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The Magic School Bus - The Secrets of Space

The Magic School Bus - The Secrets of Space

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Price: $19.99
The Magic School Bus - The Secrets of Space is a science kit inspired by the Magic School bus books and television series. It focuses on observing and understanding the solar system. The kit includes a star map and constellation cards, a chart of the planets, a night-vision flashlight (a tiny standard flashlight with red cellophane, but it's adequate), supplies to make a simple telescope, and supplies to make models of the planets in orbit and the moon orbiting the earth. One could wish that some of the materials were higher quality but the price is so reasonable that this seems like a petty complaint. The set also includes an instruction booklet written in the same mix of cartoon and prose that is found in many of the Magic School Bus books.

Every experiment is carefully constructed to use the scientific method and the easy-to-follow instruction booklet includes an area for recording a hypothesis, results, and conclusions. The hands-on models appeal to those with a more artistic bent but still offer scientific insights.

Emily Crawford   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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