Review: Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods [AD]

Following in the footsteps of last week’s review of the Weekend Box Club STEM boxes, we have another fun little science related product for you today, which we were invited to review – the new Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods from Learning Resources.

Disclosure: We were sent four Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods free of charge, in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are our own.

The Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods are a fun combination of science + collectibles. Each set comes with a pod, an identification card, and a mini poster with science facts. There are 35 different Beaker Creatures to collect, though it’s a surprise which one you’ll get.

Step 1: Extract! First you need to extract your Beaker Creature. Simply drop the pod in a bowl of water and watch it fizz away to reveal the collectible inside, which comes inside a small capsule. The boys had fun pretending they were scientists brewing up a bubbling experiment. The first one we did felt like it took ages, so we used warm water for the others and that worked a lot quicker.

Step 2: Identify! Use the enclosed identification card to study your Beaker Creature. What does it look like? How many eyes or feet or tentacles does it have? What colour is it? This was a great exercise for using observation skills. My only criticism is that the cards are very small, they could have been a little bit bigger, as kids aren’t really known for having small, neat handwriting. My 8yr old filled his cards in all by himself. 4 yr old needed a little help, as he can’t read yet, but once I read the words out to him he did all the identifying and counting by himself.

Step 3: Explore! The enclosed mini posters have some facts and a mini quiz on them, so you can find out a bit more about some real creatures that live in the same environments as your Beaker Creatures. There are five different environments, so five different posters to collect.

My boys both had lots of fun with the Beaker Creatures Rector Pods. They are recommended for ages 5+ but my youngest, who is only 4, generally wants to do whatever his brother does and with a little assistance managed just fine. Just be sure to closely supervise your children if they are younger than the recommended age. Also it says on the box that the colours may stain, so we put down a table cover that we use for painting and crafts underneath, and they are NOT suitable for use in the bath!

The Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods are available via the Learning Resources website. At only a couple pounds each, these pods won’t break the bank and are a perfect pocket money toy or if you are looking for an alternative to chocolate overload would also make great small gifts for Easter – they even look a bit like Easter eggs!


I am delighted to be able to offer my readers a chance to win a pair of Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods! One winner will receive two pods, colours selected at random. You can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below. UK entries only. The giveaway runs for one week, and ends at midnight on Wednesday 24th April.

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    The prize is 2 Beaker Creature Reactor Pods from Learning Resources.
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33 Comments on Review: Beaker Creatures Reactor Pods [AD]

  1. Treasure Every Moment
    16 April 2019 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

    Oh wow what a fun idea! My daughter loves bath bombs, so this is almost like an educational spin on those :)

    • Jenni
      16 April 2019 at 2:26 pm (2 years ago)

      My boys had loads of fun watching the pods fizz away, though as noted in the review they are not recommended for use in the bath.

  2. Fran Back With A Bump
    16 April 2019 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    These look lots of fun and perfect making for the school holidays too. It looks like thy were a hit in your house!

  3. Tracey Kifford
    16 April 2019 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    What a good idea – a toy within a bath bomb! Love the purple colour too!

    • Jenni
      16 April 2019 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      It definitely was a lot of fun, though as noted in the review they are not recommended for use in the bath.

  4. Sabina Green
    16 April 2019 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    They look like great fun and really interesting for the children too. I love the colours that the pods produce.

  5. sonia cave
    16 April 2019 at 6:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooooo I like these….the children would love the fact they are collectibles, small, and cute, and I love the added benefit of tapping into the science and facts behind them :-)

  6. Claire
    17 April 2019 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

    We’ve had some of these before my kids loved them too. Perfect as a none chocolate Easter gift too

  7. Vita
    17 April 2019 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

    These look amazing! I’m a teacher and can imagine my class absolutely loving them.

  8. Marie
    17 April 2019 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

    I love the look of these, creative fun you can do from home. The purple colour looks awesome!

  9. Clare
    17 April 2019 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    My kids would love these! I agree though, the cards could definitely do with being bigger for little ones.

  10. Cath - Passports and Adventures
    17 April 2019 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the sound of these. My son is starting to become interested in collectibles but most so far seem to come in slime which he hates. So these would make a great alternative for him!

  11. Solange
    18 April 2019 at 2:37 am (2 years ago)

    Great idea. My kids would love this.

  12. Karen Radford
    19 April 2019 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

    My son would love these!

  13. Peter Watson
    20 April 2019 at 4:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m sure my grandaughter would have a lot of fun with this.

  14. Amanda Gregory
    20 April 2019 at 5:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway. I could see myself and my great-niece having loads of fun with this if I won.

  15. iain maciver
    20 April 2019 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

    great fun for the kids amazing giveaway

  16. Sean Eccles
    20 April 2019 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    My son would love this fingers crossed

  17. Anthea Holloway
    21 April 2019 at 6:47 am (2 years ago)

    What a lovely idea! I know that my granddaughter would love these!

  18. Claire woods
    21 April 2019 at 9:19 am (2 years ago)

    My son would love this.

  19. Chris Andrews
    21 April 2019 at 5:30 pm (2 years ago)

    what a treat these would be for my grandsons if l were the lucky winner

  20. sarah kirby
    21 April 2019 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    These look amazing. What s great idea

  21. Christopher Read
    21 April 2019 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    These look great fun but also educational too. Thanks for running this comp :)

  22. Sara M
    22 April 2019 at 3:14 am (2 years ago)

    They look like so much fun, my boys would love them!

  23. Janine Atkin
    22 April 2019 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    My nephew would love this!

  24. Erica Hughes
    22 April 2019 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks like a really fun toy – my son would love it

  25. Chanise Kemp
    22 April 2019 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

    My niece and nephew would love this! Seems like it would be good fun.

  26. Donna Caldwell
    22 April 2019 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter would love these she’s such a little scientist she loves knowing how everything works

  27. Glenda Robinson
    23 April 2019 at 12:11 am (2 years ago)


  28. Lynn Neal
    23 April 2019 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    These look so much fun my grandchildren wont realise they are learning at the same time!

  29. Sheri Darby
    23 April 2019 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter would just love these

  30. Tom York
    23 April 2019 at 6:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Never seen these before, but my grandkids probably have.

  31. Kim Neville
    23 April 2019 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    My son would enjoy doing this with his friends


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