Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Only Thing Missing Was A Lab Coat!

Last week we were blessed with an Extreme Secret Formula Lab from SmartLab and boy is it cool! It comes with a lab book (with secret formulas, of course), test tubes, a blank sticker sheet, and glow in the dark powder. Our kit arrived on a day that I was sick, I was actually in the dr's office and my oldest calls me on my cell, "it's here, it's here!!!" she yells. I think I managed to hold the kids off for a whole day, because I was not feeling well. I can't really blame them, the kit did look like lots of fun.

It was hard to decide which experiment to do first, I think there are about 20 to choose from. Since Daddy was at work when we made our volcanoes they all decided to do the glowing volcano. We used baking soda, vinegar and the glow in the dark powder.


 Simple but very cool! Each child got to add or stir something and then watch it erupt! Not sure who enjoyed it more Daddy or the kids.




The next lab that we did was Dark Roast fossils, I did this one with them a few days later. You mix coffee, old coffee grounds flour to make a coffee smelling mixture that hardens. Before it hardens you make "fossils." This was my favorite. We pulled out the dinosaurs and bugs and made impressions in the "rock." Humpty D. and I really liked making dino tracks. We also laid small dinosaurs on their side for a full body fossil. I think the kids all really had fun with this. The girls really liked using the bugs and their Littlest Pet Shop pets.



        




I love doing this kind of stuff, instead of always just reading. I love to read but I think these hands on activities really leave an impression (no pun intended) on the kids. I think we are going to be doing the Glowing Crystal Art and the Scratch and Sniff Glow stickers real soon.

3 comments:

lauren said...

Thank you for the post. I work really hard on all the projects I develop, but to see a family actually playing with and doing them really makes it worth it.

In Him,
Lauren

Product developer for Smartlab

Brandi said...

Thanks for the post! We really did have a great time. These kits are AWESOME! We have the squishy body too! These kits are great for homeschoolers. Keep up the great work!

Rona's Home Page said...

I remember assisting our son with his science projects.

One of our fond memories was his bottle rocket. That one he did all by himself.

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