Are you looking for fun, creative learning activities for a cold winter day? The folks at Science Wiz have a number of options for you, and it’s all hands-on science fun! Suck an egg into a bottle. Learn about states of matter and make candles. Capture a CO2 explosion and more!
Science Wiz kits, made by Science Wiz, were first started with a grant from the National Science Foundation, and they have continued to win awards ever since. I feel that they are very well done.
My favorite kit of theirs is Chemistry Wiz. It was my daughter’s favorite, when she was eight. And it is full of learning activities that taught her the basic concepts of chemistry!
Chemistry Wiz Kit includes the following:
- 30+ activities, with easy to follow instructions, complete with illustrations
- a 40-page experiment manual
- everything that you need to do the experiments, except for a few common household items
Chemistry Wiz is divided into four sections:
- A Matter of Matter
- Solid Solids
Each section presents central concepts of Chemistry, and include such activities as:
- Candle making
- Capture a CO2 explosion
- Growing crystals
- Dyeing a flower from the inside out
and more than 25 more.
The instructions walk the child step-by-step through each activity. In addition, the book in the kit, has clear explanations of all the simple science concepts taught.
I loved watching my young scientist learn to develop her own hypotheses, collect data, and record observations, and then draw conclusions from experiments in this kit.
Science Wiz kits are geared towards kids ages five to 10, with parent supervision. Since my daughter worked/played in these kits, the company has added some great online components as well, including:
1. the ScienceWiz Portal to Discovery to explore animations and videos, play games and test your knowledge.
2. Play Games to sample the ScienceWiz games and puzzles.
Betsy blogs at BJ’s Homeschool about high school and college and all the fun of homeschooling the early years too. As a veteran homeschooler and the mom of a college student and homeschool grad, Betsy also offers free help to homeschool families, She is the author of Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.