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Experimake from the Entertainer 

Published September 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Nickelodeon Experimake science kits by Addo brand are on sale at the Entertainer toy stores and online. They are part of the Entertainers #backtoschool toys and there is lots of choice. Kids can make their own perfumes, soaps  or lipsticks. For something a little more gross there is sludge and slime. Or they can learn the wonders of water and even make sweets. For the braver parents there is a kitchen experiments kit and explosions and eruptions. So much choice for young scientists.  

 We have a colourful crystal growing kit. This kit and all the others in the range are currently on sale for just £10 each.


Okay so the box is slightly misleading I think. We won’t get crystals looking like those pretty big ones pictured all over it, but we can get smaller crystals if the instructions are followed. – Think about it; your not going to get big shiny expensive crystals from a £10 set are you?  

 The main thing I do like about this particular set compared to the many science sets we have had previously; is that we don’t need to go out and purchase anything extra.  Many other kits ask for other items which I don’t think is right when your paying out for a kit to do the experiments anyway.


All my son (the main scientist) found he needed was water and the odd beaker or extra bowl etc. 

Now this set contains a fair few different chemicals and crystal making ingredients so obviously it needs to be kept out of the way of my curious 4 year old. I don’t think anything in this is particularly dangerous or lethal as they are suitable for 8 years plus: but it can get messy.

 

Yes that is green dye all over the wall and door. It’s a good job I had that old tray to put it all on or it would be everywhere. I guess the mess is half the fun of science experiments. 

The crystals do take a while to form, a few days for small ones and longer for something a bit more spectacular. We have to let them grow and set and just wait.

 

They are quite delicate things too once set and can easily be broken. 

These kits certainly pass a good few hours when kids are bored, no matter what the end result turns out to look like. 

Mc2 crayon make up science set 

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The Mc2 girls are back with a few cool and funky science sets for their girly fans. This one is a great set for girls who love their make up, and especially so lipstick. It also means they no longer need to pinch Mums! 


This set does not come with one of the dolls but is one of the MC2 science sets because that’s what the MC2 girls are all about. 

Inside the box is a crayon pallette with a lipstick tray, tubes and the maker which looks like some sort of plastic test tubes with a stand. 

Personally I never retaliated just how easy making lipstick could be. All we needed was coconut oil which is very easily purchased in most supermarkets. 

To make the lipstick, we use one of the coloured crayon segments with a small amount of coconut oil. This needs melting together until it’s liquified. The instructions say to do this in the oven, but microwaving works too. 

Once melted the stuff gets poured into the plastic device. 


This sets very very fast so we had to be quick pouring it. It’s also really hot, like candle wax so it is best that an adult does the heating and pouring part. 

Then leave the product to set. It’s tempting to think it’s done just because it’s no longer liquid but taking it out too soon can ruin it and make it fall apart. 


And this is one of our finished products. A real useable safe lipstick in the tube, just like you would buy from the shop. We can also make lip stick in the palette tray too which gets applied with a lip brush. 

The only slight problem for us was thinking that the product was not melting enough and needing more oil. Don’t be tempted to add more oil or the lipstick will just turn to greasy mush or be too greasy to apply. Half a tea spoon is enough. Tho this is totally our fault for trying to be clever.

Memorable Toys Boutique 

Published August 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Memorable toys are a family-run online toy boutique based in Ireland. They sell quality wooden toys along with educational and traditional toys.Toys that children can create lasting memories with.
All of my children were each sent a lovely toy over suitable for their ages.

Izebella was absolutely thrilled with her new toy – A wooden lunch set! She loves this type of thing, ie pretend play, cooking, tea parties etc. This is one of Memorable toys wooden toy sets too. It contains 36 pieces and all but two are made with wood.


