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Klutz: Bio Chem Creatures

Ages: 7 - 10
Price: $19.99
Type: Arts & Crafts
By Scholastic


Create 6 custom gooey creatures in an aquatic terrarium. Pour neon gel that forms biopolymer blobs from the chemical reaction between sodium alginate and calcium chloride. 10 activities explore life cycles, adaptation, and traits that real animals use in the wild. Display your new friends in their very own specimen test tube habitat with custom stickers.

Review Highlights:

The Bio Chem Creatures kit encourages kids to develop STEM skills as they make crazy, colorful, gooey creatures from calcium chloride and sodium alginate. Complete with test tubes, pom-poms, googly eyes, specimen labels, bio ooze, and more! Along with creature-making, children can work through up to 10 activities that teach them about various animal's traits and life cycles.

Kids learn about chemical reactions, practice following directions, and get to use hands-on creativity to design their own creatures. This product is great for children who enjoy science and chemical reactions. My eight year old son spent hours working through the experiments and learning about creatures. The booklet contains brightly colored pictures, and most of the ingredients needed for the different experiments are included.

The booklet has additional facts and information about real life animals, fish, frogs, bugs and aquaprotein. Kids will have a great deal of information at their fingertips while they put their newfound skills into action creating their own unique creatures. I think kids benefit when they can create something like this for themselves, instead of just seeing it in a museum or buying something already made from the store. Using this kit, kids can make choices and decisions, build up on previous experiments and learn careful planning, reasoning, and analysis.

I loved that the directions for this product were extremely clear. The pictures in the instruction booklet made the experiments seem fun and engaging. The quality of the materials are very good. This Maker Lab kit definitely has a "gross" factor that makes it intriguing and more engaging than other similar products. Once the science part of the project is completed, kids have an opportunity to turn their science into art with the additional materials included that turn the "ooze" into creatures that can be saved for at least a short time.

Children practice experimentation, prediction, following directions, creativity, decision-making, measuring, calculation, exploration, engineering, math, science, fine motor skills, STEM skills, creative play, and more!

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