I’ve written before about my love for educational toys, books and activities and how I love encouraging the children to learn through fun, especially if it gets them away from the video games they seem to love so much. I’ve also written before about subscription boxes and have even reviewed a couple over the years but this is the first time I have been introduced to a STEM education subscription box aimed at children, called The Curiosity Box.
The Curiosity box is a subscription box that is geared up to meet the science needs of key stage 2 children, (7-11). Depending on the box you order you will either receive 4 activities in a jumbo box or 2 activities if you go for the nano. They are designed to meet the curious nature of inquisitive children when it comes to science, to encourage them to find the answers to their questions through hands on experiments, trial and error and recording and analysing results. They are also perfect for making the most out of quality family time.
We recieved our first jumbo curiosity box a few weeks ago and I was really excited to work through some of the science experiments with the kids. We had 4 activities to choose from and of course the children wanted to do the one that looked the messiest first. This involved measuring out water, adding various ingredients, watching it fizz all over and then measuring the contents again, and it really got us all thinking but also laughing and having fun.
One of the things I loved about the box is that you can keep some of the equipment and it can be reused to do other experiments in the future, or you can use them to create your own mini experiments. For example our box contained a mini microscope that can be added to a camera phone to examine something in more detail and the boys have used this on more than one occasion already.
We found that the box was really exciting and the range of activities differ so they don’t feel repetitive at all, from making a mess and including maths to building atoms and working on fine motor skills, each one teaches the children something new and requires different additional skills to be activated too.
The Curiosity boxes come with everything you need, apart from water if required. There are no hidden costs and can get started as soon as it arrives and do all the activities on one day or split them over them month. The boxes are designed for one child however I found mine worked well together and there was enough for them to do on each activity that they could take turns and help each other. The instructions are easy to read and follow so you can either work on them together as a family or, once your child is a confident reader, they could work on them alone. In my opinion the boxes seem really good value for money and a great way to encourage science which a lot of parents, myself included, can struggle to know how to incorporate at home.
I would really recommend The Curiosity box, either as a subscription service or even as a one of treat for all families and especially for those that home educator.
(We were sent a curiosity box in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own)>.