Setting Up We were sent the Learning Resources Primary Science Set to review. It’s a 12 piece set of lab equipment that is made from plastic and designed for little hands. There are a series of activity cards too that detail the experiments. You will also need some other bits and pieces: food colouring, baking powder, vinegar, seeds, raisin, celery, lemon juice, fizzy drink, coins and insects. We had most of these around the house.
In Play H was so excited by this set as he is very keen on science and nature. He loved the fact that the equipment is the same as adult equipment, but just a bit chunkier and safer. As suggested by the set, we spent some time talking about the names of the equipment (don’t worry it tells you what they are called).
We then did the coloured water experiment. We only had 2 food colours and I think it would have worked better with the third colour as suggested in the pack. This is a useful exercise in mixing colours, but I recommend covering up (or stripping off) to do this one as it could get messy.
We’ve done an experiment most days since we got the pack. There’s the dull coin one where you leave one coin in lemon juice and the other in water and compare the result. Most spectacular is the red volcano one.
What stopped play? The tweezers were too big to fit inside the test tubes which caused a minor problem, but it was easy to get round. You may not have all the extra ingredients in the house so it would be worth checking what you need and stocking up so that play isn’t interrupted. Some of the experiments take a few days to prepare e.g. the one to look at seeds, although most take very little time. It would have been useful to have more specific instructions on the volcano experiment: it says add 2 spoonfuls of baking powder, but it doesn’t say what size. There is only one set of goggles which might be a problem if you have more than one child, but you could use diy goggles if you have them as a second pair.
Overall This is a great learning toy and I think it would be good for home educators too. H has been very keen on it and you can do the experiments multiple times so it isn’t just a one hit wonder.
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