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Balloon Adventure

Balloon Adventure

Fall 2004 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $22.95
The kit contains most things needed to conduct about 25 experiments and activities with balloons that demonstrate scientific phenomena. Concepts covered include propulsion, static electricity, volume measurements, and air and water pressure. Well organized, colorful, and interesting, the experiment procedures are user friendly; a good explanation of what is observed follows each exercise.

Our testers, scouts working to earn their Scientists badge, were especially intrigued with the balloon racecar experiments that demonstrated propulsion. The enclosed decals allowed for racecar customization - and made for some serious competitive racing.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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