This week Monkey had a Science Day at school and he was so very excited, he came home with tales about putting mentos in fizzy drinks and something to do with marshmallows. I don’t remember such adventures when I was at school but I know that Monkey had a great time. Keen to continue the learning at home I got out our Learning Resources Primary Lab Set and we set about making some experiments. Monkey got the lab set for Christmas and we have had hours of fun with it partly due to the wide range of apparatus included:

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  • Magnifying Glass
  • Tweezers
  • Beaker (with measure)
  • Beaker
  • Flask with stopper
  • Goggles
  • Large test tube with stand and lid
  • Two small test tubes with stand and lid
  • Funnel
  • Pipette

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The set also comes with ten activity cards which give you some ideas for experiments and are wonderfully wipe clean! Monkey’s gets most excited by an experiment which includes vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Blue is Monkey’s favourite colour so he requested that we make a blue volcano this time round. Its really easy to do,  we used the flask as the smaller neck makes the experiment even more appealing. First he coloured the water and mixed in two large table spoons of bicarbonate of soda. Then he added a small test tube of vinegar. The activity card suggests a few drops but Monkey has quickly figured out the more vinegar added the bigger the reaction. I had to stop him emptying the whole bottle in last time! Here’s the result:

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Things I love about Learning Resoucrss Primary Science Lab Set:

  • All the items are the good quality I would expect from Learning Resources. They are robust and do not feel as if they will break easily. Which is just as well when the suggested age for the set is 4-8 years.
  • Its great value for money, you get a lot for the RRP of £25
  • The activities are a good starting point, so when they open the box and want to get stuck in you can straight away. Any items needed such lemon juice, food colouring etc are likely to be things you already have around the house.
  • Not only that on their website you can download an additional ten activities one of which includes a ballon and bicarb. I can only imagine how much fun that will be!
  • This is a great base kit but as your child’s interest grows you can add additional items from the Young Scientist range, which are well priced. For example the View Scope which we previously tried out makes an ideal first step into ‘real science’ suitable from the age of 3+.
  • I also love that the range includes items for the really young such as The Sensory Tubes which I used to make some discovery tubes for Kipper.

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As part of the same range Learning Resources sent us some Jumbo Test Tubes which we quickly put to use in a colour experiment. Placing white flowers in some water with strong food colourings. Just like the kit they are perfect for little hands and robust enough to be put through the mill. Monkey bounded down the stairs the next day to see if the petals had changed colour! They complement the lab set perfectly.

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We also received a Metal Detector, a concept totally new to Monkey. I surprised him with it on a day out and he spent ages running up and down waiting for it to beep. We even hid a few coins under the gravel for him to find. He was so excited! It was wonderful to see. Like many little people he’s obsessed wit treasure! I like the fact that its chunky and easy to hold with its adjustable handle. The battery life is pretty good on it too considering we had it on for pretty much most of the morning. It sparked many a conversation about different materials especially when we found a plastic drain cover instead of a metal one!

 I can not wait to hide things in the sandpit for him to be able to find when the weather warms up. Or even better going to the beach and seeing what treasure we can find! I am not sure who is more excited by that prospect me or him!

The whole range is designed to get kids passionate about science. Where Monkey is bored with learning his letters and his numbers at school. Science is something he is really interested in. I want to be able to help him develop this passion. Learning resources enables me to be able to do this.

But don’t just take my word for it, they have given me a Lab Set to giveaway! You can enter via the Gleam application below, please note the T&Cs.

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  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will receive a Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set
  • The competition will close on 3rd March 2017 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

I have some giveaways running at the moment so please check them out by searching for giveaway in the search box above. Good Luck!!


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  1. We love making an experiments with bicarbonate of soda -explosive fun for all

  2. Jess @ Picnics in the Rain Reply

    Love Learning Resources toys, I have such a long wishlist for Rosalie! Her favourite at the moment is Gears! Gears! Gears! which she got for Christmas. She’d love this lab set, fingers crossed xx

  3. I love learning resources toys/tools. This looks like a great kit and I’ve had my eye on it for a while. Looks like Monkey has had a great time with it.

  4. Martina Pichova Reply

    My son loves playing with water in the bath, finding out what sinks and what floats.

  5. charlotte wilde Reply

    They have loved keeping ants and watching what they get up to, what they eat and their fave bit what they do with their dead ones!

  6. Lorna Ledger Reply

    My daughter always likes anything with animals, taking care of them, studying them etc, she is now doing Animal care at college, I would give this lovely set to my niece and nephew 🙂 Cool sets btw

  7. Patricia Avery Reply

    We have 2 ponds and all our grandchildren enjoy pond – dipping 🙂

  8. Sarah Mackay Reply

    My lo loves experiments but the one we always have to do is blowing a balloon up with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

  9. Tracy Nixon Reply

    My sons love to make boats and ships to float in the bath or in the sink! My girls love to make coloured bubbles!

