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Core Science

Core Science

Spring 2009 Toys
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $109.95
Covering an impressive 45 topics, the Core Science kit is not a toy; it's more of a laboratory in a box. Jammed pack with scientific experiments suitable for children 10 and up, the experiments such as creating a magnet and copper-coating a nail are not only entertaining, but they teach solid scientific principles that all young students should be learning. The instructions were easy to follow and required very little adult intervention to clarify the steps of the experiment. With 135 experiments available, our testers had some difficulty deciding which to tackle first. Throughout the 96 page illustrated experiment manual and the 48 page workbook, lessons are well designed and conveyed in a very effective manner. And each topic has three experiments of increasing levels of difficulty.

During our month-ling testing period, we repeatedly heard "How Does That Work?" Once an experiment was successfully completed, we were treated to a dissertation on how things can be created and how science has developed. The accomplishments brought out the best in our curious young testers. Highly recommended.

Jeff Fogg   ©2009 Parents' Choice

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