Thankfully it's rare that I wake on a weekend to the sight of an eight year old boy looming over me menacingly, wearing a set of scientific goggles and equipped with a pair of rubber gloves encasing his wriggly fingers. Add to that frightful get-up, a gleeful and excited-like stare (something reflecting a weird combo of begging meets thrill), and you can bet I was just a wee-bit caught off guard.
Believe it or not, that was my introduction to my Sunday morning on this weekend just gone! #Parenthood
It was partly my own fault too. I had received the Wild Science Blood n' Guts Zombie FX Lab kit in the post a little way back. The son in focus knew it too. So off he went a-hunting in my 'stuff-to-blog' box. (Which incidentally, is just immense amounts of stuff scattered all over my house and garage - in no way resembling a box at all. Let's pretend it's a box though.) The excitement of the find on this particular morning of leisure was just too much for him not to share so early in the day. (Along with that aforementioned, creepy stare!)
|"Okay, okay! We'll give this kit a shot TODAY!" (Note the boy not looking the slightest bit creepy here!)|
Now don't boys in particular just lurve boogers, slime, zombies, creepy and gross stuff in general? The sight of this fun scientific kit (for those aged eight and above), was just right up this kid's tree.
Sunday was to be slime day.
Really, who could possibly do anything else when your kid looks this eager and prepped for grotty fun?
In truth, my kiddos love these scientific kits for kids. If they'd been around when I was growing up, I too would have had an absolute blast. But that's why parenting is so much fun - you can relive your own joys through your kids' brilliant toys. Ain't that fabulous! (Even at 8am on a Sunday morn.)
What's in the box? Everything kids need to make horrible fun. These kits get boys and girls thinking about chemistry and science. They provide a chance for kids to get hands-on with quirky tests and thinking about stuff beyond that which they see. For questioning young minds, the Wild Science experience is all about learning meets fun.
|...and a bit of a glimpse of that weird stare can be seen again surfacing here...|
Inside the Wild Science Blood n' Guts Zombie FX Lab kit, is everything young scientists need to make anything from boiled boogers (seriously!), to levitating zombie eyeballs, zombie gizzards (no less than 7ft worth), three jars of zombie fart putty (who knew?) plus blood drops, blood clots and zombie slime.
While kids conduct their gruesome experiments under the watchful eye of an adult, (the kits do require the use of a microwave and included chemicals), they'll also be learning all about gels and cross linked polymers. A win, win.
There's an included comprehensive instruction book that's worded in kid-speak and it's fully illustrated in cool and groovy ways. The chemicals are safe and non-toxic, but to be used with caution too. (In the case of sensitivities, kids are encouraged to perform a small skin test on themselves.)
The actual slime and zombie ingredients are derived from seaweeds - an Alginate. The 'pickling' liquid used in the kit is Calcium Chloride - a type of salt found naturally in seawater. (See, we're learning stuff too!) Of course there are also many vials, droppers, snap-lock bags and powders, stickers, measuring cups and the like, to get kids really enthralled in the activity of making gross stuff just like a real scientist.
This is real science after all.
Our darling eight year old settled for making boiled boogers at 10am on a Sunday, bless him! Here he is happily engrossed in mixing up his microwaved chemical concoction. Revoltingly, the boiled boogers really do look like - boiled boogers! Our son was extremely impressed and proud of himself. (While mummy may have gagged a little taking these shots. I never have been one to handle anything 'snot' very well.)
|Gulp! Apologies for a disgusting shot. Can you see why kids love this stuff?!|
Next weekend (we've been told), a batch of zombie guts will be on the brew. I can't wait for that one!
You can learn more about this particular kit and other kits in the Wild Science range on the Tree Toys website. The Wild Science Blood n' Guts Zombie FX Lab kit featured here retails for RRP $28 and is recommended for ages 8 plus. You can pick up one of these kits at Australian Geographic, Big W, Kidstuff, Myer, Toys 'R' Us and all good independent retailers. Or you can try and win one of three of these exciting kits in our giveaway!
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