Green Kid Crafts is a kids subscription box company that sends you up to six science and art kits each month for $29.95 (plus free US shipping).
Green Kid Crafts strives to encourage the growth of the "whole child," which includes fostering a sense of care for our environment. Their process and products seek to have a minimal environmental impact, and the activities in each box aim to help kids engage with nature in creative ways. It's not surprising that Green Kid Crafts was actually founded by an environmental scientist!
Choose between the Junior Discovery Box (ages 2-4) or the Discovery Box (ages 5-10+), both of which are $29.95/month. Green Kid Crafts also offers a Sibling Discovery Box (ages 2-10+) for $49.95/month, which sends two of each project. All subscriptions include free shipping.
This is a review of the Discovery Box for ages 5-10+, which costs $29.95/month + free shipping.
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).
About Green Kid Crafts Discovery Box
The Subscription Box: Green Kid Crafts Junior Discovery Box
The Cost: $29.95 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Materials and instructions for up to 6 science and art projects aimed at helping children ages 5-10+ get creative and engage with nature.
Ships to: The US for free, to Canada and select countries for a flat rate of $6.50/month
Good to Know: Their product offerings and pricing have recently changed!
Green Kid Crafts "Sweet Science" Box Review October 2019
Our theme this month is Sweet Science and it's such a great one with Halloween coming up! These experiments all involve using candy and this booklet provides the instructions for our 6 projects as well as some other fun activities like a maze and fill in the blank story.
Each box includes a new sticker for us to add to our Green Kid Crafts badge chart. This month we received the Sweet Science badge.
My Weird School: It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green by Dan Gutman - Retail value $5.99 (found here for $4.99)
This month we received this fun little book inside our box. This is from the My Weird School series and its a holiday-themed story that is perfect for this box's age group.
The back of the book contained several pages of activities, trivia questions and more. So fun!
Now let's get to the projects! Everything came packaged up neatly with labels to tell us which experiments were inside each bag.
Project 1: Floating Letters Solubility Experiment
Our first project was an experiment involving M&M candies, Gobstoppers, and water. Our booklet contained a great little chart for us to use to record our observations.
We added four different colored M&M candies to our petri dish making sure to spread them out. Then we poured room temperature water over them until they were completely covered. Next, we watched! We were supposed to see the M float off of the candy since it is made from vegetable dye, but we didn't notice this at all. The kids did love looking at how the color seemed to melt off of the candies and began to mix together!
We cleaned out the dish and then repeated this experiment with the Gobstoppers. Again, the color left the candies, but this time the colors remained separate thanks to the wax layer they have on the outside of them, which we learned from the "Things to Think About" section in our booklet. The kids enjoyed this project and were even more happy to discover there were leftover M&Ms!
Project 2: Gummy Bear Osmosis
Our next project involved some gummy bears and salt.
We got out two bowls and filled them with water. Then we stirred the two packets of salt in one of the bowls and placed two gummy bears in each bowl. Then we set those aside to observe later. They also provided a great chart for us to record our predictions and our observations after.
We waited a few hours and then took them out of water. We had saved one gummy bear to be our control which is the small one in the center. The other bears got very large and were slimy to touch which they got a kick out of! I think one set of our bears was supposed to get smaller (the ones in salt) so maybe we didn't mix our salt in well enough?
Project 3: Crystal Creation
Next up, we had a crystal creation project. They provided wax paper, a stick and some string. We needed to provide a jar, water and a 1/2 cup of sugar.
I tied the string to the stick and then measured it by dangling it in the jar. I cut it so that it was just shorter than the jar. Then we poured our sugar into the jar and topped it with our water.
After watching the sugar dissolve into the water, I then heated up the mixture in the microwave. Next, I dipped the string into the jar and then let it cool on the piece of wax paper.
Once it was all completely cool, I set the stick on top and dipped the string back in. Then I found a home for it since we are going to be observing it for the next week as our crystals grow! This will be neat to see!
Project 4: Fizzy Fun
Next, we got to have some fun with Pop Rocks!
First, we had to try them to understand them. I have to say this was the highlight of the box for me as my children have never had them before and watching them experience them for the first time was pretty spectacular! They made a lot of good faces and enjoyed the popping sensation!
Next, we used a funnel to add about half of our candy to one of the balloons they provided. Then we had to fill our plastic container up with soda which I, fortunately, had on hand! We carefully stretched the balloon over the top and then I had my daughter lift the balloon, dropping the candies into the soda which then inflated our balloon.
You can tell they got a kick out of this one for sure!
We then followed this same procedure but with water instead of soda. When my son lifted the balloon, nothing really happened except for some pop rocks dissolving into the water.
Project 5: Pixy Stix Process Art
Next, we got to have a little fun with Pixy Stix! They provided several sticks, watercolor paper, and a tiny spray bottle.
We opened up our Pixy Stix and began to add some to our paper. We used our fingers to draw some designs and of course, there was a little tasting involved, too!
Once we were done with our designs, I filled the spray bottle with water and we misted it onto our drawings. This made the colors spread a bit and left us with some textured art!
Project 6: Pixy Stix Sand Art
This last idea was just the cutest! They provided a tiny glass bottle with a cork top for us to create Pixy Stix sand art. We took turns pouring and adding "sand."
Here is our finished jar of Pixy Stix sand!
The kids were excited again for the leftover candy and they enjoyed what I think is their first Pixy Stix!
Verdict: This month's Green Kid Crafts box was so great! I loved that they had a somewhat Halloween theme and took candy and turned it into fun science! This one should definitely appeal to kids. The projects and experiments were all so easy to see visually and taught a lot of different processes in a fun and unique way. It was also a nice surprise to find that book in our box full of activities! This felt like a great value with so many creative projects for $29.95 per month!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Here's what Green Kid Crafts says:
The first box of all subscription orders will ship immediately, through the 25th of the month. After the 25th, the initial box will ship with the following month’s mid-month shipment. After the first month, subsequent boxes will ship around the middle of the month.
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