Best for: Busy moms of curious kids
Think of it as a house call from the summer-camp crafts instructor. Kiwi Crate’s deliveries include supplies and ideas for a weekend’s worth of creative projects, all designed for open-ended, imaginative play. The Discover Dinosaurs kit lets kids cobble dinosaur-feet slippers and create fossils out of clay, while the Colors kit employs tinted films and contact paper to make “stained-glass”.
Frequency and fees: $60 for three months, $110 for six months, and $205 for 12 months; free shipping.
Pros: Moms can find bonus material for each box online: videos, step-by-step instructions, book recommendations, and more.
Cons: You could probably buy the raw materials for less, but part of what you’re paying for, after all, is the inspiration.
To order: kiwicrate.com.