The Young Scientists Club: Forces
*This post is written in partnership with The Young Scientists Club. I received free product to facilitate my post. Opinions are 100% my own.
With homeschool back in full swing at our house, I am always looking for things to keep the kids fully engaged in learning. Most days, I try to incorporate a few more hands-on type activities into our curriculum. However, there are always seem to be days that end up “paper-pencil” heavy. To break up the monotonous days, I love having pre-packaged (yet incredibly well thought-out and intentionally planned!) products like The Young Scientists Club! The Young Scientsts Club is a real boredom buster and a sure-fire way to get kids interested in learning!
If you haven’t caught one of my previous reviews (we’ve been having fun with these incredible kits for several months now)- you may be wondering just what The Young Scientists Club is. When you enroll in the club, each month, your child will receive a kit containing a handful of experiments all centered around a scientific topic. The kits are specifically designed with kids ages 5-12 in mind, and are super-affordable at just $11.99 with a $4.95 shipping fee. Best part? The kits come with nearly all the supplies you’ll need to complete the experiments – and you don’t have to plan a thing! Everything is clearly explained and ready to go.
We’ve been reviewing these kits for several months now, and have had so much fun exploring the WIDE range of topics The Young Scientists Club covers. We’ve learned about Owls and the food chain, Scientific Measurements, and Bacteria and Fungi. I’ve loved how the kits appeal to ALL of my children – from my 6 year old all the way to my 12 year old.
This month’s kit was Forces – and really served as a great introduction to physics. (We’ll be covering physics in the second half of our homeschool year, so I like that these experiments may come back to their minds later on!)
This kit was jam-packed with experiments – 11!!! This allowed us to supplement our curriculum over several days. The kit had a good mix of simple experiments – such as dropping a coin to demonstrate gravity to creating a balloon rocket to demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion!
My middle schooler really enjoyed doing this experiment!
Another favorite in this month’s kit centered around the ideas of gravity and friction. My 7 year old created a ramp, and raced the two included cars (he LOVED that!). The first time he raced the cars on the plain cardboard surface.
The second time, we placed a strip of sandpaper on one side. He discovered that the car raced on the sandpaper was slowed down due to friction. I love that young kids are being introduced to more advanced topics – and in a fun and non-threatening way.
These kits are setting my kids up for future success in science. The kids are learning while having fun!
Want to start experiencing at-home science fun with YOUR kids? Please check out The Young Scientists Club website for more information.