When my almost-4-year-old announced the other day that he wanted to learn more about science (a side effect, perhaps, of watching Sid the Science Kid), we were only too happy to oblige. We had done some simple science experiments with him in the past — on the scale of freezing a small toy in a block of ice and then melting it to demonstrate states of matter, that sort of thing. But this time we decided to step it up a bit by getting a science kit.
We chose Scientific Explorer’s Mind Blowing Science Kit, which is aimed at ages 4 to 8 and contains all the baking soda, citric acid, polyacrylamide crystals, and test tubes you’ll need, along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions for 12 experiments. Yes, you could gather most of these ingredients and supplies without resorting to the kit, but it’s handy to have them all in one place, and the price for convenience is not too painful. (Between $14 and $20, depending on where you buy.)
Probably most useful to us were the experiment ideas.