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PRODUCT: Thames & Kosmos Physics Discovery Kit (www.crafts4kids.co.uk )Thames Kosmos Physics Discovery Kit

DESCRIPTION: An educational science set which introduces children to mechanical physics through 12 building projects and associated practical experiments. Includes more than 100 building pieces and a 32-page experiment manual. Suitable for children aged 8 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: For many, the mere word 'physics' is difficult to digest, let alone the thought of trying to explain the subject to inquisitive young minds. Here's where the Physics Discovery Kit from Thames & Kosmos may just help - a brilliantly educational science-based set which introduces school children to mechanical physics through experiments which teach them about forces and simple machines.

The set contains a large number of durable coloured plastic components and die-cut cardboard parts which are used to construct and 'test' twelve different models, each of which addresses a fundamental idea in mechanical physics. The set will certainly appeal to older children, and particularly boys, who are keen on construction sets such as LEGO or Meccano.

The models include, among other things, a gravitational motor which teaches children about the power of masses, a force meter which measures the force of gravity, a balance scale which teaches about lever arms, a freight elevator which demonstrates pulleys, a bicycle which teaches about wheels, a motion picture machine which highlights centrifugal forces, and a dragster, catapult and waterwheel crane which demonstrate energy and the transfer of energy.

Each of the twelve models and their associated experiments are laid out as 'workshops' in the accompanying detailed manual, packed full of colour illustrations, written instructions and also plenty of background information (including units of measure) on the subject areas to educate and inspire young children. A table of contents at the front helps children to easily find their preferred workshop, and a bonus Physics quiz enables them to test their knowledge (answers are provided for those of us who have difficulty marking their answers!).

In our opinion, the Physics Discovery Kit is a really educational and surprisingly fun science set which is great at giving kids an introduction to how everyday objects work, and is perfect for enthusing and stimulating young children in what can be a very complex subject area.

BAD POINTS: Some of the cardboard parts are quite fiddly to construct. The experiment manual could benefit from more detailed written instructions to accompany the workshops.

PRICE: £22.99

 

Available from Amazon: Thames & Kosmos Physics Discoveryalt

 

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