Friday, July 5, 2013

As a school year-end present, grandparents sent Smarty a Science Wiz Light Kit. She already received an Electricity kit before and was psyched to get the next one. The kit comes with almost everything needed prepackaged in the box (batteries need to be added), and experiments progress from very simple to more complex, which is nice. I have to say, however, that light experiment require precision and sometimes the results are not as spectacular as a certain 6 year old expected. This probably explains why we are only in the middle of the book and Smarty didn’t touch the kit in the past couple of weeks.June15_Light2
I was happy that the kit contained a prism – I wanted to have a prism for a long time. Unfortunately, it’s a plastic prism of a low quality, so getting a good rainbow proved to be difficult. Ironically, I discovered later that we do have a good German glass prism at home – a present that we put away and forgot about.
Some of experiments required a motor and a battery to blend colors back into white – the same experiment that was included with Electricity kit. Smarty “cheated” and grabbed all the materials from her Electricity kit to make this experiment. It’s interesting that she remembered exactly how to do it even though she did Electricity about 6 months ago.

We will probably complete the second part of the book in July even though I don’t hold much hope for a promised telescope and microscope considering the quality of lenses included in the kit. Still, it opens the mind to the possibilities and explains how these instruments work on the level that young children can understand, so overall I’d give this kit 4 stars out of 5. We still have a Gases, Liquids and Solids set to open – I am curious to see how that one will work out for us.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Good to know.

Christy Killoran said...

We have a Magic School Bus kit that the kids were all excited about, but ended up being kind of boring.

We used to have a prism, but I'm not sure what happened to it!

Ticia said...

We've got a microscope kit, that I haven't even tried using the experiments from it yet. We used it to look at a snake skin, I had the same problem, I was unimpressed with their slides they included.

Debbie said...

I have been wanting a prism for sometime especially since Selena is so in love with rainbows.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We have a Snap Circuit kit that JDaniel adores.

Lisa Nelson said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.
This is awesome!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Don't most (if not all) glass prisms have lead in them? I'm going to guess that may be how this kit wound up with a plastic one - the kit probably has to meet toy safety standards.

Thanks for this review! I always appreciate your thorough and honest opinions of the products you try, and I'm curious to hear what you think of the Gases, Liquids, and Solids kit.

So did you like the Electricity kit better than this one?

Autumn said...

We have the same kits (electricity and light)! We ended up dumping all the pieces into a separate box from with Tommy could use to make whatever he wanted. I agree about the quality, it is a bit low. But it's a great jumping off point for children this age.