The Explore Box (£8 + £2 postage) is for kids aged 6+ and contains a least an hour’s worth of fun science.
The Investigate Box (£22 + £2 postage) for kids aged 8+ has more experiments and more items of collectible lab equipment with enough to keep a junior scientist busy for 3 or 4 hours.
Both kits have full-colour illustrated instructions and online videos to make it easy to do all the experiments.
My lovely helper is my daughter, Little C, who has just turned seven! I was sent an Explore Box, which is perfectly designed for her age group.
The box is flat enough to fit through the mailbox.
Bonus trivia! I really like the thought of space dust falling on us outdoors.
All the goodies inside. Bubbles and Boats is an extremely promising title! After all, who doesn’t love playing with bubbles?
The first experiment is Bubbleology.
Mixing soap and water.
Making a bubble wand. It required some concentration!
It’s really useful to know how to make a bubble wand using a straw and pipe cleaners. We’ll definitely be doing this again!
Time to try it out!
Then we tried again with a bigger circle.
We didn’t manage to get it work by raising it off the plate like the booklet said but we did make some fantastic bubbles anyway!
The next experiment, Cububble, was really cool.
More straws and pipe cleaners, plus figuring out how to make them into a cube shape.
Now we needed a big jug of bubble mix!
This required quite a few attempts to get right. Getting all six sides with an intact film if soap was really tricky! That being said, even it didn’t go quite right it still looked pretty cool.
Anyway, after a little while…
Doesn’t that look incredible? It’s an actual square bubble in the middle there!
We didn’t manage to get one free of a few tiny bubbles, but I think the look on Little C’s face says it all!
Next up, Double Bubble.
This one was tricky, as you can see.
The bubble kept popping!
But we persevered.
I had a go at this one too, it was very simple but great fun.
We didn’t manage to make more than two bubbles at once, but it was very satisfying to manage to blow one bubble inside another one.
Now, the Unburstabubble was a risky process!
I wasn’t sure it would work, so of course I was the first one to sit under the bubble.
It was remarkably nerve-wracking!
But I got to get my own back!
Worked like a charm!
One more experiment to go.
Sail the Soapy Sea was the boat-related experiment.
It was a pretty simple one, and it worked very well.
Our sink isn’t very big, but as you can see, the boat zooms nicely.
Well, this was a roaring success!
Little C’s favorite was Double Bubble, though we spent a long time repeating Bubbleology as well!
We managed to keep the mess to a minimum during Double Bubble, as I decided a plate was better than the counter, but I can confirm that Bubbleology was extremely high on the messiness rating! Not that it mattered, it was totally worth it!
I just love Letterbox Lab. It combines some incredibly entertaining and interesting activities with educational value, even when the kids don’t notice they’re learning! This is a wonderful way of getting kids into science, and many of the things they will pick up will resonate later on when they’re doing more formal learning at school.
If you’d like to see some of the previous boxes, take a look here.
Every Letterbox Lab box we try we always have an enormous amount of fun, and this one is no exception!
A different version of this review was first published on allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk.