Science as a home education family can be daunting. We use the awesome education subscription service Twinkl a lot for our curriculum-based learning. They have an absolute wealth of resources for practically every topic or subject you can think of, including science, however the one thing we’ve struggled with over the years is equipment.
Experiments are a core part of learning within science (and many other subjects/life skills!) however sometimes, the equipment for specific experiments don’t come cheap. It’s all well and good having a fantastic lesson plan to run from but if you can’t afford or have difficulty sourcing the materials and equipment you need, it’s not going to work.
We have worked our way around many obstacles using substitute items such as these…
…as well as buying from local shops and independent websites when we can, using birthdays and Christmas as an opportunity to load up on fun but educational stuff like electric circuits, magnets and chemistry kits but even then it can be hard to work them in to an exciting and meaningful topic.
This is where Letterbox Lab came in to our lives.
Prices start at an £11.25 monthly subscription fee for a box suitable for children aged 6-12+ This box contains everything you need for 3 to 4 experiments, with a full colour booklet and sticker reward. Now when I say everything you need, I really mean that. They provide pens, pencils, scissors, test tubes, measured out and safely packed quantities of liquids, powders, paper… it really is a fantastic and worry-free way to have science experiment fun. There is also a lovely certificate at the end of each set of boxes, which is always a nice bonus for us as it’s one of the only things my son misses about attending school!
Due to each monthly box being packed so well and clearly marked with a theme, it’s easy to pre-prepare some extra work such as research, extension work, real life comparisons etc per box. You can also pick and choose when to do each box, there is no order of completion, which again makes them easy to fit in with curriculum topics if that’s how you choose to do some of your learning. They are also fun enough to engage children who already receive a rich science education, as a great weekend activity for example.
How do you explore science with your children? I’d love to hear about it below!
Disclaimer: I subscribe to Letterbox Lab by choice and pay full price. This post is not sponsored and all views are my own.