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Monday, June 6

Trapped In a Box (No Doubt)

Thinking of ways to keep the kids focused during the summer?  We've tested some of the best subscription boxes for you!  Here are ten ideas that we highly recommend....


Educational Goodies
Little Passports (see a more detailed review here) :  Little Passports lets you travel the world, collecting all kinds of fun little artifacts that encourage kids to learn more about the places they’ve visited.  Sam and Sophia do the “traveling,” and each month they send a goody bag, geared towards kids ages 5-10, full of souvenirs and facts about each place they visit.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Three choices : World Geography, US geography, and Early Explorers (preschool).
  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan: $13.95 / mo + $3/mo shipping  (US & World)
    • 12 month Plan : $173.40 (incl. shipping)  (US & World)
    • Month-to-Month Plan : $17.95 / mo + $3 / mo shipping (Preschool)
    • 12 Month Plan : $215.40 (incl. shipping) (Preschool)
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Lesson Planet : A compilation of lessons and worksheets for your home / school classroom.  There is a calendar feature that maps out suggestions for the month, or you can search by subject / theme.  You'll find resources for everything from core classroom subjects to Latin, PE, music, special education, and everything in between!  (To give you an idea of the breadth, the biology section alone has over 4,500 resources.)  Each lesson is rated by stars, and shows you the intended grade level.

The Nitty Gritty

Join the Steve Spangler Science Club
Steve Spangler Science Club :  Science Club is a subscription service for children ages 5 and up (K-6) that provides monthly hands-on science experiments for exploration. The experiments are designed by Steve Spangler, science teacher, author, and television personality, most famous for his Mentos Geyser Experiment.

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan:  29.99 / mo
    • 3 month plan  26.99 / mo
    • 12 month plan  24.99 / mo
  • Shipping is included for free.
  • Coupon Code: Sign up for emails and get 20% off
Story Box (see a more detailed review here) : The books are chosen based on many different factors with a preference towards those that are colorful, have great illustrations, good vocabulary, good story line, rhyming, alliteration, and more. Along with the books, you’ll also receive a parent guide that is specific to the books in your box and organized into various age groups.

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan: $21.99 per month
    • 3 Month Prepay: $20.99 per month
    • 6 Month Prepay: $19.99 per month
    • Shipping is always FREE for all plans!  (US only)
  • Boxes ship around the 21st of the month and arrive to your door within 2 to 8 business days. Join by the 19th so we can ship your box on the 21st.
  • Coupon Code: TAKESIX – Save $6 off your first order!
Prepper Gear Box Sign up
Prepper Gear Box (see a more detailed review here) : This is a great subscription for Boy Scouts, or any boy that is interested in the outdoors!  It contains 2-3 carefully selected, high quality survival gear and preparedness items.  Each box also has helpful tips, instructions, and challenges for growing survival skills confidence.

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Month-to-Month Plan: $25 + shipping
    • 3 month plan  $69 + shipping
    • 6 month plan  $132 + shipping
    • 12 month plan  $252 + shipping
  • Boxes ship to US ($5.95) or International ($12.95)
  • Coupon Code:   CRATE10 to save 10% off your first box

Groovy Lab in a Box (see a more detailed review here) : Intended for kids aged 8-12+, each Groovy Lab in a Box comes with the supplies to do hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments.

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Monthly: $29.95
    • 12 months: $24.95/mo
    • 6 months: $27.95/mo
    • 3 months: $28.95/mo
  • Boxes ship FREE to US 
Educents : At our store, you'll find brick-themed products for the elementary and middle school aged child. Hands-on learning is something we believe in strongly!  We also create Home Economics units for middle & high school grades.  Poke around, and you'll be able to pick up some freebies, too!

The Nitty Gritty

  • The Cost:
    • free items available
    • bundles pricing is discounted
  • Products are downloadable - no shipping costs
Foodie Fun

Hatchery (see a more detailed review here) : This is a great box for your budding chef! They collect artisan ingredients (things like spreads, condiments, jams, honeys, syrups, cooking sauces, oils, vinegars, salts, spices, seasonings, baking ingredients) and small-batch products from around the United States.  Each box contains a variety of ingredients, recipes for using them, and encouragement to create and share your own recipes!

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Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly

Urth Box (see a more detailed review here): Also for your budding chef, this box focuses on Non-GMO, organic, and all-natural products.  Each month, you'll receive up to thirty full-size products in the box ($100 value).
The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Mini $12.99 / mo
    • Small  $19.99 / mo
    • Medium  $29.99 / mo
    • Large  $39.99 / mo
  • Boxes ship to US (FREE) or Canada ($6.95)
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Just Add Honey :  This is actually a box for mom!  As your children are learning and having fun, remember to take a few moments to sit back and relax this summer.  It will fly by so quickly!  The box includes exclusive teas blended with flavorful ingredients from around the world, small-batched honey from beekeepers around the US, and a special surprise treat!

The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Honey Box - $12.95
    • Tea Box - $19.95
    • Tea + Honey Box - $29.50
  • Boxes ship FREE to US

We have created a 'button' for each of these ten goodies, easily found on the right side of this page.  If you choose to use one of these services, we would very much appreciate you going through our blog, as it provides a small commission, which allows us to continue bringing you unit studies and natural living ideas.  Thank you, and have a wonderful summer experience!!

Get 40% off your first Love With Food box today!
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