  10. emma walters Reply

    my youngest son tried out the microscope my eldest got for xmas and had lots of fun looking at bugs so would love to get an age appopriate science set for him to start out with

  11. My son loves anything that catches fire easily! An experiment that needs close supervision!

  12. Iris Tilley Reply

    I recently bought some tabs that change water into different colours So my granddaughter loves playing around with those

  13. Deborah Clarke Reply

    My son is interested in making fire with a magnifying glass. However this is one experiment Im keen to discourage lol. Maybe this set would satisfy his scientific nature? Fab giveaway. Fingers crossed x

  14. Elizabeth Hinds Reply

    My eldest loves volcano eruptions – we’ve bought about 4 of the kits over the years! 🙂

  15. jo liddement Reply

    My son had a crystal making kit for Christmas and he loved watching the crystals form

  16. christine shelley Reply

    My neice likes anything smelly! She is the only 5 year old I know who pleads to go to the Science Museum


    I don’t think she has a fave she loves science at school and has been learning about gravity

  18. cheryl hadfield Reply

    My daughter loves to do the coke and mentos experiment

  19. Oh my goodness my little nephew would be in his element playing with this. Amazing kids toys.

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    They love things like putting a needle through the balloon without it bursting

  22. The erupting volcanoes. Once we did one with food colouring in our bathroom, and it messed up our bathroom completely! Luckily we cleaned it afterwards, though.

  23. Laura Corrall Reply

    My daughter really loves the coke and mentos one. She proceeded to tell most of her school how we made a ‘poo volcano’ together.

  24. Keri Jones Reply

    My son currently thinks everything he does is science so I would love to show him actual science as I think he’d love it 🙂 x

  25. Omg my dad is a chemist and would love to introduce the children to some science experiements! Love love love #triedtested

  26. Natalie @KidGearUK Reply

    Wow, such an awesome science set. My eldest loves science and I’m sure a set like this would get my youngest interested too. They both love vinegar and bicarb volcanoes, that’s always a giggle. My eldest has a forensic science set and a crystal growing set that he loves too. #TriedTested

  27. I’m a big fan of Learning Resources – both at home and at school.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  28. Jo Carroll Reply

    We need the kit badly…his daddy only knows the mint in a cola bottle experiment 😉

  29. Joanna Kasznicki Reply

    we like doing the red cabbage and lemon juice or vinegar

  30. JULIE WARD Reply

    Grandson isn’t into science maybe this could be the start

  31. rebecca smith Reply

    my daughter thinks the erupting volcanos is a fantastic experiment

  32. A.E. ADKINS Reply

    Great basic scientific investigations but favourite is the volcano – obviously

  33. Sadiyya Maryam Reply

    My daughter has just started attending science club after school so she would love this. She loves learning about new things and how they work, at the moment it’s her magnify glass she likes to explore with!

  34. Kimberley Ryan Reply

    My daughter loves the curious custard experiment which we have done at home a couple of times. its basically rolling custard into a ball, and it will remain in the ball shape unless it stops moving, then it becomes liquid again. great fun but very messy

  35. Claire Tovey Reply

    He’s still young so playing with cornflour and exploring the texture

  36. jen s morgan Reply

    My kids just made there own erupting volcano thry loved it and had so much fun.

  37. We love rubbing a balloon on our hair and sticking it to doors and walls.

  38. Anthea Holloway Reply

    The Mentos and Coke explosive fountain is always a popular experiment at our house!

  39. Martina Deeley Reply

    We bought a science experiment kit for our eldest for Christmas, but little brother go hold of it (supposedly under dads supervision ) and trashed it. Haven’t got around to getting another yet sadly.

  40. Danielle Graves Reply

    my son likes things like mixing colours in oil/water to create a lava lamp style effect and also dropping effervescent tablets in pop to make froth

  41. Pauline Burroughs Reply

    Anything that involves water and making a mess! But it’s all learning and great fun xx

  42. Caroline Shepherd Reply

    We’re growing crystals in a jar at the moment for school science week coming up soon! Very cool and easy to do.

  43. She She is too young to have a favourite science experiment but we enjoy growing potatoes and carrcarrots on the windowsill.

  44. Victoria Allum Reply

    My daughter loves to make slime with cornflour, washing up liquid and food colouring. She would love this science set.

  45. Lucy Chester Reply

    My son loves science experiments and made a volcano recently

  46. sharon stanley Reply

    My kids love making goo at home with cornflour. They like anything that makes a mess like most kids lol.

  47. Victoria Prince Reply

    The favourite here has to be the erupting volcano experiment!

  48. Gill Mitchell Reply

    My son loves mixing cornflour and water with foodcolouring to make different coloured slime 😀

  49. sarah rowland Reply

    my son found the potato working as a battery fun! he also like the volcano experiment

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