This set includes play food, a big plate, cutlery, napkin and a menu. The menu gives images and Izebella can find the correct pieces to go on the plates or she can just invent her own dishes. She has her own play cooker, fridge and sink sets but was lacking in play food so this set has really come in useful for her little kitchen arrangement.
Ryan, being the scientist in the house, has his very own Putty peeps lab kit. It comes with putty, colour dyes, glitters and containers.


This is for kids ages 8 and over. It’s a weird type of puttt that doesn’t dry out and can be stretched, shaped and pulled. When it’s left for a while it goes all slimy but not wet if that makes sense and then when it’s played with again it’s back to normal. Its strange stuff. 


The idea is to put it in the containers and add various colours and shiny effects to it. It’s not something I’d have a go at myself but Ryan of course loves it. 
Finally Jordanna has the Rory’s story cubes fantasy edition.


This is one of the newer editions to the Rory cube franchise. I have myself never played  the cubes before and was surprised at just how interesting the games can be.


There are nine cubes with 6 different images. In this set, the images are based on fantasy characters, homes and accessories so there are princesses and castles and also frogs and the odd ogre. 

There is no set rule on how to play this game and no limit on players. It’s for most ages too, even the younger ones can join in.

Each player throws all nine dice and then creates a story beginning with “once upon a time” using all nine images. It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s fun and encourages kids to use their imagination, especially so with it being a fantasy edition. It can also get very silly at times. Just as there are no set rules, there are also no real winners or losers, unless you create a game where someone can win. 

The cubes all come in a cute little magnetic locking case too making it a great game for traveling or bedtime stories.

You can buy these toys and many more at Memorable toys. Prices are in Euros.

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Ivy kids Scientist Academy 

Published May 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This book is part of the new Autumn collection at Ivy kids books. This won’t be released until September so I’m really happy to have a copy before release. 

Any child who has an interest in science will like this book. The pages are full of interesting science subjects and facts and there are a fair few pull outs and things to make. 


Each page comes with detailed images making the book more fun to read. 

The pull outs include a sun dial, periodic chemical symbol chart and a brief science history poster. 


The book is aimed at science lovers aged 8 and over and should be in stores September. 

My young scientists “Discover with Dr Cool”

Published February 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

All three of my children seem to have some sort of interest in science and experiments. My older two have a fair few science kits and Izebella seems fascinated by what they make with them.

Discover with Dr Cool also loves science and sells a very good range of science kits and experiments in many categories of science to suit most ages. The company is American based but many of their products can be purchased on Amazon UK. Just type in “discover with dr cool” to bring up the products.
All three of my children have a new kit and they all love them. Ryan has a rock tumbler, however rock tumbling takes time so he can’t give his full opinion for another 2/3 weeks yet. So today is about the girls kits which are both very different.

Jordanna (age 9) received this gem stone dig kit.

The kit contained a hard stone plaque which appeared to have a large purple crystal inside it, however this is quite deceptive as it’s just a painted image. To get the real gems, Jordanna had to dig.

And dig she did! A small scraper tool comes included but we found a plastic knife also comes in useful. The digging is quite tough at first but got easier as we went on (yes I had to help her). We found a little water helped too and once the stone started to be chipped away it was more like sand or clay.


Inside the plaque were 15 gems/precious stones that Jordanna discovered by digging. There is a booklet with the set to tell us what each one is. We did find one or two of the stones were not listed tho. 


The stones needed a good wash and a little brush comes included to brush away dust. The magnifying glass gives us a better look at each stone. The stones are unpolished but as a certain someone now has a rock tumbler, this can easily be changed.

This kit falls under the geology and excavation (digging) categories of science. I myself love collecting rocks and gems such as the ones Jordanna found.


National Geographic Mega Gemstone kit can be purchased from Amazon for £29.99. The digging project does not take long to complete but the gems and stones can be kept forever. For ages 6 and over.

And now for Izebella (age 4). Being so young, I would not of thought that there would be many science type kits about for Izebella. Obviously she cannot use chemicals of any sort, nor use anything mechanical or sharp. Gems and stones are also a little risky as she sometimes puts things in her mouth. 

