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Space Exploration

Space Exploration

Fall 2008 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $34.95
Review:
Space Exploration, an excellent science experiment kit that covers the gamut of space topics, includes most materials necessary to complete 22 activities and experiments on propulsion, the arrangement of the planets, phases of the moon, centrifugal force, parabolic mirrors and constellations. Young astronomers can make a telescope, a moon phase flipbook, a sundial, and a star map. Clearly written, the 33-page experiment manual is full of color photographs and illustrations to accompany and supplement each activity. Many activities in the book can be completed in about half an hour; others take much longer.

The easily performed experiments are well-designed complements to the age appropriate, extraordinary topic presentations. Making the telescope was great fun as was creating and using the star map. In a landslide decision, our group voted the Alka Seltzer powered rocket "awesome." Children who complete these activities will have a good, basic foundation that will support more in-depth academic pursuits.

Don and Ellie Homce   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce, parents of two sons, are science professionals. Don’s interest in "all things mechanical" and Ellie’s in art, geology and chemistry make them skillful Cub Scout leaders.

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