Earlier this month life was disrupted by Hurricane Irma threatening to come over and destroy our area. After a stressful week of preparation and evacuation, we dodged a bullet as the storm shifted and we avoided catastrophic damage. We are blessed that our home only suffered a broken fence and lots of fallen limbs, other people in our area weren’t so lucky.
It has been stressful, I have cried a lot, I don’t remember the last time that I had a good night’s sleep but at least I feel like I am doing SOMETHING to help.
There are so many cool experiment kits in the market that it’s easy to get carried away buying them all. They are great for the parent that doesn’t mind spending a bit more to get everything they’ll need in a neat little package. Alternatively, you can invest in a homeschool science lab kit for a lot of money but I don’t have that type of budget. For a while I would grab kits on clearance at Barnes and Noble or during Amazon lightning deals but the quality of many is plain horrible and you are limited on the experiments that can be done with them.
I had been drooling over the Magic School Bus Science kits for over 2 years but kept telling myself that I would just be paying a premium for licensing and pretty graphics so I decided to make my own kit.
Most of our experiment ideas come from blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, etc so I paid attention to the most common items in them and made a list. A lot of these items can be found at the dollar store.
Still due to the length of the list the cost does add up so I created our kit over a period of time, I started it back in 2015 and got some generous contributions from a friend and I still occasionally find something new to add.
I am 99% complete, still trying to find a cheap microscope that isn’t total junk but we have enough to do most experiments that we come across. I have a couple of items not on the list but the items below will suffice for many elementary level science experiments.
What else is in your kit?