Green Kid Crafts is a monthly creativity and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subscription box for kids ages 3 through 10.
Each box features a different theme and provides all the hands-on materials needed to inspire creative and educational fun. You’ll receive 5 to 8 individually packaged science, technology, engineering, arts, and math kits developed using eco-friendly materials. Green Kid Crafts also offers tons of single-purchase boxes in their shop with themes like Kitchen Science, Ocean, Mad Scientist, Nocturnal Animals, Green Energy, and much more.
Subscriptions are $19.95/month or less with multi-month commitments. — For a limited time, you can get your first box for FREE (just pay shipping).
A peek inside.
The theme for January’s box was “Mad Scientist”!
The back of the theme card included additional info on STEAM education and links to additional projects & related activities that subscribers can find on their website.
Slime Monsters – The first project we tackled involved making slime monsters! There were enough materials to make two slime friends, which worked out perfectly for us. Supplies included glue, powdered paint, google eyes, pom poms, borax, 2 eco-containers with lids, 2 eco-mixing cups, and 2 sticks for mixing.
The project was pretty simple. Just mix borax & water in one cup, then pour glue/paint/water in another. Slowly add the borax mixture to the glue cup until it starts to thicken and turn to “slime”.
Once made, the slime can be poured into the eco-friendly cups and decorated with pom-poms and googly eyes.
Rocket Science – Next up, rocket science! This project involved making paper rockets that are launched using air pressure. Materials included recycled paper, colored straws, tape (labels), ribbon, and star stickers.
This project was also pretty straight-forward. To make the rockets, just roll the colored paper into a tube, tape along the edge, then bend the bottom and secure with tape. Add ribbon streamers to the bottom, decorate with star stickers, and you’re done. To launch the rocket, just place it over one of the straws and blow!
The girls actually weren’t able to get their rockets to launch (they’re only 3), but they did have fun decorating them and watching daddy do the blast-offs. 😉
The rockets! (A little worse for wear after a few launches.)
Lava Lamp – The last project was to make a kid-friendly lava lamp! It included a plastic bottle, color tablet, and Alka-Seltzer tablet. (The glove was for a separate experiment on the back of the card.) You needed to provide your own vegetable or baby oil.
To make the lava lamp, you needed to fill the bottle 3/4 full of oil then add water until the bottle was full. Next, add the color tablet. Once that tablet fully dissolves, add a piece of the Alka-Seltzer tablet — this is what causes the bubbling to start and move the colored oil to the top of the bottle.
The girls loved watching the “lava” bubble up and we made the mistake of letting them shake it up. (Not a good idea!) When we opened the bottle to add another piece of Alka-Seltzer, the solution bubbled up and overflowed all over the table. Oops! Ah well, at least it wasn’t toxic. 😉
The backs of each of the project cards featured additional experiments to try using regular household items. There were 6 projects in all. We tried the “Frankenstein’s Hand” experiment, which utilized the vinyl glove in the lava lamp project photo and the girls thought it was really neat (spoiler: a chemical reaction from vinegar and baking soda causes the glove to “magically” become inflated).
We really enjoyed January’s Green Kid Crafts box! The girls had a lot of fun with the projects and even my husband was into it. 😉 It made for a nice evening of family bonding, science lessons, and mess-making. Fun stuff!
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.