The Science Fair
Date: April 7, 2011 | Author: admin | Tags:
By Heather Bishara
Yesterday there was a handout in my son’s backpack from his teacher announcing that the First Grade Science Fair would be held at the end of April. Suddenly I had flashbacks of my awful “which laundry detergent works best?” and “how does the ear really work?” projects that I had done for my science fairs back in the day. Suddenly I started to sweat and my stomach started to churn…. how in the world was I going to get through this science fair project with my son?
Then I remembered! Kazoo Toys had a bunch of science kits on their site the last time I visited it. Maybe I could get some inspiration from those kits and come up with a doozy of a project with my six year old. So he and I check them out. Here are our favorites:
With a name like Marshmallow Launcher this science kit practically jumped off the screen and chose my six year old instead of it happening the other way around! This kit ensures that my little scientist will be learning about aeronautics and air pressure while he’s launching his marshmallows on various rockets, gliders and paper airplanes. What a great way to introduce science concepts while having lots of fun!
This kit touches on the basics of how safe chemicals cause really cool scientific reactions. You can mix up some magic ooze, erupt a color changing volcano or play with sand that never gets wet. My first grader can’t wait to get his hands on the magic ooze… just the word ooze got him really excited about this science kit!
I’ll be honest, this one caught my little guy’s attention because it looks like there are Star Wars light sabers on the front of the box. Upon closer inspection, I found that this light kit might actually be a really neat way to explore how light works in an easy enough format for a first grader. It shows kids how to split light into rainbows, make a kaleidoscope, build a microscope and telescope, diffract light with feathers, and more.
Heather Bishara is a freelance writer and fan of Kazoo Toys.