Create a Rube Goldberg-style Lego Sequence with Klutz’s Chain Reaction!

 


Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Legos are a long-standing favorite here among the Scientist Approved team. Being able to build a lego Batmobile or Star Wars Death Star makes Lego transcen81rw4Bh+NAL._SL1500_d ages. Of course, some of those sets are pretty expensive, and the truly best part about Legos is the ability to make your own creations with the parts available to you, where your imagination is the limit. If you ever feel you or your kids hitting a wall with your Lego building, check out this Chain Reactions kit from Klutz. Taking inspiration from the creative, yet complex, creations of Rube Goldberg, expand your imagination with some clever engineering to generate machine sequences of your own with Legos! String together some of the ‘reactions’ in this kit to create sequences that will wow your friends and family.  This kit comes with instructions for several examples, paper ramps, string, lego pieces, and anything else you’ll need to create creations to spur the imagination. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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At-Home Experiments: Fun kits to try

When my girls were younger, one of my favorite boredom killers/fun activities to do was conduct fun experiments. I wasn’t necessarily teaching the heavy duty science but, they did learn some cool concepts by doing these experiments with me. One of my favorite kits has to be the Be Amazing Lab-in-a-Bag Test Tube Wonders! It was relatively cheap and came with 15 possible experiments. The bag does say it is for ages 8 and up but from experience I can say it works best for kids between 5 – 8 years of age. After 8, these simple experiments aren’t going to be as fascinating.

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Be Amazing Lab-in-a-Bag Test Tube Wonders

This kit comes with polyacrylamide beads that turn into awesome crystals. The girls really enjoyed waking up the next day and seeing their tiny beads turn into huge crystals.

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Drying their crystals!

You can also make fake snow, a lava test tube, and play with the magic sand that stays dry no in water. My favorite thing about this set is that several, not all, of the experiments, can be saved to use again at a later time. The girls would bring out the kit anytime they had playdates. I highly recommend this set! You can buy it on Amazon.

They also have a kit that contains more activities. If my girls were still between 5-8, I would definitely try this out.

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Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science +70 Activities

Another cool kit to try is the Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science kit. It is in between the two I mentioned above in that, you get 20 experiments similar to the ones you would find in Lab in a bag , the first kit I mentioned.

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Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science

Find more fun activities for you kids here

Toys that Teach – Ages 24 Months and Under


VTech Click and Count Remote is a nifty device to keep the lil one entertained by giving them lights to look at, buttons to press, and sounds to listen to. However, how will this most likely be used? As a chew toy. That’s what babies typically do with these flashy things. There is a “Limited Edition” of this chew toy,I mean learning device, available. It plays over 45 songs and given that it is shaped like a tv remote, which admittingly irked me when I first saw it, there are 9 channels to “surf” through. Why did this irk me? I originally felt like it was encouraging kids to learn how to use the tv but, toddlers naturally want to play with adult toys, i.e. remote control, cell phone, or wine glass…

LeapFrog Scout’s Learning Lights Remote is a similar product and essentially performs the same functions and serves the same purpose but THIS one come with 65 songs! As a mom of former toddlers, I can guarantee that doesn’t really matter since kids tend to fixate on 1 or 2 songs and play those on repeat for HOURS.

What if you have a kid who seems to think your cell phone is the most interesting thing in the world, second only to their feet?

VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone is similar to the two products above but allows kids to imitate mom and/or dad using their “super cool talk box with people inside” (this is what my daughter used to call it). It’s touch screen. One problem I eventually had with my tiny scientists is, they figured out this phone was a ruse! I tried to trick them by changing it up and purchasing the Fisher-Price Elmo’s World Talking Cell Phone which resembles a flip phone and they loved it! Something about flipping open a phone delighted them. However, this was also when Elmo’s World was super popular. So if you want a play phone that is a bit more realistic, go for the VTech Call and Chat Learning Phone. Kids can add up to 5 family members into their phonebook to “pretend” call. There are also 10 realistic apps which might just trick the smartest of little einsteins into using their own phone and learn numbers and letter.

Who doesn’t love magnets! I was fascinated with them as a kid! What would have blown my mind more than Magnetic Building Blocks?!?813Ui7OnPuL._SL1500_

Not only does this toy teach kids about magnetic forces, it encourages their creativity, a trait that is vital in the STEM field. There is a misconception that science doesn’t require creativity but, that is WRONG. The great thing about these is that toddlers, kids, and adults will want to build crazy contraptions with these.

Find more options for your toddler here