17+ DIY Kits & Subscription Projects to Keep Kids Learning - 510 Families

17+ DIY Kits & Subscription Projects to Keep Kids Learning

Kit it out! For busy parents who want to introduce children to wonderful projects and hands-on activities, these kits are fantastic. If you’re already a DIY royal with a well-stocked box of scraps, you can keep scrolling. The following kits and projects are experienced as one-off activities or multi-month subscriptions.

Thank you to Habitot Children’s Museum for sponsoring today’s post. Habitot’s BoxiTot kits inspire family learning with hands-on STEM, Art, and Maker activities geared for 3 to 7-year-olds.

Some of these cool kits, like Habitot’s, come from right here in the East Bay (noted where possible) and others are national providers. We grouped them roughly in order of price, low to high within each category. These range in topic and price point: science and technology | gardening | cooking and baking | arts and crafts | baby stuff

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Habitot Boxitot Activity Kits (East Bay)

Every month they’ll send you an art, STEM, or maker activity kit with materials, instructions, and links to a pre-recorded, step-by-step video and an interactive Zoom class. For every kit purchased, a FREE BoxiTot kit will be delivered to a family in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties receiving public assistance.
Target age: ages 3 to 7
Price Range: $44 for one | $42/month for 3-months | $39/month for 12 consecutive months

Order Your BoxiTot from Habitot >>

A limited number of FREE BoxiTot kits are available for families in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties receiving public assistance. Fill out the Scholarship Kit Application Form to get started.

Arts and Crafts Kits

two children playing with dough in a heart
Discovering imprinting with Valentine Mosaic Stepping Stone BoxiTot | Photo: Nora Garcia for Habitot

DIY painting kits from Splash Kits (Fremont)

SplashKits are do-it-yourself acrylic painting kits great for all ages and skill levels. They come with all the materials you need to make your project a success. Choose from kids, teens, and adult themes or ask them to create one special for you.
Target age: preschool and older
Price: About $26
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Craft Projects from Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate includes science activities, arts and crafts, imaginative play, and more. With activities designed to help kids discover, explore, and create things in the world around them, Kiwi Crate brings hands-on fun right to your door. There are kits for much younger and much older children. Check out our 510families experience with Kiwi Crate.
Target age: baby through older teens
Price range: about $20 depending on the selection with a price break for longer-term subscriptions
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Felt craft kits from Feed the Fish (Bay Area)

Choose a crafty project that speaks to you. Projects include a selection of adorable hair clips, a succulent garden, and pennants. I suspect Erin will design a custom kit for your family if you ask real nice. She made our {510} felt banners.
Target age: elementary and older
Price range:
$15 to $52 depending on the selection
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child painting clay heart
Painting mosaic stepping stones. | Photo: Nora Garcia for Habitot

Habitot Boxitot Activity Kits (East Bay)

Habitot’s BoxiTot kits inspire family learning with hands-on Art, STEM, and Maker activities with optional instructional videos and Zoom classes. Every kit purchased provides a free kit to a family receiving public assistance.
Target age: ages 3 to 7
Price Range: $44 for one | $39/month for 12 consecutive months
Order Your BoxiTot from Habitot >>

Color Me Mine to-go (Alameda)

Color Me Mine to-go kits include your chosen ceramic piece and paints. Select brushes if you need them. Lots of cute options.
Target age: preschool and older
Price range:
$20-$70 depending on pieces (pickup on-site Fridays and Saturdays or pay for delivery)
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Ceramic home activity kits from Brushstrokes (Berkeley)

Brushstrokes projects pottery and paint (glazes) are sold separately. Choose the ceramic paint and brush starter kit for 5 colors, a sponge, 10 brushes, and instructions to complete your project. Mosaic kits include all materials.
Target age: preschool and older
Price range:
$25-$50
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The Dolly Project (Alameda)

A handcrafted weekly box educating children aged 2 to 5 with art projects and exploration at home. Each box is handcrafted with the exact supplies and instructions you will need to create and educate your little one, each week is a different theme based on two letters of the alphabet and also include a variety of activities and projects with valuable lessons.
Target age: 3 to 7
Price range: $25 to 45 per box
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Week’s worth of crafting from Twirl (Alameda)

