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Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - june

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!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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.

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - booklet

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!

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - experiment

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!

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - supplies

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.

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - leg

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.

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - heart

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.

Magic School Bus Science Club Subscription Review – June 2015 - lung
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?

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.

Posted in Magic School Bus Science Club Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Interesting, thank you. Think I’ll pass on this for my almost 5 & almost 7 year olds. What are better STEM-oriented subscription boxes for kids?

  2. My mom got a year subscription of this for my 9 year old daughter for the holidays. I think she has opened maybe one of the kits so far, and she is a HUGE (can’t emphasize this enough) lover of all things science, especially physics and chemistry. I don’t know what it is about this kit that she doesn’t love, but it just sort of gets pushed to the side. I think all the parts and baggies sort of throw her off, and the fact that the materials themselves aren’t meant to be handled too roughly. I’d rather see one or two fantastic projects than 4-5 flimsy things that she’s already seen or done. It isn’t a bad kit at all, just clearly not for us. I’m holding them for when my son gets a little bigger and I’ll try them with him.

  3. I appreciate the honesty in your reviews. I want to get high quality boxes for my daughter, not waste money.

    • Thank you Jen!

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