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I’m going to focus today on two fun products we received from Learning Resources to review: the Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab and a set of Cuisenaire rods.
Interlocking Plastic Cuisenaire Rods Set:
Some of the simplest tools are the best. I use these stacking cubes daily to illustrate math concepts for my elementary-school children. There are 10 of each color, so they coordinate perfectly with the base 10 system. Use the cubes to count, add, subtract and divide.
Visual learners can understand math concepts in a concrete way. For example, here’s the number 6 expressed as three different sums:
Retail Value: $12.99, ages 5 and up
Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab:
We all know children love to play with slime, but it’s even more satisfying to make it yourself. Samuel and Benjamin (9 and 11) had a bowl full of it within 10 minutes using the easy step-by-step instructions in the booklet. Ingredients are all readily available from your pantry. With food dye, you can make multiple batches in different colors.
The 20-page, full color instruction booklet contains interesting science facts sprinkled throughout like “Slime is made of polymers or tiny chains of repeating molecules. You can find different kinds of polymers in everything from plastic to rubber to paper.”
Children can also make clay and compare the properties of both compounds. The addition of a Slime Extruder and mold offer more tactile activities with clay and slime.
Ben and Sam’s favorite part of the Alien Experiment Lab? Reactor Pods! These round colored balls hold a mystery alien figure inside; children can use the beaker, sieve and grabbing tool to watch a weird little creature emerge from fizzing water. The tiny little aliens are fun to collect, and we’ve already purchased more Reactor Pods for the boys to “hatch.” The Alien Experiment Lab booklet also teaches children to make their own reactor pods from pantry items.
And how about combing aliens and slime together? This kit has so much entertainment value!
Retail value: $19.99, ages 5 to 10
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