We recently had the pleasure of reviewing the GeoSafari Jr. Jungle Crew Lab Set by Educational Insights. It’s no secret we LOVE science experiments in our house and I try to do as much STEM education at home as possible. We typically do a lot of experimenting with household objects using bowls, spoons and old medicine droppers as our materials. Having ‘real’ science tools was such a nice treat for my littles!
I’m going to briefly discuss 5 of the 10 experiments in the booklet (included in the set) as we complete a week of science! Before I dive in, let me just say that you will not be disappointed with this set. The different tools are nicely constructed with sturdy plastic and very cute animal detail. I thought it was clever how the lager test tube is a lion, and the smaller test tube is it’s cub. Those kinds of details are the little things that make parents happy and spark conversation. I also found that the suggested age of 3+ was very appropriate. My 4 year old was able to use all of the tools with great ease, and my 2 year old could use all of the tools with minimal help. The other thing that I loved was that you don’t need to be scouring Pinterest to find some fun activities to do with your kids. The included booklet offers a variety of experiments with a range of difficulty and messiness! Overall, we loved the entire set and don’t have many criticisms except for that the ‘tweezers/tongs’ were a bit difficult to use because they don’t open up very wide. In addition, the baking soda that we used often clogged the funnel but it worked great with liquid. So, let’s get to it!
3. Slime Time
We have mixed cornstarch and water together before to make sidewalk paint, slime etc. By having the test tube instruments to measure and mix the ingredients made it like a brand new (and fun) experiment for my kids!
4. Color Soak
Talk about simple setup and a contained mess combined with lots of learning! I set up 5 different materials; toilet paper, paper towel, cardboard, aluminum foil and wax paper.
We spent some time feeling each material and making predictions about which materials would absorb the liquid. Filling both test tubes with water, mixing food coloring, and then using the dropper kept my kids very entertained.
5. Drop and Dot Art
Another simple experiment, we filled both test tubes with colored water and then used the dropper to paint pictures on a paper towel. It was very interesting to see how the water would spread along the paper towel, combining with all of the other colors. We came up with some beautiful artwork! I LOVE combining art and science!