Friday, 8 September 2017

Nickelodeon Experimake Rockets And Beyond Review And GIveaway (age 8+) For Addo Play

We love science and over the last few days of the Summer holidays my boys have been experimenting with the Nickelodeon Experimake set - Rockets And Beyond from Addo Play. This is a carefully thought out set with a handful of simple, yet interesting, experiments suitable for children aged around 8+.


Inside the box are most of the items you'll need aside from things that you can find around the house - plates, water etc. Aside from a couple of plastic bags, packaging is all reused for storage and it takes seconds to open - with the only construction being the papercraft space buggy.


Everything inside the box is cleverly packaged onto 2 cardboard trays which come out for you to do your experiments on. They're genius - it keeps everything clean and tidy and stops anything rolling off the table.


Included in the box is the equipment necessary for 6 different experiments which all support STEM learning in school, teaching skills  and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


The experiments in our set are Missile Launcher, Ballistic Balloons, Balloon Rocket Race, Zooming Space Buggy, Fizzy Bombs and Explosive Rocket. These experiments demonstrate propulsion, as well as teaching your children about other concepts including friction, speed, fuel and air pressure.


The easiest experiments demonstrate the power of air pressure for propulsion, starting with a simple squeezy bulb which shoots a rocket a good 10 feet if you are fast. Then we moved on to the balloon experiments - flying a 'Balloon Rocket' along nylon thread is loads of fun - depending on how tight you've taped it and where you tape it, you can get very different results.


The Space Buggy was a bit of a disappointment first time, but second time it did slide down the hallway at speed. Most of the experiments can be repeated again and again, and with more than one scientist it can get quite competitive.


The last two experiments in the book involve making 'Fizzy Bombs' using items including citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. We didn't have a lot of success actually making the bombs into a paste, and our bombs had to be dropped into the water while still in the pots! Science is about getting it wrong, as well as right. We need to try this one again.


The Nickelodeon Experimake Science Kits are created by scientists and aim to provide children with fun activities, that demonstrate the science in a way children can understand and relate to. I think they have definitely achieved that. We had fun and my son was able to tell me about the science he was showing.

Nickelodeon's Experimake Rocket And Beyond is suitable for children aged 8+ and has an rrp of £20. Available now exclusively from The Entertainer, where it is currently on offer at half price - £10 - bargain!

Addo Play have very kindly offered a Rockets And Beyond Set as a prize for one of my readers. Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form blow and it will close at midnight Sunday 1st October. Open to UK entrants only, please see the bottom of the Gleam form for full T's and C's. For help with Gleam and to see my other giveaways, please look at my Giveaways Page...

Nickelodeon Experimake Rockets And Beyond Giveaway (age 8+)


We were sent our Experimake Set for review.

99 comments:

  1. Our science teacher was called Mr Blakelaw and he was scary! I was scared of bunsen burners and would always ask someone to light it for me!

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  2. burning things in bunsens x

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  3. christine shelley8 September 2017 at 17:43

    Chemistry, I loved Physics I hated

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  4. The teacher he was fantastic

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  5. All the great experiments with bunsen burners - I loved it!

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  6. Making volcanoes in primary school

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  7. I remember doing The screaming jelly baby experiment in school. It's a classic science experiment that uses potassium chlorate to oxidise the sugar in a jelly baby which results in coloured flames, smoke and a screaming sound.

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  8. I loved the experiments that ended in a loud bang or a big fizz. Great fun.

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  9. great, producing oxygen under water into a test tube and then popping it with a neked flame

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  10. Bunsen burners flaming away in lab lessons & putting Sodium in water (don't try that at home).

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  11. I loved using the Bunsen burners, very exciting!

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  12. This looks great fun. What a brilliant set x

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  13. I loved the experiments like making a volcano x

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  14. It's got to be adding the mentos to a bottle cola!

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  15. Learning about how to distil alcohol from potatoes. We were 12...

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  16. Er! we dropped magnesium on the parquet floor, never forget the fun and games trying to put it out

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  17. I don't remember too much about school!
    I do remember the Bunsen burner and liquid turning red to blue -amd wow behold if we messed about we'd be sent to the heads office for the cane !!!

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  18. Im not gonna lie... it was looking at the super fit science teacher! haha He was soon hot!

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  19. i remember how cool my science teacher was, i remember when we had to disect a frog and i hid in the corner because i thought it was gross!

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  20. I think the best memory is getting to use the bunsen burners for the first time and getting to experiment with them! (my friend set her fringe on fire!!!)

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  21. when we made the paperclip float on water

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  22. Sounds silly but I loved the detail of biology, so drawing & labelling the bones of the ear or layers of a leaf!

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  23. Making an ethanol foam and then setting it on fire!! 🔥 it was a winner!

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  24. The smell of the gas where everyone had been playing with the Bunsen burner

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  25. Playing around with the Bunsen burner

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  26. I loved my science class for the practical stuff! I loved when we used to mix things that made it bubble over glass containers. We definitely weren't to safe with the buses burners!!

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  27. Having books given to me by my English teacher such as Jane Eyre xx

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  28. When we done am experiment with a potato and batteries

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  29. The nutty science teacher Mr Bolton

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  30. Margaret Clarkson
    I remember dissolving salt in water, then heating the liquid until the water evaporated to leave salt.

