It can be hard to keep little ones entertained with just a few toys or books; children get bored easily and usually need something fresh and new to capture their attention. That’s why subscription boxes can be the perfect tool to keep your little one busy every month. It takes their eyes off the TV screens and offers them a few hours of exploring and learning something new with through books, crafts and simple activities that they can do with grown-ups. The best part is that they receive something new every month (if you get a subscription) so there’ll be something for them to look forward to monthly. Here are six that we have found available in Singapore and suitable for kids aged six and under.
Kids will not be bored when they get their ActivityBox as it contains three to four activities, with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as a special activity magazine that’s written just for little ones. All the activities revolve around the same theme, and there is an instructional manual for parents so that you can join in the fun too.
Price: From HK$328/month for a one-month subscription to S$258/month for a 12-month subscription. Additional delivery charges apply.
Visit activity-box.com for more details.
Each Bookatot box comes with two age-appropriate books and crafting materials that match the theme of the books in the box. The boxes are available for two age groups of children, zero to two year and three to seven years old. Each box also comes with a parent’s guide that will give you ideas on how to have discussions from the stories from the books as well as how to help your little ones out with the activities inside the box.
Price: From S$43 for a one-month subscription to S$123 for a three-month subscription. No additional delivery charges apply.
This subscription box isn’t your run-of-the-mill activity box. Instead, as the name suggests, it exposes little ones to the various cultures around the world. Mums Amy Norman and Stella Ma grew up exposed to different cultures and wanted to give their children the same experience, hence they came up with the subscription box idea, to help little ones explore the world around them without stepping out of their home. There are various box subscriptions available for children of different ages, and the Early Explorers subscription plan is the one for little ones aged three to five. In the first month, they get a Traveler Kit that contains a world map, activity booklet and stickers, all packed inside an orange suitcase, as well as a pack (which they will get every month after) that will explore themes such as music, oceans and dinosaurs.
Price: From US$18.95/month for one-month subscriptions to US$16.95/month for 12-month subscriptions. Relevant shipping charges apply.
Visit littlepassports.com for more details.
My Messy Box
If you like your little ones to have a hands-on learning experience but don’t have the time to create sensory activities for your kids, My Messy Box is filled with play tools and materials that encourage little ones to engage their senses. Each box comes with three packs that stimulate active play, creative play and explorative play. Suitable for children aged three to six.
Price: From S$90 for a three-month subscription to S$300 for a 12-month subscription. Delivery within Singapore is free.
Visit mymessybox.sg for more details.
If your little one like working with crafts, get Spurbox’s Joy Box for them. Each box contains everything they will need to complete eight different crafts that have step-by-step instructions to follow. Spurbox also offers a range of other creative boxes that are catered specifically to children of a certain age group that will hone skills such as critical thinking and writing skills.
Price: From S$32.90 for a trial box to S$138.10 for a six-month subscription (for Joy Box); from S$27.90 for a trial box to S$286.80 for a 12-month subscription (for all other subscription boxes. No additional delivery charges apply.
Visit spurbox.com for more details.
Little ones who are into science will enjoy Thinkasaur boxes that come with three to four fun-filled experiments to carry out at home. Each experiment comes with a pictorial instruction sheet that is easy for little ones to follow, as well as a knowledge sheet to teach them the science behind the experiment. There’s also an instruction sheet for parents included that states the level of parental guidance needed, the time required, and messiness factor of each experiment so that the grown-ups can ensure each experiment is conducted safely at home. Suitable for children aged five to 10.
Price: From S$135 for a three-month subscription to S$258 for a six-month subscription. No additional delivery charges apply.
Visit thinkasaur.com for more details.
Special Mention: Le Box
Teaching their little ones Mandarin is viewed as an uphill task by most parents, so we think that they’ll like the boxes that you’ll find at Le Box, which contains activities that encourage children to pick up the Chinese language and exposes them to customs that are unique to Chinese culture. Do note that instructions are only available in mandarin, with pinyin available. Suitable for children aged two to seven.
Price: From S$50 for a single box. Delivery charges apply. Contact the owners via Instagram for more information.
Visit their Instagram (@leboxsg) for more information.