SpaceMail Pal Kids Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2017
SpaceMail Pal is a postcard subscription for kids ages 4-11 featuring fun facts about space. The cards are written by a PBS Kids scriptwriter and designed to be educational, collectible, and conversational.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the $8.99/month plan, which includes 4 postcards per month. Normally these postcards would be sent out weekly to your child, but we received all 4 at once for review purposes.
The Subscription Box: SpaceMail Pal
The Cost: You can choose to receive 1, 2, or 4 postcards each month. Pricing starts at $2.99/month for one postcard, $5.49/month for two postcards, and $8.99/month for four postcards.
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first month!
The Products: Postcards for kids featuring fun facts about space
Ships to: U.S. only
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This is our second month reviewing SpaceMail Pal, so I was curious to see how the program would develop and if it would stay with familiar topics or start branching out.
They typically send 1 postcard at a time; you can select to have 1, 2, or 4 postcards delivered each month. The postcards are sent through the mail just like a regular postcard, so there will be postal artifacts on them, including those cool space exploration stamps!
Each card has a photo or illustration of a topic on the front… this first card this month is for the Earth’s sun!
The reverse side is written as a postcard to your child, from Astronaut Neil and Robot Sally, talking about their interstellar road trip. These are great reminders about things I used to know and have honestly forgotten, like the simple fact that the light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach the Earth! I used to be fascinated by that idea as a kid.
There are more advanced concepts to discuss on this card too, like mass, gravity, and temperature.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard of 55 Cancri E! I definitely hadn’t before receiving this card!
Here we learn about exoplanets outside of our own solar system, and how orbits create days and years. 55 Cancri is a star with 5 orbiting planets (including this one), some with moons that scientists believe could harbor life.
We traveled a little bit closer to home with this Milky Way card.
There’s a lot of big math to explore on this card! I just learned that we can only see about 2500 stars from Earth even though there are over a billion in our little galaxy.
Finally, we’ve arrived at Neptune!
Again, I’m definitely retaining more on this card than my two-year-old 🙂 But, today I learned that Neptune’s mantle is actually superheated water, even though the planet itself is the coldest in our solar system! Crazy!
Verdict: I loved getting mail as a child (shout out to Wildlife Fact File, thanks to Kim for commenting on the last review!), and I was also really interested in science and space: SpaceMail Pal would have been totally up my alley! Overall, I think this is an affordable subscription idea for kids who are showing interest in these topics. Parents should note that it does not include any discussion guide or additional material, so you should be prepared to do some extra research on your own (or assist your kid in figuring out how to answer all their questions!).
I did read these cards with my two-year-old, but we mostly enjoyed looking at the pictures and talking about some of the very basic facts. The recommended age range for SpaceMail Pal is 4-11 years. If you like spending a bit of “educational fun time” with the kids in your life, this can definitely be a fun way to learn some new trivia and spark lots of questions for more learning, too!
What do you think of SpaceMail Pal? Do you have any aspiring astronauts in your life who would enjoy this subscription?