I’ve started using Apologia for our homeschool science program again and the science experiments are something I want to keep up with all year long.
I start out with good science experiment intentions each year. I always plan to do all of the science experiments, buy all the materials, and be ready each week with what we need.
Then reality hits, my very full schedule hits, and we end up delaying experiments or skipping them altogether. I’d take them to a science lab at a children’s museum for a 20-minute science experiment lesson so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the mess or worry about buying materials.
I know, I know, it’s not the end of the world to skip some science experiments. I did almost no science experiments in public school. Even when we skip some science experiments, my son has done many more science experiments by 5th grade than I did before I started college.
I’m not going for “acceptable” science for my kids. We really like science. We want to do it all, or at least most of it.
So, this year, I went for it and made sure that each of my kids has the Apologia notebook to go with the textbook we’re using, and I also bought a laboratory kit to go with the book. I’ll give you more information about how that’s working for each of my children in another review.
For now, I really want to focus on this science experiment lab kit that goes with the Apologia curriculum.
I was at a homeschool convention and found kids by Nature’s Workshop Plus. I bought this lab kit to go with our Apologia Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology book and workbooks. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, since I’d always skipped buying experiment kits before.
I took a video of the unboxing here to show you everything that’s inside the kit! I LOVE IT. I’ll have a review coming up to show some of the experiments we’ve done so far. I couldn’t be happier with the way that the kit is packaged up. It is SO EASY to use. I know that a lot of people have tight budgets. I think the price of this kit is very reasonable considering that a lot of small quantities are included just so you can do the experiment. If you had to buy the items yourself I think you’d have to spend just about the same amount of money, you’d just end up with leftovers.
Watch the video below and check out what’s inside the box! The box has many bags inside – everything is sorted by lesson. Lesson 1 actually contains materials for FOUR science experiments/activities. Two of the activities were quick, and two were more involved, but the materials were there for EVERYTHING.
Want to know how many experiments we did from Lesson 1? All of them. All four. We did all four science experiments in Lesson 1! Woohoo! And we did them during the two weeks that I’d scheduled for Lesson 1!
Want to know how many additional things I had to buy? None. I was even able to stretch the materials so far to make extra so each of my kids could do their own. The kits are intended for one experiment, but I’ve got three kids and sometimes the experiments are going to be something that they each want to do on their own. We made an edible cell, and I wanted to make three edible cells rather than one. The kit included enough jello mix to make three cells, but only enough candy for one cell. We were able to use candy in the house to make three cells.
The kit includes some stuff that I didn’t really need, like tape, scissors, and a ruler. It also includes awesome stuff like a real blindfold/eye mask (I think that’s for a blind taste test experiment). You have to add perishable items like fresh fruit, etc., and you need your own bowls, measuring cups, etc.