Not only do I have an unhealthy obsession with gadgets, but I’m also a huge fan of science. I regularly find my mind being blown by some new scientific achievement or advancement. My hope is that my children will experience a similar sense of awe when reading or learning about the various sciences. I was recently given the chance to review Just Add Milk, an activity kit designed to spark a child’s scientific interest. Hopefully, it will be the first step in a journey full of scientific wonder for my kids.
Just Add Milk is a kit that contains several items so you and your children can perform fun experiments at home. The kit promises a “colorful introduction to science + surface tension” for children ages 5 and up. It contains the following items:
- 5 – 5″ x 7″ heavy absorbency paper sheets
- 4 – 10mL bottles of food coloring
- 1 – 10mL bottle of liquid soap
- 1 – science + art activity booklet
The activity booklet guides you along the various experiments in 6 to 7 easy steps. After an experiment is completed, the booklet explains how it worked or asks about your observations.
The first experiment we did was “Magic Milk”.
First, you fill a small plate with 1/4 inch of milk. Next, add a couple drops of each of the food dyes to the milk. Now you’re instructed to squeeze one drop of soap onto the milk. This causes the milk to to scatter to the edges of plate. Next, you place a drop of soap onto a cotton swab and place it into the milk. This causes the dye to “burst” and move around the plate.
Above is a video of the experiment when the soap is added.
After you’re finished with the “science” portion of the experiment, you continue onto an “art” portion.
This involves taking a sheet of the provided paper and allowing it to soak in the milk/dye mixture. You then let the paper dry out and have a cool piece of tie-dye art.
The next experiment we tried was “Floating Water”.
For this experiment you require two glasses. The first gets filled with a few tablespoons of salt, while the second glass gets several drops of food coloring. Next, you fill both glasses with warm water and stir them to mix their contents with the water. Finally, you pour the glass with the dyed water into the glass with salt water. The dyed water is supposed to rise up and rest atop the salt water. Unfortunately, we tried this experiment twice and it didn’t work either time.
The last experiment we tried was “Plastic Milk”.
The first step is to heat up some milk and pour it into a bowl. Next, you add vinegar to the warm milk and stir it for a minute. Now you pour the milk into a strainer, which leaves behind a cottage cheese looking concoction. You can then play with the “milk” and mold it into various shapes. Eventually the milk will dry out and retain the shape you left it in.
I’ve done a few reviews with my children and there have been a couple that they’ve repeatedly asked to play with; unfortunately, this wasn’t one of them. My kids really enjoyed the first experiment when the dye scattered, but other than that they didn’t appear to be too excited by Just Add Milk. The experiments just weren’t exciting enough or didn’t do what they were supposed to.
The good news is at $14.49, Just Add Milk isn’t going to break the bank. Also, the directions are incredibly easy to follow, but if your children are younger they will definitely require parental assistance.
If you think your kids are budding scientists it might be worth the investment, but don’t be surprised if Just Add Milk doesn’t inspire your kids to take up science as a career.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Griddly Games. Please visit their site for more information.