I was given this littleBLAST science kit free of change in exchange for an honest review of the product. The opinions given in this review are my own. Please read my disclosure for more information.
We were very excited when we received our littleBLAST box in the mail. littleBLAST is a monthly subscription science kit company for preschoolers and early elementary learners. You can also purchase the kits individually. Our kit contained everything we would need to do four science experiments on the topic of sinking and floating. By everything I mean all the supplies, and cards with detailed instructions on how to do the experiment. The kit also contained an adventure map which makes it fun for little learners to follow along and do the experiments in the right order. Once all the experiments have been completed the little scientists receive an achievement badge and the kit included a poster to collect all the badges.
Another neat thing that I really like about this company is that they have created five Super Tool characters to help guide the learning of science and math. I think these characters will really help young learners get excited about doing the experiments!
The first experiment we did was called “Sink the Ship”. The object of this experiment was to test the buoyancy of a square of tin foil and marbles.
This experiment has two parts to it. First we tested a flat square of tin foil by placing it in the water to see if it would float or sink. Then we added one marble at a time to the square to see how many marbles the foil could hold before sinking.
Caden took this experiment very seriously and carefully added the marbles one at a time. We found that the small square of tin foil could hold three marbles without sinking and sank with the fourth marble.
Next the instructions say to “make the foil into a boat”. I had a hard time folding the small piece of foil into a boat. Partly because I couldn’t remember how to fold a boat and it took me a few tries weakening the foil and partly because the foil was so small.
My sad foil boat wouldn’t float. So we got a big sheet of heavy-duty foil and made a bigger boat to do the second half of the experiment with.
With our new and improved foil boat we tested to see how many marbles it would hold before sinking. At first Caden put one marble at a time into the foil boat.
But then he wanted to speed things up a bit, so he took the boat out of the water and placed it on the table so he could dump the rest of the marbles from the cup into the boat.
Then he placed the boat back in the container of water to see if it would float or sink.
To our surprise, the boat floated with all the marbles in it! So Caden decided to further test the boat. He added some water to the boat to see how much the boat could handle before it sank!
It didn’t take much water to sink the ship!
Caden really enjoyed doing this experiment and I really enjoyed having all the supplies and directions put together for me in this kit. It made it really easy for me to bring it along to grandma’s house where we did the experiment on this day! We are looking forward to completing the experiments set up in this kit, which I will be sharing in subsequent Saturday Science posts, and I even have my eye on some of the other littleBLAST kits to purchase in the future! You can check out all of the available littleBLAST kits on their website at www.littleBLAST.com.
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