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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Space Scouts Subscription Box Review


I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Space Scouts Subscription Box Review
Thanks to an opportunity at Tomoson's, I, or more appropriately, my son got to try out another one of those subscription box services: Space Scouts. As you might infer from the name, this one has a bit of a space theme, including space exploration, space science, and astronomy. It targets the 6+ crowd and checks in at an affordable $11.95 / month with $3 shipping and discounts when purchasing multiple months.

For my trial, I was provided with the first two months of a subscription. I like seeing that second month as that is really where these services start to shine. The first month is more an introductory lesson which includes a carrying case for everything and some initial material. The followup months have your child focus more on the learning. Here Roxy and Jett guide your child on their space exploration adventure.

The initial month's package includes the following:

  • A lunch box for holding everything and for adding the smaller monthly trinkets.
  • An introductory letter
  • Wikki Stix (wax covered yarn) for making various shapes, includes a connect the dot puzzle, too
  • A ring to collect the monthly constellations, and an introductory letter
  • A sticker scramble puzzle of the planets
  • An activity sheet with a couple of puzzles
  • A solar system poster
The picture at the top includes what is in both the initial box and second monthly package/envelope. I gave my seven-year-old son both together versus seeing how he interacted with just the first on its own.


The month #2 package includes the following:

  • An exploration plan
  • A bionic claw
  • A couple of astronaut figures
  • A magnet of Roxy and Jett
  • A couple of stickers of Roxy and Jett to place on last month's poster
  • A constellation to add to the ring from last month
  • A constellation activity sheet
  • An activity sheet with a couple of puzzles
  • Another sticker scramble puzzle, this time of astronauts

I tried to find the bionic claw on Amazon to see what it retails for but couldn't find it. It is basically one of those extension arm gizmos with pinchers at the end. I like the idea behind the toy, as it is kinda like how the space shuttle extension arm worked, but we'll have to see how much he annoys the dog with the toy.

My son already has a love of science and talks about taking a rocket to Mars if not Jupiter. He already knows his planets better than I do as he even names the minor ones like Ceres. With that said, he loved the initial Space Scouts package and follow on month. The activity sheets were on the easy side for him, as were the sticker scrambles. He did sit down and do both though, even after breezing through the first month. He's added a you are here arrow to the solar system poster, which I found kinda cute. The one thing he doesn't quite grasp yet is the concept of constellations.

Overall, not a bad job for $15 / month, including shipping. I did find their pricing a bit odd, though, in that a 3 month subscription costs more than buying three one month subscriptions. The six and twelve month options are less per month, though not by much.

The company that brings you Space Scouts also offers a second subscription service called Animal Trackers for the 3+ crowd. I did not get to try that, but it is available if you ave a younger child. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

1 comments:

  1. I think my grandson would love this. He is really into this type of thing. He loves outer space people and things. Thank you for sharing

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