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Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015

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Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Package

Magic School Bus Science Club is a subscription box for kids that is based on the books and television show “The Magic School Bus” and teaches children about science topics through hands-on activities. The subscription is part of The Young Scientists Club and was developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators!

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The Subscription Box: Magic School Bus Science Club

The Cost: Regular monthly subscription is $19.99

Ships To: US only (free)

COUPON: There is no current coupon, but I wanted to mention that interested families on a budget can find the annual version of this subscription very frequently on Groupon, LivingSocial, or Amazon Local for 50-75% off!

The Products: Every month, Magic School Bus Science Club sends an activity booklet with seven “experiments” and most of the materials to complete them. Each month is built around a science topic.

Check out all of our Magic School Bus Science Club reviews!

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Booklet

This month’s topic is states of matter! This is the activity booklet. This is one of my favorite science topics, and I was happy to share this topic with my son this month.

Just as a note, if you are hesitating on this subscription because of some shortcomings you might have in science yourself, there is an answer key in the back of the booklet with some notes for parents. They also have a fairly robust set of online resources for you to read up on.

For the purposes of this review, I will only highlight a few of the experiments – enough that you get a good idea of what this subscription is all about. Magic School Bus Science Club is appropriate for ages 5-12 (per their website), and I go through these activities with my eight-year-old son.

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Contents

These are all the raw materials that were sent to us this month. A few of them were used in multiple experiments, and it always makes me happy to have less waste!

This month’s experiments were all about different states of matter, so there was a lot of goo, slime, and other things that little boys love! Unfortunately, a lot of it didn’t make for impressive photos. For example:

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Goo

This is the result of an experiment in which we mixed vinegar and milk – can you guess what happened? Of course! The milk curdled! While there are many potential science lessons to be taught (as well as an important cooking tip) from this simple experiment, the point to this was to show that sometimes you can mix two liquids and get a solid. That’s a really good lesson that is not always evident in daily life!

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Making goop

This is one of my favorite experiments of all times. We mixed cornstarch and water, which makes the ultimate crazy chemistry outcome, a substance that changes from liquid to solid with *pressure*. You can actually drum (kind of rapidly and firmly) your fingers on the surface of the goo and they won’t get wet! It will feel like you’re drumming your fingers on the counter top! As you can see from the conclusions, my son learned the lesson well. In addition to the directions they give here, we poured a little of the goo out on the counter and hit it with a hammer. It actually shatters into solid shapes, then immediately turns back into a gooey mess!

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – Jan 2015 Ball

The last experiment we tried was making a bouncy ball out of slime (a glue and food coloring solution), borax and water. As we added liquid to the slime, it became more and more solid, which is kind of mind-blowing to an eight-year-old! I made a bouncy ball with the same ingredients with my six-year-old a month or so ago, and it was oatmeal colored and didn’t bounce, so I think we learned something about technique with this experiment also. This ball was a great color and bounced really high!

Verdict: I mentioned last month that I have mixed feelings about this subscription. I wish that they included more of the materials that are needed; for example, this month we had to go buy some cornstarch and some baking soda. I don’t think it would have pained them much in terms of cost to include a couple of tablespoons of each. I also have a pretty strong academic objection to naming these activities “Experiments” and soliciting “Conclusions” when there is no hypothesis stated. However, if you can get past those points, this is a really fun subscription that does a great job teaching beginner STEM concepts. Their experiments are not as original as some other services, and in fact, they are pretty basic. However, they definitely get the point across for a very low price point (especially if you can find a deal on a coupon site). My son learned, among other things, that liquids can make solids simply by mixing, pressure can change a substance’s state, and that working liquid into a soft solid can make it more solid. That’s a lot of important learning for an eight-year-old, so I’m happy.

What do you think of Magic School Bus Science Club?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

4 Comments

  1. I think I mentioned this on a previous review of this box, but I wanted to caution readers: a few years ago (maybe two or three), I saw this online, and my mom got a 12-month subscription for Christmas for my cousin who was 8 or 9 at the time. When the boxes finally started arriving, sometimes they didn’t include everything they said they would, or the ingredients would be for the wrong months’ experiments. I know my mom had a couple headaches trying to contact their customer service, but my cousin really liked it when they were able to use it.

    • Thanks for the heads-up Angela! I have not had to contact customer service yet, but if I do I will definitely mention how it went in my review.

  2. Thanks for this review! I frequently see this on the deal sites that you mentioned, but didn’t know too much about it.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for reading it!

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