Fall in love with Science and Learning Resources

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:

Fall in love with Science and Learning Resources

  • 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:

Fall in love with Science and Learning Resources

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 Β£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.

Fall in love with Science and Learning Resources

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.

Enter Competition

  • 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. Margaret
    February 3, 2017 / 10:28 am

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

  2. Jess @ Picnics in the Rain
    February 3, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    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. February 3, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    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
    February 4, 2017 / 8:53 pm

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

  5. charlotte wilde
    February 4, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    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
    February 4, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    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 πŸ™‚ Cool sets btw

  7. Patricia Avery
    February 4, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    We have 2 ponds and all our grandchildren enjoy pond – dipping πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah Mackay
    February 4, 2017 / 11:37 pm

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

  9. Graham Ross
    February 5, 2017 / 12:41 am

    My son likes fizzing things in water

  10. Tracy Nixon
    February 5, 2017 / 6:06 am

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

  11. emma walters
    February 5, 2017 / 6:25 am

    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

  12. Harline Parkin
    February 5, 2017 / 6:49 am

    He loves his magnifying glass thinks it’s amazing

  13. Amanda
    February 5, 2017 / 7:08 am

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

  14. Sirley Young
    February 5, 2017 / 8:01 am

    We haven’t really done any experiments at home yet.

  15. claire woods
    February 5, 2017 / 9:12 am

    seeing what sinks and what floats.

  16. Iris Tilley
    February 5, 2017 / 9:25 am

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

  17. Laura Pritchard
    February 5, 2017 / 10:19 am

    We enjoyed the erupting volcano experiment!

  18. Laura Bryant
    February 5, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Volcano eruption

  19. Deborah Clarke
    February 5, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    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

  20. Laura Ashton
    February 5, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    My little girl loves things changing colours

  21. Elizabeth Hinds
    February 5, 2017 / 1:21 pm

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

  22. jo liddement
    February 5, 2017 / 1:24 pm

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

  23. christine shelley
    February 5, 2017 / 2:30 pm

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

  24. Kim Styles
    February 5, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Eggshell Geode Crystals

  25. Farhana
    February 5, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    My kids like experiments with foams and bubbles

  26. Stacey Carnell
    February 5, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Food colouring in oil and water πŸ™‚

    February 5, 2017 / 3:41 pm

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

    February 5, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Making erupting volcanes is my grandsons favourite

  29. Solange
    February 5, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    We love the erupting volcano experiment.

  30. Debbie Henderson
    February 5, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    making volcanoes and a mess!! lol

  31. cheryl hadfield
    February 5, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    My daughter loves to do the coke and mentos experiment

  32. Tara Bush
    February 5, 2017 / 6:23 pm

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

  33. aj
    February 5, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    He loves to blow things up!!!

  34. Mrs Gemma Huelin
    February 5, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Making things go bang ????!!!

  35. Rachel Colman
    February 5, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    My two love the magic milk experiment!

  36. Helen Moulden
    February 5, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Making a vacuum in a flask and sucking an egg in πŸ™‚

  37. Rosalind Blight
    February 5, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    My daughter loves elephants toothpaste

  38. jessica woods
    February 5, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    My daughter loves exploring with her telescope πŸ™‚

  39. Jo Hutchinson
    February 6, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Dyed Plants

  40. Becky Yeomans
    February 6, 2017 / 7:15 am

    The bi-carb and vinegar volcano eruption!!!

  41. Ruth Harwood
    February 6, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Erupting volcanoes!!

  42. Helen Tovell
    February 6, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Making slime

  43. Lauren Tourle
    February 7, 2017 / 11:15 am

    My daughter loves the mentos and coke ones πŸ™‚

  44. Rachael ashmore
    February 7, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    We love things like volcano eruptions ????

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    February 8, 2017 / 8:43 pm

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

  47. claire griffiths
    February 10, 2017 / 12:33 am

    erupting volcanoes

  48. Monkey
    February 10, 2017 / 9:54 am

    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.

  49. T Brailey
    February 10, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    My children like vinegar and baking powder volcano

  50. Laura Corrall
    February 11, 2017 / 2:49 pm

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

  51. Keri Jones
    February 11, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    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 πŸ™‚ x

  52. Jo Glasspool
    February 12, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    The volcano eruption is a huge favourite here.

