We have been huge fans of subscription boxes for years now. I have been on the lookout recently for the best stem subscription boxes when I came across OysterKit.
OysterKit has created two stem subscription boxes for kids aged 3-9+ called the Professions box. Hands-on projects that introduce kids to different career paths.
The Professions box is broken further into 2 age brackets. The first one is for younger kids aged 3-5, and the second box is for children 5-9. In fact, I would go as far to say that they are my favorite subscription box for kids in this age bracket.
When I first saw the box was called professions I was a little confused, I was clearly having a slow day! As actually it is pretty self-explanatory, it is a box of different professions for younger children to learn about.
The two stem subscription boxes I am sharing with you today are the paleontologist box for kids aged 3-5 and the Ecologist box for kids aged 5-9.
There is a 50% discount code for your 1st month too, scroll to the bottom to grab it.
**Disclosure: I was compensated for my time to write this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other homeschool families will enjoy. There may be affiliate links in this post.**
OysterKit Stem Subscription Box
OysterKit has created two absolutely amazing stem subscription boxes for kids aged between 3 and 9.
The first one we have reviewed is for kids aged 3-5 and we received the paleontologist box.
The box for kids aged 5-9 was the ecologist guide.
OysterKit Professions 3+
I can honestly say (and we have done a lot over the years) that this professions box is the BEST subscription box for kids aged 3-5. I could tell at first glance that it was going to be good due to the box being completely full. But when we started playing with it and working through the book it was even better than I thought it would be.
In this paleontologist stem subscription box were 4 main activities, but these turned into so much more.
The very first activity was to make a dinosaur head. The quality of the felt was really strong, not flimsy at all, and wow it was so impressive. So much so that even when my husband got home he started playing with it (he is a big kid what can I say!!)
The next activity was to take all of the bones out of the 5 dinosaurs and see if you could put them back together. We got so carried away with the shapes we went on to trace around the dinosaurs and then colored them in.
The fossil necklace was the next activity. There was enough plasticine to make 6 prints with the 4 fossil-shaped stamps. If you have impatient kids I recommend putting the plasticine in the fridge, as it will harden quicker that way!
The final activity was to build four more dinosaurs, a bush, and a tree and play a game. The aim of the game is to recreate the arrangement on the card. There are 10 cards ranging from easy to much harder. But we played with these for what felt like ages.
But why stop there, grab a dinosaur book and learn even more about all of the dinosaurs.
As you go through the booklet though there is even more fun to be had, including:
- color the picture
- tracing around the word paleontologist
- find all the dinosaurs
- draw a dinosaur
- cross out the odd one out
- help the dinosaurs untangle themselves and even more coloring
Check out the stem subscription boxes for younger children here.
If you have older children check out the Professions box for kids aged 5-9 which we have reviewed below.
OysterKit Professions 5-9+
I thought the first box for younger kids was amazing, but this stem subscription box for kids aged 5-9+ was possibly even better.
The age guide on this is 5-9. So I was expecting my very bright 12-year-old to get this completed in about 30 minutes. But I was wrong.
Personally, I think they have underestimated the age, as it took my son at least 2 hours to get it completed (obviously with no help) and he thoroughly enjoyed it (and was learning along the way.) For younger children, I think 3-4 hours is about right.
There are again 4 main activities:
- Build an eco treehouse
- Sort the garbage
- Filter pollution from water
- Measure the PH of a liquid
As he loves to build and do puzzles creating the eco treehouse was so much fun. The lights actually turned on, when you blew on it.
As can be seen above there is a garbage can for recycling so you need to sort the disks into the correct can.
After this the next experiments that follow are:
Separating oil from water with the filter paper and sponge, then you have a go at separating the flour from water. I recommend not adding too much flour to the water! We added loads and it took forever to separate, but it did eventually,
The final experiment is measuring the PH of different liquids. There are loads of papers so we measured as many liquids as we could think of! We measured some really dangerous liquids as we did it together in a very controlled environment (and outside), however, I do not recommend you try all of the ones we did (such as bleach and muriatic acid) as I regretted it as soon as I took the lids of them!
I didn’t show Freddie the PH table as I wanted him to guess before we checked them. But I did tell him the PH of water so he had something to guess against.
After we recorded the results we compared the differences. Do you know how many times I have told him soda is bad?! I mean obviously, we don’t have it in the house (apart from this experiment), but occasionally when we go out for dinner I will let him have soda, do you think he wants it now?? Haha, I love science! He was so shocked, we then had to find youtube videos to prove that this wasn’t a very elaborate trick!
Check out the Professions box for kids aged 5-9 here. If you are worried about the age range, don’t be, I will order this again for my 12-year-old.
If you have older kids check out OysterKit’s craft and code subscription box which is aimed at kids 8-12.
OysterKit Price & Discount
The price of the stem subscription boxes from OysterKit is excellent, especially for the quality of the products. OysterKit unlike a lot of other subscription boxes will genuinely keep the kids busy for hours.
- Monthly $39.95/month
- 6 Months $36.65/month
- 12 Months $34.95/month
There is, unfortunately, no sibling discount. But if you subscribe for longer as you can see above the monthly price is reduced.
We LOVED OysterKit and am sure you will too. Check it out for yourself and there is 50% off the first month with code OYSTER50.
Earth Day Activities
The ecologist box for kids aged 5-9+ would make a perfect treat for Earth Day (April 22nd). In these stem subscription boxes, you will learn all about pollution, solar energy, recycling, and more.
If you are wanting to study Earth Day these are the free printables we have included on Homeschool of One:
- Earth Day coloring pages
- Earth Day scavenger hunt
- Coloring bookmarks for Earth Day
- Earth Day word search
- Earth Day writing prompts
- Over 30 Earth Day crafts
Last Updated on 1 June 2023 by homeschoolof1