Club SciKidz is a monthly STEM based subscription box that chooses a career in the sciences and curates a box full of hands on projects and experiments that help children to further understand that profession. First boxes include pipettes, tweezers, a lab notebook and goggles plus a workbook and experiments, each additional box contains a workbook and experiments. Subscriptions are $29.95 monthly. Use code Boxlabs17 for 10% OFF!
*product was received free for review
Check out the unboxy box video
Here’s the Box Breakdown
Our first glimpse inside the Club SciKidz Box
Everything that we received in our Club Sci Kidz Box. This month’s box had a “Marine Biologist / Pirate” theme. Which may be the coolest profession ever … I mean Steve Zissou anyone?
So what is all this stuff?
Our box inserts. There’s a lab notebook as well as two inserts
Each page of our notebook details the experiments we’ll be doing as well as giving us a little more of an in depth look at the scientists in this field and further reading
For our slime experiment
This feather will be used in our oil spill experiment
Club SciKidz is great about adding little extras to each box for kids to enjoy. These shells are a wonderful tactile addition!
Cartesian Diver Experiment
These three items will be used to create a Cartesian Diver experiment. This is an experiment that teaches us a bit about weight and density
This is so cool! A card full of different knots that can be tied… and you bet your butt we’ll be tying a few with this month’s box!
We’ll be using some elements from nature to complete a cool windchime with starfish and sea urchins. There are five urchins in total and one starfish
We’ll be using this small bottle of oil for our oil spill experiment
Salt Water Taffy
Salt Water Taffy is pretty synonymous with the ocean and so of course there was a bag included! Each Club SciKidz Box includes some form of candy!
Diving Sub Toy
Oliver claimed this diving sub as soon as he saw it. He’s been playing with it ever since!
Because toys are fun. A grouper and a shark
Borax and Glitter
These two items will also be helping us create our slime
To help you get into the pirate spirit, we received a pirate scarf, certificate, some temporary tattoos and a couple of gold dubloons! Super cute… the kids really liked this!
This will also be used in our Cartesian Diver experiment
Test Tubes and Food Coloring
The two tubes (which we will most definitely be repurposing after this box) will be used in a water density experiment and the food coloring will be used in our slime project
This project will be for a shark tooth necklace. Very cool – we love the cord they sent with it!
Okay so now what?
Our first project is a water density experiment. We use two beads in the test tubes and add salt water to one and just plain water to the other and make a hypothesis about what will happen to each bead
Our labeled tubes
Our tubes before we added the beads
And just so you guys know.. the kids hypothesis was wrong!
Then we moved on to knot tying
Wasn’t sure how this was going to go over but Penny was really pumped about this one!
Then we moved on to our “Mermaid” slime. We have made slime before so we pretty much knew what to expect!
In our first bowl we add the borax and water
And then in a second bowl we add our glue and glitter
Then we combine both bowls
And have Mermaid Slime
Our oil experiment was probably the most fun as a parent because you can literally see science in action. However, the photos really don’t do this project much justice
We start by adding a few drops of oil to the water
Then we add the feather to see how it reacts to the oil and how it effects the surrounding water
Then we add some Dawn Dish Soap to the water to see how the oil responds (this was really cool)! The oil turned red and was completely repelled by the dish soap
Our windchime was our next project. There were enough projects in this box for THREE months! In this craft we glue the sea urchins onto each individual string
We then tie each string onto the starfish and then use the keyring to use for hanging
Another mini experiment is to add a shell to some vinegar and see how quickly it disappears (ours disappeared OVERNIGHT)
Our second to last craft was creating a shark tooth necklace. Penny was pretty excited about this – it meant she’d get to wear it to school!
Pretty cool right?
Her finished necklace (yellow is her favorite color)
Our final experiment was creating our Cartesian Diver. We put our little squid on our pipette and add some water. This was a bit tricky because we needed to get a little bit of air – just enough so that is SORT OF floats
Eh.. work in progress
So in summary
We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation and presentation. The Club SciKidz Lab Box is our favorite kids box ever. It’s full of awesome learning opportunities and the sheer amount of projects it comes with always wows us! The presentation is great, everything arrives perfectly. The quality is fantastic. They really do the legwork to make sure that we have everything we need to carry out all of our projects and experiments. And curation is amazing. Theses boxes are well thought out and really give kids a taste of STEM skills and science! We love Club SciKidz!