Groovy Lab in a Box Subscription Box Review – February 2015
Groovy Lab in a Box is a monthly box overflowing with science experiments for you and your child to explore together. Recommended for ages 8+, this service encourages children to use their natural engineering skills to solve difficult problems and create solutions while having fun!
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The Subscription: Groovy Lab in a Box
The Cost: $26.95 / month with free shipping, less for longer subscription options
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The Products: Every month, Groovy Lab in a Box sends a 20+ page lab notebook and everything required to complete the STEM-based experiments inside.
Ships to: US & Canada
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This is the lab notebook, which includes instructions for all the activities, along with questions and places to note your observations. This month’s theme was “Pull Your Weight”!
These are all the raw materials that were included for use in the experiments. They were not split out into different experiments because several items were re-used in multiple experiments. Less waste – I definitely like that! All we had to supply was a pair of scissors and a pen.
I do this box with my 9-year-old son, and it really does take quite a while to get through all the activities! Groovy lab provides about seven different activities, plus a “challenge” to create something different at the end if you like.
Here’s a sample of some if the instructions. As you can see, they are very good at showing pictures along with the steps in each activity.
This is the result of one of our activities – a crane arm! It’s a little hard to tell what’s happening from just the picture, but if you rotate the dowel one way or the other it lifts and lowers the bucket.
This is the result of the activity pictured above in the instructions. It’s a crane with a moveable arm. We also put a sticky magnet on the bottom of the cup so we were able to pick up paper clips as well.
This was the most complicated activity we went through – building a well! If you crank the little arm, the bucket moves down into the box and back up. My sons actually had fun playing with this for quite a while after we finished. I always love when they think their creation is actually fun enough to play with after the learning ends!
Verdict: Groovy Lab in a Box is absolutely PACKED with activities to do with your child. It literally takes weeks to get through all the activities! The value is definitely there. It also has things that are fun to build WHILE teaching lessons about STEM topics. My son and I both preferred the last month, in which we studied states of matter, to this one, which was basically about how simple machines can make it easier to move objects. Every box is highly educational, though! I would say that my 9-year-old (3rd grade) is just barely old enough to enjoy this box, and it does require heavy parental involvement. Older children would have an easier time with it, I think. I also love that they re-use materials and re-use the shipping box! In this case, the only problem was that we had to destroy previous creations to make new ones, so I’m a little torn about that. Overall, I think Groovy Lab is excellent!
What do you think of Groovy Lab in a Box?