books. There are no shortage of options – you may have heard ofCitrus Lane, which recently made headlines when Care.comsnapped them up for a cool $50 million, andKiwi Crate, which ships arts and crafts projects that help you teach your kids not to eat paste. Nearly all the services offer products at less than retail cost, and most will adjust to your kid’s age, but these 4 strive to differentiate themselves with hard-to-find brands, unique developmental games and projects or clever ways to customize the monthly box of goodies:
For Parents Who Don’t Mind When Their Kids Make A Mess
Ages: 3-10 ($19.95 monthly, $18.95 for 6 months, $16.95 for 12 months)
3-4 creativity kits designed to promote STEM skills, like a basil and sprout gardening kit, or that timeless classic: the baking soda volcano. Depending on the age of your kid, each project is either an opportunity for quality time together or an effective way to absorb their attention for a few hours while you get some work done.
For Parents Who Want A Little Something, Too
Ages: 0-4 ($29 monthly, $25 for 3 months, $23 for 6 months, $21 for 12 months)
5 products, customized based on specific milestones your kid is experiencing, as opposed to just their age, so no two boxes are alike. In addition to toys, stuffed animals, books and snacks, each box also includes a book for adults or all natural beauty products from brands like Klorane and Anna Naturals. So, you’re effectively killing two birds with one stone.
For Parents Who Have Absolutely No Space Left
Ages: 0-4 ($35.96 monthly, $23.95 bi-monthly)
4 educational toy and game rentals, curated based on an age-appropriate “curriculum” designed to promote play between you and your kid. At the end of each period, you return the products (free of charge) and receive a new box. Theoretically, you could get rid of every other toy in the house, which would be a fun experiment for you.
For Parents Who Think One Box A Month Is A Little Much
Ages: 0-5 ( $25 monthly, $20 for 12 months)
3-5 toys curated with an eye toward sustainability and eco-friendliness – expect lots of wood and the word “heirloom” in the product descriptions. Little Pnuts ships quarterly, rather than monthly, based on the belief that its toys are so awesome, your kid will be engaged for at least 3 months.