Amanda was provided the Magic School Bus Weather Kit from the Young Scientist Club at no cost to facilitate this post. Amazon links are affiliate links.
The Young Scientists Club was founded in 1999 to engage boys and girls around the world in an educational Science Experiment that lasts a lifetime. All of the products are created by a Harvard team of graduates, scientists, educators and parents with one purpose in mind; to combine fun and fascination with quality and learning in every product.
The Young Scientists Club now has kits featuring some of kid’s favorite TV shows, like The Magic School Bus or everyone’s favorite oversized dog, Clifford! With these kits your young scientists will have the chance to learn and discover everything from weather to bubbles.
I was recently given the opportunity to try out one of these new kits, and I chose to go with The Magic School Bus Weather Lab. This kit is for ages 5 and up. My big guy just turned 5 in March so I thought this would be a great fit for him. He also has recently started commenting a lot on the weather, saying things like mom its windy today or looks like it might rain! so, why not dig in a little deeper with him on the topic of weather!
When my kit arrived my big guy couldn’t wait to dig in and get to experimenting. So, one evening my husband took the younger two kiddos and my big guy and I had some “mommy & me” time.
Next, we built our lab, this is the device that you and your child can set outside each day to collect that day’s weather data. Is it raining? If so how many inches of rain did you get? Is it windy? How hot/cold is it outside? The lab was very easy for my big guy to put together with just a little assistance.
Then we started experimenting! My goal was to go in order through the cards in the kit, but there are some items you need at home to complete the experiments which we didn’t have at the time. For example, there is one experiment that you need food coloring (which we don’t have), and one where you need a 1/2 liter bottle (which I didn’t have either). So they are all easily obtainable items, just some things you might not have on hand at all times.
We were excited to complete the “Make it Rain” experiment. You simply need the sponge that comes in the kit and some water. The directions say to hold it over the sink, but we just grabbed a large measuring bowl. When I explained to my big guy that the sponge was acting like the air, and once it got full of water it would start to rain, he was super excited to get started!! What he didn’t realize is how much water it would take to fill the sponge, after just a few seconds he said, can I just dump this water on it? I made him practice patience and I slowly put the water on while he held the sponge. When it let out its first drip he was so excited!
This is just one of the many fun experiments that come with this kit. My son and I are so excited to continue with this kit throughout the spring and summer. I also hope to get my hands on a few more of the new kits to keep us busy all summer long! You can purchase any of the kits right from the Young Scientists website. You can also find it at Amazon with free Prime shipping!
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This post was written by Amanda, a frequent contributor to the Thrifty Nifty Mommy blog.