Ooze Labs: Soap & Bath Bomb Lab

Ages: 6 and upManufacturer: Thames & Kosmos

$29.95

Sure, the packaging looks fun but make no mistake; the Soap & Bath Bomb Lab is serious about the body’s largest organ, the skin. The hands on learning science kit takes users through activities in which they learn about skin types, cleansing, healing and yes, beautifying.

The 23-page illustrated manual presents the materials list as a seek, find, and check it off, safety information, advice for supervising adults, and ten experiments for young lab researchers to perform and ponder. They’ll learn what makes skin strong, how soap works, testing acidity with pH test strips and more.

Among the things we applaud here is how the manual “speaks” to the users. Age appropriate and respectful, never condescending.  Each assignment outlines the task (making scented oils), poses a question (How do you recommend we get oil and water to stay mixed?), lists materials needed, gives instructions and offers a “what’s happening” section for each task.

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