The world is a fascinating place, with so much yet to discover and learn about it. I’ve always been relatively scientifically minded and have always had a desire to learn about how things work. Naturally it comes as no surprise that my children have exactly the same curious nature. I personally think the best way to help children explore new ideas is through play, so I set out to find a children’s starter lab kit that would help the boys delve into the world of science in a fun way. I love sharing our golden finds and so here is our Learning Resources Primary Lab Set review!
What does the Learning Resources Primary Lab Set come with?
- One large test tube with lid
- Two small test tubes with lids
- Two test tube stands
- Lab style googles
- One Flask
- One Funnel
- One Beaker
- 10 fully illustrated activity cards
Learning Resources Primary Lab Set
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am passionate about gender neutral marketing within the children’s toy industry. STEM based industries are notoriously dominated by men and I firmly believe that this is in part down to girls and young women not being exposed to STEM subjects from a young age, which ultimately hinders their future opportunities.
The Learning Resources Primary Lab Set has very gender neutral packaging, making it appealing to both boys and girls. Having a gender neutral approach to the product allows children to investigate without feeling it belongs to either gender and therefore works towards encouraging children (regardless of gender) to explore basic scientific processes.
The set comes with 10 fully illustrated activity cards that are easy to follow. Neither of the boys are able to read yet, but I read through each activity and made sure we had the right materials before we began. We then worked through the instructions step by step, with the boys following the instructions as I read them out.
The Volcano Experiment
We started with the volcano experiment. It is an easy experiment to set up and I added a few drops of red food colouring to the solution to make it a little more visual for the boys. They both had so much fun mixing the ingredients togethers and using the various tubes, beakers and the pipette for the experiment.
Colour mixing Experiment
Our next experiment was colour mixing. The colour mixing experiment is a great activity for children of varying ages. As Bear is older, we talked a lot about what colours made what when mixed together and we predicted what we thought they would make by looking into a colour mixing book we had hidden on the bookshelf. As Monkey is older I focused more on helping him to get to grips with how the pipette works, which is a great activity for motor skills.
We finished our time as scientists throwing ourselves into the natural world and set off on a bug hunt in the garden. As my dad was staying, the boys enlisted his help by asking him to help guide them to where bugs would be lurking. We’ve had a bit of lily beetle infestation this year and as they are bright red, they took no time in finding them among our lilies. They then dug about under the plant pots and the water feature looking for woodlice.
Once the boys (and Grandad) had found a couple of bugs for the test tubes, Bear used his magnifying glass to get a better look at them. We counted how many sections each bug had on their body and how many legs they had, then we started talking about the differences between the two bugs.
What we thought of the Learning Resources Primary Lab Set:
We’ve had so much fun with the Learning Resources Primary Lab Set and the boys have loved getting involved in science experiments. It’s been so interesting watching the boys exploring and learning about different reactions and I hope it has inspired a passion for science in both of them.
The Learning Resources Primary Lab Set retails at £28.00 and is for ages 3+.
We are giving away one Learning Resources Primary Lab Set to one of our readers. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter link below! Good Luck!
Terms and conditions
– This competition will open on 25/08/2018 at 12:00 pm
– This competition will close on 02/09/2018 at 11:59 pm
– All entries must be made via Rafflecopter
– UK entrants only
– Entrants must be 18+
– One winner will be selected at random
– All entries will be checked and verified
– The winner will receive one Learning Resources Primary Lab Set
– The Prize will be sent directly from Learning Resources
– No cash alternative offered
– The Winner will be announced on social media outlets, not the blog
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email
– All decisions made by Our Fairytale Adventure in regards to this competition are final
Note: I purchased the Learning Resources Primary Lab Set with my own money, however Learning Resources have offered to provide one Learning Resources Primary Lab Set for the purposes of this giveaway.