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With a name like Mind Blowing Science (starting at $15, Amazon), Scientific Explorer gave its kit for young scientists a lot to live up to. Does it deliver on its promise? Well, Mind Blowing Science reviews indicate that mind blowing might be a stretch, but our child tester enjoyed doing the experiments and probing the world of "fun science."
This scientific kit for curious minds aged 4 to 8 can be viewed one of two ways. Some adults posting Mind Blowing Science reviews, like one disillusioned commenter on Fat Brain Toys, see it as a cheap collection of baking soda, cotton swabs, and boring experiments. Others, like a parent of a 5-year-old who also posted a review on Fat Brain Toys, see the kit as a simple but effective way to introduce inquisitive kids to the world of cause and effect. Most reviews subscribe to the second viewpoint, if the product's high ratings are to be believed. On Amazon, reviews average four stars out of five, based on a total of 72 reviews, and 60 posted reviews on Fat Brain Toys average nearly five out of five stars.
Our child expert, at 8 years old, was at the top end of the age bracket for this toy, so we wondered if she would be bored with the activities. That did not prove to be the case. During our Mind Blowing Science review, she was enthusiastic and proud as she demonstrated for us an underwater volcano eruption, and then showed off her test tubes of sunset-colored and jiggly crystals. Her only complaint was that the projects were messy, so she had to wear an apron to do them.
The Mind Blowing Science kit comes with detailed instructions for several experiments. It includes most of the items needed to conduct those experiments, such as goldenrod paper, test tubes, measuring scoops, swabs, stir sticks, and several child-safe chemicals, like corn starch, baking soda, and citric acid. Some additional household items, like flour and water, will also be needed. Although the experiments are appropriate for young children to conduct, adult supervision is required at all times.