Well it seems Dr Cool got it bang on with their Ultimate Dino sand kit.


This one is suitable for kids age 3 and over so even young ones can get a taste of science and even a little bit of history.

The kit contains a bag of sand, dinosaur figures/mouldy and a play tray. Now the idea of sand and a young child playing with it in the home will probably fill most parents with dread , the thought of bits of sand all over the carpet!However fear not because this is the special sort of kids sand that does not dry out. It sort of clumps together and we can even lift chunks of it together. Mess is minimal and it’s not sticky either, it feels a little like play dough.


There are many ways that Izebella can play with her kit. There are six dinosaur figures, all different species which come accompanied with the booklet describing them all with a few facts. 


She can learn a little about dinosaurs by me reading bits to her. We also play a game of hide the dinosaurs, where I hide the dinosaurs in the sand and she digs with her hands to find them. She loves it!


Then there are the moulds, again six of them which act a little like the sand castles and shapes we use on the beach. Fill with sand, smooth off and tap them out to get sand dinosaur figures.


The kit also contains a rather surprising and very real item – It’s dinosaur poop and it’s apparently over 50 million years old. 

Luckily it’s totally fossilised, feels just like a regular stone and does not stink. It is a very interesting and extremely old piece of Earths history. This can also be buried in the sand or kept in its packet, maybe it will be around in another 50 million years!

So what does little Izebella think of the sand dinosaurs and poop? 

Yes it smiles all around and very minimal mess for me! Once finished playing the sand can be kept and stored in a sealed container along with the dinosaur parts, ready to play with another time. This one is also on Amazon for £13.99.

Well my girls loved their kits and Ryan also loves his new gadget, his review will be here in the next few weeks.

MC2 experiment dolls 

Published December 28, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Just before Christmas my girls got a new MC2 doll. If you haven’t heard of these dolls then in short – they are fashion dolls but with a difference. The MC2 dolls are all about science and experiments and each doll comes with either something to build, create or an experiment to do at home.


The dolls are all based on the characters from the Netflix series Project MC2 and the four characters (and dolls) being Adrienne, McKeyla, Camryn and Bryden.

The dolls look like most other similar fashion dolls and are the same height meaning clothes can be swapped with other dolls. They are fully poseable too and come with long flowing hair for brushing. The only flaw we found is that the hands come off too easily, they are attached by a plastic prong and just seem to fall off. 

Our doll Adrienne came with instructions to make a bath fizz/bomb plus the plastic round tub to make it in.

The doll does not come with any ingredients for making a bath bomb but it only needs a few basic safe ingredients such as baking soda and citric acid. 

Jordanna is just starting to get into science stuff and even got a few science type sets for Christmas. Making things such as soap and bath bombs is something she seems to enjoy. That is what these dolls are all about – encouraging girls to like science too.

Mel Chemistry subscription

Published March 11, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Yes you read that title correctly and this is possibly one of the most surprising subscription sets I have so far come across. Now don’t get any silly ideas. I am certainly not donning white overalls and risking blowing my house up; No! These kits are aimed towards the younger generation meaning teens and pre teens 12 and over. It does help to have a young science boffin in the home (AKA Ryan) who is almost 12. Science and especially so chemistry is one of his favourite subjects plus he has had various science home kits too over the years. 

Mel Chemistry is a monthly subscription service and each month brings 3 new boxed kits to do at home. It costs just less than £30 a month so less than £10 per kit. The first month is higher as you also need the starter kit. 
 
This starter kit contains the main equipment to use with all the monthly kits. Beakers, glasses, lenses, syringes and even a solid fuel stove all come with the starter kit.  Plus a full guide on what everything is for along with useful chemistry information.

 
As well as the starter kit, your also sent a reagent pack on firsr subscription. Now I was a little baffled by this one as its a box containing some pretty serious chemicals all in large bottles and probably not the sort of thing I’d want to hand to a teenager. 

