Food Experiments with Clifford and The Young Scientists Club – #giveaway & review
How many times have we heard about the importance of math and science in education? And what’s more exciting to kids than practicing experiments with cool results? Feeding an educational adventure that lasts a lifetime is the goal of The Young Scientists Club, who provide toys that are learning tools and lots of fun!
Many parents are aware of STEM schools – they highlight science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, the town we live in has a STEM high school, and kids have to be focused on one of those paths to attend. In the current global economy, it only makes sense to start emphasizing these topics to even the youngest learners.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Young Scientists Club does just that. Their educational science kits are known for being the most fun, and this year, they have added math and engineering themed kits. We opted to review the Clifford Food Science Kit, designed for ages 3 and up, and our favorite big red dog did not disappoint!
Do oranges float? Does pasta dance? Clifford and his best pal, Emily Elizabeth, guided us through a book of 14 different experiments, and it was a fun way to introduce our girls officially to science experiments. Because exploding a marshmallow is fan-freaking-tastic when you’re 3!
We started off easy, with the “layered test tube” experiment, allowing Annie to take the lead, with Leelou offering support. Annie is the perfect age for this Clifford kit, as she is extremely curious about how things work, but not ready for a textbook lecture. Leelou – at age 2 – was not quite ready for the learning portion, but she was definitely ready for the fun, and she had a blast.
The layered test tube is about density, separation and how fluids work together. How that translates for a preschooler is using vegetable oil, syrup, food coloring and vinegar. Although we poured out the portions, Annie mixed it all up in the test tube, with repeated comments of, “I can do it!” or “I did it!” Very empowering.
We also did the “color chromatography” experiment, as we watched what happened when food color met water on special chromatography paper. It was like creating our own personal tie-dye without all the mess. This was really the girls’ favorite, because they love to do art, and this was like creating their own painting.
We also created “rock candy,” one of many experiments that allow kids to create neat food treats from items you have in your house. This, naturally, was a huge hit, because our girls love candy. From the moment they got to roll the rock candy stick in the sugar, they were hooked. And since the candy had to harden for several hours, they loved to run in the kitchen and check its progress.
The guide that is provided in the kit is very easy to read, with very explicit instructions. It details what you will need for each experiment, and the kit itself comes with plastic bags, a measuring cup, funnel, test tubes, tissue paper, measuring spoon, pipette, rock candy sticks and more.
One note: there are times when an adult is needed for an experiment, and the manual will tell you. For example, the rock candy one required boiling water and adding sugar, and it specifically labels the step as “Adult Job.”
I had never heard of The Young Scientists Club before this, but I’m so glad I have. Making science fun is important to me, just like learning should be. In addition to Clifford Food Science ($19.99), there’s Clifford Animal Science ($19.99), The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab ($39.99), and The Magic School Bus Math Explosion ($29.99).
If you visit The Young Scientists club website, you will find the entire line of science, math and engineering games and kits, along with fun videos of Ms. Frizzle and Clifford the Big Red Dog exploring current science kits.
The Young Scientists Club was created by Esther Novis, a mother of five and a Harvard-trained biologist, as a summer science camp for her son. Friends told her they wanted to duplicate it, and a science subscription service was born. Today, there are monthly subscription kits as well as retail kits sold in stores.
For all our Home on Deranged readers, we are offering a giveaway of one Clifford Food Science kit to a lucky family! Enter the Giveaway Tools entry below and start on a lifetime of learning fun!
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