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Clifford Magic Science

Clifford Magic Science

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Price: $19.99
Review:

Clifford, Mac, T-bone, and Cleo are ready for some scientific fun in Clifford the Big Red Dog's Magic Science Kit by the Young Scientists Club. Children can conduct fourteen experiments: build a kaleidoscope, funny mirrors, magic comb, floating egg, magic crystals, jumping pepper, underwater rainbow, magic explosion, reverse reflections, multiple reflections, tornado in a bottle, ice cube magic tricks, paper making magic, and magic rainbow glasses. And, the kit includes most required materials: a lab tray that includes a test tube holder and bowl, rainbow glasses, bottle connector, comb, measuring cup, screen, test tube, zip lock bag, glitter, two sponges, three rubber bands, one sheet of colored paper, string, three materials, and a manual. The manual, which features Clifford and his friends, is written in age-appropriate language and the concepts are clearly and simply explained. Parents will need to supply several easy-to-find household ingredients and items (e.g., salt, pepper, empty water bottles, etc.).

The experiments themselves are simple and easy-to-conduct for even the youngest scientists. Children can learn about light composition using rainbow glasses, learn about reflections by creating a kaleidoscope, practice recycling by creating their own paper and more. It even features the age-old baking soda and vinegar explosion that children have been using for science fair volcanoes for decades - a big hit with our group. Enthusiastic thumbs up for this magical introduction to the scientific method and basic scientific concepts.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2015 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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