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Little Labs: Stars & Planets

Little Labs: Stars & Planets

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 5 - 7 yrs.
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $16.95

The Little Labs Stars and Planets Science Kit by Thames and Kosmos packs a big punch despite its pint-sized package. The kit includes materials and a 20-page instruction manual for ten space-themed experiments as well as "Try It" sections for follow-up activities. Experiments and projects include, but are not limited to, testing to see which planets can support plant life, creating moon craters and constructing a model solar system. The kit even includes a Knowledge Wheel so that children can test what they have learned through their experiments.

Each experiment is prefaced by a simple, easy-to-understand question. Directions are entirely visual with little to no reading required. The subsequent summary and answers are written in equally clear language. In general, this kit is an adequate, age-appropriate introduction not only to stars and planets, but to the scientific method as well.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2011 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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