 
Also the monthly kits already come with the necessary chemicals so still unsure on why these are needed. I am thinking they may be sent to make up other solutions once the kits run out but I am awaiting clearer guidance on these and of course I make sure they are stored way out of reach.

The monthly kits come in smaller boxes with the chemicals and parts needed for each experiment. Most kits come with 2 or 3 experiments each and are designed to keep teens busy at weekends.  

 
They are all different and with different themes such as seasons, monsters, Christmas, colours etc.

The boxes all come with cover labels and these labels explain what is needed from the starter kit. Some of them may require the odd basic item that most people have in the home such as soap or salt etc but nothing more is needed. 

 
The experiments all come with difficulty levels – easy, medium and hard, an approximate time each one should take and any dangers or hazards. Safety goggles are provided with the starter kit and gloves come with the monthly kits. Children obviously need parental supervision as they are dealing with real chemicals and hazardous substances. My main worry is having a 3 year old around whilst experiments are being done so I make sure Ryan does his in the kitchen and Izebella does not go in.

Ryan was really excited to receive 4 kits along with the starter kit. He was very eager to try some out straight away. 

 
He has so far made some metallics and snow in a cup and a candle. 

Some of the experiments even involve photography and are very simple. There is also an app for phones to assist with the kits.

 
  

Ryan knows he has to wear gloves and goggles, he reads the instructions carefully and ensures he tidies it all away once done. Some of the experiments require an open flame on the included stove. I have not allowed Ryan to do these just yet. I have visions of my house burning down but I’m thinking once the weather gets better it may be something to help him with outside. Plus I would need to be sure he could be trusted to work with the flame experiments properly.  

 
These kits seem a great idea for teenagers. They are certainly keeping Ryan busy and it is perhaps something I would consider subscribing too in the future. 

More information at Mel Science.

GMC books for kids

Published February 9, 2016 by Bizzimummy

I have recently received two more books from The GMC group. The books are very different from eachother. One being a classic kids story and the other full of useful facts. 

 

The little guide to science

The Little guide to science by Catherine de Duve is great for littlr science boffins like Ryan. It explains many scientific wonders starting with the Big Bang and dinosaurs through to more recent wonders like electricity and satellites.  

 There are some really cool images throughout on every page. Lots of science tips and event the odd experiment to be found. All the planets are in there along with a few famous names in science so it may come in useful for homework.  

 And this book can be purchased for just £6.99.

               The Secret Garden

Moving on to a classic lovely tale I remember well from my own childhood and it’s The Secret Garden by France’s Hodgson Burnett. I remember this book well because there was also a tv series on at the same time. The story tells of a orphan girl sent to live with relatives in England in a big old spooky house. The girl then discovers a hidden locked secret garden and the adventures of restoring it all begin. It’s a lovely story of adventure and friendship. This book is made extra special with its gold gilding edging. 
 
It’s a big book with almost 300 pages. The txt is quite small so probably best for older readers perhaps 10 and over. 

 
This book is mostly text throughout but there are some beautiful images to be found throughout. 

 
This book is a little more expensive being £19.99 but it’s a well designed book and of course a great read.

Smart Lab squishy human body (wicked uncle gifts)

Published October 30, 2015 by Bizzimummy

As it’s Halloween tomorrow I thought I’d bring you all something a little gruesome, at least for the squeamish among you anyway. Here is a rather squishy body. 

 
Whilst being a little freakish and perhaps even revolting to some, the kit does have many benefits as well as scaring the younger ones. 

The kit comes with a model skeleton which is encased in a tough plastic outer body, almost like skin. Inside the skeleton are various squidgy body parts.  

 These body parts are all removable and the skeleton can be removed from the outer skin. The parts all resemble the major organs which are of course required to keep us alive and have various functions and also 12 plastic bones and muscles. The idea is to take everything out of the skeleton and then build it back up putting the correct squishy parts in the correct place. The kit also includes tweezers and forceps. 

