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My daughter had recently saved up quite a decent chunk of her pocket money and decided she wanted to go splash the cash. She only gets a few pounds a week, topped up by the occasional tooth fairy visit or bits of change given by relatives, so she had done quite well to save £30. She insisted she wanted to go to Toys R Us but we didn't have time to make the trip and I told her she would be able to get more for her money if we shopped online. This was a novel experience for her and I was happy she was getting the best value out of her money. I wasn't particularly overjoyed by the choices she made of what she wanted to buy, but hey ho that's part and parcel of being a mum I guess!
At first when I asked her what she would look to start looking for I was quite impressed when she said something science related as she is really enjoying the few basic science lessons they are starting with at school (she is in class 2). When we started searching however, I realised she was opting for the silly science sets (nothing wrong with that at all, the more fun she has the better), but the one she settled upon seemed (maybe wrongly I guess) more aimed at boys, with promises of making snot, edible skin and seeing how farts brew! Yep, she chose the Gross Science kit by John Adams!
Perhaps I was more surprised by the choices that my daughter made than anything. She is more of a princess and dressing up little girl than a farts and snot girl (haha how silly does that sound!) but I guess curiosity intrigued her and made her opt for this particular set.
The set has plenty of activities, 12 in all of completely gross science. It is centred on the human body so gets children thinking about biology in a new way, or perhaps even for the first time. The activities are pretty gross and I must admit that I did wimp out and offer daddy's service while mummy baked cupcakes or something completely mumsy and very girly (while I secretly watched from a distance!).
* how farts brew and see a burp in action (a particularly popular one it would seem)
* what a poo is made from and how one is formed
* make loads of snot and watch it flow uphill
* why scabs and boils form and make your own
* how to make a life-size bouncy eyeball and wobbly brain
* how to make edible skin
The set is definitely hands on and very sticky and gooey, which she absolutely loved. She loved crafting and I guess this was just a different way of her using her imagination. My 4 year wanted absolutely nothing to do with the set however, and left it completely to daddy and my eldest (aged 6).
Without wanting to sound stereotypical, boys will absolutely love this set. My daughter recently was telling our nephews about this who are around 10 and they were so excited about it they asked us to buy one for Christmas for them! It is definitely entertaining for children over quite a wide age range, I would say probably around 6 to maybe 11, and the fact that it is interactive means parents can get involved too.
Unlike some kits, there are things included in the box such as safety goggles, the essential (!) fart putty powder, fake maggots, a model of a stomach, vomit glue, poo moulds (can't believe I just typed that!), brain, finger and eye ball moulds, snot powder and a few items that you may already have such as cotton buds and sponges. There are things that you will need to purchase or may already have in the home such as petroleum jelly, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder etc.
I wouldn't be too happy letting my child carry out these activities without adult supervision, but at the same time, the activities are straight forward enough that they can be child led rather than them just watching an adult do it. The instructions are clear and the extra educational information is informative and interesting for children.
RRP £14.99 (Amazon selling for £13.30 with free delivery).