Finding toys and activities that are both entertaining and educational can be difficult, especially if you’re shopping for a child on the Autism Spectrum. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are now offering fun, yet educational, subscription boxes for children. While many of these subscription boxes are aimed at children in general, others are thoughtfully curated especially for those with autism. We’ve researched them all to figure out which we can declare the 10 best subscription boxes for kids on the Autism Spectrum.
From $16.95 / month
Children of all abilities love the Little Passports subscription boxes! These award-winning boxes are designed by age, and cover things like oceans, dinosaurs, and other interesting topics (ages 3-5); different countries (ages 6-10); U.S. states (7-12); and science (9+). Each suitcase-shaped box consists of activities, books, and souvenirs. Myriad one-time supplemental packs are also available.
This creative monthly subscription box combines art, literature, and lots of family fun. Three different options are available:
- a digital kit with art guides and themed book lists
- the spark kit, which includes a hardcover book and one corresponding activity with supplies
- the deluxe kit, which includes a hardcover book and two corresponding activities with supplies.
$37.00 / month
Spectrum Surprise is a monthly subscription box created for kids on the Autism Spectrum. Each box contains 5-6 toys and activities meant to improve skills like communication, regulation, and sensory integration. There’s even a laminated visual aid to help parents and kids make the most of their box.
$39.95 / month
Children on the Autism Spectrum thrive with sensory play. Not only are sensory-based activities fun, but they can be extremely beneficial. The Sensory TheraPLAY Box is a monthly box that has been carefully curated by a pediatric occupational therapist. Each box contains 5-6 sensory items chosen to stimulate the senses and to help develop important sensory motor skills.
The EarlyVention Subscription Box is designed especially for children with autism and different abilities. Each box comes right to your doorstep. It includes activities which are hands on, stress free, and most importantly, based on evidence-based approaches to helping a child with autism learn to interact and communicate. The subscription box can be tailored to your wants and needs. For $39.95 per month, you’ll receive a themed sensory box. For $80.59, you will receive the full activity box, which includes the sensory box plus six additional activities. You can even add on interactive story activities for an additional $22.00.
$39.95 / month
Perfect for children ages 6-11 of all abilities, the MyEduCrate subscription box is put together by certified teachers. Each box consists of themed books and activities meant to inspire and engage. Just a few of the past themes have included:
- the human body
- Thomas Edison
- the 50 states.
$40.00 / monthly
Messy Play creates a new Sensory Bin each month to send out to subscribers. The bins are themed, and just a few past themes have included:
- Dinosaur Excavation
- Butterflies and Bugs
Everything in the bins, which are designed for children ages three and up, are non-toxic and washable. Plus, each sensory bin is reusable to allow for hours of play.
$49.00 / month
Older children on the Autism Spectrum who rely on fidget spinners to stim will appreciate the Spinner Box. This monthly box includes, among other things:
- 1-2 exclusive, limited edition spinners
- bonus spinners
- cool swag like t-shirts
- buttons, pouches, and bearings.
$65.00 / month
Stop spending hours researching and putting together sensory bins for your little one, and subscribe to Mama May I’s Sensory Bin of the Month Club instead! Each month, an age- and seasonally appropriate bin is delivered to your doorstep. The bins are carefully designed to promote fine motor skills, experimentation, imaginative play, and much more. Because the sensory bins might contain smaller pieces, this subscription is best for ages three and up.
$75 / Quarter
The Hoppi Box delivers happy play right to your doorstep! These boxes are designed for children of all abilities, but can be an especially beneficial subscription box for children on the Autism Spectrum. Hoppi boxes are delivered quarterly, in March, June, September, and December. They include four to five high-quality toys from brands like Hape, Moulin Roty, PlanToys, and Tegu. Each box is designed to nurture development “stage by stage…box by box.”