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Kidz Labs/Bubble Science

Kidz Labs/Bubble Science

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $13.00
Review:

I admit it: I'm a bubble fanatic. Even though I live where the dry air makes bubble blowing tricky at best, I'll take any chance to blow bubbles with my kids. This kit helps that along quite nicely. The compact kit comes with a small amount of bubble solution, and recipes for making larger batches. It offers some simple tools: string, bubble blower, plastic frames, as well as easy to follow instructions for making bubbles and doing different kinds of bubble experiments. It prompts fun questioning about bubbles, and provides instructions on playing with different types - from blowing them (large and small), creating bubble art, and preserving a bubble in a jar. The instructions are adequate for kids ages 8 and up, and are easily interpreted by parents working with younger kids in bubble experimentation.

When my friend used the cube frame to make a 'square' bubble, she not only elicited a "Brilliant, Mom!" from her son, but all three kids at the table enthusiastically joined in, wanting to do the same thing. The guide encourages questions and conversations about bubbles, and provides several different experiments to perform. This is a good solitary activity: it was frustrating for kids to crowd around, taking turns with just one kit: parents with two or more kids may want to prep ahead of time and make sure they have extra solution and some of the other recommended materials for all the kids (such as paper, tape, scissors). Certainly, much of the information and activities suggested in the kit could be found online, but for $13, it was delightful to find everything organized in one place. This would make a lovely gift.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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4M Industrial Development Limited
http://www.4M-IND.com
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007XWHN62/parentschoice-20

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