Amazon STEM Toy Club January 2017 Subscription Box Review

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Amazon STEM Toy Club is a monthly subscription box service that delivers age-approriate STEM toy that encourages any child to learn through play. The subscription costs $19.99 per per month, and the theme of the month can be anything from natural sciences to robotics. There’s always something new to discover in every box of Amazon STEM Toy Club!

There are three age ranges available for this box: 3-4 year old, 5-7 year old, and 8-13 year olds. This is a review of the 8-13 year old box.

The Learning Journey Count & Learn Math Playbox ($25.99) 3-4 Year Old

Thames and Kosmos STEM Bundle 1: Amazing Gyroscope, Dino Skeleton Dig, Bouncy Ball Planets Science Kit ($28.67) 5-7 Year old

Here are the items that would have been shipped to me for the other age ranges (tip – you can order the subscription, and currently, you have the ability to cancel the order if you don’t like the item – this functionality may change in the future).

This subscription is no-nonsense: the mailing sticker is slapped right on top of the undecorated box, right over a safety warning.

The contents of the box looks “magical” from here. But… I was surprised that there was no box decoration or card inside! I was expecting this subscription to be a little more thought out. Perhaps Amazon can get some Amazon STEM Club packing tape for future boxes? Anything?

Be Amazing Toys Science Behind Magic Kit ($27.80)

Welcome to world of science magic. Become the most magical of wizards. Master the techniques you’ll need to perform all your tricks. Whether we’re talking about color changing potions, magic wands, or hocus pocus powder, you’ll get all the know-how and ingredients to become a true science magician. Create a Bubbling wizard’s Brew – with eye of newt and a bit of Werewolf hair actually, we’re going to be using two ordinary, every day powders to create a fizzing frenzy fit for a Wizard. Erupting Cauldron, can you create an eruption of colorful bubbles and color changing fizz? skewer through the balloon – some things in this world just don’t mix dogs and cats, oil and water, sharp objects and balloons. Everyone knows that a balloon’s worst enemy is a sharp object. especially a sharpened wooden cooking skewer. As a science magician, you will demonstrate your skill as you push a sharp, wooden cooking skewer right through a balloon without popping it. Merlin’s paper – we’re going to show you how to use merlin’s paper to find magical objects around your house. This magic is really “hot!” Ghost in a bottle – did you know Ghosts love to hide in old fashioned, glass soda bottles like the ones you used for the root beer genie trick? gather your friends around the table as you place a Penny on the mouth of the bottle. Everyone reaches out and places their hands around the bottle. In just seconds, the Penny begins to bounce up and down on the bottle! what does that mean? enchanted test tube – the best wizards can conjure shapes and colors inside of an ordinary test tube. Are you up to the challenge? these are just a few of the many magical science tricks in this kit! be amazing science kits are fun and engaging while inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers! utilizing STEM where students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the world at large.

I thought this box looked familiar – it’s from Steve Spangler, which has their own excellent STEM subscription. I was more excited after seeing that!

The instructions are clear and my 8 year old had no problems following them on her own.

I’m including the entire booklet so you can see how many activities are in this box!

So different than the chemistry kit I got at this age with some teeny writing and a few experiments to perform (it was also lacking a cool magical theme).

Everything in this box!

The chemicals that were included in the box were all bagged up. Some of them have a plain English name (like water gel) but it also includes the technical name, along with warnings and first aid treatment if necessary.

Bridging Science & history!

The cards are in English and Spanish.

The box sucks them in with a magic hat and a wand…

and your scientist/magician will get right to work! She’s been through about half of the experiments so far, including creating her own experiments (like adding the glow in the dark powder to colored water gel crystals instead of plain ones). She has gone so far to bring the set into my bathroom while I am showering. She’s super engaged and really enjoying both doing the experiments, having a magic show, as well as discovering how and why all the “tricks” work.

I thought the selection for 8-13 year olds was fantastic. I wasn’t as impressed with the items for the younger age ranges, although I’ve heard of a circuits set for the 5-7 year old range that I would have elected to not cancel. I think this is an excellent subscription for a grandparent to get, or for a science fiend that really wants their younger child to have access to STEM toys. I think it’s clear from Amazon’s choices that not all toys will hit all of the STEM parts – science, technology, engineering, and math. Instead, you may receive a toy that focuses exclusively on just one of those (the math kit for preschoolers, for example). If you self-subscribe I strongly recommend keeping an eye on your Amazon account to check what toy has been selected for you. I think this subscription has a lot of promise and we’re looking forward to seeing what everyone gets.

If you received something different than our family, let us know in the comments!

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