REVIEW: Weekend Box Club – STEM Box

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It’s easy to find things to do every weekend with your children when you’re a member of the Weekend Box Club. Hattie, Wooster, Sammy and Oswald send you just what you need to keep children happily engaged with a range of projects which can be sent fortnightly or monthly. I’ve previously reviewed the regular Weekend Box offering, which is suitable for 3 – 8 year olds, so was thrilled to be asked to review (along with my young tester) one of their new STEM boxes, which are designed for 7 – 12 year olds, so keeping the options open for older children to keep enjoying these excellent resources.  A new themed activity box will be delivered through your letterbox (yes, they really do fit through the letterbox!) every month, full of educational fun.

The theme of our box was Let’s Fly – others include: Catapult Engineering, Bug Catching and Natural Disaster Simulators. They all sound great! Each box includes a colourful instruction booklet, with fun facts, jokes and scientific facts. There were three neatly packaged activities in our box – you do need to add extra items, but these are easily sourced around the house. The activities were: Make a Rocket, Let’s Go Fly a Kite and Helicopter Pin Wheels. They are well explained, so children can work on their own with minimal intervention, giving the satisfaction of achievement – although parents will enjoy helping! There’s an evaluation sheet plus other activities in the booklet; I’m really impressed with the booklet, which has a variety of activities and is well worth keeping after the activities are complete. Weekend Box offers excellent value, an affordable price which compares well with some others on the market. Each subscription box costs just £8.95 (March 2019), with free p&p. Highly recommended, with lots of different activities to support learning; the STEM box is ideal to support science, technology, engineering and maths, building on the focus being given to these important subjects in education. Subscribe now on the Weekend Box website.

Home educator discount Weekend Box have launched a home schooling discount. Rather than just a one-off intro offer, home educators can save 17% on the price of boxes permanently – more info at www.weekendboxclub.com/home-education. As the boxes are so ideal to support home learning, this discount is a real benefit to home educators, adding to the experiences they can offer their children.

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