Give the Coolest STEM and STEAM Activity Kit Subscriptions

Have you experienced the strain of buyer’s remorse peculiar to parents of gifted kids? It happens when you spend a sizable chunk of change on, say, a 1000+ piece ultimate Lego set and save it for the show-stopping last present to be opened. Your eager tyke rips it open, eyes aglow with gratitude! They shout, “Thank you!” and run with it to their room, giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling as you tidy a bit and then pour yourself a congratulatory cup of coffee . . . only to look up and see this child standing there, triumphantly holding the ultimate Lego construct, fully assembled. It’s been 45 minutes. You calculate that translates to $7.50 per minute of fun. Sigh. Monthly activity kitsthe gift that keeps on giving all yearare the welcome antidote to such regret and ideal for our deep-focus, finish-it-all-in-one-go dynamos. Here are a some of our favorites:

Green Kids Crafts 
STEAM: Ages 2-10 (varied levels + add-ons)
What’s in the box?

  • Multiple complete project kits with quality materials and instructions, and a 12-page activity magazine, as well as achievement badges.

Why is it different?

  • There are Junior boxes for the younger end of the age spectrum, package deals for siblings, and a literary add-on that features a corresponding book for that month’s set of projects.

Sample box highlights!

  • Robot Workshop: create an Artbot that makes swirls, a Magnetbot you teach to go through a maze, a Glidebot that flies, and a habitat for a Hexbug Nano pet.

Groovy Lab in a Box
STEM: Ages 8+
What’s in the box?

  • In partnership with Popular Mechanics, an expertly crafted soup-to-nuts box, with everything needed to see a themed project thoroughly through, including a guided lab journal that builds continuity from month to month.

Why’s it different?

  • Access to “Beyond… in a Box” online learning portal for a deep dive into that month’s box theme.
  • Features the Engineering Design Challenge culminating mastery project that allows “STEMists” to apply what they’ve learned in a creative way that employs their own critical thinking.

Sample box highlights!

  • What’s the Matter? “You’ve been tasked to design the lighting of a groovy ice hotel. Guests are given an ice lantern to guide their way. Can you design and build a portable lantern out of ice?”

Koala Crate
STEAM: Ages 3-4
What’s in the box?

  • 2-3 comprehensive creative activities with high quality materials and bonus educational resources.

Why’s it different?

  • Included are Imagine! Magazine, featuring fun games and stories, and access to a library of online DIY tutorials.

Sample box highlights!

  • Reptiles! Design and make a snuggly snake and a turtle treasure box, bug hunt with your own temperature sensitive, color-changing chameleon.

Kiwi Crate
STEAM: Ages 5-8
What’s in the box?

  • A complete maker project, self-directed instructions, and ideas for further tinkering.

Why’s it different?

  • This age group receives explore! Magazine, with comics, experiments and games, and access to online DIY tutorials.

Sample box highlights!

  • Arcade! Design and make your own claw arcade game, complete with pom-pom monster prizes!

  
Tinker Crate
STEM: Ages 9-16
What’s in the box?

  • Materials and blueprints for an advanced project.

Why’s it different?

  • The fun keeps coming with Tinker Zine, featuring additional science experiments and activities, and access to exclusive video tutorials.

Sample box highlights!

  • Trebuchet! Construct a functional trebuchet that can launch 10 feet!

Doodle Crate
STEAM: Ages 9-16
What’s in the box?

  • It’s a veritable all-inclusive micro maker space, with inspiration galore!

Why’s it different?

  • Every box has a well-crafted design sheet, and access to online tutorials.

Sample box highlights!

  • Sumi-e Ink Wash Painting! Learn and practice the technique of line painting and use of negative space with the aid of reusable “magic” paper and water; then create your own rice paper work of art, stamp and mount it.

Gifted-kid-parent buyer’s remorse is no more! And if you didn’t think you could feel any better, buy through our links and you’ll also be supporting your GHF community!

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