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  31. Using the Bunsen Burner for me too! Loved that.

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  32. Bunsen burner experiments. The teacher was also wonderful in taking the time with us and making it fun.

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  33. I liked Science at school any experiments we did with the Bunsen burners were great fun x

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  34. I cannot remember any Science at school, I am entering this for my niece Chole as that she will have memories of science.

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  35. i always loved experiments with magnesium phosphate! My 9 year old son is a science nut and has an amazing grasp on it all, he'd absolutely love this!

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  36. Using the bunsen burners in class was always good fun

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  37. bunson burners!!! i loved science...still do!!!

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  38. enthusiastic teacher he was great

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  39. Melting things on the Bunsen burner - not sure that was the intended purpose though!

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  40. Bunson burner experiments were fun

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  41. Best memory is when someone's test tube exploded during an experiment in chemistry. Caused quite a big incident. Was supposed to just be boiling a bit of water over the bunsen burner, but rumour was that he added something of his own to see what happened.

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  42. I don't really remember much about science classes. Apart from the dreaded dissecting of a lamb's heart ( I had to do it because my partner felt sick).

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  43. dissecting a frog in science class was cool

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  44. Bunsen Burner experiments are all i can really remember.

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  45. I remember wearing my safety goggles, science apron and using bunsen burners!

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  46. Nichola betteridge27 September 2017 at 12:57

    I loved every science lesson, it was my favourite subject! In particular chemistry and biology. Most memorable was showing up and finding the teacher stood at the front of class with a pigs head!

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  47. My 8 year old doesn't do very well at school but science is one subject he can remember.

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  48. Someone heating up a pair of tongues with the bunsen burner and then burning a tongue shaped hole through someones exercise book.

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  49. making stink bombs lol

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  50. I remember having a lovely science coat to wear to wear for chemistry lessons and I thought I looked like a doctor!

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  51. I used to love the magnesium experiments with the flashes of light x

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  52. Disecting a rat for A level biology

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  53. Feeling super grown up using a Bunsen burner lol

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  54. The alkali metals - love watching sodium dance around the water

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  55. The experiments in chemistry where so fun - can't remember what they were now though

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  56. I love used the bunson burner and when the teacher showed us that you could move your hand through the blue flame!

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  57. I loved science but my fave memory is of 2 of the really 'tough' boys fainting in biology when we had to dissect a rat hehe

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  58. I remember the dreaded dissection and hated it!

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  59. My science teacher Mr Kennedy always going the extra mile to make his lessons fascinating! I loved science because of him and still do!.

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  60. experiments with bunsen burners

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  61. The chemistry teacher who was an inspirational lady who thrilled not only with the subject but enthralled us with tales of her prized teddy bears :)

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  62. my wildly eccentric chemistry teacher

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  63. My favourite lesson was when we burnt the sugars in love hearts, using ethanol and a naked flame, it was amazing to watch the carbon 'snakes' appear from the sugars!

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  64. Getting to study and hold mercury - I remember being absolutely fascinated by it!

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  65. Its a good 15 years since I did any science but I always loved making magnets and electricity circuits. I didnt like the bunsen burners... I still have a scar on my hand from an accident with one of those haha! I was accident prone in them days

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  66. Burning different chemicals wit the bunson burner to see the different colour flames!

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  67. We had a lovely man called Mr Swindle (we were told to call him Derek the last month of school) who made it fun, died a few years ago unfortunately but used to see him a lot after I felt and he used to tell me off even then, if I called him Sir or Mr Swindle. Was so grown-up when we could use chemicals and bunsen burners. :)

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  68. Making copper sulphate crystals in Y7.

    EJ Dunn

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  69. I loved the one to do with water pressure where water leaking from different heights along a bottle would shoot out at different angels because of the differing weight of water above it!

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  70. Playing with bunson burners 🔥

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  71. Having fun with my friends doing experiments and seeing things go wrong

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  72. Bunsen burners! They were fab!

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  73. That I once came top of the class in an exam with 64%. We all had to re-sit as it was rubbish

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  74. Apart from the teacher it was looking at a pigs heart. Interesting but gross x

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  75. I hated everything about science at school but have loved having to re-learn it for the sake of the kids. Love doing food experiments with the little ones and then progressing to things that go bang with the bigger ones.

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  76. I think it was setting Magnesium Ribbons on fire. Or maybe the imminent dangers of children having access to (and misbehaving) with bunsen burners :)

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  77. I loved when we made beer. We weren't allowed to try any though! I'm sure the teacher had a great weekend going home with our experiments :P

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  78. Bunsen burners, burning chemicals in them

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  79. The experiments and using the bunsen burner x

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  80. Using the Bunsen Burner , prize looks fun

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  81. Definitely using the Bunsen burner and also thought growing crystals was pretty cool (can't remember what is used for that)

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  82. i love the forensic part of the sciences learning about fingerprints and such

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  83. Great teacher and fun lessons :)

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  84. My Chemistry teacher had obviously had some kind of 'accident' earlier in his career, as his ear looked sort of corroded! Now that was real scary science!

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  85. making circuits, used to love seeing how complicated I could make them

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