Every now and then, a cool product comes along that makes me ask myself why I didn’t come up with the idea. One of those is the Edible Candy kit given to one of our kiddos for Christmas. This kit has easy, fun ingredients for kids to mix together to create gummies and other candy while watching the chemistry happen.
This kit is geared toward older kids, from age 8 and up. This is because of some of the chemicals. Citric acid shouldn’t be touched without gloves, so obviously kids should be supervised when doing any of these chemistry experiments. It’s exciting for kids to watch liquids turn to solids within just a few minutes. And the best part was the candies turn into really delicious treats. I’m glad that this was just a treat, though. Usually, I look for food that doesn’t have artificial flavors or dyes for the kids, but from time to time, we live on the wild side.
“A” received a National Geographic Earth Science Kit from Santa a few years ago. It was so hands-on, easy to do, and engaging that she did all of the activities in a matter of a few days. She created a volcano that actually erupted, mined for gems, and created a crystal that still sits on a window sill. It’s a bit faded, but still green and reminds us of the story when I dust it. If you’re kiddo loves to create and watch things happen almost instantly, this is for you. Again, I thought I would need to be present for all experiments and that was not the case. The only thing I remember having to help her with was setting up the base of the crystal. Because it’s Nat Geo, I felt relief in knowing the items were of good quality and safe for young learners. You can find one here!
That same year, “S” received a National Geographic Starter Rock Tumbler Kit. She is our rock collector, stashing them all over the house. I used to find them in the pockets of her clothes after playing outside or find them making noise in the washer or dryer. She again got right to work following the instructions. The kit came with some raw gemstones that come out completely different after being tumbled for a month. She had to change the grit after so many days, and wrote those dates on the calendar to remind herself. If you don’t mind a little background noise for a month or so, the gems come out so beautiful and there is a sense of accomplishment after waiting so long. Amazon offers them at a decent price here as well as selling the grit for later on here.
Big B received a telescope from his grandparents. This is a great starter one if you’re interested. Click here to check it out. This telescope has seen many things over the past few years: A mama bobcat and her babies, a bald eagle, and star gazing complete with meteor showers.
I found one of these at a thrift store, which might have explained why it didn’t focus 100% correctly, but having a microscope like this one here when you’re homeschooling is pretty essential. Big B’s curriculum required one. I would suggest buying one brand new to skip any headaches a used one can bring. Big B was able to look at leaf cells and bug legs, which was neat and not something we see everyday.
People don’t always realize this, but cooking is science, too! When the liquids turn into solids (cookie dough + heat of the oven = delicious chemistry), that is science. This kit has been used repeatedly by our kids, and will be passed onto cousins or friends when my children outgrow it. It’s made to be beaten (no pun intended) and rewashed a million times, so it’s worth the investment!
These are just a few fun ways in incorporate or add to a science experience during homeschooling. There are so many other things that will pop into my mind now that this is published, and I’ll add to this list when they do. Happy experimenting!