Young Scientists Club Review
I home educate my three children and my favorite supplemental educational resource is The Magic School Bus. We were very excited to learn that the Young Scientists Club has released two new science kits featuring The Magic School Bus® including the Weather Lab and The Wonders of Nature kit.
My kids were eager to join Mrs. Frizzle and her students exciting adventures as we chose the Exploring the Wonders of Nature kit (SRP $19.99). This Young Scientists Club science kit is packed with virtually everything your child will need to do all of the fun experiments included in the box and best of all the science kits are tons of fun for both student and grown up’s too.
We headed out to our local nature park to do a few of the experiments listed in this kit. It includes a book that is packed with science themed information featuring characters from The Magic School Bus and it lists step by step instructions for each experiment. Their first experiment was a Scavenger Hunt as they explored a field, the woods and a pond searching for items on their list. It included a Scavenger Hunt master list so the kids can place the coordinating stickers on it for each item found. The object of this mission was to find at least 10 items on the list. They had a blast exploring and I loved watching them work together cooperatively and then discuss their results/conclusions with the team. My youngest son really enjoyed using his butterfly net to find both a butterfly and moth so they could talk about the differences and similarities observed between the two creatures before releasing back to the natural habitat.
The next day we had fun creating a Bug House out of a simple oatmeal container and the items included in the science kit. My kids have been capturing and releasing bugs every day for the past week….they love it! We have even more experiments from this kit coming up which is perfect because we are doing a unit study about insects in our science textbook currently. For example, the kids will be creating a working ant farm (with bull ants from our field), studying the life cycle of an ant, making a leaf print with native plants, exam animal tracks (we recently found black bear tracks when hiking at a local nature preserve) and conduct experiments using our chicken eggs (we have backyard hens).
The Young Scientists Club is a wonderful way to get children excited about science by using fun, hands-on experiments to teach important science lessons. For the youngest children, there are also neat kits featuring the loveable Clifford The Big Red Dog® (check out the Bubble Science and Rainbow Science Kits) and older kids are sure to enjoy all of the Magic School Bus® kits.
There are a wide variety of science kits to choose from that are attractively priced from $19.99-$39.99 per set. These science kits are a great gift idea and would be wonderful to have around the house for rainy days, school breaks and especially during the summer to keep the love for learning alive with fun projects.
You are invited to visit The Young Scientists Club to purchase any of the newest kits released this spring or to browse the entire selection of science kits for children of all ages.
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.