  53. February 14, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Such a lovely set – we bought this for our eldest a number of years back ~TriedTested

  54. February 14, 2017 / 9:34 am

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

  55. Natalie @KidGearUK
    February 14, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    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

  56. maria dhillon
    February 16, 2017 / 2:36 am

    anything messy

  57. kate kathurima
    February 16, 2017 / 11:04 am

    she loved doing a volcano experiment

  58. February 17, 2017 / 3:22 pm

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

  59. janine atkin
    February 17, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    the mento/coke experiment

  60. Jo Carroll
    February 17, 2017 / 8:52 pm

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

  61. Joanna Kasznicki
    February 17, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    we like doing the red cabbage and lemon juice or vinegar

  62. February 17, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I love Learning resources, this would be a great addition to use in my playgroup and with my own two children.

    February 18, 2017 / 6:47 pm

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

  64. Danielle Cresswell
    February 19, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Making bouncy rubber eggs

  65. Rich Tyler
    February 22, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Anything thats “cool”

  66. rebecca smith
    February 22, 2017 / 10:54 am

    my daughter thinks the erupting volcanos is a fantastic experiment

  67. Jane Brown
    February 23, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    They like anything that makes a huge bang or a real mess!

  68. A.E. ADKINS
    February 24, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Great basic scientific investigations but favourite is the volcano – obviously

  69. February 25, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    My grandson likes the experiment where they make volcanos that erupt.

  70. Becky John
    February 27, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Erupting volcano

  71. Sadiyya Maryam
    February 28, 2017 / 6:53 am

    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!

  72. Kimberley Ryan
    March 1, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    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

  73. tee simpson
    March 1, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    my daughter loves making slime

  74. Caroline Smith
    March 1, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    My daughter loves making her own lava lamps

  75. Claire Tovey
    March 2, 2017 / 6:19 am

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

  76. jen s morgan
    March 2, 2017 / 7:43 am

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

  77. Stevie
    March 2, 2017 / 10:20 am

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

  78. Lucy Carter
    March 2, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Mine love the Coke and mentos experiment

  79. Rebecca Powell
    March 2, 2017 / 11:18 am

    The fizzy drinks and mentos experiment

  80. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    March 2, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Using a lemon to make electricity

  81. Anthea Holloway
    March 2, 2017 / 4:21 pm

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

  82. Sarah Wilson
    March 2, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Definitely volcanoes!

  83. Rachel Craig
    March 2, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Rocket. He is just a typical boy.

  84. Martina Deeley
    March 2, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    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.

  85. laura pyper
    March 2, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Skittles And Water Experiment

  86. sheri Darby
    March 2, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    We love anything to do with magnets

  87. Gemma Middleton
    March 2, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    My son loves making goo. Thanks for the chance.

  88. Sarah Mcknight
    March 2, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    The erupting volcanoes πŸ™‚

  89. Lynsey Buchanan
    March 2, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    My daughter like the erupting volcano using a mint

  90. Danielle Graves
    March 2, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    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

  91. Sarah Parker
    March 3, 2017 / 8:03 am

    making a volcano πŸ™‚

  92. kim neville
    March 3, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Volcano experiment at school

  93. Pauline Burroughs
    March 3, 2017 / 8:59 am

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

  94. Caroline Shepherd
    March 3, 2017 / 9:59 am

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

  95. Diana
    March 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

    erupting volcano πŸ™‚

  96. paula cheadle
    March 3, 2017 / 10:25 am

    loves playing in water, to see what floats or sinks

  97. Susan B
    March 3, 2017 / 1:14 pm

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

  98. Victoria Allum
    March 3, 2017 / 2:34 pm

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

  99. Karl Borowy
    March 3, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    growing a carrot head green

  100. Kirsty Woods
    March 3, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    The mint in the fizzy drink

  101. Lucy Chester
    March 3, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    My son loves science experiments and made a volcano recently

  102. sharon stanley
    March 3, 2017 / 8:12 pm

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

  103. Victoria Prince
    March 3, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    The favourite here has to be the erupting volcano experiment!

  104. Gill Mitchell
    March 3, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    My son loves mixing cornflour and water with foodcolouring to make different coloured slime πŸ˜€

  105. Natalie Crossan
    March 3, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Erupting volcano xx

  106. Lia Burns
    March 3, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Making a ‘volcano’ from vinegar and baking soda x

  107. sarah rowland
    March 3, 2017 / 9:35 pm

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

  108. Ben Robb
    March 3, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    burning magnesium ribbon in the air

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