Monday, October 29, 2018

Young Scientists Club: Diving into Slime, Gel and Goop

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

If you have been around school-aged children lately, one thing you might have picked up on is that slime, gel and goop (whatever form it's taking) are things that are all quite the rage right now. They were 'in' last year, and they're in again this year! That makes fun days at home a breeze, if you have the Magic School Bus: Diving into Slime, Gel & Goop Science Kit.

I love that everything you need to start experimenting/creating is right in the box. There is no need to go out and buy 'extra' ingredients before you can can actually get to work right away. 

This kit is recommended for children ages 5+. My son is 11 and he LOVES it!

The instruction book is constructed in a manner you would expect from The Magic School Bus: it is full of gorgeous illustrations and is very detailed and easy to understand.

The first thing we made was snow, and we did it in very few short and easy steps.

I put a close-up here, so you can see what I mean by 'short, easy steps.'

Feeling like ever the awesome scientist, my son carefully mixed, added, stirred and watched...

When those first few seconds passed by and the polymer began to turn into 'snow,' he was absolutely delighted.

Maybe a little too delighted... hahaha In hindsight, maybe I shouldn't have let him go overboard with this one, but that's kind of the beauty of 'lab experiments,' seeing what exactly can and cannot be done as you explore with new things.

He also made slime (easy-to-follow instructions using the glue and borax). Only a small amount was needed, as he makes slime all of the time and has a pretty good handle on how to make/use it (he's definitely deeply embedded in the slime craze that is going on right now). :)

I will say though, that while my kiddo enjoyed every single experiment in the box, it was this one here that seemed to intrigue him most. In fact, we are on day (5) and he's still working on it. He keeps taking the 'finished product' and adding it to a bigger container with more water. He's trying to see just how far it will expand while keeping it's shape. So far, so good, it's gone from the small circles you see in the measuring spoon above, 

to the beads you see on the right. The bowl on the left is the same kind of experiment, but with cubes of Gel Crystals instead of balls. He is having a grand time with his experimenting and I'm thinking he will be getting another of these kits (there are many different types, not just this awesome gel/slime/goop kit) for Christmas this year. I can recommend this kit with confidence. This is the kind of hands-on fun children remember, and they're certainly learning while they play too. Props to The Magic School Bus, who has done a wonderful job, as usual.

Other Kits from The Young Scientists Club

To celebrate The Magic School Bus: Rides Again, a Netflix original series, The Young Scientists Club has updated its award-winning science kits to reflect Ms. Frizzle’s sister,
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Fiona Felicity Frizzle, taking over the wheel for wild field trips and fascinating facts.

For more than 10 years, The Young Scientists Club has been developing science kits and games featuring The Magic School Bus, based on the bestselling book series written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen.   The updated science kits feature Arnold, Ralphie and the 5th grade class who “take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" Appealing kit titles like, Jumping Into Electricity and Back in Time with the Dinosaurs will introduce pint-size scientists as young as 5 years old to everyday STEM concepts.

A dozen new kits in the Magic School Bus line (each is $19.99, except the Microscope Lab which is $39.99) with the new series’ imagery available now at stores and online like at Amazon are:
Slime, Gel & Goop
Blasting Off with Volcanoes
Jumping Into Electricity
Attracted to Magnets
The Secrets of Space
Solar Energy to the Rescue
Going Green
Human Body
Soaring into Flight
Back in Time with the Dinosaurs
The Mysteries of Rainbows
Microscope Lab

The new kits are all gender-neutral and packed with numerous experiments in each box. For example, with Attracted to Magnificent Magnets, Young Scientists go on a magnetic scavenger hunt, build a compass, make magnetic slime, design magnetic faces, experiment with lodestone, play magnetic games, hold magnetic car races, and much, much more! This magnified kit includes a colorful poster with a racing track, game board, and experiment diagrams.

Which kit listed might your child like to find under the Christmas Tree this year? 


  1. Sounds like a fun one. But you made snow? Blah. Who wants to make that stuff? I'll ship you some if you like lol

  2. Hi Rosey - those are always fun ... lovely to see ... and kids yes - the slime grabs a hold as they learn about life! Cheers Hilary

  3. Hey Rosey, That's a great idea for a present for my nephew! I've been looking desperately for the last few days.. Thanks for helping me out!

  4. Both of my boys would LOVE this. They are SO into slime right now.

  5. Magic School Bus! My 3rd gr. students loved this series.

    That science kit looks very complete and has a great degree of success.

  6. I think it's cool that you made snow! A Great Christmas gift for kids who are into science!

  7. Now that's how you get kids excited about science. No kid can say no to gooey, gloppy, or slimy things.

  8. This would be perfect for a young scientist. I wish I had this when I was a young kid. I always loved science projects

  9. Very cool! I just saw something similar to the snow experiment at the trade show, they had the little balls too, but it was sold separately. Another good tip for a Christmas present!

  10. I am not sure it gets much better with slime, gel and goop. It seems to be such a crowd pleaser for kids and helps them learn, so it is a win-win.

  11. Kristine Nicole AlessandraOctober 30, 2018 at 2:32 AM

    This is a great sensory toy. My niece and nephew would love to have this. I love giving them educational toys to encourage them to discover and create. This is perfect!

  12. I loved this sort of stuff as a kid - unfortunately my parents didn't. It might have had something to do with how messy I was but either way, I'm blaming them for the fact that I'm not a famous scientist now!

  13. Toni | Boulder LocavoreOctober 30, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    That sounds really cool! Such a great way to encourage kids' interests about science.

  14. Oooh this sounds amazing! I loved the Magic School Bus as a kid and my 5 year old is really into making anything that is a science style experiment. Think he will love this for Christmas!!

  15. This is a great project for the kids. Messy yes, but a learning experience. Especially for my homeschool child

  16. Amazing activity for a kid! I used to love this type of games. Perfect gift idea for Xmas

  17. I loved making slime as a kid! This kit looks super fun and easy to make :)

  18. I'm a teacher and this is great for my classes. I'm always on the lookout for these sort of activities, so thank you for this!

  19. This is a cool toy and great way to educate the kids. Is this also recommended in school?

  20. It looks like such a cool kit here. I know my daughter would love it. We have made slime at my library before. It was a lot of fun and relatively easy to do.

  21. We did this when I was teaching in preschool! Pretty amazing how big that gooey could go! I wish I found this package during that time because the slimy was difficult to make without the proper ingredients.

  22. cool science experiment. Makes me remember my days in school!

  23. Everybody love slime nowadays. I was on the bus the other days and a little girl was playing with slime. I have to say I was fascinated.

  24. This seems to be a cool kit for kids, some scientific experiments that can be done practically and learnt quickly rather tn simply a bookish knowledge.

  25. If it's from The Magic School Bus, you know it's gotta be good! These experiments look really fun and engaging. A great way to get kids interested in science early on.

  26. Awww .. this is the sweetest idea! It's a must-try with my grandson the next time he comes for a visit. Keep the great ideas coming! xx

  27. Hey, if slime and goop get kids interested in science, that's great. This sounds like a winner.


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