Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015
Magic School Bus Science Club is a subscription box for kids 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)
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.
This month’s topic is THE HUMAN BODY! I hope this motivates my sons to become doctors!
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 *usually* go through these activities with my nine-year-old son. This month, however, he informed me that he wanted to try and do it all himself! So he did!
Here is a look inside the booklet at some of the experiments and their format. Much of the important information is included in comic book dialog format, which I think is perfect for kids this age (especially boys). As I’ve mentioned, I do wish they would stick to the scientific method, though!
These are all the raw materials that were sent to us this month. One thing that I have to say about Magic School Bus is that they do NOT send you everything you need. Fortunately this month did not require a trip to the grocery store, but we did have to supply plastic bottles, water, scissors, food coloring, tape, and plastic wrap.
One of the activities this month was making this leg, complete with a working knee. This might be the least impressive MSB activity I’ve seen, but the kids thought it was fun that they could rotate it around the brad 360 degrees.
This is the heart my son made. This activity was not a total bust, it partially worked, but there was really no way to make it airtight. At one point, one of the balloons had red water in it, so you could “pump” it from side to side, but because it wasn’t airtight it just kept spilling everywhere. I think they got the idea, though.
This is the lung my son made, and this was the most successful of his activities. You can’t really see it well, but the cut half of the bottle is covered with plastic wrap, and a handle is taped on the wrap. The plastic wrap is taped tightly to the bottle, so it is fairly airtight. A balloon is rolled over the mouth of the bottle and inverted. So, when the handle is pulled, the balloon inflates a little, and when the handle is pushed it, it deflates completely. Pretty cool!
Verdict: My son and I both like Magic School Bus a lot, but this wasn’t the best month for activities. The leg activity was kind of lame, and the heart activity barely worked, even after I tried to fix it for him. I think he got a good idea about how several body parts work this month, so there’s a lot of good value in that. Like I’ve said before, I don’t think it’s the greatest STEM subscription for kids, but it’s pretty good for the price.
What do you think of Magic School Bus Science Club?