If you have a little girl who loves Barbie, the new Barbie Fundamental Chemistry Set from Thames and Kosmos is a great way to get them engaged in science! Barbie is capable of so SO many things, and what I’m sure you didn’t know is that Barbie is one of the top students in her chemistry class. For an extracurricular project, she and a fellow classmate put together a series of science demonstrations to present to other students at their school. Thanks to this Barbie Chemistry Set, your little one can recreate the experiments right in the comfort of their very own home.
This colorful carrying case is actually a portable science lab with all sorts of tools and materials for science experiments. As you and your little one read the story in the illustrated manual, you can experiment with six fun, safe potions and concoctions. Make a glittery pink slime. Mix up a color-changing mood putty. Erupt a volcano in a test tube. Make a lava-lamp-like fizzing reaction. Grow a delicate crystal feather. Experiment with bouncy golden putty. While your little one is having fun, they’ll also learn the chemistry and physical science behind all the special properties of these potions.
What kid doesn’t love slime right? The Pink Glitter Slime experiment is a great way to teach kids the science behind how the slime works. The slime powder contains Polymer, which kids will learn is long molecules that link like a chain. When the slime is stretched, the tangled up strands of polymer resist being pulled apart. When squished, the strands also resist being compressed too tightly, just like a handful of rubber bands.
More slime fun! Changing colors is a SUPER great way to teach kids about thermochromic objects. A thermochromic object changes color based on temperature. Because this is just a physical change, not a structural change, the process is reversible and can happen again and again. Watching the slime turn from green to blue is so much fun!
They Crystal Feather is super cool to observe, but will happen over the course of about 24 hours. Check in often and discuss the changes you observe. The liquid rises up the feather, and fter a few hours you’ll notice most of the liquid has disappeared. Fine needle-like crystals will appear at the edges of the paper and will continue to grow. Your little one will love learning about how molecules stack to build different types of crystals.
My daughter has a Lava Lamp in her room, and she thought it was super cool to be able to kind-of recreate it in a tube. The Oozing Bubbles experiment was tons of fun and a few color tablets are included so you can repeat the experiment a few times. When the fizzing tablets dissolve, they create a gas that carries the bubbles up to the top of the tube. The gas escapes, the bubbles get heavier, and sink back down to the bottom. As we all know oil and water don’t mix, so the resulting colorful bubbles are very similar to the ones you see in the Lava Lamps we’ve all grown up with.
Then there’s the Fizzy Fun experiment…and I hope you got as good of a laugh at the pictures above as me. While I expected fizzing, I honestly thought that the ‘fizz’ would be contained to the tube, thus the lack of protection on Jade and the table. We decided to use food coloring to enhance the fizzle, which left my table stained since making sure Jade was food-dye free first was my main priority and it sat on the table for a few minutes. So if you get this kit, and I do still highly recommend it, don’t do what I did. Protect the surface you’re using or do it outside on the dirt or grass. That being said, it was still a super fun experiment. When you mix the acidic and base solutions together, a chemical reaction occurs causing a gas. The gas bubbles expand quickly causing a sudden eruption which can be super fun, unless you’re not expecting it and you get a priceless picture like I did, haha!
There is also a Golden Putty experiment that we haven’t gotten to yet, but so far this kit has been amazing and will be something every little girl will want this holiday season.
***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***