Make sure to indicate your child’s age, so they can customize the high-end crafty materials to best suit them.
Target age: toddler and older
Price range:
$60
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Woodworking and Maker Kits

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DIY Marble Maze | Photo: 9th Street Lab

Workshop kits from Home Depot (Emeryville and others)

Kits include pre-cut materials for easy-to-build projects.
Target age: elementary and older (younger with supervision)
Price range: $9 to $15 per project
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Woodworking kit from 9th Street Labs (Berkeley)

The DIY carpentry kits from 9th Street Labs come with all the materials for an individual project (you supply the hammer) kids can build at home.
Target age: elementary and older
Price range: $15 to $25 per project
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Science and Technology Kits

child opening a box of stem goodies
“I wish I could read what that says but I know it’s something FUN!” | Photo: Nora Garcia for Habitot

Science Projects from Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate uses STEM principles for creative problem-solving. Monthly crates include the materials and inspiration for science and engineering projects such as trebuchet, paper circuits, and zoetrope.
Target age: 9 to 16+
Price range: about $20 depending on the selection with a price break for longer-term subscriptions
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DIY Garden Kits

Kids can get their hands dirty and learn all about gardening independently with these simple kits: grow pizza ingredients (and decorate the planter), organic herb garden (with no painting project), or grow a flower garden with a DIY planter. Even the soil is included.
Target age: elementary age
Price range: about $15 to $25

foam circles, tape, straws for a design challenge
Open play design challenge! (Boat Building BoxiTot) | Photo: Gina Moreland for Habitot

HANDS-ON! at Home Science Kits (Berkeley)

Hands-on STEM fun projects like Mad Science, Candy Science, and Unicorn Science make experimenting tons of fun. Birthday kits are also available with projects for up to 12 kids.
Target age: 7+ (younger with supervision)
Price range: $30-$40 per kit
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Groovy Lab in a Box

Hands-on STEM fun projects, experiments, and engineering challenges.
Target age: 8+ (younger with supervision)
Price range: $30 per month as a subscription
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Chemistry Experiments from Mel Science

Each MEL Chemistry set includes 2-3 experiments and contains the equipment you’ll need to conduct the experiments: enough chemical reagents for at least 2 attempts, additional components, and visual step-by-step instructions. We loved the Mel science experiments.
Target age: 10+ (younger with supervision)
Price range: $35 per month as a subscription
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two children playing with science experiments
Excavating an ice ball to find the mysterious object (Frozen Fun BoxiTot). | Photo credit: Nora Garcia for Habitot

Habitot Boxitot Activity Kits (East Bay)

Habitot’s BoxiTot kits inspire family learning with hands-on STEM, Art, and Maker activities with optional instructional videos and Zoom classes. Every kit purchased provides a free kit to a family receiving public assistance.
Target age: ages 3 to 7
Price Range: $44 for one | $39/month for 12 consecutive months
Order Your BoxiTot from Habitot >>

Baby and Toddler Kits

At-Home Montessori Learning with Monti Kids (Bay Area)

Created by an Oakland mom, we love the care and attention given to the child-centered collection of toys and baby supplies. Monti Kids at-home Montessori learning materials are for ages 0 to 3.
Target age: 0 to 3
Price range: A three-month kit, which includes 6-8 toys; one hour of personal coaching valued at $150; and, an easy-to-follow online learning program costs $297.
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Cooking and Baking Kits

Baking Kits from Baketivity

Baketivity kits come complete with a recipe, instruction cards, and all ingredients you need for a single (sweet) project like whoopie pies or panda pull-apart cupcakes.
Target age: 4 to 14 (younger kids will need more supervision)
Price range: $29.99 for the first month, $39.00 thereafter including ingredients
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Cooking Lessons from Raddish

Designed by chefs, educators, and parents, Raddish Kids Cooking Club sends thematic materials and recipe cards each month to help children build skills in the kitchen. Read more about our take on Raddish kids cooking lessons.
Target age: 4 to 14 (younger kids will need more supervision)
Price range: $12 to $25 per month plus the cost of food
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Habitot is the East Bay’s hands-on discovery museum for young children. Visit their Mobile Museum tour in parks and community locations throughout the East Bay in 2022! Habitot is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 with a mission to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative, and confident children.

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Big thanks again to Habitot.

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