***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Since I have 2 active toddlers at home, I really enjoy offering them activities that are both fun and educational. Sure, the kids love watching TV, but I really try and limit that and give them more hands-on ways to explore the world around them. We love taking Nature Walks, experimenting in the kitchen, and doing cute little art projects. My kids love being able to actually experience things using all 5 senses, and I love seeing the look of wonder on their faces as they learn new things.
So when I got the opportunity to review the great children's science kits from The Young Scientists Club, I was very excited. There are several wonderful kits to choose from, such as Rainbow Science, Kitchen Science, and the Wonders of Nature Kit. These kits feature some of kids' favorite characters from Clifford the Dog and The Magic School Bus, so it definitely adds to the fun and keeps kids engaged while learning. After all, learning should be fun, right?!
Our Review of Clifford the Big Red Dog Bubble Science :
We chose the Clifford the Big Red Dog Bubble Science Kit to review. My kids love Clifford and Emily, and they always have a blast playing with bubbles. My dad has a bubble machine, and this drives them wild with excitement. So naturally, this kit was the ideal choice for my little ones.
The kit includes supplies for a ton of neat science experiments involving bubbles. There are a couple of bottles of bubble solution, some pipe-cleaners, straws and rubber bands, a measuring cup, a funnel, and of course, a bubble wand. This kit also includes a fun science experiment book where Clifford and Emily guide kids through the process of exploring the magical world of bubble science on their own!
Since my kids are still quite young at 2 and 3 years old, I decided to start with some of the simpler experiments in the book. First we did the Jumping Pepper experiment.
For this experiment, all you do is fill the tray with ordinary water and sprinkle some black pepper in it. As you can see, the surface of the water is pretty much covered with black pepper.
Then measure some of the bubble solution into the measuring cup and dip the tip of a straw into it. My kids wanted to drink it, and found out the hard way that this was not a very good idea!
Once the end of the straw is covered in bubble solution, just dip it into the tray and watch the pepper quickly jump to the sides, away from the straw. This was really cool, and my kids squealed with delight!
Next, we did bubble sculptures. This was simple. You fill the tray with 100ml of bubble solution, and then use the straw to slowly blow into the solution.
My 3 year old, Sophie, had a blast doing this. She blew into the straw gently, and watched her bubble sculpture form before her eyes!
She did a great job, and after only about a minute, she had quite the sculpture going! It must have contained over 100 bubbles! Isn't this neat? I love that these experiments are easy, even for very young children.
Then we played with the funnel to make super big bubbles. All you do is dip the large end into the solution and gently blow into it. We made some huge bubbles this way! Here's my Sophie doing it herself!
I tried to let Xander try it, but he just got bubble solution in his mouth. He's 2, so he didn't quite get the concept to just blow into it. Thankfully, bubble solution is non-toxic. I love the face he made, though.
Since Xander couldn't handle blowing bubbles using the funnel, I gave him the regular bubble wad instead. Sophie was more than happy to have the bright yellow funnel back.
We blew bubbles together for a couple of hours, and tried most of the experiments in the book. The kids had a blast! Sophie then stuck her hands into the bubbles and pretended to "wash" her hands in it.
This created even more bubbles, and she was very amused. Take a look at her bubbly, sudsy hands!
Overall, I loved exploring bubble science with the kiddos. These experiments were loads of fun, and kept my kids very engaged. They were very interested in seeing how many different things they could do with just a few simple items and some bubble solution. They also loved the fact that the colorful instruction book featured Clifford and Emily. This definitely added to their experience!
As a mom, I love the kit because it comes very neatly packaged and includes almost everything needed to make bubbles come alive. The only other things I needed were things that were already in my pantry. These experiments are meant for kids ages 3+, but I found that most were simple enough that even my 2 year old could participate. My 13 year old has enjoyed it, too. So really, it's great for kids of all ages and stages. Who knew that there were so many different things to do with bubbles?!
I would definitely recommend The Young Scientists Club if you're looking for ways to keep your kids entertained while helping them learn more about the world around them. These kits are fun, easy to use, and definitely can cure the rainy day blues. They'd even be wonderful supplements to homeschooling lesson plans! The Clifford the Big Red Dog line even won the Tillywig Toy & Media Brain Child Award!
How To Connect :
You can check out the awesomeness of The Young Scientists Club on their website.
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
They offer fun, weekly science experiments on their Facebook page, so definitely check it out!
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Wonders of Nature
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