Monday, 11 November 2019

Christmas Giveaway: Science Mad Chemistry Lab (age 10+) Sent for Review

The Science Mad Chemistry Lab is a proper Chemistry set designed for children who are ready to move on from volcanoes and start looking deeper into why their world works as it does. Trends UK have sent us this set to review with my 11 year old, and my 9 1/2 year old joined in with some extra close supervision...

Science Mad Chemistry Lab (age 10+) box cover shot showing children doing science

We are a household who love science and my boys have grown up experimenting. I'll start by saying this is an awesome Chemistry set. The price is brilliant for the kit included and the experiments are genuinely age 10+ and incredibly exciting for my boys. Here's why we think that...

Science Mad Chemistry set review box contents included

Inside the cardboard box is a plastic insert holding all of your equipment. There are over 20 pieces of equipment, including several made from real glass - the spirit burner, stirring rod, a glass tube, 2 test tubes, beaker and conical flask - so we've opted to keep ours in the box between use for safety.

Science Mad Chemistry Lab chemicals included in the set

Also included are adjustable safety goggles and 10 assorted chemicals in plastic containers with safety caps, plus indicator paper and filter paper and lots of other pieces of equipment.

Chemistry Set review colour changing copper sulphate experiments

You aren't left on your own, there's an instruction booklet with all 100 experiments, which can be used start to finish as a learning tool, or you can just pick an experiment because it looks good. It also has information about how to use equipment and chemicals safely.

Science Mad Chemistry Lab chemicals information page in instruction booklet

There are a few household items (e.g. vinegar, foil) which you need to complete all of the experiments, plus water, matches and the methylated spirits for the burner (available cheaply at larger supermarkets, motor factors, Wilkinsons, Tool Station etc).

Chemistry Set review child melting aluminium over heat experiment

Because you are using a naked flame, you will need to tie back long hair and wear safety goggles in case your experiment spits. I'd also advise you save little tiny glass or plastic bottles with lids, to hold mixed chemicals as you work. Don't store them for long periods because you don't know if they'll give off a gas and explode, or worse! I don't know what worse is, but we don't want to find out.

Doing Chemistry experiments at home wearing safety goggles with hair tied up

The Science Mad Chemistry Lab is ideal for science-loving or curious children, it'll teach them how to think like a scientist and very soon they'll be expanding on what they're doing and asking "what happens if....?". It's a great set to really engage the child and get them excited about chemistry. It does need adult supervision, which really was no chore. There is a fantastic range of real experiments with genuinely exciting results.

Science Mad Chemistry Lab list of experiments in instruction booklet

The Science Mad Chemistry Lab is suitable for young scientists aged 10+, but has plenty of scope to keep them interested for a while. My 20 year old is a science student at uni and had a great time with it! It's especially perfect to tap into the enthusiasm children around 10-13 have when they start to be trusted with things like fire or acids. 

Science Mad Chemistry Lab boy doing experiments

The rrp for this set is £29.99, which is really fair and offers great value. I found prices on Amazon were very high when I looked, and at the time of typing it's reduced to £25.99 in Smyths and £22.49 at Very! A great steal!

I'm delighted to say that Trends Toys have offered a Science Mad Chemistry Lab as a Christmas Present for one of my readers. Entry to the giveaway is by the Gleam form below. No entries are mandatory, but each extra task completed will earn more entries into the random draw at the end.

The sweepstake giveaway will end at midnight Sunday 8th December and is open to UK entrants only. If you are new to Gleam there's a link to help, as well as my other Christmas Present Giveaways, on my Giveaways page...

Christmas Giveaway: Science Mad Chemistry Lab (age 10+) Sent for Review

We were sent our Science Mad Chemistry Lab for review by Trends Toys UK. 

66 comments:

  1. I would like to be able to make a potion that I could give my kids to drink every morning and it would prevent them from bickering & arguing with each other all day long.

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  2. i would love to make some snow for xmas morning x

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  3. Something that will definitively sort out my currently crazy, mixed up skin!

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  4. I have no idea what it's called but there's a colourful gas that glows when air gets to it, glows blue & purple like it's burning (I did it at school when I was 12 yrs old) I would like to see if we could create that when I finally find out what it is called :D

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  5. I would like to be able to make a mixture that washed the clothes but made them all completely crease free so there was never any ironing

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  6. I loved making volcanoes as experiments as a child

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  7. Something to mix together to make my flowers bloom all winter

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  8. Something to slow down skin from ageing

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  9. A wonderfully relaxing potion that would help me sleep at night.

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  10. I would love to create the perfect potion to give me clear skin!

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  11. I'd make something relaxing that would ease the stress and worries of young and old

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  12. I would love to make an anti dust repellent. Something to keep the dust away forever!!!!

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  13. I'd love to create a white Christmas!

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  14. A potion which would send my kids to sleep at bedtime without arguing...

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  15. Margaret Clarkson
    A potion that would change hair colour without having to use dye.

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  16. A drink which perks me up at 2pm everyday! No side effects

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  17. I would love to create a potion to make you wrinkle-free

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  18. I've never made a volcano before, but always wanted to!!

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  19. If you could make a potion for instant money I'd be up for that!

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  20. A non polluting re-usable fuel.

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  21. Definitely agree with the potion to help people and children to get along better and be kind to each other!

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  22. Id love to be able to light the whole house and garden up into a sunny day

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  23. TraceynPaul Lilly16 November 2019 at 02:38

    A sleeping potion

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  24. Yesterday my 93 year old Mum said she wished she could turn water into wine like jesus did in the bible. I think that would be a pretty fab skill to have and i'd love a chemistry set that enabled me to do it!

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  25. something that stops my children from arguing ;)

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  26. I think I would make a lovely bottle of bubble bath

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  27. My favourite bubble bath (mint and basil) has been discontinued and I’m devastated, I’d love to be able to create my own version!

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  28. Moving metallic gel that covers germs to kill them

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  29. I would love to make snow

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  30. I would love to make a machine that gives you whatever weather you want when you want it

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  31. I'd love to create a gas that could be pumped into shopping centres around Christmas to keep everyone calm and cheery!

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  32. A potion for killing calories in foods!

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  33. I'd like to get the chemistry right to make perfect Yorkshire Puddings! Honestly they fail me every time! x

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  34. We love anything that expands and blows up!

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  35. A perfect man maybe? haha. I'd create some kind of potion :D

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  36. I would mix a concoction that when poured into soil, makes money grow on trees!

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  37. I would like to make a potion to stop getting wrinkles!

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  38. A potion to cure all skin conditions

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  39. A way to cure acne

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  40. Something that could let me eat as much chocolate & cake as I wanted without the bad health effects!!

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  41. Would make a potion to make me invisable, would certainly have some fun with being invisable

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  42. a tablet that stops me needing to sleep

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  43. I'd make a potion to ensure I get a great nights sleep every night

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  44. Something to help the homeless. Thankyou for the competition x

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  45. something that makes all the fat that we dont want disappear

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  46. I'd make a time travelling and a happiness potion

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  47. Something to keep my kids busy all the time :)

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  48. My daughter loves experiments like this :) she said she would make some Poly juice potion lol

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  49. Crease free clothes from the washing machine

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  50. Precious metals! If I could make my own gold and silver etc, I would be set for life

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  51. A gin and tonic :-)

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  52. An invisibility potion so I could hide from the children

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  53. I would rustle up a few stink bombs and wreak my revenge on the boys

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  54. A magic potion to make me look younger x

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