Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
My children and I are huge fans of the award-winning educational television series the Magic School Bus. In our homeschool we love to include lots of fun learning experiments and our favorites are always The Young Scientists Club, especially the Magic School Bus themed kits.
Since we are studying the weather in our homeschool science class this semester, we were very excited to incorporate the Magic School Bus Weather Lab ($39.99) into our curriculum. After winning the Platinum Oppenheim award, this exceptional science kit was featured on The Today Show with weatherman Al Roker.
After watching this segment my three young scientists were ready to create their own weather lab packed with exciting and educational experiments and activities.
The Magic School Bus Weather Lab is a treasure trove for aspiring meteorologists. The neat school bus themed packaging immediately got my children’s attention and they couldn’t wait to discover what was inside the kit. It features a bus-shaped weather station with a thermometer, rain gauge, wind meter, wind vane and compass. We enjoyed being able to track the weather daily on the weather chart which also includes stickers to note the clouds, sun, wind etc. for each day. The data notebook allows children to track their results and there are lots of additional science components and 28 colorful, durable experiment cards included in this weather lab too.
Other than just a few things we easily found around the house, this weather lab includes virtually everything we needed to conduct the experiments. Popular with my five and six year old children, they were fascinated by Experiment #17 which involved making a wind vane and then testing it out as they learned all about how the wind works. My eight year old son loved Experiment #21, “Tornado in a Bottle!” and “Disappearing Water”. Other fun experiments include: The Greenhouse Effect, It’s a Rainbow, Using the Sun to Read Time and Making a Compass. In fact, there are so many interesting projects and experiments that it will take us months of learning and fun to get through all the activities in the Magic School Bus Weather Lab!
Recommended for ages 5 and up, I did provide guidance and supervision during the set up and experiments but this is a very self-guiding activity with helpful instructions and illustrations and my children enjoyed leading the project themselves asking my input only as needed.
You are invited to visit The Young Scientists Club to browse the entire selection of award-winning science kits for children. I highly recommend the Magic School Bus Weather Lab….it would make a great addition to your home or classroom and it makes a wonderful gift idea too. Check out The Young Scientists Club on Facebook too for free home experiments!
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