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Scientific Explorer Disgusting Anatomy Heart

Scientific Explorer Disgusting Anatomy Heart

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 9 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX BRANDS
Price: $24.99

The Disgusting Anatomy Heart by Scientific Explorer is a science-themed project for children aged nine and up. It contains: one heart mold, one eyeball mold, gelatin, cornstarch, three bottles of food coloring, a paintbrush, a mixing stick, and instructions. Additional kitchen items are required: a saucepan, measuring utensils, cooking oil, and so forth, are clearly identified on the packaging.

Most kids are fascinated by things that are gross. We can attest that the gelatin model of the heart and the eyeball created with this kit definitely fit the bill. The instruction manual contains a small amount of basic information on how the heart works and how blood moves throughout the circulatory system. And, it defines important biological vocabulary such as circulation, vessels, oxygen, and so forth. To go with the free eyeball model, the instructions define visual terminology such as lens and retina and give a very brief explanation of how vision works.

More silly than serious, the completed projects are indeed disgusting and they are clearly not made to last indefinitely; however, they are basically made of gelatin and cornstarch, so the molds can be used repeatedly with new batches. Although the kit is an entertaining novelty, parents should know this as an entertaining appetizer (or Halloween activity) as opposed to a main course anatomy lesson.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 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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