re a great idea for birthday presents, teachers gifts at the end of the year, or for a reward for your little one’s hard work completing their chores at the end of the month. Happy crafting!
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For your crafty child who is getting restless with the same colouring books, the Bizzie Bee activity boxes are a great place to start the journey of subscription craft boxes. This Hong Kong-based company supplies beautiful made craft boxes with two workshops in each box. DIY a lunch bag, get your hammers ready to make a key rack or have a go at making your own Chinese lanterns, and more! As an added plus, all of the profits go to the Lizzie Bee foundation which helps bring art projects to disadvantaged members of the community.
This is another one for crafty kids, aged 3 to 8 years. You can choose a monthly subscription (that’s also billed monthly, so you can opt out any time) or sign up for three months, six months or a year. Designed and founded by an early childhood educator, the box themes change every month and range from Little Chef to Dinosaurs to Pets. Each box includes four activities with step-by-step instructions and all the materials you need to complete each activity. These cover a range of art and craft styles and techniques, use a variety of different materials and promote the development of age-appropriate fine motor and other core learning skills. Prices start at $298/month for the monthly subscription with savings if you sign up for a longer time.
As a Kindergarten teacher, I have always fantasised about receiving one of these crates for my class. These kits emulate what your favourite kindergarten teacher growing up did with you in your class. Crates include excellent dramatic play items, STEAM activities and art. There are three lines (wonder, odyssey, explore) that are divided up by the students’ age groups, ideal for children aged 3 to 12 years. You can get a subscription for your own tiny human, or gift it to teachers to use in the classroom. Crates start at $255 and include materials that can often be reused.
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Campfires represent opportunities to have in-depth talks, and that’s just what these crates can help your family do. These activity boxes can help to spark your child’s curiosity about their own cultural identity and they also help them appreciate the identity of others. They can learn new stories and pass on art, knowledge and ideas to future generations. The hands-on projects and diverse stories can widen your child’s perspective in the best possible ways. Prices start at $230.
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With up to six science and art kits, an engaging magazine and achievement badges, what more could you ask for? These activity boxes are designed by educators to help your child engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math) material. The boxes are sorted by age group. Your 2 to 4-year-olds will enjoy the superhero costume and felt counting manipulatives, while your 5 to 10-year-olds can enjoy playing detective with detective science. Did we mention that they’re also eco friendly? These boxes start at $193/month and deliver to Hong Kong with just a $50 added fee for shipping.
Kiwi crate offers subscription activity boxes from the ages 0 to 104! You can get this crate for your child and even your own parent. The beginning panda crates offer products that support young children’s healthy development and lifelong learning. Then their other crates revolve around creativity, being a good citizen, and hand-on science and math principles. You can also get a gift card or a gift subscription. There’s even an online summer camp! Prices are given in USD but you can order to Hong Kong. Your crate will be delivered via the Hong Kong post at a charge of $5.95 (USD) per delivery. For our ongoing monthly subscriptions, you’ll be charged $19.95 (USD) plus shipping each month (you can cancel these monthly subscriptions any time after the first crate ships if you so wish).
Get ready to hear “whoah” from all members of your family. These kits mimic many experiments that teachers do in the classroom, but this way, the kids can get their own hands-on experience and can go at their own pace. The experiments are so interesting, even I want to stay in on a Friday night and do one myself! Starting at $270 with $38 shipping, these crates are on the more expensive side on the market, but you do get high-quality materials such as science beakers, VR headsets and safety supplies.
If you’re raising a strong-minded little one, Girls Can! Crate offers excellent narratives of powerful girls and women. While we wait for the activity boxes to offer availability to Hong Kong, it has an excellent digital subscription that includes downloadable books as well as game sheets and journal pages that we can benefit from.