Fun activities to do at home with kids of all ages
I reviewed with my family the new BIG BANG BOXES by Dorset-based business Big Bang Science. In this blog, I talk about why these boxes are completely different from any other I’ve tried before and why I think you’d love them too.
I have two children and they couldn’t be any more different from each other. My little boy is a spirited child. If you aren’t familiar with the term you can find lots of information online. But if I had to describe him in a simple way, I would say he is highly energetic, always moving and fidgeting, always learning, always ‘on’. He’s absolutely fantastic and charming but also exhausting at times. On the other hand, my little girl is quieter but hugely creative. She sees beauty in everything. She’s always busy making up songs in her head; drawing, sticking and crafting.
These two personalities are an absolute treat for us as parents but also very challenging. They also happen to be very close in age, which makes it hard to find things to do with them that will satisfy both their interests and personalities. For this reason, I’m always looking for games and activities to do with them in and out of our house, in an attempt to delay screen time at least until 5 pm each day – otherwise known as wine o’clock in our house. Just kidding. Sometimes we have gin.
My husband will probably be quick to confirm I’ve spent far too much money over the years on natural toys, educational toys, Montessori inspired toys, you name it. So when I first heard about the Big Bang Boxes I was a bit sceptical. Would these be different enough from the various other science boxes I had bought in the past? The ones filled with useless plastic tat that left me with a messy home and bored kids? But I’ve been lucky to work with Big Bang Science before and I’ve always loved everything they do. In fact, my son’s love for science can be entirely attributed to their fun holiday clubs. Big Bang Science also gave us lots of useful ideas during the lockdown with their awesome Science Experiments to Do at Home. So I decided to try one of their boxes at home.
And I’m so pleased I did. The activities are beautiful and engaging but also relevant to kids’ daily life, which helps them understand what they are doing; why they are doing it; and how the science behind the experiment works. Quite a step up from low-value science activities you get in generic boxes, like mixing water coloured with food dye in flimsy plastic tubes.
You’ll feel the quality of the contents straight out of the box. Nothing feels cheap.
Fun activities to do at home
Here’s what you’ll get:
A gorgeous magazine with the instructions for every hands-on experiment; plus extra learning tips and fun activities to continue your learning.
QR codes that take you to videos of the activities online. A fab idea for parents like us who are basically science illiterate.
The kit you’ll need for each experiment. You might need to add a few common household items like an empty plastic bottle or colouring pens but nothing complicated.
We actually kept the magazine in our kids’ library because they still love looking through it.
It was really great to see our kids working together on the experiments and sharing lots of fun. My son loved making his own micro composter. He now understands what happens inside our compost bin at home. We even gave names to our warms. My daughter’s favourite experiment was making her own bee wax food wraps. Who knew it was so easy.
Conclusion. Would I buy it again? Absolutely. In fact, I will make sure we have one for Christmas while the kids are off school or in the event of – God forbid – another lockdown. They also make very unique and special Christmas gifts if you have any nieces or nephews or godchildren to buy for in the UK.
Cost. You can subscribe for only £24.95. But you can add extra siblings to your box, or buy a month only. Check all details here.
Where. UK Delivery.
Disclaimer: Big Bang Science kindly gave us a box free of charge so we could review it but everything written in here reflects 100% my honest opinion. You can be sure I will never publish a review of a product I didn’t love. That’s my promise to you.