How do you make Science interesting to kids? One way is to make it not seem like science at all and that is what the “Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag” tries to do.
All in all, there are 20+ pieces to the science/spy kit, including a magnifying glass, test tubes and beaker, alongside a booklet full of experiments to perform.
All of this is held within a carry case that can also be used as a stylist handbag within the house!!
TOP TIP!! Make sure you take a photo of how all the items fit in the carry case. It makes it so much easier when it comes to packing it all away!
The most unusual part of the Spy Bag is the fingerprinting kit, including dust powder, which can also be used as shimmer makeup (not until Heidi has left home!!!) and cards to collect the fingerprints. I say that it is unusual because you don’t really see many products on the market with this specific product and so if your child is into fingerprints and/or the whole CSI thing, then this is going to be a good product for you.
The most fun part of the kit is the lipstick that doubles up as a secret message launcher. It was very fun and also the most frustrating item because we couldn’t get it to work!! This is through no fault of the product, more the fault of an overexcited child thinking that she knows EXACTLY what to do (without reading the instructions!)
This is the type of product where parental involvement is still needed, which is not a bad thing as the child will gain so much more out of it if they are taught as the items are used, rather than just being left to get on with it. There is nothing dangerous in the kit, and safety equipment isn’t needed, but some of the pieces are quite small and so adult assistance is probably needed.
The product is marketed around the Adrienne Attoms Project MC2 brand and whilst that might be a plus point for some, you certainly don’t need to know or understand the brand to enjoy the kit. However, it might lure you into a YouTube path that might make you lose an hour or so!!
All in all, it is an excellent product on a number of different levels and as such, if your child has an interest in science, or problem solving, this is likely to be a hit with them. As at July 2018, it is retailing for £39.99, although there may be offers on if you research a little. The product is aimed for children aged 6+ and that feels about right, but I feel as though a 5 year old could have a good go at most of the things, especially with a high level of adult assistance. Best of all, it includes the batteries needed for one of the items – woohoo!!
Full Disclaimer: We were offered the product free of charge for the purposes of this post, although no influence has been made to alter the content of the post.
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