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cheap materials and uninteresting experiments
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.