With the kids out of school for summer I knew I wanted to provide engaging activities that would keep them entertained with some educational value. Science is always a pretty interesting subject most kids find amusing and mine are no exception. I decided to opt for a science kit that would be fun; however, my kids’ ages range from 3 up to 10 so I knew finding something for all of them would pose a challenge.
Fortunately for me, my oldest and middle child both had birthdays recently so when asked for gift ideas we suggested science kits. One thing that’s great about these kits is the broad area that science covers. If your child is into bugs and critters, chemical reactions, or prefers building things and engineering, you can bet your bottom dollar there is a kit designed and tailored just for them.
We had the perfect opportunity to provide a kid-tested mom-approved science kit review on our favorite kits. The biggest qualities I took into account for choosing our favorite were user-friendly factor (how easy the directions were to follow and tools were to use), the quality of the tools and materials, and how well the experiments worked.
My First Mind Blowing Science Kit (Scientific Explorer)
This is a 20-piece kit that features activities based on the field of chemical reactions. My kids love the hands-on open ended experiments they can perform with this kit with the science tools included. It comes with the chemical components for performing various activities in the guide including red cabbage powder, citric acid, baking soda, color changing tablets, vegetable oil, corn starch and polyacrylate copolymer.
It also comes with 2 cotton swabs, 3 plastic cups, 3 test tubes with a holder, 2 stirring sticks, 2 measuring spoons, and a plastic dropper. Additional materials and supplies are needed for some of the experiments. These are common household items like bowls, masking tape, plastic wrap, a red and a blue ink pen, and a few other things for specific activities that are easy to come by.
There is an instruction guide that features up to 11 different science experiments that can be performed using the supplies. Many of the activities require the same materials so you’re given a really great amount in each of the packets to perform multiple experiments over and over again.
What I liked most from this kit is the amount of different experiments they can do with it. Honestly, many of these can probably be done entirely with household products, but the instructions also provide valuable info about reactions taking place for kids to learn the science behind it.
I’ve seen other kits around the same price with similar chemical components which featured less than half the number of experiments using the materials and contained less of the materials so you probably wouldn’t get as much use. This kit provides a really good value for the number of uses you’ll get from it.
All of the materials used in this kit are safe to use, with supervision of course. My 2 older kids had no problems doing the experiments following the directions. It is recommended for children aged 6 and up with adult supervision, but can be accommodating for younger preschoolers with some help from an adult. For instance, the dancing powders experiment is a really simple activity that my 3 year old can do with a little help from me – you add an acid with a base (equal amounts of citric acid with baking soda) into a cup of water and they create a chemical reaction that bubbles. This is basically the same concept as mixing vinegar and baking soda, but still fun to do.
I think the only complaint I could say is it would be nice if the packets were resealable like zip-close baggies. I use the small ‘snack bags’ that seal to transfer the rest of the packets we had opened to save them for the next use. This is such a minor issue but I don’t really have anything negative to say about this kit aside from that.
If you’re looking for something fun and educational for your kids I would recommend this science kit. It’s also a great gift idea if you have someone with a birthday coming up between the ages of 4-8.