A few years ago Batman went through and gave his grandparents his Christmas list. It consisted of about 10 different science kits to play around with. Most were duds. They were fun for a little bit, but he quickly forgot about them, there was one kit he got that had staying power. Now, I’ll admit the staying power had more to do with the variety of it, The Smithsonian Science Kits he got had staying power, so I thought I’d tell you why he loved the Smithsonian Mega Science Lab, though we never used them in our science lessons.
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What comes in the Smithsonian Mega Science Lab
It’s been a few years since he put together our Smithsonian Mega Science Lab, BUT it pretty much had everything you needed to complete every project in it, minus liquid components like vinegar or water. That’s a huge deal for me in kits. I hate the kits where you buy them and then discover you’ve essentially bought instructions and no materials.
Why he liked the Smithsonian science kits
It had variety. While I looked at it and personally thought, meh we could have put it all together on our own. The truth is, we didn’t do all that stuff, so it was fun to have a kit I didn’t have to put together.
The first kit he did: the dino dig. This was one of the kits I was meh about because I know how you can put it together, and we’ve done a couple of kits like this before.
That being said, he loved it. He very carefully put on the safety glasses that came with it.
Safety goggles automatically make any activity cooler.
The next activity he dug into was the volcano. We’ve done lots of baking soda and vinegar activities, but they had official paper mache and plaster to make the volcano and paints included so that automatically made it more exciting. He built the entire volcano without my input, so the only picture I have of this is him pouring vinegar into his volcano. Of course, he used it again when we studied Mount St. Helens and how it changed the landscape.
After this, he just started completing activities and not letting me know, so I don’t have any further in-process pictures. He loved the crystal growing, and all of our home attempts have never been successful, so that was a big hit.
I think the paper mache globe is still sitting upstairs in his bedroom, and I occasionally got glimpses of him painting the globe and putting it together.
The eco-dome habitat was brought out occasionally to put insects in but wasn’t overly played with.
The biggest miss for us was the weather station. Our backyard gets strong gusts of wind and just never found a great place to set up the weather station, and it did eventually get set up, but fairly quickly got knocked over.
Our final take on Smithsonian Science Kits
The mega kit was a huge hit, and it let me know the Smithsonian science kits are a decent buy if you see one to pick up. My one caveat for them is you can often put it together on your own at home, so that should weigh into your purchase if you’re of the “I can make it myself” personality.