 This is aimed towards older children and teens and I had a bit of a play around with it too. Unless your a doctor you probably have no idea where each bit goes but not to worry as a body parts organiser is included along with a full guide on how to put the body together. 

   
There is also a really useful book included. This book describes with detail the roles of all the organs used with the body kit and could be very useful for biology homework. The skeleton body once assembled actually reminds me of some figures we had at school in our science labs.  

 There is even a stand to place the model on. Ryan loves science and loves taking this apart and putting it together. Jordanna isn’t too keen on it just yet and says she doesn’t like the feel of the squishy organs. In Ryan’s room it will happily stay then for the time being.

The age guide for the squishy human body is 8 and over.

I was sent this body kit from Wicked Uncle. They sell lots of fun and novelty gifts and toys for children of all ages from birth to teens. Their website has had a revamp and seems very mobile friendly too. Searching for what you want is easy, search by age, sex or just type in what you want to see if it’s there. 

The Squishy human body costs £21.95 at Wicked Uncle. The ordering process is easy, you do need to register an account. They accept most cards and PayPal payments and the item arrived quickly within 2 days.

 

Proving that girls like science too

Published June 4, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Trends UK are working on a campaign to highlight science is not just for boys, but girls can love it too. There is a lot of coverage in the media saying girls have less interest in science and don't choose it as a career. However, they believe girls will be just as interested in science projects as boys are, if they are given the choice to try them out.

The sets we received are

Microscope set £19.99

Metal detector £24.99

Bug barn £14.99

Planetarium £24.99

When Ryan and Jordanna saw the kits, it was Ryan initially thar showed more interest, which is probably to be expected, given that he is a boy, a few years older and already a bit of a science geek, he loves it. Jordanna did show quite a bit of interest too and was very eager to start using all the kits. Izebella is obviously too young for anything like these and shows interest in absolutely anything she sees.

Metal Detector – the first thing out of the box was the metal detector. Ryan had a similar one a few years back, god knows what happened to it, so he was all too familiar with using one. It needs one of those big square D batteries and is simple enough to use. It has a sensitivity conte and if turned up too high it picks up anything metal in range, too low and it's hard to pick up anything. It's really lightweight too but perhaps could do with a slightly longer handle. Ryan was first to use, followed by a happy Jordanna and ebb Izebella got a go too.

Bug Barn – This was a very easy piece of kit because it needs no batteries. What it does need is bugs, any bugs which can be found in the garden. I knew Ryan would love this but was unsure what Jordanna would think as many girls can get a little squeamish at the thought of insects.

This set comes with the Bug barn, jar, tweezers, stickers etc. the idea is to collect bugs and view them in detail in the bug barn. So on a hot sunny day, they all went off bug collecting and managed to find a few ladybirds and other bugs.

As you can see, both girls more than happy to join in the science fun.

Planetarium – We had a few fights over this one, mainly who would get to have it in their rooms first.

It's pretty much a scientific light show. The globe projects constellations onto the ceiling to show children how the stars move across the night sky. Listen to a commentary about the planets (not part of the light show). Use the light pointer to locate and highlight stars. Includes an amazing CD-ROM, with which you can trace stars, planets and constellations and discover where to find them in the sky at any given time. Read about planets, constellations and the legends behind the zodiac signs in the colourful manual.

It does need 6 AA batteries so not the cheapest toy to keep running and I also found the battery cover tricky to remove.

This is obviously best at night with lights off. The lightshow displays on the walls and ceiling.

We managed t get a short video of this in action too.

 

Microscope – Jordanna was quite excited with this. She tells me they have them in school. It comes with pre filled slides of various small parts and slides and jars to collect own samples as well as the equipment required. It does need batteries but only for when light is low or it's night time.

Jordanna has enjoyed using all the science sets just as much as Ryan, which sort of proves that science is not just for boys but can be enjoyed just as much by girls too.

 

 

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