The Young Scientists Club has been encrouaging kids to explore science for many year now, when we had an opportunity to try out the Clifford the Big Red Dog: Magic Kit we couldn’t wait to start exploring and creating science magic.
The kit comes with almost everything you need to create a fun filled time with your children. Out box came with two sponges, a measuring cup, paper, beaker tube, rainbow glasses, 3 mirrors, glitter, a bottle adapter, a screen, and a book- plus the box it all came in doubles as a bowl for experiments and a beaker holder. The book gives you several experiments to do with the items provided. Each experiment tells you what you will need from the box as well as what you will need from home, with the “house” beside the items needed from home. It then gives you step by step instructions on how to do the magic followed by the scientific explanation of what happened.
I had a few problems getting some of the experiments to work, so I asked my husband to help me with them. Some that I couldn’t get to work he was able to get to work, a lot with help from the internet giving more details on how to do the experiment. For example there was on that required an egg, a glass of warm water and salt. Supposedly the egg will float if you add salt to the warm water with the egg in it. After some failed attempts my hubby went online and found how much salt to use, how long it can take before the egg will float and even a suggestion to use a room temperature egg. Once we got the egg to float our girls got so excited.
I do want to talk about the fun ones we did, our favorites from the book. The first thing my middle child (age 5) couldn’t wait to try was the rainbow glasses. Her favorite color is rainbow and she LOVED that she could see the rainbow everywhere. There is no extra things that has to be done with this experiment, which is fun for my kids, because they can use them anytime without our help.
We loved working with the mirrors, there were several experiments that use the mirrors. My daughter’s favorite were the “face flip” where you bend the mirror a certain way and she can see herself upside down and bend it another way and her face looks all long. She was laughing us a storm with this. The book also showed what it was to have a mirror image, you place the mirror on a half image on the page and it makes a whole image.
Our ultimate favorite magic trick was used with vinegar and baking soda. I didn’t tell her what was going to happen when she added the vinegar to the beaker with baking soda in it, I wanted to see her reaction. I was glad I had the tape rolling because her face was priceless. We then did this over and over again, having so much fun. Then we talked about what was happening and why. This is one we do often and laugh every time.
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Magic Kit is very fun to do with your kids. I learned that even if something fails try it again and you may just get different results. I would recommend this kit to kids ages 4- 10. Both my girls who are 5 & 9 loved working with this kit and get excited to see what happens.
In Canada, the kits are sold at Amazon Canada, Scholar’s Choice, or the company ships to Canadian residents.