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Over the last year or so, Rylie has really shown an interest in learning. She excels in math (just like her parents) and is always asking us to give her math problems, which she does in her head and then returns the correct answer. She is constantly asking questions about how things work, and if there is ever an opportunity to perform an experiment, she will take it.
When I was approached to review one of the new science kits from The Young Scientists Club, I knew I couldn't pass that one up. With Rylie possessing such a thirst for knowledge lately, I knew she would have a great time with one of the new kits that feature two characters who kids love - Clifford The Big Red Dog and Mrs. Frizzle.
With choices like nature, bubbles, rainbows, or experiments by the kitchen sink, it was a tough decision trying to figure out which kit she would have the most fun with. However, when I saw that the Kitchen Science Kit included an exploding volcano experiment, I knew that was the one we needed to have. Rylie is fascinated with "hot lava" and thinks explosions are cool, so I knew there would be plenty of experiments in this kit to help my little girl learn how things work.
Clifford and his friends love exploring the world around them and with this exciting kit they are learning all about KITCHEN SCIENCE! Emily Elizabeth, the narrator in the colorful 20-page manual, guides young scientists through captivating experiments with catchy titles such as test tube explosion, making slime, crystal star, crystal art, milk glue, colored celery, waking up fungus, fungus eats bananas, fungus in a tube, sticky ice, upside down trick, crystal garden, and exploding volcano. Young Scientists will feel like real scientists when they use the included colorful lab tray, measuring cup, test tubes, and funnel to perform their experiments! Join Clifford and his friends on an adventure into the world of science! (Ages 3 and up)
I opened the kit to find several supplies for performing the experiments, and figured we would need to add some things that are generally found in the kitchen. Of course my not-so-well-stocked kitchen didn't have the things we needed for most of the experiments, so while Rylie flipped through the manual to figure out which experiment she wanted to perform first, I ran to the store for some cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar and food coloring.
While I thought Rylie would want to make a volcano explode first, she heard the word "slime" and that is where we began. Yep, my princess doesn't mind getting slimy or sticky, and she was ready to get started.
It turns out that making slime is quite simple. All you do is mix cornstarch and water together until it is almost a liquid consistency, and then you add food coloring to make it colorful.
When the mixture is squeezed, it feels solid, but then turns to ooze when released. What is really neat about the manual is that each experiment gives you an explanation so you can explain how it really works. "The slime mixture that was created is a special mixture because it has millions of tiny solid particles of the cornstarch suspended in the water and, therefore, it behaves like both a solid and a liquid."
Rylie had so much fun with her homemade slime and she didn't want to part with it, so we scooped it all out into a zip lock bag for storage. (Which, by the way, started getting moldy after a couple of days. Hey! Another experiment!) I thought that the huge mess she made would be difficult to clean up, but all I had to do was wipe the table off with a wet paper towel, and it was gone.
A few days later Rylie was ready for some more experimentation, so we set out to make an exploding volcano. Along with some supplies needed from the kit, we also had to use baking soda, vinegar, food coloring and dish soap.
I love that these experiments are simple enough that the kids can do most of the steps without assistance. First Rylie poured the vinegar into the test tube. Then she mixed baking soda, water, food coloring, and dish soap in the measuring cup, which fit right down inside of the volcano. The last step was pouring the vinegar into the measuring cup mixture, and then...
...the volcano erupted! It was so cool that Bryce even ran over to see the "hot lava" flow from Rylie's volcano. We then explained that "when baking soda and vinegar mix, carbon dioxide (a gas) is formed."
Since the kids were all excited about the volcano explosion, we decided to perform one more "explosive" experiment called "Test Tube Explosion". This was nothing more than mixing vinegar and baking soda in the test tubes, but the kids had fun pouring the baking soda in....
...and then adding vinegar to make the explosion happen.
"That was cool! Can I do it again?" Hey, I won't pass up an opportunity to let my kids have fun while they learn!
After we were done with all of the explosions, Rylie wanted to show her dad how to make slime since he wasn't home when we made it first. This time they decided to forgo the lab tray and just make it right on the table. Luckily it was easy to clean up...
We have had so much fun with this kit already, and there are several other experiments still left to do! I'm sure we'll be experimenting with Kitchen Science often.
Retailing for only $19.99, this is a great price for the hours of educational fun your kids will have! The Clifford and Magic School Bus Kits (along with many others) are available directly from The Young Scientists Club, and several other retailers.
Which of these fun kits would your little scientist love to experiment with?
~*~Clifford or The Magic School Bus Science Kit~*~
Winner's choice of Bubble Science, Rainbow Science, Kitchen Science or The Wonders of Nature.