We are huge Mythbusters fans in our house. The Discovery Channel show featuring Jamie and Adam putting themselves into all sorts of precarious positions in the name of science never fails to elicit “ooooh!”s and “ahhhh!”s and a few “no way!”s from each of us.
Now fans and families everywhere can join in on the fun with Elmer’s new Discovery Channel Mythbusters science kits, including Power of Air Pressure, Forces of Flight, and Weird World of Water.
Our family was sent the Weird World of Water Science Exploration Kit as part of a blog tour with Team Mom. This kit includes a collection of seemingly mis-matched scientific apparati (ie: balsa wood, a funnel, pipette, food coloring, plastic beads, and more) that will help to either bust, confirm, or make plausible the myths of water pressure, whirlpool power, and other fascinating properties of water.
The activity guide thoroughly walks you through every point of each experiment. It also shares in-depth thoughts and reasonings behind each experiment. The kit is recommended for ages 9+, which I think is pretty appropriate for the level of information shared in the guide.
There were just a couple of things I would have liked to see in the guide, though – first, because there were so many items included in the kit, it would have been nice to have a “supply sheet” indicating which item was which (I didn’t immediately know what they meant by a “pipette” or a “nose cone”). Also, I would have appreciated some kind of troubleshooting sheet in case the experiment didn’t go as expected. At one point we tried the experiment on creating a liquid rainbow, and I’m pretty sure our outcome was not what we were looking for. But why not? A handy “check to see if you did this” kind of sheet would have been helpful.
We had fun going through this kit, and we all felt the fun spirit and energy of the show carried over into the experiments and activity guide. Again, I would definitely recommend doing this with older elementary-aged kids and beyond, as I think they’ll get the most out of it.