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As we are now home schooling we thought we would share some of the best educational subscription boxes and magazines that we think are great.
Science Subscription Boxes
This is a monthly subscription box full of science experiments aged at children over the age of 6. We received the investigate box which is for children over the age of 8. This box is £22.50 which I think is great value for money. The first box comes with all of this:
The first Investigate Box is called Marvellous Mixtures. In this introductory science kit you will do six marvellous investigations:
Incredible Inks – find the hidden colours in simple inks and create stunning artwork with science.
Rainbow Glasses – make a pair of glasses that turn every light you can see into a rainbow.
Rainbow Spinners – you’ve taken a rainbow apart, now you have to put it back together with a twirl.
Liquid Rainbow – make a multi-coloured layered liquid.
Brilliant Breathless Balloon – everyone’s amazed when the balloon seems to inflate by itself, thanks to the power of chemistry.
Squirmy Worms – mix two liquids together and watch as they turn into gooey worms.
You will also start your collection of lab equipment with your pair of safety goggles, measuring cylinder and petri dish.
The instructions were really brightly coloured and full of detail. It not only shows you what to do, but explains exactly what has happened in each experiment. Freddie absolutely loved it and kept saying that science is amazing! Check out this review too, it really is a great subscription box.
They also have Exclusive Home Educator Discount Codes available for an impressive 25% off their first box, plus 10% off all future discounts. To get this all you need to do is chat with them online or email them.
I would absolutely recommend this box to any one and not only home schooling children. It is really fun to do and has so many cool science experiments in, both parents and kids will love this box.
Cell-fie Subscription Box
This is a monthly science based subscription box, their motto is a lesson in a box. There are boxes for both KS2 and KS3, so suitable for children aged 7 upwards.
We really enjoyed making the lava lamp in our first box. Included in the box there was a bottle, glitter, food colouring, some colouring in sheets and a light. Along with the how to booklet. I thought this was a really great information booklet with other activities like a word search included.
Nature Subscription Boxes
Mud and Bloom
This is a gardening and craft kids monthly subscription box aimed at children aged 3-8 years old. Although I think this is great for any children who love being outside (or even those who need a bit of encouragement!).
In the box we received some seeds for radishes, and lettuce seeds. Plus some crafty items to decorate a vase, and a work sheet to find certain types of leaves and what trees they come from. Plus it showed you how to create your own paint brushes with certain flowers in the garden.
I really love this box, as does Freddie. It told you exactly how to plant the seeds in a really colourful and easy to understand sheet. We planted the seeds in the garden and can not wait to see them grow.
The price is also excellent at only £7.95 including free delivery! Absolutely fantastic value for money.
English Subscription Boxes
This is a book club subscription, each month they will send between 1, 3 and 5 different books suitable for your children’s age. This is for children aged 0-11 years old. There is a small monthly fee and all you have to do is return the books (free return postage) or buy them at half RRP. You can tell them what books you don’t want, just in case like us you already have a library at home!
We were sent 3 books, for a 9 year old. So we received Stig of the Dump, How to Train your Dragon and Arabel, Mortimer and the Escaped Black Mamba.
Geography & Culture Subscription Boxes
Our Little Globe
This is our favourite subscription box. We love travelling as a family so this is a perfect subscription for us. The first subscription box you receive will include a suitcase and a passport and a world map. Plus in every box there is a pen letter from a child from the country of the month, some arts and craft, stickers, two recipe cards with spice pouch to make something from that country.
Our first country was Spain, which is nice as we have been there. There was a lovely letter from a child explaining what their country is like. The arts and crafts were just fantastic, Freddie has never really enjoyed arts and crafts but he couldn’t wait to decorate the picture.
The price is also amazing at only £9.95 plus postage, and I have to say I think it is definitely worth it.
Arts and Crafts Subscription Box
Whizz Pop Bang Magazine
This is an award winning science magazine for children aged between 6 and 12 years old. We were sent the Spy Science Magazine (issue 13) and it is absolutely brilliant. There is a find the science equipment challenge on each page, which is great and Freddie loved finding them.
In the middle of the magazine is a pull out star map which is great and shows the constellations in the sky. This is great and we loved star gazing.
The only problem was the spy gadgets page!! Only because Freddie now wants all of them!! Such as the self destructing computer chips and the envelope x-ray spray!!
There are stories, loads of facts, things to make, and plenty of fun things to do.
I really recommend this magazine, and Freddie really enjoyed reading it.
They have a Facebook group especially for Home Educators which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WPBHomeEducators/ Where you will be able to get yourself a 10% discount code for subscriptions.
Price is from £2.92 per magazine
This is great educational magazine for children aged between 8 and 12 years old. We received the January edition which was rocket science.
It is really educational and even told you how to make your very own bottle rocket! We haven’t done this yet, but it is definitely on the timetable for next week.
There is absolutely loads to do and make in this magazine and lots of facts, which was great.
A 12 month subscription costs only £55
The Week Junior Magazine
A current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14 years old.
This is very topical and written with children in mind. For example when talking about the football, there is a silly fact about the end of Japan – Colombia’s game the water use rose by 50% in Tokyo as viewers rushed to use the toilet!
A great way of introducing current affairs to children, there are loads of relevant stories and Freddie really enjoyed reading through it.
You can order your first 6 magazines for free but then it is only £21.50 for a further 13 magazines.
Horrible Histories Magazine
Freddie is absolutely obsessed with the Horrible Histories programs so I thought we would try the magazines. They are a great fun way to learn about history, and Freddie has already picked up so much.
**Some of these items were all gifted in return for an honest review.**
If you are looking for other cheap or free educational resources check out my blog post.
Are you home schooling your children? Which educational subscription boxes do you subscribe to?