Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review – May 2015
Spangler Science Club is a subscription service for children ages 5and up (K-6) that provides monthly hands-on science experiments for parents and children to explore together. The experiments are designed by Steve Spangler, science teacher, author, and television personality most famous for his Mentos Geyser Experiment. Fun!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Spangler Science Club
The Cost: $29.99 per month, with discounts available for longer subscriptions
The Products: Everything needed for 12+ experiments, activities, and design challenges, integrating STEM for children ages 5 and up
Ships to: US only
This month’s theme is Science Magic! It’s all about magic tricks! This is the workbook that comes with the monthly subscription. It’s impressively hefty and absolutely packed with instructions and ideas. I am only able to show a couple of the experiments via photography, but if a child masters every trick in this book, he or she could easily put on a full-length (and entertaining) magic show!
This is a peek inside the workbook. It’s pretty high quality for this type of manual, and the photography is extremely helpful. Also note (if you can see it) at the top of the second page is a heading that says “SHOWTIME” with tips on how to pull off the trick seamlessly. My nine-year-old son was obsessed with the show tips! He’s such a showman!
This is the manual for the adult helper. It’s absolutely full of useful information, and it’s really nice to have a guide to help you explain the science behind the tricks! I just have one small note: If you don’t want a child to read something, don’t mark it “TOP SECRET.”
In the back of the workbook is a certificate you can present your child when they have completed all the activities. What a nice touch!
This is the bottle that was included for the genie trick. It’s just one of many supplies, but I wanted to take a close-up picture of it so you can see how nice the graphics are. I love special touches like this.
These are all the supplies that were included. The only things we had to provide from home were scissors, water, and some liquid dish soap.
I apologize that this is not a very clear picture, but it was one of only two tricks that really had an “end product” I could photograph. But LOOK at what it is! It’s a skewer my son put through a balloon! And it didn’t pop!
This is our bottle, hanging from a rope with no knot. How is that happening? The genie is holding on to it, of course! Actually there’s a small ball in the neck made of cork that the child drops in when he puts the rope in, and then gently turns the bottle sideways to “see if the genie is holding on.”
There were several other fun tricks in the box, some of which involved levitation, but I don’t want to give too much away. BUT, unanimously, our favorite trick was the bouncy ball trick. The kit came with two little rubber balls – one that bounces as usual, and one that doesn’t bounce at all. We had so much fun looking at the expression on everyone’s face when they went to bounce the ball and it just thudded on the ground! The kids never got tired of that one.
Verdict: This box was extremely fun! In fact, it was so fun that I forgot to teach the kids about all the science-y stuff. We just got blown away by all the magic! The good news is that they are still working their magic tricks and practicing them, so I think there is still plenty of time to explain the science behind it all.
What do you think of Spangler Science Club?