Child Development Subscription Box

Subscription boxes are all the rage and seem to be available for everything from meals to clothes to science experiments!  With that in mind Anna Hall, an Ohio Family Consumer Sciences teacher, created this Child Development Subscription Box as a way to culminate her infancy unit. In this project, students think like employees as they select age and developmentally appropriate activities for their infant based subscriptions boxes. Read on to learn more!

Background & Directions

  • Anna teaches a variety of high school Family Consumer Sciences classes, including Child Development. While on maternity leave, she wanted to come up with a project for her infancy unit that felt more authentic than the unit test she used in the past.
  • This project is a way for students to think like an employee of a subscription box company.
  • Anna sees the most important part of the assignment as the justification for why students chose each item (this will be stressed a lot in class). She envisions students’ favorite part of the project will be online shopping.
  • The plan is to make it a 3-4 day in class project. Because she has a very diverse group of learners, this would provide a lot of time to meet with each student individually to make sure they are on the right track early in the process. Extra activities would be available to students who finish early…possibly game boards and card games for students to try.
  • The example uses 5 year olds because Anna’s son is five and it is so developmentally different from infants. Also, students wouldn’t be able to use the same items for their project.
  • If someone were interested in using this with different age groups, a text box covering the ages would be a viable option…just be sure the text box has a colored background (not transparent) so it will cover up what is written and other ages can be added.
  • The plan is to have students share some of their ideas with the people in their table groups. Another possibility is to have students present their favorite 3-5 items to the class, but this would depend on the class and if there would be enough time. Due to large class sizes, oral presentations can end up feeling too repetitive.


Photo by Karolina Grabowska

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