Not at all! Mystery Packs just make it that much easier for teachers. Our lessons are based on common, household items that teachers typically gather. If you’d like to gather supplies on your own, we’ve made it easy to create shopping lists and to organize supplies: Use our Supply Calculator
You can find a full list of the items included in our Mystery Packs here: mysteryscience.com/docs/packs.
We hope that teachers already have classroom supplies such as scissors, staplers, and pencils, so items like those are not included. We also don’t include any items that are perishable -- mainly, fruit and vegetables. Additionally, to keep costs low, we do not include printed handouts, and we occasionally advise teachers to pull cardboard or plastic bottles from their recycling.