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Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review – July 2015

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - Box

Spangler Science Club is a subscription service for children ages 5 and 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). Spangler Science Club sent us two sample boxes to review, so please note that your boxes may be different.

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

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - notebook

This month’s theme is Mad Scientist Laboratory! It’s all about working with color! This is the workbook that comes with the monthly subscription. It’s impressively hefty and absolutely packed with instructions and ideas. I can only cover a few activities in this review, but there are easily 12 or more with all required supplies included!

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - instructions

This is a peek inside the workbook. It’s pretty high quality for this type of manual, and the photography is extremely helpful.

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - top-secret

This is the manual for the adult helper. It’s packed full of useful information, and it’s really nice to have a guide to help you explain the science behind the activities with a little more detail. But again, I say: If you don’t want a child to read something, don’t mark it “TOP SECRET.”

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - certificate

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!

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - supplies

These are all the supplies that were included. This month we only had to supply some paper towels, water, and vegetable oil.

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - colors

Look at how pretty this is! And this is only an intermediate step. My nine-year-old son and I went through with our pipettes and created 24 different colors in these little vials.

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - jellies

2 hours later, we had 24 little jellies of all different colors! So pretty! I just wish there was some way to harden them and keep them forever.

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - pitri

Another little experiment we did was to create some red, blue, and yellow jellies, put them in a pitri dish together, and then observe what happens over 24 hours. I think the colors were supposed to run together or mix somehow, but ours didn’t. I guess we made a mistake?

Spangler Science Club Subscription Box Review - July 2015 - color-blobs

This was my favorite experiment because it actually taught my son something he didn’t know much about – weights of liquids and gasses (whereas he’s fully versed on color mixing already). We put a little water in some oil and then threw in a water-soluble color fizzy tablet. The color mixed with the water at the bottom, but the air had to rise through the oil to escape, so it made this awesome color bubbling effect! Very cool! In the next step, my son will do this to four other colors.

The verdict: This box was really fun! This was our second box from Spangler, and we enjoyed ourselves with both boxes, plus learned a little something. My only issue with this box, generally speaking, is that I don’t think it’s really appropriate for ages 5 and up. I think the minimum age would be better around age 7. For a five-year-old, I think the adult would have to do everything for them, plus explain everything. I don’t think their reading and writing would be sufficient to fill in the notebook. I would also be fairly sure that the minute I turned my back they would shove the jellies up their nose. For a nine-year-old, though, it’s a great experience!

What do you think of Spangler 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 Spangler Science Club Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Just an FYI, this is showing up under your “Ships to Canada” list but then says it only ships to U.S. Thought you might like to know. 😉

  2. I received my first Spangler Science box today and the theme was Bubbles, not Colors. My daughter is 6 – maybe that that’s the reason I got a different theme than Liz? In any event, the experiments were amazing – huge square bubbles and prisms and a lot of neat activities. As a six year old she could not do these on her own.

  3. Makes sense! Thanks for your help. I think this will be perfect for them. 🙂

  4. I am not surprised one experiment didn’t work. I have been involved in making up science experiments (for high school chemistry classes) in the past. And it is difficult to control the outcome in every situation. Things that would do great in our university lab did not always work as well in classrooms and demos. I think we had more expensive materials to work with. And getting the directions just right is pretty hard. I had two high school teachers to help me write the directions at a level appropriate for their students. I think it is probably a similar situation here, albeit at a lower grade level.

    Anyway, to come up with even one or two things that work on a monthly basis is pretty good, in my opinion!

  5. I think I would be interested in getting this for my nephews ( 7&10) and I know this may sound bad, but how much parental involvement would you say is needed?

    • Hi Wendy! I think kids that age could do it themselves, but an adult would need to be on hand if they messed anything up, which happens sometimes, and needed someone to straighten it out. An adult would also be needed to circle back around with them after they had finished an activity and answered the questions to make sure they got the point of the science. It’s easy to just finish an activity and go “COOOOOL” and then forget you were supposed to understand the scientific principle(s) behind it! Hope this helps!

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