My boys (4 and 5) are curious about everything. Now that my one is in Kindergarten he is starting to learn more about all sorts of subjects, science especially. Magnets are something that always amazed me so I admit I was just as excited to check out the Primary Science Magnet Set from Learning Resources, as my boys were! This kit includes 14 pieces including 10 double-sided activity cards. The activity cards are both easy and challenging and some require some household objects such as water or paperclips. The set though was fun on its own for us. My boys were amazed at how the magnets would stick together one way and not the other way. I started teaching them about polar opposites, magnetism and science in general. The pieces that this kit comes with are ones that I would have never thought of using together. There is a big horsehoe magnet perfect to work little magnetic ladybugs through a maze. Ring magnets and a magnetic post are fun because you can make the magnetics float on the pole. My sons favorite though is the Snap-on Cars. You can push the cars together and watch them spin away from one another or magnetically snap them together to zoom around. This is a simple kit but fun and perfect for young learners.
We had so much fun playing with the Primary Science Magnet Set. My 5, 3 and 1.5 year old boys were all thoroughly interested and wanted to try all the activities. We started with the ladybug maze where you use one magnet below the maze and try to guide him through using the magnet. We came back to this game later and "hid" magnets in the maze that the ladybug had to "find" and collect to while moving through the race. Next, we used the bar magnets below the two plastic cars and made the cars spin and repel from each other and then "crash" into each other when the magnets would attract. Then, my son discovered the round ring magnets that would slide onto the pole magnet and that he could make them float and actually jump and spring off the end of the post because the magnet pull to repel away from each other was so strong! We then pulled out paper clips and tested how many clips each of the magnets could hold up. The included activity cards give lots of great suggestions but we easily came up with more or adaptations to the suggestions as well for even more play. This set was an absolute hit with my boys! Disclosure: I received this set for free to review on my website A Mom's Take. Opinions above are my own.
Ordered this as a birthday gift for my turning 8 year old grandson. He could not wait to get the box opened & get going on some of the different activities. He actually took it along to the park that day & started w/the dinosaur dig activity. He was happy for hours working on some of the activities all by himself & others he did need guidance & help. All in all I think it is a great gift for young children that love or have an interest in science.
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