Here at DadGeek we love science and science education especially when it’s inspiring and exciting young minds to get inquisitive about the world around them. We’ve previously featured other stuff designed to plant the seeds of scientific excitement before. We’ve had a look at the natural world with Cell-Fie Education and gone exploring with the Discovery Young Explorer Kit. Now we’re going to try out some hands on science experiments with The Curiosity Box!
The Curiosity Box is a monthly subscription crate filled with scientific experiments, equipment and information. Each crate contains everything that you need (except possibly for some household items) to conduct some really exciting science experiments. This can include simple consumables, containers and instructions but our crate actually came with some really nice equipment including a small set of battery-powered scales (pictured) and a smartphone microscope.
The Curiosity Box also contains a number of collectable items that would really make it worthwhile sticking around and collecting at least a few boxes. These include collectable information cards highlighting prominent scientists and important places. The instructions that come with each experiment are also hole-punched to make it easy to collect and keep them for repeating the experiments later.
My favourite collectable item was the molecular modelling kit. You get enough to create simple models but not enough to make anything too complex, so it clearly encourages science fans (or fans of putting all the balls and sticks together) to stick around and pick up additional sets.
The experiments in The Curiosity Box were really interesting. The first was a ‘weight-loss’ experiment that features a cool chemical reaction that results in your experiment becoming lighter overall. The instructions are clear and the questions on the instruction card encourage you to go beyond the cool fizzing and bubbling and think about what you just did, why you had the outcome you did and what might happen if you did things differently.
The second experiment was a look at electrolysis. We used a battery to split water molecules and looked at how this experiment changed the liquid the battery was in contact with. It was cool to be able to put these simple tasks together and watch Marshall get excited about what might happen next!
The set also included some “Atomic Trumps”, a set of cards that showcased different atoms and their properties. This wasn’t a specific experiment but we both thought it was a great addition to the set and something to be studied later on.
Marshall loved The Curiosity Box and got really involved in everything inside. He’s still using the smartphone microscope and scales at every possible opportunity. He’s a big fan of science but I think it’s great to be able to do experiments like this outside of a structured school setting. I like the idea that he can go into a school science lesson and probably be able to contribute something that he’s learned from his experiments at home.
My favourite thing about The Curiosity Box was that it communicates clearly how to complete each experiment but never dumbs down any of the science. It trusts kids’ natural ingenuity to connect with the topics and inspires them to ask questions.
We would definitely recommend The Curiosity Box. For further information and pricing, go visit their website at www.curiosity-box.com.
Disclaimer: This review was produced in return for the product. No financial arrangements were entered into. All opinions remain our own. This post contains affiliate links.
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