Disclosure: My cousin received the Water Science Kit for review from The Young Scientist's Club. All opinions are her own.
My kids received a Clifford Science kit from the Young Scientists Club. We had another Clifford Science Kit in the past, which they loved, so the kids were very excited about a new one. This one is the Clifford Water Science, which is perfect for us because the kids love the water and they're very interested in doing experiments right now. They were eager to get started as soon as the package arrived.
They wanted to start everything in the 20 page manual right away. Luckily, I happened to have some celery in the house because they couldn't wait to put it in a cup of water with food coloring to observe what was going to happen several hours later. Other than that, there weren't really many household items needed that weren't provided in the box, except for a couple things most people usually have on hand, such as dish soap and pepper. We did another activity where the kids were able to make their own boat. My 3 and 6 year olds accomplished this on their own, and it actually floated! The kits are designed for ages 3 and up.
Clifford has always been a favorite character with my kids; they love all the Clifford books, and the TV show. My daughter's favorite activity was one that was like a magic trick, where she fooled her audience into believing that she had turned water into ice. Next, they connected a long tube to a plastic cup and blew through it like a straw to demonstrate how a submarine works when it rises up to the surface of the water. My son enjoyed “Making Rain” activity where the kids got to use a pipette to add water to a sponge and the water dripped down through the sponge to demonstrate a cloud filling up with water to make rain. What I really like is that at the bottom of each page of the manual hosted by none other than Emily Elizabeth herself, there is an explanation of the science behind the experiment, which helps parents explain it to kids in easy to understand terms.
I love it when my kids have something they think is fun, that is actually teaching them about science. My kids were so having such a great time, and it was wonderful that something so educational and hands-on as this could be such an independent activity for them. They even created their own mini terrarium! The activities in the Clifford Water Science kit would be perfect for a classroom teacher to use with her students. The company even offers a mail order subscription series where families can get a Clifford kit in the mail each month.
(Open to US)