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Monthly Science Kits For Kids: Why to subscribe?

I am always looking for inspiration for new activities I can do together with my kids. I have been thinking a while about subscribing on monthly science kits, just to introduce new experiments on a more regular basis to my kids. We do a lot of experiments, even without subscriptions of any kits, when I find some inspiration somewhere on the web or in a book that I read. A lot of these monthly science or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) kits do contain experiments that I would not even have thought of. A subscription could save me some time, since I wouldn’t need to spend it on searching the internet, and then going to a store to buy stuff needed for the experiments. 😉

Are there any monthly science kits for toddlers?Monthly science kits for toddlers

Yes! I love the idea to start early in life to explore the wonders of science. Of course the experiments are really simple, but keep in mind that it is the first time your kid experience it. They are about to start their journey to become explorers for life. Observe, enjoy your kids reactions and talk about what happens. Try to remember, you have also learned things for the first time in your life at some point, that you now take for granted.

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Experiments for toddlers could be something that focus on inquiry-based learning where your kids can explore and discover. A few examples for easy experiments you don’t need a subscription for are: “Does this toy float or sink in water?”, “What happens if you mix two colors together like yellow and blue or blue and red?”, and “What happens if you shake a soda with carbon oxide and then slowly open the cap?”.

You can find some experiments that I have done together with my kids on my blog here: Milk and Vinegar Experiment: Easy, Fascinating and Smelly, Play With Home Made Play Dough and Tech Experiments For Kids: 4 To Do At Home. I recommend you to try them out! I am confident that your kids will love these experiments, they are all very easy and there is basically no cost involved to be able to do them. In my opinion, the milk and vinegar experiment and the home made play dough experiment are excellent for kids of any age. The Tech Experiments are more suitable for kids that are at least 6 and older.

How about monthly science kits for preschoolers?

Yes! If you search the internet, you will find a lot in this category. The kits are called things like Club SciKidz, Genius Box, The Curiosity Box, StemBox and I could go on for a while… All offer deliveries to you doorstep. The price for a kit is between $16.95-$27.95 per month, as far as I have been able to tell by searches I have done on the internet.

Experiments for preschoolers focus more on play and learn. A few examples for easy experiments you don’t need a subscription for are: “Make a straw propeller” to show the power of air, the “domino effect” to explore cause and effect, kinetic energy, or motion, and “Play with magnetic” by hunting paperclips and metal washers in a jar, which is also filled with rice, with a strong magnet. Younger kids will need parental supervision, remember that magnets are dangerous if swallowed!

OK, so what does a monthly science kit contain?

As far, as I have been able to read in the descriptions they contain all kinds of stuff. Normally 2-8 activities are included in every kit, with step-by-step instructions, and some with video tutorials too. The older the kids get, the more advanced activities are offered. Younger kids will need parental supervision to make sure they don’t put things in their mouths. Older kids can do a lot of the experiments by themselves, and then proudly show off the results.

Pros and cons with monthly science kits?

Pros:

  • Regularity, since the kits will come once a month.
  • Variation, there will be new experiments to explore every month.
  • The kits contain instructions on how to do the experiment and a simple explanation why it happens.
  • There is no need for parents to have any deep knowledge about science and technology.
  • Kids will love it when a box received in the mail is actually for them. I don’t know a kid that doesn’t like to receive something just for them in the mail.

Cons:

  • If the instructions are not clear enough, and explain how to do the experiment and why things happen there will be a lot of frustration.
  • Some experiments that has already been received earlier may come in the kits.
  • (Maybe) Some subscriptions can’t be temporary paused if needed for any reason?

Conclusion

No matter which age your kid is in, you will be able to find a service where they offer monthly science kits. I see these kits as excellent opportunities for any parent to spend some quality time with their kids, explore, ask questions and get amazed about what happens when you do the different experiments.

The experts behind these kits have done a lot of thinking to adjust the experiments to the proper age level. But I would say, the only people that really can judge if the experiments work for their kids, are the parents.
The good part with monthly science kits is that you don’t have to spend time to research the internet and buy supplies. Everything comes to your door and you can start an activity right away.

It is also a great idea to give away a subscription as a gift to someone you know would love it!
I have not yet evaluated all the different kits, but I have written a post about one company that does provide monthly science kits here.

I would love to hear about it if you have tried any monthly science kits out! Just leave a message below and I will get back to you!

Marika

 

 

 

8 comments

Hi there,
This is such a great idea for kids. I love it, I will be letting my friends who have children know about this. Too many generations nowadays are too busy looking at screens, either phone screens or computers or even TV and don’t spend enough quality time learning with their parents and doing fun cognitive activities such as these kits. Do you have a kit you personally love that’s your favorite?
Thanks again for this awesome idea!

Hi Alex,
Thank you for sharing this idea with your friends! I hope they, and their kids will like it. Yes, I actually do have a kit I personally love. Since I live in Sweden, it is a Swedish kit about how to create your own bright starry sky in your room. I don’t think that particular kit is available world wide though… I will do some research to see if I can find any good alternatives. Thank you for your comment!

Hi Marika,
Thank you for such a great explanation of monthly science kits. I love the idea of starting with toddlers. Learning by doing has always been so important to me.
Thanks again.
Chuck

Hi, that’s an interesting offer. I ‘m sure kids will wait for the postman every time a package is to arrive.
The idea of children doing experience I find very good and valuable. I am a bit confused about what you say in the con’s though, that there is a weak explanation and may cause frustration. I think I’ll check the website before buying and see what they offer to get a better picture.
Thank’s for the tip and the review.

Hi Stefan, Thank you for your comment.

I think the instructions in most of these kits are likely to be very good and accurate. However, I have experienced the opposite a couple of times when I have bought science kits to my kids. It is really frustrating when you do an experiment, something should happen and it doesn’t. Then your kids will lose interest quite quickly…

Hi Marika, I found this a really great article about science kits! Although I’m no parent, this really reminds me of when I was a kid and when my parents subscribed to the monthly science kit and I was always stoked when getting receiving it because it’s so fun and moreover I always learn something valuable away from this! Will subscribe to one of these science kits one day when I get kids!

Thank you for your comment! Good to hear about your experience with a monthly science kit. I think most kids would love it.

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