Subscription boxes for Black Kids

Subscription boxes are all the rage right now.

And I want to jump on the bandwagon as well, but we are poor right now! :)

Nonetheless, I have been debating signing Sweetie up for a subscription box around race, culture, heritage.  I find it somewhat challenging because she is bi-racial, Black and Native American and there aren't any boxes that fit our unique mix, but there are some pretty amazing options out there for little Black girls (and boys too).  Here are are a few of my top choices.

What other options do you know about?  What have you tried and loved?

Because of Them We Can Box
I LOVE this company.  I have been eyeing up their coffee book, T-shirts & posters FOREVER, but again, poor.

From their website: Beyond the Classroom and Black History Month!   For the last five years, we’ve traveled the country, engaging thousands of children, visiting elementary schools and educating kids on trailblazers known and unknown. We realized that Black history was only being taught in February, if at all, and when it was, the subjects were the same cast of historical figures. After receiving requests from educators and parents for innovative tools and seeing young people expand their aspirations after exposing them to a broader range of history makers, it was clear that we needed to create something that would engage children on a larger scale with consistent content curated just for them. Enter the BOTWC Box.

Brown Sugar Box
Love all the options!  We'd be looking at the little girl's box. Their t-shirts are pretty amazing! 

From their website: Our melanin makes us queens and if you know a queen in training, you know there’s no limit on the amount of love and support she needs to receive to instill confidence and remind her of her value, beauty, and importance. Now, you have even more ammo in your arsenal to remind her of these things, courtesy of Izzy & Liv's Brown Sugar Box! Every girl who receives their box will know that her black is beautiful from her nose to her lips to the ends of her curls.

Colorsbind Box
I happen to be a bit biased on this one, as I had the privilege of hearing Dr and Nedra Hodkins speak twice this year, but I have to tell you - the creators of this box KNOW what they are talking about.

From their website:  COLORSBIND BOX™ is a monthly auto-renew subscription service for Transracial Adoption, Bi-racial, and Multiracial families raising Black children. We realize you don’t know what you don’t know. That is okay, the COLORSBIND BOX™ is here to collaborate in your learning. Each COLORSBIND BOX™ box speaks to your exact needs by providing monthly contents that inform about navigating the challenges of being a Black child growing up in a world of indifference. Each month we outline strategies that help parents devise individualized family action plans toward the empowerment of their children.  Each subscription has our educational centerpiece entitled the COLORSBINDUS MAGAZINE, which includes a variety of information about relevant topics pertaining to Black culture, parental practices and how to raise the cultural competency of your family. Through our EDITORIAL, SITES UNSEEN, 8 THINGS, PRESS PLAY, TOP SHELF, and FACTIVITIES departments, we highlight everything from curated culturally-based vacations to where to find the best Vegan Soul food restaurants around the world. 

Black Girl MATHgic
This is a new box to me, but I just love Googling things!  Check out the Math Love!  I am going to have to come back to this when Sweetie is a bit older.

From their website:  The Black Girl MATHgic Box is the only subscription box designed to increase math confidence and decrease math anxiety in girls on a 3rd-8th-grade math level. Each month, your girl will receive a box containing real-world math lessons and activities, fun educational items, a math affirmation, profile of a black woman mathematician + more!  Math Activity Booklet containing foundational, real-world math lessons and activities created by our in-house math experts (each box will have a different theme), 3-5 items to help bring the math lessons and activities to life (e.g. stickers, notebooks, learning aids), A Caring Adult Guide to help you help her maximize her box experience, Bond with your girl while helping her strengthen the math skills she needs to succeed in today and tomorrow's society, High-quality math education experience that makes math relatable and relevant.

Books, books, books!  Check this out.

From their website: Diversity in Children’s Books Is Hard to Find—But Important.  Of 3,400 children’s books published in 2016, just 286 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin.  As a kid, growing up, there weren’t many black characters in the books I coveted so much. From Charlotte’s Web to Madeline, it was hard to find a face that looked like my own in these classic children’s tales. Sadly, this remains the same today. Search any list of recommended books that every child should have on their bookshelves and we are rarely represented.

Our Butterfly Box is a monthly subscription box for girls 4 -19 years of age. Each box comes with a book and other empowering swag as a monthly affirmation to help improve upon self-confidence and a positive self-image for girls of color. Each box contains: A book with main characters is a person of color (Representation matters!). One or more products from a Black-Owned Business. Other empowering and trendy items.

This one I am tempted to sign up for and send directly to Sweeties school.  Such a needed concept!

From their website: Brown Toy Box boxes are curated and created to make STEAM accessible, representative and fun. In every box, we include a book on a Black trailblazer or child hero, a hands-on project, and a fun activity. Because we know how instrumental parent involvement is to a child’s academic success, we also include information on the theme for the parents. Every box is curated with the help of a council of moms, educators and a group of children because we want to get it right. We are creating the next generation of thinkers, creators, and leaders through STEAM education, culturally representative educational materials, and hands-on learning fun for PreK-6 graders.

What other options do you know about?  What have you tried and loved?