Activity Subscription Boxes for Kids are a great way to encourage your child’s creativity and brain development while weaning them off screens.
If you’re a modern parent, I am 99% sure that you’re thinking of ways to cut down on your child’s screen time – whether it’s TV, computers, tablets or smart phones. I know, because I’m one among you!
There’s no need for me to elaborate on the damage too much screen time is doing to our kids – I’m sure you already know all that you need to. But the problem is in the ‘how’ – what else do we occupy them with so that they’re too busy to think about screens!
Answer – activity boxes! Imagine opening up a box with lots of crafts, activities, toys and books – doesn’t that sound like a dream come true? And now imagine doing that every month – and you have the solution to your problem!
Subscription boxes for kids are becoming increasingly popular in India, and parents are hooking on to them so kids have an assortment of things to do that don’t involve screen time. But that’s not the only advantage of subscription boxes – here are some more:
- The activities are varied enough to prevent boredom
- They encourage the development of cognitive skills, imagination and creativity
- Young kids learn about numbers, animals and other basics.
- Older kids find the activities an interesting accompaniment to their regular studies
- Actually doing things with their hands reinforces concepts they already know
The best part is that parents don’t need to go hunting for a different game, book or toy every month – the boxes take care of everything! Here are our picks for the top 11 subscription boxes for kids in India.
11 Best Subscription Boxes for Kids in India
If you thought subscription boxes were for school kids, you couldn’t be more wrong – now even your newborn baby can have a subscription box! Yes, The Baby Lit Project caters to children from 0 to 6 years, and is essentially a book subscription service.
The company’s policy is that introducing the right book at the right age is crucial in raising a reader, and that’s something we can get behind! Each box consists of three books and a simple DIY. The books are all board books and of excellent quality, and perfect for little hands to hold and explore. The DIY is intelligently designed, even making use of the packaging!
The Baby Lit Project has subscription plans for children aged 0 to 6 years, starting from Rs 1200.
When you’re raising a reader at home, it’s important to make sure you have a steady supply of age appropriate books, and that is where Fububox comes to the rescue. Fububox has an expert panel who review the books and rate it based on the readability. The top rated books are then packaged into Fububoxes for your little one!
Each box has 2-3 books carefully selected as per the child’s age. Kids below 2 get board books, while older kids get other options too. In all there are 3 options for subscription – baby, toddler and early reader.
Cost of the Fububox subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 2550.00
- 6 Months – Rs 4848.00
- 12 Months – Rs 9180.00
Cancelling the Fububox subscription mid-plan is not possible. Fububox subscriptions are also available on Amazon India.
Intellikit is FirstCry’s foray into the kids’ subscription box arena, and it’s proving to be quite popular with parents and kids! Targeted towards the younger crowd, Intellikit covers a range of themes with 8 Fun Activities in each box.
Each box contains an age appropriate Story Book, a Learning Calendar, a Happy Tracker to track progress along with 10 worksheets. The Intellikit boxes are available for ages 2-3, 3-4 and 4-6.
Cost of the Intellikit subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 2700.00
- 6 Months – Rs 4499.00
You can also get a Trial box for Rs 299.00. If you decide to cancel mid-plan, the subscription amount for the remaining kits will be refunded, but into your First Cry Cash Wallet.
4. Einstein Box
Sometimes the best ideas come from your own frustrations, and that’s how it was with the founders of Einstein Box. Desperate with weaning their daughter off TV, they realized that it was a challenge to find good educational books and toys. And that’s how Einstein Box was born!
Einstein box caters to children from age one to six, with quality books and educational games. Every month, your child will get an Einstein Box with 2 books and 3 learning activities. They already have a ‘syllabus’ with the themes already set, which you can view on the website. There are a total of 4 subscription options for each age group.
Cost of the Einstein Box subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 1797.00
- 6 Months – Rs 3294.00
An advantage of the Einstein Box is that if you don’t like the first box, just return it within 7 days & get a 100% refund. What’s more, you can cancel the subscription anytime and get a full refund for the remaining boxes in your plan. Einstein boxes are also available on Amazon India.
5. Xplora Box
If you’re looking for some more complex or detailed activities for your child to try, Xplorabox is your best bet! Hugely popular among parents today, each Xplorabox has a whole lot of activities that can be played with over and over again, which means that one box can keep kids busy till the next one comes in!
Each Xplorabox contains 5 age appropriate activities, including a major project based working model and all supplies required for the various activities. Each box is based on a different theme and you are guaranteed to get different themes when you place an order from the same email address.
Besides the box, you also get 10 Educational Downloadable Worksheets every month, along with access to their app with over 500 learning worksheets. There are boxes for 6 age groups starting from as young as 2 years all the way to 12 years.
Cost of the Xplora Box subscription is Rs 2097.00 for 3 months. Individual Xplora boxes are available on Amazon India.
In case you decide to discontinue your subscription, you will be charged only for the boxes you’ve received and the remaining amount will be refunded.
6. Magic Crate
It’s an established fact that no amount of reading or studying can compensate an hour of learning by doing with your hands. And that’s exactly what Magic Crate aims to do, with it’s assortment of activities that mix fun with learning.
