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The Young Scientists Club Go Green Save the Earth! mini-kit uses simple hands-on experiments to teach children ages 5 and up about pollution and ways people and nature can recycle resources.
About Go Green Save the Earth! mini-kit
Like a tiny life science class in a box, the Go Green Save the Earth! mini-kit provides kids with the materials they need to learn how people test the Earth for pollution and recycle resources.
As children read the included Manual, they will find out about such subjects as how and why pollution changes water and other liquids, how scientists can test for water pollution, why it is important to reduce the use of some materials, how and why it is important to recycle other materials, and how nature itself can recycle waste.
From trying out the experiments in this educational science kit, children will learn how to perform a pH test, to test the pH of different types of water, to use a chemical to break Styrofoam down, to recycle old newspaper into new paper, and to find out how soil can break down natural materials.
Young Scientists Club Go Green Save the Earth! mini-kit review
The experiments packed in this science mini-kit are suitable for kids ages 5 and up, but younger children will need an adult’s help to conduct some of them, from running the blender in the recycling paper experiment to handling acetone in the breaking down Styrofoam experiment.
Working their way through the Manual and its experiments will give young children practical experience with the hows and whys behind recycling and conserving materials. Many schoolchildren are taught to automatically throw glass, plastic, and paper into recycling bins without taking the time to help them understand the reasons why it is important to do these things. This science mini-kit can help them appreciate the 3Rs (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle) and take them much more seriously.
Along with an increased interest in recycling, children may also gain an understanding of the process of how to conduct an experiment and then use what they have learned to try further explorations of their own. Kids might want to play around with recycling other types of paper than just newspaper or with testing the acidity of other liquids than the ones tested in the Manual experiments. (Chicago parents can visit American Science & Surplus to stock up on new materials like litmus paper once the supplies included in the kit have been used up.)
We were sent our Go Green Save the Earth! mini-kit for review, but it generally retails for around $9.99. Chicago parents can check the online store finder at the Young Scientists Club’s Online Store to find a retailer near home.
Children ready for a more intensive exploration of recycling issues may like to try The Magic School Bus Going Green science kit. Parents interested in other educational toys from the Let’s Go Science Series by The Young Scientists Club can read about the Explore Space mini-kit.
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