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.
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.