Magic Crate is a subscription service for kids in the wide range of 18 months to 15 years! The boxes are perfectly designed for each age group, with a different theme focused on each month.
Each box contains all the materials required for 2-4 Science activities, 1 art activity and a game. Younger kids will need help to set up the activities while older kids can do it on their own. All the items in the box are made with natural hale wood and natural colors, and comply with International Toy Safety Standards.
Magic Crate has a whole array of boxes for 9 age groups, with the subscription model starts from 2 years onward.
Cost of the Magic Crate subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 2599.00
- 6 Months – Rs 4399.00
- 12 Months – Rs 7599.00
In case you don’t want to continue with the subscription at any point, you can cancel it and get a refund. Individual Magic Crate Kits are available on Amazon India.
When you see an activity box that has won awards such as the Academics’ Choice Award, the Global Education Award, the Best Education Start up and the Best Indian Start up, you know this is something to sit up and take notice of.
Flintobox is one of the top subscription boxes in India, with its popularity growing by the day. With well thought out activities and good quality materials, the box focuses on 16 key developmental areas required for holistic growth and wellbeing in kids.
Each activity box contains 3 to 4 play-based activities along with easy-to-understand instruction sheets. Every month, your child will receive a different set of activities that cover multiple concepts like math, physics, chemistry and design in a fun way. There are boxes for 6 age groups starting from as young as 2 years all the way to 12 years.
Cost of the Flintobox subscription is as follows:
- 3 months – Rs 2385.00
- 6 Months – Rs 4170.00
- 12 Months – Rs 7140.00
Cancelling the subscription is simple – just send them an email and they’ll refund the amount for the remaining boxes back to you.
Butterfly Edufields is a fast growing subscription box in India and it has been recognized for ‘commendable work in the overall development of students by offering holistic learning tools, products, services and solutions’ at the IDA Corporate 2019.
The Butterfly Edufields boxes focus on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), through its various activities, targeted for groups called explorers and makers. Every month sees a new theme, and there are subscription options for 3 age groups for 2 to 13 years.
Cost of the Butterfly Edufields subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 1950.00
- 6 Months – Rs 3540.00
- 9 Months – Rs 4860.00
If you cancel your subscription in the middle of the plan, the balance amount from the subscription will be refunded to your account within 10 business days after deducting for the delivered boxes at the price of one-month subscription.
One of the best things to do in life is to travel, and Scotty’s Wanderquest shows kids that it can be done without stepping outside their homes! This is a travel-themed subscription box for kids aged 6-12 years that gives kids an opportunity to learn about a different country every month.
The subscription starts with a tool box that contains the tools and instructions the kids will need for upcoming kids. Then every month brings home a travel box, that focuses on a different country and includes travel booklets, activity sheets, stickers and crafts materials. Each box also has treasure hunt clues that kids can submit online to win treasure.
With a wall size world map, play passport and Visa stamps, kids can enjoy the entire travelling experience right at home. The box is suitable for kids from 6-12 years.
Cost of the Scotty’s Wanderquest subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 1971.00
- 6 Months – Rs 3136.00
Scotty’s Wanderquest individual boxes are available on Amazon India.
If you’d like to try something different from science activity kids, Crabo offers a welcome change. Crabo is a craft subscription box specially designed for children. Crabo was founded with the aim to help kids get inspired through creativity and to limit gadget time in their lives.
Each box is packed with 4-5 age-appropriate craft activities for children that are gender neutral- suited for both boys & girls. Crabo includes two subscription plans for the 4-7 age group and for kids over 8 years. Besides these, they also take special orders for events like birthday parties.
Cost of the Crabo subscription is as follows:
- 1 Month – Rs 960.00
- 3 Months – Rs 2398.00
11. YOHO Box
Sometimes it’s important for our kids to be reminded that life isn’t all about studies or marks. It’s also about having fun and about helping others. YOHOBox fulfills both of these aims in their fun-filled and activity backed boxes!
Known as the ‘fun box’, YOHOboxes focus more on plain enjoyment rather than being to educational. The activities do have educational value, but it’s in a far more subtle way. Each box has 7 activities and products from 6 categories. These include a DIY/craft kit, a book, a game, fashion accessory or personal care product, healthy snack and an interesting collectible.
And that’s not all. YOHOBox is a not-for-profit foundation and they direct their funds towards selected social causes. While their subscription plans cover 3 age groups from 4-12 years, they also have the YOHO Big Hearts program, where you can sponsor less privileged children between 4 – 12 years.
Cost of the YOHOBox subscription is as follows:
- 3 Months – Rs 4158.00
- 6 Months – Rs 7140.00
If you’d like to cancel your subscription mid-way, they will refund the amount for the remaining boxes of your subscription plan back to your account.
Choose a subscription box for kids based on their interest. If you’re not sure, try different ones till you find the perfect fit for your child. To derive maximum benefit from the boxes, sit with your child and work with them as they try to figure things out. Make this a bonding activity and you’ll have some lovely memories for later!