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Wild Science: Weird Slime Laboratory
Wild Science Weird Slime Laboratory
Member Name: cath_del
Wild Science Weird Slime Laboratory
Advantages: Fun experiments, outcome of them is good, more than expected in a set for that price
Disadvantages: Only used once with the "ingredients" they give you
Stuck on a present to get my sister, I had to resort to hunting down her Wish List while she was sleeping and taking an idea from that in the hopes that there'd be something I could afford! Luckily, in that list she had put in Weird Science: Weird Slime Laboratory, I wasn't sure if it would be good or bad, but after being really stuck for ideas, I didn't have much choice to buy it.
The set is around £13 in Argos and I have also seen it in Toys R Us for this price. I would say it is worth it, as a lot of time can be spent making them and the things included are of good quality and not shabby objects that will break. It's recommended for years 10 and over, but I don't see why as it is quite easy to understand, and I'm sure with adult supervision, younger children would happily use it.
The set comes with quite a lot of equipment for children to play with, and I was quite suprised at this, as I wouldn't have thought that much would come in a box of it's size. There are beakers and containers of various sizes included for different experiments, red and green food dye to colour the things that you make (adding a bit of normal food colouring also seemed to work to make the slime brighter!), slime powder to actually do some of the experiments, a measuring beaker and pipettes. They are all quite sturdy and well made, as so far there has not been any breakages, leaking or things like that.
It also comes with gloves and goggles to stop any chemicals included going into the skin or eyes, and these are both good quality. In fact, my sister has used the goggles for dressing up uses after "finishing" with the set. I found the instruction booklets included in the set really easy to understand, as my sister was able to do all of the experiments with very little help from me or my mum. It also gave safety tips, which must have worked seeing as no accidents happened while she was making things, aside from the mess that had to be cleared up!
I was suprised at the amount of experiments included to, as I always thought these sets to be bad for that kind of thing where it'd be one good experiment and the rest fail. Yet with all 8 experiments that my sister did, they all seemed to work fine. However, my sisters friend also had this set and apparently most of her experiments fail, so it might just be luck that they all worked for us.
The types of experiments included within this set are
-Fake Fish Eggs
-Green Jelly Worms
-Fragrant Rat Gizzards In Green Pee Soup
-Blood and Clots
-Bouncy Doo Doos
As the title of the project does say, most of these are made out of slime. A recent attempt to make slime by my sister before ended in a very goopy mess where it did not stick together at all, however after having this set, her attempt actually worked. The things she made did stay together for a while and were of a quality that was pretty close to the shop bought slime around stores.
Cleaning up the set itself was pretty easy and didn't take that long. All it really consisted of was cleaning out the various beakers, and the things she had made with the set weren't that difficult to clean off surfaces or out the equipment.
The one problem that I did have with the set though was that it could only be used once, so after my sister had done all the experiments, she didn't really know what to do with it. However, since she received it, she has had to do various science experiments for school and has used some of the equipment included to do so.
Overall, this was a good product for the money I paid, as I didn't expect it to have as much as it did. My sister really enjoyed it, and I'm sure most children will, seeing as it basically is making a mess for fun. It's easy to clean, cheap for something with so much and just may come in handy for science projects.
Summary: Overall a good gift that will have children entertained for a while
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