Make learning fun with these cool home science experiments
By Aimee Heckel
Now that we’re old and stuff, we see school so differently.
That book your daughter keeps complaining about reading for her English class would be your own greatest escape, if only you had an excuse to have to read it. We pay money to play the same intramural sports that we loathed in P.E. class. And those science projects that seemed so torturous as kids — what could be more fun?
With school back in full swing, parents have an excuse to indulge in some of those activities again, this time without the pressure to get a good grade. Home experiments and science projects are a fun way to spend time with your kids, while helping them learn something new. And who knows? Maybe your new love of learning will set a good example for them, too. Or maybe it’ll just make them hate science more. At least until they’re 25.
Here are some great home science kits to pick up this school year.
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Get seriously chemical. The CHEM C3000 Advanced Chemistry Experiment Kit has it all. Tons of chemicals and tools. More than 333 different experiments. A large manual. Even advanced concepts to prepare your kid for high-school chemistry. The full kit is $249.99, with an optional two- or three-year service plan that goes above and beyond the manufacturer warranty.
Start smaller. Looking for something a little simpler (and cheaper)? Pick up the Science Experiment Kit, a kid’s first chemistry set, which guides you how to safely explore the basics of chemistry by conducting experiments with common household products, $49.99. Learn how to even make your own test tube racks out of plaster — and the chemical reaction that holds them all together.
Go green. Help your kids set up a Hydroponics Lab, $21.99, and watch plants grow fromt he roots up. These simple, mess-free growing tubes are great for kids as young as kindergarten.
Learn about wind power. The Wind Power 2.0 Science Experiment Kit, $45.99, is a fun way for your kids to understand wind power first hand. Build generators, charge a rechargeable battery and use it to run battery-powered toy vehicles — a small-scale lesson on the potential future of the automobile industry.
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