This wonderful inflatable version of the solar system is a great way to decorate a classroom, enhance a child's playroom or use as a series of great beachballs around the pool. The set includes all planets ( including the recently demoted Pluto) and the sun, and ranges from 36" to 8" in diameter. This is a wonderful way to introduce young children to astronomy by giving them something they can touch and play with. Organizing by size or position in the solar system or just playing a game of catch in the pool is a painless way of developing an interest in science for little astronauts. Great fun at a good price!
While on the Learning Resources website looking for new toys/games for my 4 year old daughter, this one caught her eye immediately. Once we got it home, it quickly became a favorite- even for my husband & me! It is brilliantly designed, made of high quality materials & even comes with cards as an expansion tool. What began as a lesson in magnetic poles, moved into discussion about magnetic fields, magnetization, demagnetization & beyond. Needless to say, my daughter is learning about things well beyond her years, all thanks to this toy. We couldn't be more thrilled!
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.
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