Editor’s Review: Wonder Crate — Learning in a Box

Editor’s Review: Wonder Crate — Learning in a Box

For kids, especially as they get older, it feels more difficult to engage them in learning activities that don’t involve smart devices. Instead of thinking digitally, Wonder Crate provides a hands-on experience inside a box.

Wonder Crate Jr. (ages 5-7) and Wonder Crate Kids (ages 8-11) is a monthly box subscription. A book and educational activities come in a tin retro lunch box or a cotton tote bag. Kids can choose combinations or individual boxes of the Activists, Sports Heroes, Innovators and Artists Series.

For example, my 11-year-old son received a Sports Heroes Series box for Jesse Owens, a track and field athlete, Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder. It included the book “Who was Jesse Owens?” by James Buckley Jr., a stopwatch, jump rope and a sheet of strength-training exercises. It provided an opportunity for him to learn more about the African American athlete from Cleveland and to add some motivation to his current work-out regime.

There also is an excitement about receiving the box, looking at what’s inside and learning about people who are inspirational and creative — not just for your kids. It can be a great family discussion and activity. 


About the author

Angela Gartner has been the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine since 2014. She has won local and national awards for her features, columns and photography over the years. Previously, her work appeared in publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers and The Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy every weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She is also a board member and past president at the Cleveland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She loves reading, writing poetry and taking the family's Scottish Terrier on walks.

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