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Weather Lab

Weather Lab

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Price: $39.99

Ms. Frizzle and her Magic School Bus are back for an adventure in weather. The now iconic bus-shaped kit includes a variety of experimental components, twenty-eight illustrated activity cards, a weather station, weather chart, stickers, and a data notebook for recording observations and results. There are a wide variety of activities and projects including making a thermometer, creating a cloud and a tornado in a bottle, and making a wind vane; there are also explanations of experiments and discussions of scientific concepts such as evaporation and condensation. The kit is a simple and fun-filled way to introduce young children to basic scientific concepts of observation and recording data, as well as those specific to the study of weather.

While our younger testers needed (and enjoyed) adult guidance, those eight and up were pleased to be the principal investigators and report their findings to anyone who would listen.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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