Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Solar System Kit

Studying the Solar System this year with your kids?   Here’s a product for you.   The Solar System Kit with solar battery included is just want you might be looking for to mix learning with fun.

2010_11_26_11_11_08_0005About the product

Young astronomers will delight in this newest mini solar kit – as they build, paint and watch their very own Solar System come to life with real solar energy.   Planets orbit around the solar-paneled “sun” that drives a motor so the planets actually move.  This excellent educational solar kit provides a hands-on lesson about how solar power drives a motor.   The kid comes with 6 colors of opaque acrylic paint, plus brush – which makes for the perfect exercise in science and creativity.

My Thoughts

I am quite excited about this Solar System kit.    I am planning to give this project to my 9 years old sometime in the Spring when the sun will be more present.  

What a great way to learn how the planets orbit around the sun and to discover how solar panels work.    Solar panels are more and more presents these days.   Some people would install them on the roof of their house to save energy in the long run.   I even saw a school near our place who had some.

This kit will require patience and creativity.   The student will have to build 2010_11_26_11_11_24_0006his/her own solar system by painting the plastic pieces and putting them together.  Clear instructions are included in this kit as well as some information about the planets in the Solar System.   I’m a bit disappointed that Pluto has been left out but since the decision of removing it from the Solar System has been made, many companies have adjusted their products accordingly.    Personally, I am not convinced.  

In a way, this kit combines lessons on astronomy as well as electricity since it includes the installation of a solar panel on the Sun to make it go run and run.  At the same time, concrete hands-on will demonstrate how mixing colors can created something out of the ordinary.   Even an art lesson is included in disguise in this kit!

I find this kit to be interesting for the afternoon time.    After a morning of learning about math, grammar, language arts and so on, a kid can have fun while creating his version of the Solar System.   

This Solar System kit can be found anywhere where you can get Science kits for learning.   

Disclaimer: Thanks to Unicorn Toys for sending me the featured product for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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