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Kidz Labs / Static Science

Kidz Labs / Static Science

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $14.00

Static electricity is demystified for young ones with this straightforward science kit. It contains 2 balloons, 1 bottle cap, 1 plastic wand, stickers, string, an electroscope, a spiral wire, a plastic tube, a neon bulb, and foam bits. Several activities require additional items from home, such as black pepper, an aluminum can, bowls, cups, and a large soda bottle. Our evaluators appreciated that these extra materials, none of which are difficult to obtain, are clearly indicated at the top of the experiment section.

Children had fun performing these experiments, and the included manual provides good explanations for what happens in each one. For example, it explains that your hair sticks up when you rub a balloon on it because, "Two opposite charges attract each other. When you put the balloon near your hair, the negative charge on the balloon attracts the positive charge on your hair, so your hair sticks up." Children in the suggested age range for this kit easily understood such explanations.

Kidz Lab's Static Science kit provides hours of fun, and it even let's kids do "magic" like bending a stream of water or lighting a bulb with just their own static electricity current.

Rachel Schiff   ©2013 Parents' Choice

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