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Sid the Science Kid (TM) Why Do I Need a Jacket (TM) Learning Science Kit

Sid the Science Kid (TM) Why Do I Need a Jacket (TM) Learning Science Kit

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $9.99

The Sid the Science Kid: Why Do I Need a Jacket Science Kit is an excellent introduction to science and experimentation for children aged three to five. The kit features characters and concepts from the popular PBS Kids show, Sid the Science Kid.

The kit includes a 24-page instruction manual and journal, thermometer, rain gauge, color-changing UV beads, and two wrist bands. The instruction manual poses questions, explains simple, but engaging experiments, and allows children to draw their observations in their own journal- just like the characters in the show. The experiments in this particular kit revolve around weather: Why Does It Rain, What Does the Sun Do (two experiments), How Do I Know How to Dress, What Happens if I Don't Wear Sunblock, What is Wind, and a bonus experiment, Is it Hard to Be a Weatherman?

These experiments develop scientific prowess while aiding general development as well. Kids will learn to follow instructions, sequence, measure, count, write, and observe. It engages children in science in an entertaining and age-appropriate manner; my kids learned plenty and had a great time doing so.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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