What do Gravity, Inertia, and Friction Have in Common? 

They’re all keywords in last month’s Steve Spangler Science Stem Lab Box (Spangler Science Club delivers amazing hands-on science to your door every month. Join Today!). As a homeschooling mom to four, I’m always looking for things I can do with all my kids while incorporating fun and learning. This subscription box is it. It kept everyone entertained from the 9 year old, who enjoyed reading the instructions to the 3 year old who liked flinging the beads. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.

I hate science. I always have. I love animals, nature, museums, and learning. But, science is boring- out of a textbook anyway. I’d rather sit down with the kids and read the encyclopedia than to force us both through another boring workbook (and we have done that before- and it was a win). But, I find experiments difficult to do regularly. If it involves gathering supplies, planning lessons, and preparing explainations. I just don’t have time. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try a science based subscription box. It comes with all the materials needed for the experiments along with easy to follow directions and teaching points. I found myself easily expounding on Newton’s laws of motion with the help of Steve’s instructions and keywords.


What I liked. The step by step instructions and highlighted terms with definitions (for the motion box this included topics like friction, kinetic energy, inertia, and potential energy). I also liked that the box came with everything necessary for four complete experiments on one topic. No gathering supplies or looking up words in the dictionary. Two thumbs up from me!


What the Kids Liked. The hands on parts. They loved that they could touch, see, and hear while learning. The concepts really came to life in front of us and they wanted to do the experiments again and again. We usually don’t do school work on Sundays but I made an exception because they had been dying to try it out. Not one person complained about doing school on the weekend and even mommy and daddy got to join in the fun and dust up on some science at the same time.

What Could Have Been Better. If we had ordered two for this month. Seriously, we had so much fun doing everything and I really can’t think of a way to improve them. The box came with plenty of supplies to do all the experiments. They were fun and engaging. They were easy to teach. The kids had a good time and learned something at the same time. Best of all, I didn’t feel like teaching was a chore and I got a refresher on my own science.

So, do I still hate science? Not when I have Steve Spangler by my side. Can’t wait to do it again next month (and you can too:  The Spangler Science Club delivers amazing hands-on science to your door every month. Join Today!)

Steve Spangler Stem Box: c/o Steve Spangler Science



14 thoughts on “What do Gravity, Inertia, and Friction Have in Common? ”

  • I am new here. Love your blog. Funny that the post you commented on my site was my first minimalist post. Just looking at your site… it is so beautiful and clean! Great pics too. 🙂 Will be back for more!

    • Awww thank you!! We take most of our pictures out of the house- the house that’s filled with drawers of squinkies and shelves of chapter books long forgotten. I’m always trying to minimalize my life but with 6 people- there just seems to be so much stuff- always!

  • What a great idea! Wish I had done this when the girls were in school! I have to think about if I have anyone still homeschooling and tell them about it. Thank you for sharing it with us! I’m excited! LOL!

    • It’s so much fun! Didn’t even feel like learning but I just kept repeating all the key words over and over. The best part was that these experiments are ones we can do over and over so, I’m saving the whole kit to bring out again later in the year to review!

    • Yes! That’s how I feel. So much more fun being hands on. I’m loving this kit so much because it involves no prep work from me at all. Just open and do. I had a subscription that required me to do a lot more and it just wasn’t for me. This is amazing.

  • Science experiments at home are so much fun. We did a mad scientist theme for my son’s birthday one year, and included a variety of experiments. Everything was nice and safe, if a bit messy at times, especially the Diet Coke and Mentos part.

  • This looks like such a fun activity. I would love to do something like this with my son. My husband has been wanting to build a robot with us, but they are so darn expensive. He did however make a mini robot, which was pretty cool. It had a remote to move it and everything. Thanks for sharing ! 🙂 – Laila

  • I can see why these boxes are so great for home schooling families but I know plenty of children who would love to do these experiments at home after school! Science can be great fun!

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