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Howtoons Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2017

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Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

Howtoons is a new STEM-based subscription for kids ages 7-12. Every month, subscribers receive a package with a fun project and accompanying booklet. The booklet uses comics and articles to explain and supplement the scientific concept of the monthly project.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

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.)

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

The Subscription Box: Howtoons

The Cost: $24.99 a month + free shipping

COUPON: Use code CROSSBOW to save 25% off this month!

The Products: Everything needed to create one STEAM-based project, plus an accompanying instructional comic book

Ships to: US only

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Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

This month’s theme is Bat Crazy Halloween! We did receive this box in time for Halloween, but just barely. I think this box was possibly sent late since it was for review purposes.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

This is the table of contents for the enclosed comic book. There is a healthy combination of comics, project instructions, and articles.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

This is one of the comic pages. My nine-year-old LOVED this feature of Howtoons!

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

This is a sample of the instructions. My son found Howtoons‘ instructions very clear and easy to follow. I think having a photograph for every step really helps a lot.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

This was a really interesting article about a bat ecologist. My son is very into all kinds of animal sciences, so he found this fascinating!

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

These are the supplies that were included in this month’s shipment. In addition to these supplies, we needed scissors, water, and paper towels.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

Step one for my son was to build the bat wings. This involved a glue stick and some stickers.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

Step two was to assemble the bat body and legs onto the wings. These pieces just slid together.

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

He painted the top of the bat black…

Howtoons October 2017 STEAM Bat

… and the underside blue and red. Then all he had left to do was to string the bat together into a sort of marionette.

And this is his completed bat in action! So cool! This was at the kids’ school, and the other children just loved it!

I need to pause here to comment on the quality of the materials involved in this project. Right after the above video was shot, the bat fell apart. There wasn’t enough black paint for the bat to be painted black all over. It would have been better if they had included a larger pot of black paint and maybe one other contrasting color instead of eight tiny rainbow pots. The wings are weighted with washers, which were fine, but the adhesive used to keep the washers in place was stickers. The weight of the washers was too much for the stickers, and they fell out right away. I had to do some glue stick magic to help him put it back together (and keep it together). The project was an overall success, but better quality materials would have made the experience much better.

The Verdict: I think Howtoons is off to a good start, but they really should invest in slightly higher quality materials. The booklet they send is fantastic, but the supplies for the bat left something to be desired. Howtoons is promising! I would love to see them step it up just a little. As it stands, there are comparable children’s subscriptions on the market that provide a higher quality product at a lower cost.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box can be purchased as a one-time kit!

Coupon – Use code CROSSBOW to save 25% off this month!

What do you think of Howtoons?

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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

1 Comment

  1. This sub looks amazing. I REALLY appreciate your honesty in quality of the craft project and what the sub could do to correct it. My son is super into comics and crafts so this is going to be a slam dunk sub for him but I hope the company ups the quality. As always Anna you rock. 🙂

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