Mix it Up!
Science buffs will get a “charge” out of CHEM C1000 ($64.95, Ages 10+), a professional grade beginning chemistry set by Thames & Kosmos. A detailed experiment manual provides an introduction to chemistry, safety instructions and walks you through all 125 experiments. Precautions about handling substances and mixtures can be a little intimidating at first, but the manual does a great job laying everything out in a comprehensive manner with easy to spot icons.
The kit comes with protective goggles, droppers, coper wire, beakers, test tubes, cleaning brush and a whole lot more, and other material for the experiments can be found at home or at the grocery store or pharmacy. Young scientists get to experiment with iron and copper, explore water atoms, study air pressure and even play with food. Within each lesson there are questions posed to the student to apply what has been learned so far and at the end of each experiment is a summary, “What’s Happening Here?” that breaks down the chemistry that’s easy to understand.
Because of the nature of the experiments, CHEM C1000 is recommended for kids who already have an interest in chemistry as this is not truly a “starter” set.