The Curiosity Box Review, Giveaway & Discount Code (STEM Science Educational Activities)

When The Curiosity Box tweeted that they were looking for bloggers to review one of their science boxes, we jumped at the chance! As home educators, we are always on the look out for new educational activities, and this one is perfect for us. It is a fun and fascinating science box aimed at 7-11 year olds that can either be purchased as a one-off or via subscription. There are also two size options; nano or mega. Prices for the larger box start at Β£18 based on one year subscription paid upfront, or Β£25 per box on a no-commitment basis. The smaller box is Β£9.95. (Costs include postage and packaging). Gift vouchers are available too, so it would also make a nice Christmas present!

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The Curiosity Box – Mega Box – Electricity Theme

I received a mega box to review, which includes everything needed to complete three separate science activities. Each box has a different theme, for example this box is described as ‘Putting the POW! in Power’ and is all about exploring electricity. It came well packaged and clearly labelled with simple, easy to follow instructions. I really like the tone of the writing; everything is well explained and engaging without being patronising. It also includes some very interesting and inspirational information cards about the history of science and women scientists. 

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Contents of Sparky Sculptures Activity

The three activities are varied and each one teaches the concept using a playful, hands-on approach. Scientific explanations are provided and I feel the information is pitched at a level to make it a truly educational experience for children within the targeted age range. They last a varying amount of time, depending on the activity itself, how quickly the child works and how much discussion occurs. We personally spent a couple of hours in total doing two of the activities. We had a lovely time together, with lots of laughter and of course plenty of learning too!

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Squiggle learning about static electricity

One example of the electricity activities the box contains is exploring circuits. The idea of this activity is simple but effective; design a creature with light-up eyes by creating a circuit using copper foil tape and two LED bulbs.

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Circuits Activity

Squiggle really enjoyed following the instructions to make the circuit and only needed a minimal amount of help to work out what to do. (Obviously all children have different needs so the amount of support required would depend on the child). 

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She decided she would rather make the circuit before designing her character. She spent quite sometime carefully making her circuit.

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Initially the light bulbs didn’t light up. Not to be disheartened, we used our knowledge of circuits to test each of the components separately. We used some of the resources from one of the other activities to do this, but I realised afterwards we didn’t need to and had actually made it more complicated than necessary; all part of the learning process though! However, it was useful that the boxes are generous with the resources that they provide anyway. 

After checking the battery pack, bulbs and leads, it was evident that the issue was with the copper foil tape. More specifically, it was on the corner joints that the circuits stopped working. Testing it all out deepened her learning experience and investigation skills, and became part of the fun. Plus it was a good reminder that the learning is in the doing, not just in the results (as it quite rightly says in the guide too, a valuable point!) But it was most satisfying to figure it out and get it working nonetheless! 

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We really enjoyed The Curiosity Box and would definitely love to use them again in future. I think we would particularly enjoy The Cool Crystals Box and The Super Seeds Box personally! On that note, I am hosting a giveaway for one very lucky reader to win a Nano Crystals Box! To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply enter via the rafflecopter widget below. (T&Cs apply).

Last but not least, my readers can enjoy 10% discount on orders using the code LIVECURIOUS10. Visit their website www.curiosity-box.com to shop or subscribe.

You can also follow them on social media for more ideas and inspiration too!

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Disclosure: I was sent The Curiosity Box free in order to provide an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Author: Living Life Our Way

NP and home ed mum, conservationist, nature lover, blogger, SEN & MH advocate, ex teacher.

~Don’t think outside the box, think like there is no box~

85 thoughts on “The Curiosity Box Review, Giveaway & Discount Code (STEM Science Educational Activities)”

  1. I love the liquid density experiment where you pour liquids of differing viscosity in layers – simple but very effective!

  2. The Putting the POW! into POWER Box! Always absolutely loved that kind of thing when I was young, it still appeals now πŸ™‚

  3. When i was at school we all held hands in a science class and felt an electrical current though our interlocked hands.

  4. I loved finding out how many calories were in a peanut by burning it and seeing how hot it got the water over. Takes me back a couple of decades, but definitley one I remember. I also liked the copper sulphate experiment back in junior school except some young lad who ate it lol.

  5. When I was a child, my dad worked at a plant that did electroplating. I got to electroplate some cables for a science fair experiment. That was pretty cool.

  6. They all look great but my twins shouted the cosmic Blast Off ! We love science in our house and our favourite so far is the volcano, using vinegar and bicarb soda πŸ™‚

  7. This week my class my class tested the properties of materials by making little coats for our class teddy (Mr Puffy the puffin) and pouring water all over him. We had a great time πŸ™‚

  8. I dont remember doing any. Which is sad. But id like that to be a different memory for my wee girl. who i would love to win this for

  9. yes please this looks great me and my 2 boys will havr great fun with this what a great idea if i dont win i will definitelybeing looking into getting some of these products

  10. I always remember making chewing gum at school in science, we put the very hot test tube straight into the beaker of cold water and of course it broke … we should have poured the gum out!

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