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Buying Chemistry Sets for Kids

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Chemistry Sets for Kids
When shopping for chemistry sets for kids, there are a few important points you'll want to remember. A little pre-planning beforehand will help you make the best selection for your child. Following these tips can also help you to save time and money by making the right choice the first time.

Make Safety a Priority

For starters, you should consider the safety level of the product you're buying. While any type of chemistry kit can pose the threat of danger, by choosing a quality well-manufactured product you can greatly reduce the risk of harm to your child. Before you make a purchase, be sure to read the warranty description and check for any online reviews of the item. Are other parents satisfied with their purchase? Does the item work as described? Are proper safety goggles included? By asking questions like these, you can avoid wasting money on a chemistry set that both you and your child will not be satisfied with.

Most chemistry sets will list a minimum recommended age. Be sure to buy a kit that is appropriate for your child's learning level. By purchasing a chemistry set that challenges your child but that is not too difficult, you can help make learning a pleasurable experience. Remember that no matter what type of children's chemistry set you buy, adult supervision is always needed.

Shop for Brand Name Chemistry Sets for Kids

Brand names are an important factor when selecting chemistry sets for kids. Scientific Explorer, Smithsonian, Thames and Kosmos, Young Scientists, and Skilcraft are all very popular manufacturers of chemistry kits. Choosing a brand name provides you the satisfaction of owning a product that has a proven record of quality and satisfaction. Best of all, many makers of kids chemistry sets will sell what is known as a starter kit. A starter kit will provide you with the necessary tools to perform basic experiments. If your child enjoys his or her first chemistry set, you can always upgrade to an advanced kit.

All chemistry sets for kids should contain a full list of the items included. This is something else to consider when comparing prices. Some kits may include all of the chemicals needed to perform experiments while others may require you to use common household items such as food coloring, glue, baking soda, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Whatever the case, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients before starting.

A Quality Instruction Manual Is Important

While adult supervision is a must, you should still choose a chemistry kit your child is capable of using without a lot of assistance. This will provide the best learning experience possible and help to increase confidence. The instruction manual included with your set is just as important as the test tubes, microplate, and viles.

In order to perform any scientific experiments, you need to be able to understand all of the steps involved. A thoroughly detailed manual written in easy to understand language is a must. When shopping for chemistry sets for kids, think of the instruction manual as your child's teacher. Just like a good teacher, the manual should be clear, informative,and provide encouraging support.

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Comments

Apr 18, 2011 9:37pm
aguy
A chemistry set makes a great gift for kids to foster an interest in science.

I loved my chemistry set when I was a kid. I ended up with a degree in chemistry.
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