Homeschool Science Lab Kits ~ A Beakers-O-Fun Review {& Giveaway!}

9/18/2014


Beakers-O-Fun are the same folks who brought us Buckets-O-Fun (remember the samples of Yuck we used in We're Going on a Bear Hunt?!).  Well, they put together a science lab kit for homeschoolers and sent me one to review! (They contacted me after getting so many requests for samples from people reading my post!)

We received Homeschool Pack #2, which includes the Water Dropper Diver Lab, the Making a Flashlight Lab, and the Crystals and Powders Lab.

The kit sells for $29 and includes materials and reproducible student and teacher lab sheets for each experiment.

The student lab sheets include:

  • a learning prompt

  • materials list (most of which are included in the lab!)

  • directions

  • experimental options

  • questions

  • diagrams, tables or charts


The teacher lab sheets include:

  • the purpose of each lab

  • science skills taught

  • teacher directions to students

  • things your student needs to know

  • answers to the student questions


I'm excited to share this with you for several reasons:

#1 When Sheri first contacted me to review a science kit, they did not currently offer homeschool science lab kits. I asked her to put together a kit that I thought would be more suitable for homeschoolers, and she did! (Their regular kits would be perfect for co-ops! But, I don't have a co-op sized budget for our little homeschool).

#2 These are fun kits and can be added to your regular science curriculum (or unit study), or they can be used independently for some science fun.

#3 These are quality kits.

Water Dropper Diver Lab

homeschool science lab kits


This one was very cool. It was literally a "Beaker-O-Fun" as we made a water dropper dive and come back up, we counted how many drops we could fit on a penny and why, and we made a small amount of baking soda power the sub to dive down and come back up on it's own.

Making a Flashlight Lab

homeschool science lab kits


Crystals and Powders Lab

homeschool science lab kits

homeschool science lab kits


My younger kids were most excited about the Crystals and Powders Lab, so I'll share more detail about this one.

The science skills taught in this lab include:

  • Making good observations

  • Gathering data

  • Recording data

  • Using science tools correctly


Malachi put 1 spoonful of each powder or crystals on the tray and then using the magnifier, he carefully described each substance in its dry state and recorded the characteristics on a table. Then he slowly added water, 1 drop at a time, and observed the changes in each substance and recorded it.



Making good observations is key in this experiment. With the help of the Teacher Directions, I guided him by encouraging him to be specific using the terms provided, such as whether it was a crystal or a powder and the definition of each, along with descriptive helpers of color, touch, size, and texture.



Here are some descriptive helpers offered:

  • Color: white, off white, clear white, shiny white, bright white, dull white yellowed white, dirty white, etc.

  • Touch - soft, squishy, firm, hard, very hardgrainy, sandy, powdery, sticky, etc.

  • Size - very large, large, medium, small, very small, tiny, etc.

  • Texture - from very rough to very smooth, like salt, sugar, flower or baking soda, etc.




Then we were encouraged to play with the Yuck samples on a larger scale. And we did!



The Saucy, Snowy, Sticky, and Chunky Yuck crystals and powders provided are generous amounts and we had LOTS left over after our lab! See our row of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and our science lab using Sodium Polyacrylate for more ideas on how to use Yuck powders.

The labs are clearly laid out, easy to use, and my kids had a lot of fun with them!

Beakers-O-Fun offers 3 homeschool packs with 3 different labs each:

Homeschool Pack #1 ~ $23.00

  • Awesome Air Pressure/Straw Rockets

  • Bean Seed Dissection

  • Magnetic Attraction


Homeschool Pack #2 ~ $29.00

  • Crystals and Powders

  • Making A Flashlight

  • Water Dropper Diver


Homeschool Pack #3 ~ $24.00

  • Insect Orders

  • Magical Magnetism

  • Spinning White Light


Beakers-O-Fun would like to offer a giveaway to one of my readers ~ your choice of one kit! To enter to win, take a look at each kit and leave me a comment letting me know which kit you'd like to win, and enter using the GiveawayTools widget on my blog. The winner will be automatically announced on the widget, so be sure to check back at the end of the giveaway!

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34 comments:

Lisa R @ A Rup Life said...

I would love to win #2! Some of those kits look fantastic! My science loving kid would be make a Christmas list with that site!

Christine Mast said...

We would love to win #2. My girls love flashlights and I know they would love to work/experiment with the powders. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kate Kessler said...

I am in a co-op with 15 children of all different ages, but I think #2 would be the most fun with them and would have the most interest. What a great contest! Thanks for sharing about this company!

Warmly,
Kate

Beth said...

I think I would pick #2 like you did, pretty cool stuff!

Melanie (Wren) said...

I adore the idea of Kit #2!! Anything with crystals has always been fascinating to me, whether they're ones you grow or ones already present in nature. I also love the water dropper diver!

zekesmom10 said...

I think I would choose #3 to use with my kids and my co-op class. This is a neat company!

Cherie said...

I would love Kit #2!

Rachel said...

Michelle, this looks so fun. My kids really love DOING science rather than just reading about it. I'm trying to incorporate more of that into our year. I'd probably pick pack #2 as my 2 of my kids would be super excited about the Yuck :)

Katie Davis said...

My kids would love Kit #2! My 7 year old's favorite part of our school day is doing science experiments and the focus of these would really appeal to him. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

Mandy said...

My kids would be so excited about the experiments in Pack #2. Especially the Yuck!

Kemi Quinn said...

I think I like kit #2 but my daughter would love any. She love Science.

Stephanie Grant said...

I would love to get the Homeschool Science kit 1 for my son!

Lisa M @ Farm Fresh said...

#2. absolutely! Though they all look cool!

Heather M said...

My kids would like all three but if I had to choose I would go with #2. Who can resist gooey things?

C. Breton said...

I would love to use kit # 3! We are big fans of bugs here.

Lis said...

I think #2 would be my choice as well~ the diving sub and the flashlight being the most exciting ideas for my boys. (We've done the YUCK stuff before, so that would be fun, but not "new" ~ but this time we could share with the neighborhood! ;) )

Katie D. said...

Homeschool pack #2 sounds the best for my kids.

Abby said...

We'd love to play with #2.

Brandi said...

Oh my! My kids would love any of these, but #2 I think would be our fav!

Becky said...

My guys would love to play and explore with pack #2

Nancy Bram said...

These all look terrific! I can't choose, but for this year, #2 or #3 would work best for our family. What a great giveaway!

Allison said...

We would pick #3! Bugs are always of interest in our house.

Brittney said...

My little science lover would enjoy all of the activities, but I think both of my boys would love Homeschool Kit #2!

Jeniffer Do Nascimento said...

We would enjoy # 2!

Heather said...

I just ordered all 3 kits. This is exactly what we have been looking for. Thanks so much for the review!

Caroline K said...

Everything is better with water at our house, so I think my children would love making solutions with the powders in pack #2. Thank you for the giveaway!

Leslie E said...

These look great. I'd choose #3. :)

Shecki @ Greatly Blessed said...

I'd pick the second one! These look great! I love science kits that have everything you need included.

Kristan Price said...

We would choose Homeschool Kit #3!

nadya kotik said...

i would pick #3

Rachel C said...

I would pick #2. That one looks like the most fun!

Gale said...

Oh, my kids would love all of these, but especially kit number 2.

Joesette said...

They all look wonderful, but I think #3 would be the best fit at the moment!

Brooke said...

I think #3 looks like fun. These kits take the stress out of hunting and gathering. I love it!

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