As the cold weather started fading away and signs of spring began popping up everywhere, my family and I began to explore some of the changes occurring in nature right in our own backyard. As the mother of two small children I was excited to help motivate a growing sense of curiosity in them. I was thrilled to introduce them to their first taste of scientific discovery through the Science On a Gardening Adventure Kit, made by The Young Scientist Club. After helping me to plant seeds and tend to our garden last year, my four-year-old was very excited to begin his own garden, and couldn’t wait to get started with the kit’s experiments.
Designed for children ages 4 to 7, this garden kit aims to teach children all about the basics of botany. From a parent’s point of view I was first impressed with the fact that the kit was designed by a team of Harvard graduates, that’s right, the best of the best. With my son being at the low end of the age scale intended for this kit however, I did wonder how his skill set would hold up to the science involved. Yet after going through the booklet outlining the steps and processes, I was pleased to see how simple and uncomplicated the experiments were. Also a plus is the fact that the kit includes just about everything needed in order to initiate and perform the experiments, even providing mini garden tools!
My son’s learning occurred greatest through the hands on activities involved with the kit, such as watering the seeds, making a sun dial, testing our home’s tap water, and identifying the bugs often found in a garden. Activities that are perhaps better suited for an older child include checking the pH level of water and soil or learning the physical parts of a flower.
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the entire layout of this science garden kit. My son really enjoyed the experiments and looked forward to seeing new growth and recording changes in the garden each day. He loved getting his hands in the dirt and marveled at the extraordinary process in which plants grow. As a parent, I enjoyed seeing my child absorb so much valuable scientific information and loved being able to work hand and hand with him during such a great learning process.