During these strange times, parents are balancing home working, home-schooling and fending off approximately 7,000 requests for snacks every day. 

As mums seek new ways to keep the kids entertained and save their sanity, letterbox subscription services for kits and magazines – especially ones that are even semi-educational – are seeing huge increases in sales and customers. 

Here are ten of our favourites for kids – and mums too…

1. Toucan Box

These vibrant, brightly-coloured boxes encourage crafting, creativity and learning in children aged three to eight. The monthly activities are truly lovely, and the crafts inspire kids to concentrate, solve problems, look at things differently and ask questions. Much better than screen time (even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day) and you may even end up with some interesting projects on the go. One of the April activities is a Mini Greenhouse!  

Check them out on social media for an introductory code…

2. Little Cooks Co

Starting at just £8.33 a month with free shipping, these fabulous cooking kits contain all the dry ingredients for a healthy organic baking recipe for kids (and mums) to make. The child-friendly recipes have been devised by a qualified nutritionist and the treats are always incredible!

The kits also include savoury recipe ideas for mums and little ones to make for family meal time. Encouraging kids to learn about healthy lifestyles is so important and these boxes make baking and cooking fun, as well as educational. 

3. Seed Pantry

Seed Pantry truly is an untapped source of joy! The gardening subscription box service delivers monthly boxes full of seeds that can be planted at the right time of year.  You can join the Grow Club, where you’ll receive a monthly discovery box for growing both food and flowers, even if you just have a small space to plant and grow stuff in. The April box includes Dahlias, stunning summer flowers, spring vegetables, salads and beans. 

Alternatively, you can buy one-off boxes where you can grow chillies, cacti or succulents, and there’s also a box specifically for kids called the Children’s Me Seeds Starter Kit, where kids can experience the joy of watching a tiny seed grow into a majestic sunflower!

4. Whizz Pop Bang Magazine

Whizz Pop Bang is an award-winning science magazine for kids, bursting with hands-on experiments, facts and fun. The monthly mags are super educational, gender-neutral, very hands on and interactive and don’t contain any adverts or plastic toys. They also contain loads of ideas for experiments using ingredients and other stuff that you will more than likely have at home. 

During these strange times, the Whizz Pop Bang website also has loads of ideas and downloadable materials for conducting your own science experiments at home, so if you have ever fancied making a volcano from baking powder, vinegar and food colouring, now’s the time! 

5. First News

If you are struggling with explaining the current situation, plus other world events, to your children, First News really is a great resource. Aimed at children aged seven – fourteen years old, this independent, impartial newspaper keeps kids up to date in an engaging but none-scary way, and also reports happy news and entertainment too. 

You can get it delivered on a weekly basis, just subscribe online in a few clicks. 

6. Letterbox Lab

According to the website, Letterbox Lab is the traditional science kit reinvented to be “more fun, more colourful, more convenient and more educational than ever before.”

These fab monthly subscription kits inspire children to play with scientific ideas and make hundreds of discoveries in their own living rooms. The kits contain everything you’ll need to perform incredible experiments with the children, with no prep time or extra materials required at all and with super clear instructions so you can get started straight away.

7. CBeebies Magazine 

Aimed at children under six, this lovely fortnightly magazine is a brightly-coloured saviour for parents who are looking for nice ways to keep tots entertained during lockdown. 

As well as featuring comic style stories based on their favourite CBeebies characters, it supports the Early Years Foundation Stage and encourages children to enjoy learning through play via lots of exciting games, activities and tasks. Each issue comes with gifts and stickers so that the play can begin straight away. You can subscribe online from a few websites, or speak to your local newsagent to arrange delivery. 

8. Rainy Day Box 

This fantastic monthly craft box is truly magical, and an absolute steal at just £6.99 per month if you sign up for the year. 

The activity boxes aim to ignite little imaginations with seasonal activities and recycling tasks, so kids can get stuck in and make some amazing crafts. 

You will need to have scissors, glue and sticky tape on hand, but everything else is supplied.

Mums need little treats too, especially during these uncertain and shaky times. Beauty subscription boxes are so popular, and really do bring a little joy to mums who love make up and skin/hair care. These are two of our favourites…

9. Birch Box

Shipped all over the world, we really do love the gorgeous monthly boxes from BirchBox! Each month, you receive five beauty treats personalised to your skin, hair and style, all packed up in a fabulously designed keepsake box. You’ll also get a little menu so you can find out how to use your products. 

10. Glossybox

Similar to BirchBox, the amazing monthly GlossyBoxes contain five beauty treats guaranteed to be worth well over £50 (prices start from £8.50 per box, plus postage). The gorgeous themed / seasonal boxes will give you the nudge you need to carve out some “me time” and give yourself a little pamper. You deserve it!