Spangler Science Club is a monthly subscription box that provides kids with multiple hands-on science experiments to perform at home. The kit is designed by Steve Spengler, himself a science teacher, so the kit and each activity in it are scientifically and pedagogically sound.
It is truly amazing how much fits in the shoebox-sized kit.
Everything in the box. You receive everything you need (other than water and some large dishes) to carry out the many experiments detailed in the booklets.
The booklet serves as a comprehensive guide to each activity, listing the items required, as well as step by step instructions.
I love the structure of the activities — each activity or experiment is designed to engage your child’s scientific reasoning, asking them to make predictions, explain phenomena, and test their hypotheses.
The book is loaded with activities. The several packets of powders provided in the box are used in several different activities, so you get a lot of mileage out of the kit.
Photo illustrations are thoughtfully used to help guide you through the exercises and identify the key observations.
While the main booklet uses illustrations and short blurbs to keep the young scientists on track, the Top Secret manual has tips and secret tricks for the adult helpers.
The Top Secret guide has even more activities, and it also explains some of the scientific principles in more depth.
The booklet is designed to enhance the experience of the young scientists, but it is written for the adults, as well, adding insight that makes the kit a fun learning experience for everyone.
The Water Wizardry box came with a ton of water-absorbent beads and jellies.
As well as containers to hold the experiments.
Our daughter loved reading through the instructions and setting up each experiment.
Here, the kids are getting a kick out of the cup full of “water” that has been upended overhead.
Tracing the croc to measure him before putting him out for a soak.
The initial observation, recorded.
After a day, the size is recorded a second time. Everything is hands on, but I liked the additional focus in this activity — the kids were introduced to repeated recording of observations over time. I thought this was an interesting way to introduce a central scientific activity, and the croc’s growth was substantial enough to make each measurement exciting.
The box had ample amounts of everything, so the kids had plenty to play without jeopardizing any activities.’
The kit did a great job of evolving each activity into the next. Once the gel crystals were created, we added color to conduct even more experiments.
A small, transparent cube is all but invisible in this glass (until colored powder was added).
The test tubes were provided to allow packing of the gel crystals into close quarters to explore the migration of the colors.
The kids had to record observations and make predictions.
After a couple days, the tubes looked quite a bit like the predictions.
There were absolutely tons of activities in this box! A single Spangler Science Club could certainly keep a kid busy for an entire month, given the number of experiments provided. Our kids had a fabulous time doing this box, and the experiments were structured like actual experiments, requiring the kids to predict, experiment, and observe. It is a very well thought out box. The methodical progression of experiments means that you get the very most fun and learning out of the materials provided.
One of the things that we absolutely loved about this box was the parents’ guide. Even parents who don’t know (or think they don’t know) anything about the science behind the experiments will be able to help teach using the information provided, and you’ll have a blast experimenting along with your child.
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The Description: Amazing hands on science delivered to your door! Ignite the spark of science and creativity in your child with a subscription to the Spangler Science Club. Join today and you’ll receive Steve Spangler’s most amazing hands-on science experiments delivered to your door each month.
The Price: $29.99 per month
The Coupon: Save $10 on your first box with coupon code SCIFUN15