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The Magic School Bus: The Mysteries of Rainbows
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2008
I got this for my 4yr old daughter since she was learning about rainbows at her school. This is our second Magic School Bus Science Experiment Kit and she and I both love them. There is plenty of information for children within this particular kit for ages 4 up to 9 or 10? The kit itself is nice; but in comparing it to the other Magic School Bus kit on experimenting with germs, this one gets second place. The experiments in this particular kit are nice but I dont think they capture the child's attention as the other did. Some experiments are very short and not requiring much to do them. But, they are still good experiments and any child would enjoy participating in them. If you hadnt tried the other Magic School Bus kits then you would find this terrific. The kit is well made; quality accessories and the booklet that comes with it is just as informative as the Magic School Bus books themselves. Each book allows the child to form a hypothesis and keep a brief journal with space to write inside. Be sure to check them all out. We are glad we got this one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
I homeschool my 2nd grade & preschooler. We studied rainbows briefly in our science curriculum, and did one experiment, but they were asking more questions than I had the answers to. Always wanting to encourage their educational interests, I got online for supplemental information. Given that I also have a baby, and live in a small town without any kind of good store for things like this, I don't have tons of time to spend gathering lesson plans & random materials from various places.

I ordered the Magic School Bus kit because it seemed the best of the light & color options available. We LOVE the Magic School Bus series and own nearly every single book; my daughter even had a Magic School Bus themed birthday party one year. However, because of the mixed reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. Now that we've received the kit, I wanted to add my own two cents.

The actual scientific materials that are included are probably things you could gather at an educational supply store and grocery store. Nothing too unusual or hard to find. Crayons, a blank CD, petri dish, eye dropper, color paddles, rainbow blasses, LED flashlight, food coloring, etc. However, having them all in the box provided is worth a significant amount to me, and me going out & purchasing the items I didn't already have at home would have cost me at least half the price of the kit. I absolutely love the booklet that comes with the items though. It's a full sheet of paper size, full color 20 page booklet that has Ms. Frizzle and all of the students featured in a very child friendly format. Each experiment begins with a question, hypothesis, method, and then a place for the child to write the results & conclusions. Complete with color drawings of the steps of the experiment too. This will make an amazing addition for her science notebook we are keeping for her portfolio.

Overall, I feel like the kit is well worth the money. The full size color booklet was a definite great surprise, several of the science items we'll be able to reuse again, and most of the experiments can be done more than once. I'm planning on asking for other kits for the children for Christmas. I would higly recommend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
As I shop for more science kits this christmas, I just had to add a review for this kit when I saw someone gave it a 1 star. We gave this one to my then 5 yr old daughter 2 Christmases ago. She was fasinated with rainbows and colors, so it was a perfect fit. She loved it and even extended what she learned into her science fair project where she learned all about cameras and trying to take pictures of the spinning disks (shutter speed). Give it a try if you buy this kit. She especially loved making the colored disks and spinning them. The best was all the lopsided disks she made and she would try to predict all the colors of the rings. All of the experiments were educational on light spectrums. It was so much fun for her and is great for that say 4-6 yr old. As for durability, it's fine. It definitely holds up for repeating the experiments several times. For the price the quality is as expected.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2009
I bought this for my 4 year-old daughter who is obsessed with everything Magic School Bus as well as rainbows - seemed like a perfect combination. It was a disaster. Nothing worked well: the colored transparent plates didn't really combine well to make a new color, the flashlight died after 1 minute (really the bulb burned out before she could even use it), the "food coloring" is a horrible powder that gets everywhere, stains everything, and we never could get into a liquid enough form to be usable. There were no interesting experiments. I could come up with more interesting things that kids could do with colored sand (try adding store-bought food coloring to sand and mix it up) and cheap plastic colored film. I'm now hesitant to buy any of the other Magic School Bus Science Kits. This one is going in the trash even though I just bought it yesterday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
We have purchased other comparable products that said everything was included, but we found we had to add so many things it made it a pain. This item included even the "little" things. My 8 year old was able to do most of them without my help which made her feel like she was doing "real science."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
Kids had a great time with it! My kids are older so my 14 year old helped my 9 year old with it. They bonded ;)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
I am an adult that used this kit with my five year old granddaughter. The experiment with the prism did not produce "a rainbow" The included flashlight did not work. It appeared to need a battery but a AA battery did not fit. The color containers were very difficult to open. We only did the first few "experiments" with disappointing results
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2012
We have purchased and used many of the Magic School Bus science kits and have been pleased with every one of them. The experiments are interesting, age appropriate, and all the parts that should be there, are there. I hope they continue to make even more of these fun kits as we use them over the summer to keep science interest high.
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on March 20, 2015
This kit was a lot of fun. The kids loved it. We even combined some of the experiments to create new ones for more fun. We did most of them on St. Patrick's Day to tie into the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I only gave it 4 stars because of the experiment that uses crayons to create a color wheel. The round cardboard they provided was too slick for the crayons they provided. The colors would not go onto the cardboard well. Plus the crayon colors they provided were horrible. Instead of providing the needed red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, they provided 2 peachy color, a very light yellow, a green, and two blue colors. We just threw them into the kids crayons and grabbed some crayons with more appropriate colors. We used a yellow highlighter for the yellow section because the cardboard was just too shiny-coated to allow any yellow to show up. It would have better if they just would have provided a pre-made color wheel instead of crayons and cardboard. We have not done all the experiments yet. We put the rainbow glasses over the video camera lense to record what we saw and it worked great. Picture is what you see through the rainbow glasses when you look at a kitchen light. The kids loved the rainbow glasses. We also had some balloons with LED lights in them from a birthday and we looked at the balloons with the glasses also.
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on December 25, 2014
Bought as a present for 6 year old daughter. She completed many of the activities with her grandmother, who said that some activities didn't come out as described, and that they couldn't complete several of the activities due to lack of materials.
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