5 Stars By Anne Marie on 2013-12-26
THIS is a great set.. YES, you have to buy the stuff but that's a plus!
The tools in this kit are extremely well made and durable, (the molds are flimsy but I think they need to be so you can get the mold out easily). That's all that this is.. a kit of tools and a book of experiments, using things out of your pantry. Some people may complain that this is an inconvenience but it's actually CHEAPER to buy your own cornstarch, oil, baking soda YADDA YADDA YADDA. That means your kids will NEVER run out of the stuff they need to make these experiments.. We have had (great) sets where they had a hidden name for the real name of the powder we would use.. not knowing what it was it was iffy to duplicate the experiments once our little baggies of contents ran out.. this set you can do them til you are blue in the face. ALL the items needed are easily found at any grocery store and are affordable. In fact they are so common that we almost had everything in our pantry. I also thought the experiments lived up to the name of Gross Science Lab. Is it immature.. yes.. but that's the whole reason for this set.. GROSS and FUN. My 4 (almost 5) year old little boy loves it! I even enjoy it!
Here is a list of items you will need if you want to be prepared when you get your set:
Please Note that not all these ingredients are needed for every single experiment.. It's just what you need for the entire book.
Light Corn Syrup
Borax (found in the laundry detergent section)
White Glue (elmers etc)
Liquid Dish Soap (don't use anti-bacterial soap)
Ivory Brand Bar Soap (no other brands will work)
Oatmeal or Raisin Bran
Instant Coffee or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Multicolored Breakfast Cereal (like Fruity Pebbles)
Butter or Margarine
Juice (not pineapple juice)
Orange or Yellow colored flavored Jello
NONFAT Evaporated Milk
Purple or Red Cabbage
Carbonated Water or Clear Soda like Sprite
Navy Beans (the white ones)
5 Stars By Heidi L. Mcindoo on 2013-12-27
My 6 year old got for Christmas and did 1 experiment that day and two the next morning and LOVES it. The whole family does. I noticed some people complain that you need other items not in kit, but I actually prefer that. They are mostly simple things like an egg, dish soap, vinegar, etc. this will allow us to do the experiments over and over instead of just once.
5 Stars By Ronald N. Rutledge on 2017-07-16
Make learning fun for young ones.
5 year old son loves these experiments and Dad has fun doing them with him. Only problem is the little toilet begins to leak quickly, but the experiments have him loving science already which is making learning fun.
3 Stars By Jessica on 2017-01-13
My son was really excited when he opened this gift. The science experiments it comes with are really cool and catch his interest. Also educational which I thought was cool since it explains the science behind it. I gave it a 3 star because the toilet has a cardboard bottom so after the first use and having put water in it, it was already falling apart. Also, keep in mind you still have to buy all the ingredients it needs for each experiment (i.e. vinegar, borax, corn starch, etc.)
5 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2015-01-12
The 10-year old I gave this to for Christmas loved it! He was excited when he saw the box and went home to immediately try the toilet experiment. Since it was a gift, I did not personally see how anything worked but he told me he did it all by himself. I'd call this a success. This age is so hard to buy for but I'm glad I chose this over an impersonal gift card. Will buy again!
2 Stars By nhwrestler on 2016-12-26
Not worth the price.
Aside from an activity instruction booklet and some plastic cups and a novelty mini toilet for mixing, this kit doesn't come with anything that makes the price tag worth it. The experiments are fun, but could easily be found online just by looking up "science experiments for kids." Items needed to do the labs all need to be purchased separately, and the containers for mixing are too small for effectively doing so.
5 Stars By Jillian on 2017-03-25
My son received this for his 5th birthday and he loves it! We've had lots of fun doing the experiments together. I would recommend this for anyone who's kiddos love science!
5 Stars By Lauralei on 2016-01-21
Best Chemistry Lab Ever!
Best toy that Santa brought! Great experiments that are easy to do with ingredients around the house. Kids are interested in the 'gross" descriptions. Safe too, and not messy like some other science labs. Great for younger kids. Of course it's best for adults to supervise, but I'm learning too every time I do this with my daughter. BEST chem set we've ever had, and much cheaper and easier to mix than most...also the manual explains the reactions in a fun way for kids to learn about scientific processes.
1 Stars By Sara and Frank D on 2016-12-26
Needs a grocery list of 36 household items to use.
It needs too many items that might not be handy around the house. ( Marshmallows, navy beans, garlic, food coloring, a diposable diaper, purple cabbage, lots of other things. ) You can't do anything with just the kit itself. If you're going to get it anyway, I'd recommend opening it ahead of time so that you can stock up on the things you'll need so your kid wont be disappointed.
1 Stars By Michelle R. Miles on 2016-02-06
Don't bother with this.
This was a big disappointment. All it contains is a book with "recipes", which I could have looked up on the internet, and a few plastic beakers. All of the supplies needed for making gross science must be purchased separately. This was not made clear on the description. When my grandson opened it, and I realized what I had purchased, I was ashamed to have given him such a lame Christmas present. I apologized and we went the next day to get a new, better present.