My 8 year old son loves getting involved with little experiments these days so I knew he’d love trying spending time Enjoying Gross Science for British Science Week. Let’s face it, he’s fixated with bodily functions so it was never going to be anything other than a big hit, was it! British Science Week runs from today, 9th March through til 18th March and we thought we’d start it off with a fart and a poop, as you do!
The John Adams Gross Science set is aimed at children aged 7 and over and it consists of 12 different activities. Whilst adult supervision is required due to some of the chemicals included in this set, children can have lots of fun.
We’ve been enjoying Gross Science for British Science Week with this set, which comes with full instructions. You do need additional items to complete 8 of the activities in this set, but they are pretty much standard things that’s you’d have to hand in the kitchen. The activities that do need these extra items are all clearly marked, so with a bit of planning you won’t have any unhappy kids as they start their Gross Science fun.
The range of activities include Making a Fart in a pot, Bouncy poo, Snot, how a Burp works, Life size bouncing Eye Ball, Making Zits (this set is names Gross Science for a reason you know), Maggot filled would, Digestive system, Lets Launch your Lunch, vomit, making a life-size jelly brain, Jelly fingers. There are also six Gross Science food recipes to try out at the end of the instruction leaflet. We may well be eating Maggot Stew next week!
With a son who is obsessed by farting, find me an eight year old boy who isn’t, i just knew he’d want to start with he Let’s Make a Fart in a Pot activity.
The instructions are clear and easy for children to follow and my son was soon having lots of fun with this particular experiment. Even our cat Brewster was eager to see what was happening as my son worked on his adding skills to ensure he’d put just the right amount of water in the pot to start the fun.
With his goggles in place he added the Fart Putty Powder and stirred and stirred until the mixture started to solidify a bit. He left the concoction for 5 minutes and then discovered it was a far more solid lump, a bit like slime he thought.
He then pushed the Fart Putty into the Fart Canister and pushed into the mixture with his finger. Lots of fart noises later and a son who was in fits of giggles. A big hit and something he’d have loads more fun trying out on his Dad the next day.
You can store the Fart Putty in this canister or in another airtight container and then your child can create farts at will. Joy!
As well as having fun with the actual activities, the instruction booklet also explains why and how different processes happen. So what a fart actually is and why they happen, what snot, why squeezing spots isn’t such a good idea and how and why scabs form, for a few examples. So children are learning whilst having fun, always a good thing as far as I’m concerned.
There was no way that my son wouldn’t be making Bouncy Poo and he actually started this experiment whilst the Fart Putty was setting. Now please forgive the fact that my son’s rather silly mother hadn’t read the bit about adding water to the food colouring powder bottles at the start of the booklet. I’ll be owning up to my son sometime this week about that! But even with that faux pas he had lots of fun with this activity.
Again making use of adding skills to ensure he had the correct amount of water, using the remaining Fart Putty powder and food colouring to start his poo off on the right track.
Once the poo goo has been poured into the mould, you place it inside a plastic bag, seal it and put it in the fridge overnight for your bouncy poo to set! My son had already decided that he was going to trick his Dad the next day, and blame our poor cat for leaving him a little parcel. Nice!
He’s a charming child really. He’s certainly been enjoying Gross Science for British Science Week. He decided he wanted to try making Vomit next – nice! For this activity you will need a mixing bowl, wooden spoon and scissors, along with items supplied in the set.
This lovely creation takes 2-3 days to dry out, you then cut the provided wax paper around the edge, crumple it up and there you have it. Lovely.
Over the coming week I’ll be watching on as my son constructs his life-size bouncing eyeball and I’m not sure who is actually more excited at creating our jelly brain with the moulds provided!
My son has been enjoying Gross Science for British Science Week and we both give this set a big thumbs up. Priced at £18.99 I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.
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