If the kids adore Ms. Frizzle and her “seatbelts everyone” command, then introduce them to crazy crystals along with the Magic School bus kids.
When I was in Brownies (the precursor for the Girl Scouts), one of the most memorable experiments we did was growing crystals. I think I just went to the meetings for many weeks just to check up on how our sugar and salt crystals were growing. It was SO exciting. I knew my kindergartener, who is already pretty obsessed with crystals and beautiful rocks, would really be into the new The Magic Bus Growing Crazy Crystals kit. It was really a no brainer!
The Young Scientists Club founder (and mother of five) Esther Novis, offers a wide-variety of gender-neutral science programs for preschool and elementary-aged kids. It was a brilliant idea to bring in the popular book and TV character Ms. Frizzle of the Magic School Bus in a fantastic science-based game that adds an instant appeal to children. I think it is so important to encourage our kids in the fields of math and science and I especially am sensitive to make sure my girls know that these fields can be pursued.
The Magic School Bus Growing Crazy Crystals is a wonderful tool for grown-ups to encourage all children to pursue the sciences as they play at ages 5, 6 or 7. As the Young Scientist’s Club’s name suggests, you are never too young to get excited about experimenting with your hands. Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride by growing crazy crystals. Young Scientists explore sugar and salt crystals, grow rock candy, make a crystal star, create crystal art, grow a salt crystal garden, make Epsom salt crystals, create a geode, grow a crystal tree, and much, much more! This crystalizing kit comes with an observation chart to keep track of the crazy crystal growth. I think I may have underestimated how much my daughter would enjoy this kit. She really wanted to do all of the crystal experiments all in one day! I was excited and proud at how fun it was for her to learn to make crystals and would highly recommend this game to anyone who has young elementary school children aka ‘Young Scientists’. As Ms. Fizzle likes to say, “Seatbelts everyone!” Get ready to Grow Crazy Crystals!
ABOUT THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: Based on the best-selling Scholastic book series The Magic School Bus is an award-winning animated TV series sold to more than 30 countries in 15 languages. With 58 million books in print, the brand has won many industry awards, including two Emmys for Lily Tomlin’s portrayal of Ms. Frizzle in the TV series, five CINE Golden Eagles, a Parents Choice Gold Medal, a National Conservation Achievement Award, an Environmental Media Association Award, and an Annenberg Public Policy Center Award. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Scholastic debuted two new iPad apps and a new game for Nintendo DS. For more info about The Magic School Bus, visit www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus.
ABOUT THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS CLUB: Esther Novis, a mother of five and a former Harvard-trained biologist started The Young Scientists Club as a summer science camp for her then 5-year-old son. Friends from other parts of the country told Novis they wanted to duplicate her concept and the idea for a science subscription service was born! The subscription kits are now mailed monthly to thousands of children around the world and the company’s retail kits are sold in hundreds of specialty stores. In addition to developing new products for The Young Scientists Club, this wise mom has many years of experience teaching at Phillips Academy, Andover and has written the science column for Parents Magazine plus wrote science experiments for the new science curriculum by McGraw-Hill Publishing.
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