Miss A is what I would call a girly girl, but equally she likes to be one of the boys at the same time. We’ve never really taken part in any science experiments before and I got to wondering, was that because Miss A is a girl and I don’t have any boys? Well we have discovered this week that science is for girls too as we have been experimenting with some great toys from Trends UK.
The Discovery Channel Double Globe Planetarium focuses on stars and planets. You receive a base unit with two removable globes, and a laser pointer to point out the planets on the ceiling.
The planetarium takes 4AA batteries which makes the base unit rotate if required, and also has a commentary about stars and planets for the educational side. We found the set up to be very easy, but I struggled with getting the globes to rotate despite not being able to find anything wrong. Of course Hubby comes along and places the globe on the unit and it rotates straight away. Perhaps it just needed a different person on this occasion!
We worked out that the base unit really needs to be quite close to the ceiling to be able to view the writing properly. We have a high shelf in Miss A’s bedroom so it was placed here for us to watch from the bed. The room also needs to be very dark for you to appreciate the light from the bulb as it projects out.
The double globe planetarium is priced at around £20 – £29 and is suitable for ages 8+. From a parental perspective, I think this has a great educational aspect whilst being fun. The globes are a little flimsy and you need to find somewhere to store the one not in use as they like to roll about, but overall this is a great toy for both girls and boys. Miss A had gained a lot from this and she asks for it on almost every night.
The Discovery Channel Digital Metal Detector caught the eye of both Miss A and Hubby when it arrived. I did wonder who was going to try it out first. There’s something about hunting for treasure that brings the kid out in everyone I think.
Immediately we realised that despite being a toy, it’s a great product to start detecting with. There is a small digital screen to alert you when you find metal, a volume control and a sensitivity control. The main way you can tell it’s aimed at children is the height of the handle. An adult would struggle to use it without bending over, but it was perfect for Miss A.
We have all had some great fun with the metal detector, hiding money in the garden to see who is the first to find it. We can’t wait to take it to the beach next time we go, or perhaps Hengistbury Head if we take Lola.
The metal detector takes a 9V battery but it seems to be lasting well so the metal detector doesn’t zap too much battery when in use.
After trialling some science toys, we definitely think that science is for girls too. Miss A has an interest in finding out how things work and what will happen if in different scenarios. We will definitely be trying out more science experiments and activities in the future.
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