Learning through play is one of the best ways to educate children and the Plasma Reactor Kit combines both science and fun in a box. The Mini Mes loved it as it enabled them to be creative and watch chemical reactions take place all while finding out some interesting facts about how the things around us really work. I may have even learnt a thing or two myself in the process!
Included in the box:
- Rocket base stand, base feet, nose and beaker
- LED Light
- Coloured fizzing tablets
- Measuring cups
- Stirring rod
The booklet includes information on setting the equipment up and a detailed guide on how to complete 5 experiments; alien plasma strings, bubbling light rocket, colour-changing light rocket, and our two favourites which are the colourful jellyfish bubbles and colourful bubble rocket. It also tells children all about the different states of matter in a way that they will understand which is really useful.
Minxy in particular has always loved my giant lava lamp in the lounge so this was perfect for her as she could make her own miniature version!
By combining water and oil together within the rocket then adding the fizzing tablets we were able to see colourful bubbles rise to the surface. The tablets are different colours so the Mini Mes took it turns to add their favourites to see the reactions.
Next we tried the colourful jellyfish bubbles, again by just using a mixture of water and oil, but with a little food colouring added too this time. The Mini Mes read the step by step instructions and followed along with ease. They used the pipette to collect and squirt the coloured water into the rocket carefully then watched as the fluid balls dispersed - they looked quite like jellyfish!
For just £13 the Plasma Reactor is a great little buy for the budding scientist. It is aimed at children aged 8+ but I feel if supervised children a lot younger could have a go with this too. The rocket is quick to clean up and although we didn't have any spillages it is probably best to pop down some newspaper or have some tissue to hand.
It was a little smaller than we expected from the image on the box but it is good quality and something a little different to bring out on a rainy day for entertainment.
You can pick up yours from the Science Museum shop.
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The giveaway ends on 13th February 2015 at 11.59pm GMT.
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