I bought this for my 6-yr-old daughter who says she wants to be a scientist when she grows up. This has provided great one-one-one activity time for the two of us over Christmas break. It definitely requires adult involvement, but all you need is right in the box and in the instruction book. Makes it simple and fun. No extra fuss. We enjoyed making colored jelly crystals, learning about base and acid, and exploding and underwater volcano with baking soda and citric acid and red cabbage powder. It makes a mess, but not too bad. We have been able to do 2 experiments in a 45-minute time frame. We've done the first 8 experiments so far.
Absolutely love it! You can take the top part off and set it on the floor. You child can use it to balance while standing and learn how to drop toys in and take them out. Plus, it comes with tons of puzzles to entertain.