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 £18 based on one year subscription paid upfront, or £25 per box on a no-commitment basis. The smaller box is £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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The Curiosity Box – Social Media/ Contact Details

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

Sylvanian Families Gift Ideas (with Exclusive Discount Code)

It’s certainly no secret that Squiggle adores Sylvanian Families. They are a timeless collection with wholesome values and are well loved by a wide range of ages. And they are so cute. What’s not to love?! There are so many different families, buildings, accessories and sets, plus new additions added regularly too, so even the most avid Sylvanian collector will be able to find plenty of things for their wish list!

As a little thank you and Merry Christmas gift to my readers, I have teamed up with Sylvanian Storekeepers to offer a 10% discount on your first order. Simply visit the Sylvanian Storekeepers online store via my link and enter the exclusive discount code CS10 at the checkout. (For the coupon to work, you need to create an account, and be logged in. Code is valid for one use per customer). You’re welcome!

And to get you started, here are some gift ideas for the Sylvanian Families fans in your life…

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Stocking Fillers (items under a tenner)

Baby Carry Case – These little carry cases each come with a baby and accessories. At £5.99 each they make lovely stocking fillers.

Housekeeping Set – This is new to 2016 and is great addition to any collection, regardless of whether or not they own the Grand Hotel. After all, houses need cleaning too! R.R.P £9.99

Vegetable Garden Set – We can grow our own vegetables in Sylvania as well as our real-life garden with this fun veg garden set. Retails at just £7.99.

Canoe Set – This canoe set (£7.99) is great for anyone wanting to practise their imaginary water sports!

Individual Figures – Collectors will love these vintage/ special edition (often rare!) individual figures. Cost approx £5.99 upwards.

 

For your chance to win a Berry Grove Cheerleader Rabbit figure, enter my Rafflecopter competition at the bottom of this post! (Please note this giveaway is not affiliated with Sylvanian Storekeepers and the prize item is not currently sold in store)


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Gifts Under £20

Sylvanian Families – With so many to choose from, chances are there will be plenty of new families to add to even the biggest collection. This Robinson Red Panda Family (£16.99) is on Squiggle’s wish list, amongst others!

Starter Home Collection – This would make a particularly great gift for anyone just starting out. R.R.P £19.99

Saloon Car – The family car also includes a picnic set, tray tables and a baby seat. Retails at £19.99

Seaside Treasure Set – An exciting treasure set that is great for little ocean lovers or those with an adventurous mind. Costs £13.99

Chocolate Rabbit Sister with Study – I love the little accessories that come with this cute educational set, especially the globe! Usual price £14.99

Juice Bar – Squiggle has her eye on this healthy juice bar (£14.99) so that her Sylvanian Families can be like mummy!

Sports Day – This sports day set comes with lots of fun accessories to do various races and games. R.R.P £16.99

Winter Sports Accessories – Sylvanian Families can go skiing or do some ice skating with this winter set. Retails at £12.99

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Gift Sets – If you are looking for ‘larger’ present ideas that are great value for money, it is well worth looking at the bundle deals on offer. For example, the Beechwood Hall Gift Set comes with two working lights, desk, table with four chairs, piano, oven, kitchen sink unit and two squirrel figures. Or check out the Supermarket Gift Set (£49.99) that comes with over 100 items, including a toy wagon and crepe shop, plus two figures. Many of the gift sets are limited edition so check the website for the latest offers.

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Competition Time
For your chance to win a super cute Berry Grove Cheerleader Rabbit figure, simply enter my rafflecopter giveaway here…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Competition ends 13th December 2016. 

Terms & Conditions:

• All information detailing how to enter the giveaway forms part of these terms and conditions.

• This prize sweepstake begins at midnight on 5th December 2016 and closes at 11.59pm on 13th December 2016.

• Enter via Rafflecopter widget embedded in this blog post. This is the only way to enter into the sweepstake.

• One prize winner will be drawn at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries received when competition ends.

• The winner will be contacted using details provided within 48hrs of the competition closing. If the winner does not respond within 5 days the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

• The winner will receive one individual Sylvanian Families Berry Grove Cheerleader Rabbit figure (unboxed). 

• The prize will be posted within 10 days of receiving the address. Please bare in mind delivery times may vary, especially over the Christmas period.

• Prize is strictly non-transferable and cash alternative will be offered.

• Open to UK residents only.

• This promotion, and the prize offered, is organised by Living Life Our Way and is not affiliated with Sylvanian Families, Sylvanian Storekeepers, Epoch, Facebook or twitter. They are in no way responsible or accountable for this giveaway.

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• Entry into the giveaway will be deemed as acceptance of T&Cs.

 

GOOD LUCK!