Today I am presenting you the second review of The Young Scientists Club I was assigned earlier this summer. The plant kit is part of the Set #10 – WH-925-1110 from the Young Scientists Series.
Each set in the Young Scientists Series contain three complete science kits (3 manuals/3 supply bags). You can decide to complete the sets in order to experience the ultimate in science adventure. However, the sets can also be done individually. The Young Scientists Club recommended to start with sets 1, 2 or 3 for kids ages 5 to 8 years old and for children ages 9 to 12 it is recommended to start with set 4 and up.
Each set comes in a specially identified envelope which contains all you need.
For the plant kit, here’s what was included in the envelope. You will find some 2 beans, a magnifying glass, charcoal, peat pellets, 2 pieces of tubing, cotton, 2 paper towel wicks, wheat or rye seeds, and a seed mixture. All these will be needed for the experiments contained in the kit.
The instruction guide for parent or teacher will explain all the activities that can be done with plants. You will find a variety of experiments to do relating to plant. The first experiment will allow you to observe the baby plant inside a seed. The second experiment will show how the water travels up to the leaves of a plant by using coloration on a celery stick. This is a very common experiment that is found everywhere on the internet. The third experiment will allow the young scientist to learn and label the different parts of a plant. The fourth experiment will encourage the child to look at a flower with a magnifying glass and try to identify the different parts of it. The fifth experiment will demonstrate the difference between seeds, fruits and vegetables. The sixth experiment is all about seed germination. The seventh experiment will guide the child into growing roots from a garlic glove. Now this particular experiment did not work well for us probably because our garlic clove was not fresh…
But the experiment that my daughter particularly liked was creating a terrarium inside a jar. It also demonstrate how the water cycle works. My daughter enjoyed preparing our jar for the terrarium – putting the coal, spreading the dirt and the seeds – before closing the jar. Now the waiting period had started. We placed the jar near our backyard window so that the sun can make its magic.
It didn’t take long… within a couple of days you could see the seeds had sprouted and that the jar was transforming into a terrarium. You can see how the water cycle works inside the terrarium.
We let more days go by and the plants were thriving in their environment – making roots and growing steadily.
At the end of the instruction booklet, you will also have information about weather and how it works. All the observation sheets are also included in the document.
I find these activities to be fabulous for children who desire to learn more about plant life and see plants growing. It is a fun kit to have at hand when you desire to keep the kids busy when the weather is not fabulous outdoors. Learning some science while having fun is always great!
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Disclaimer: I received this kit for review purposes from KidStuff PR and Young Scientists Club. 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.