Bitsbox is a monthly subscription box that sends your child fun coding projects to use on real devices.
You can choose from a PDF subscription, where you’ll receive all of the projects via email — or a physical box with a projects booklet and other related coding goodies. The projects (geared towards children 6 through 12) are completed on the free Bitsbox website. Once they’re ready to use, your child can scan the QR code on the screen to transfer the finished app to their tablet or phone to install it on that device. They can even edit the app with different sounds, colors, graphics and more to make it their own.
Along with the projects, your box will also include stickers, trading cards (with additional code), temporary tattoos, and a mystery toy.
Subscriptions are $20/month for the PDF version and $40/month for the physical box (or less with multi-month commitments). — You can save 20% with coupon code ROSEBUD20!
Let’s see what’s in the August 2015 Bitsbox!
Everything was shipped in a bright yellow box featuring the Bitsbox logo.
A peek inside!
The Code Book – The theme for this month’s box is “Go Play Outside!” and includes 20 “outdoorsy” apps for your child to code.
The first page gives a quick overview on how to get started. It’s really as simple as just going to the Bitsbox site and entering the codes for the apps you want to build. While I’m not going to list every single app included in the projects book, I’ll list a few below to give you an idea of how it works…
All of the code is listed on one side of the page with a preview of the app pictured beside it. They also include tips and suggestions on how to edit them to make ’em your own.
Bitsbox Trading Cards – A pack of 10 trading cards are included in every box. Each one contains additional code to enter on the website for more fun apps.
Bitsbox Stickers – Three sheets of cute summer-themed Bitsbox stickers were included to decorate your laptop, phone, face, whatever. 😉
Bitsbox Tattoos – Two sets of temporary tattoos were provided for your child to show off their coding pride!
Tie-Not – The mystery toy this month was a cool water balloon gadget that makes tying and filling them super easy. I haven’t tied a water balloon since I was little, but i do remember what a pain it was to try to get a knot in those tiny things. An extra bag of balloons was also included.
While my girls are still a little young for this subscription (can a 3 year old build apps??), I think Bitsbox is an awesome box for the targeted age group. My husband thought the concept was really cool and said he would have loved this when he was a kid. I’m sure I would have too… How neat is it to build your own apps that you can really use on your phone/tablet? — What kid wouldn’t love that?
If you’d like to sign up for Bitsbox, you can save 20% with my exclusive coupon code “ROSEBUD20”!
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.