REVIEW: Science in a Box – Cell-fie Education

Cell-fie Education are ‘Science in a Box’ subscription boxes; each month you can receive a different science kit with a minimum of 3 experiments in, they include all the equipment you need and each has a piece of lab kit that you can keep to build your own science lab at home!

We received the Space Adventure kit. Included in the box was:

3 foam sheets

A pack of different size polystyrene balls

9 wooden sticks

1 balloon

4 paints (red, yellow, blue and white)

1 paintbrush

Bicarbonate of soda

1 plastic canister with lid

1 foam ring

Instruction booklet

1 Astronaut badge

1 pair of lab goggles

The included booklet introduces you to Alfie the Astronaut who tells you to fill in your astronaut ID badge so that you can get started on your missions. On the opposite page you will find 5 missions.

Mission 1: Solar System Fact File

This encourages your child to learn a little about the subject of the box, rather than just jumping straight in to experiments or activities. Create a poster or booklet to display your findings.

Mission 2: is Create Your Own Rocket

Follow the instructions using the included materials to make the rocket and then you can try launching it after adding vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to the canister. The rocket will launch itself up in to the air, we tried this with the canister included; the first time we didn’t have a chance to get the canister back in the rocket before it exploded, but the second time it went so high we lost the canister! You can try this experiment using different sizes of bottles and you can also alter the measurements of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to see if this makes a difference. The page also explains the science behind the experiment, detailing the chemical reaction and what makes the rocket shoot up in to the air.

Mission 3: Making a Solar System

Again, all the parts you need in order to make this are included in the box. To start with, the balls need to be sorted in to sizes so that the solar system planets are in the right order. I really like that your child has to sort them out themselves in to size order, and then follow then instructions so that they are in the right order. Next you can paint your planets and you can use the information that you found out in your first mission to paint them in the colours you think they would be. Once the planets are dry the ring can be added to Saturn and then start pushing the sticks in to the sun (some sticks may need cutting down). The shortest stick should then have the planet closest to the sun attached to it, and the longest stick should have the planet furthest from the sun stuck on the end.

Mission 4: Create Your Own Planet

The instructions teach you how to make a papier mache mix that you will then cover your balloon with. You can add more layers to create different textures and landscapes and once it is dry it can be painted however you like!

Mission 5: Write a Space Story

Children have great imaginations and it is wonderful that this science box is also supporting English, along with maths and art all in one place. There are story suggestions to help your child with their writing too.

We were really impressed with this box and my mini astronaut enjoyed taking part in all the missions. His favourite was the rocket experiment and he found out that if he added less bicarbonate of soda then it took longer to explode. The box comes with all the kit that you need to do the experiments which is always a great feature and we love how educational the kits are. Children learn better when they are having fun as what they are doing sticks in their head and this Lesson in a Box is a great way of helping them explore their curiosity. The monthly subscription box costs just £10.95 and you can subscribe here.

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