Xplore Box sent me their brand new kids science subscription box to review. Thanks Xplore Box!
I was so excited to review the new Xplore Box because (and you probably did¬†not know this!) – I ¬†taught advanced earth/space science and physical science in a charter middle school. I love getting kids engaged in learning new things and learning how to learn and ask questions and generally getting them interested in science, technology, and engineering! If your kids are in public school you might find that they don’t get enough hands on experiments in their science instruction and I think Xplore Box is a fantastic way to supplement that while still being totally fun!
The Xplore Box comes priority mail and has a great presentation for a science kit! The information card had a fun fact and told us the theme and the contents.
With every box you get a STEM (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Kit, Toys, and Goodies.¬†Xplore Box is $29.95 per month with totally free shipping on all plans. You can save $36 with a yearly subscription. ¬†The Xplore Box had so many experiments that it would absolutely last kids an entire month. Most of the items we received for the experiments were reusable, so you can keep them and repeat the experiment, which is the perfect way to talk about reproducible scientific results!
Xplore Box August: Kitchen Science
The August Xplore Box was kitchen science! We got a STEM kit, supplies for a gummy bear tower, a notebook, and a pencil. ¬†We did the gummy bear tower project first so we could eat them Even my 2 year old helped build the tower and we experimented with a few ways to get it even higher.
I discussed taking experiment notes with my daughter, and she drew the tower in her notebook. She’s almost worn this notebook out, and she did this all by herself. I’m so proud! She copied “germs” from the germ-x bottle and changed the X to an S! What a great scientist she’s going to be!
We performed a volcano demonstration, and if you can see the booklet, there was¬†tons of info right in the booklet so you don’t have to be a science teacher to help your kids learn about science. Everything in the booklet was accurate and on-level for the target 7-12 age range. ¬†The next project was making a battery out of fruit. We chose a cara cara orange. My daughter recounted this entire experiment to my son’s speech teacher yesterday. She was so excited about it. It’s these kind of experiments that really get kids interested in learning more about science!
Of course the kids¬†loved the rocket experiment. Shooting it off no less than fifty times gave me plenty of time to talk about the science behind baking soda & vinegar. You should have heard the laughing and giggling. Kids love rockets. Even big kids like me.
Another experiment – yes there are a TON of them, this was a really high value subscription! ¬†– was fingerprint lifting. The kids thought this one was really cool and it gave us the opportunity to talk a little biology/anatomy.
And finally, we are waiting on the results of this one: rock candy! What kid isn’t going to be interested in candy? As a teacher I often used candy in my classroom to keep the kids focused on the activity (hint, you can use a snickers bar to demonstrate tectonic plate activity and results!). Visit Xplore Box to sign up!