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I’m often asked for product recommendations and have tried and tested many resources both at home and in the classroom over the years. There are things like magnets, tweezers and filter papers that we use almost weekly and more expensive items like K’NEX, LEGO, circuit materials and microscopes that we use slightly less often but wouldn’t be without.

Posted on Monday 18th June 2018

I’ve chosen a few of my favourite and most used products to tell you about:

Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots

Science Sparks Bee-Bot

We’re big fans of Bee-Bots for introducing coding to younger children and are especially enjoying the new Bee-Bot app, which allows children to write a program on a tablet for the Bee-Bot to execute. I ran a coding club for Y1 children a few years ago using Bee-Bots and various hands-on challenges which you can read about here.

Magnet Wands

Science Sparks Magnet wand

We use magnet wands all the time. They are inexpensive but can be used in lots of different ways. For Key Stage 1, children could use magnet wands to feel the force of two magnets repelling each other, make magnet mazes, sensory bottles or go on a hunt for magnetic items.

Make Your Own Motorised Vehicle Class Kit

Science Sparks motorised vehicle

This kit contains everything you need for a class to make motorised vehicles using electric circuits. The downloadable supporting materials are fantastic and provide lots of inspiration. We each designed and built a car and then set up timed races, but you could also test the cars going up and down ramps or on different surfaces.

Flex-View Digital Microscope and Easi-Scope

Flex-view Science Sparks

The Flex-View Microscope has an amazing 250x magnification and can be used as a handheld microscope or attached to a clever holder with a flexible neck, it’s very easy to use and has become a much valued part of our science kit, especially at this time of year when there’s so much outside to investigate close up.

We also love the Easi-Scope Wireless Microscope, which is fantastic for taking out and about.

Sow it and Grow It Plant Pots and House

Science Sparks Sow and Grow House

My children LOVE to grow food, but sometimes get a bit frustrated waiting for their seeds to start to grow. The Sow It and Grow It Plant Pots are fantastic as they look great and allow children to see their plants grow from the beginning and watch how the roots develop as well as the parts of the plant above the surface. The house version has four compartments to allow children to make comparisons easily.

We’ve been growing beans in different parts of the house to investigate where they grow the best.

More Handy Resources:

Filter Paper

filter paper

Filter papers can be used for simple chromatography investigations or for filtering when placed inside a funnel.

UV Detecting Colour Changing Beads

We use UV detecting colour changing beads to compare the strength of UV light on a cloudy day compared to a sunny day.

pH Indicator Books

PH indicator pads

These can be used to compare the pH of different substances to learn about acids and bases.

Do you have any recommendations for products I might like?

With thanks to Emma Vanstone from Science Sparks for writing this blog post. Emma runs Science Sparks producing lots of wonderful Science-based activities for children. Science activities offer endless creative learning opportunities and are a great way to spend time with your children. Follow Science Sparks on their websiteFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Science Sparks – top Early Years resources

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