Galt Rainbow Lab Parent’s Review

Introduction

We are making a conscious effort to get the girls into ‘experiments’. Not science, but experiments. It all started with a few nature books (link) we bought that included some simple experiments. I think the first one we did was using food colouring to dye flower petals via the stem. The girls loved it. We would set it up then say let’s come back a see what’s happening in the morning. The next day they would wake up and run downstairs to have a look. When it works – and it hasn’t every time – the girls were delighted with whatever change they saw.

I then bought the ‘Everything Kids’ Easy Science Experiment‘ book as it promised experiments that could be done with things you have around the home (making specific trips to different shops for these things is not always possible). The highlight was the one where you blow up a balloon simply using gas created by crushed bananas. My wife then extended our experiment craze by ordering the Galt Rainbow Lab and it has been a total success.

To summarise, it’s a completely accessible experience for younger kids with multiple experiments that don’t take too long and allow them to do most of the required tasks. It’s very colourful (which always helps) and teaches various concepts along the way. It has only served to reinforce their interest in this stuff and Nina returned from school a few weeks later declaring that when her classmates were asked what they wanted to improve this year she answered ‘experiments!’ (incidentally, she said most of the other kids said their bike riding).

What’s in the Kit?

What I like about the contents is that they have included a lot of things you would find in a lab but made it fun for kids. So you have the usual test tubes, mix containers, mix tray, googles, note pad, paper filters, crystals etc… and you also have really bright stickers the kids love and rainbow goggles. When they both put on the goggles and walked around the setup it looked hilarious. Like a mini-science lab, but nothing too scary.

The booklet is then your guide with 24 pages listing 12 experiments. We worked through these over period of about a week doing 2-3 on day 1 and 2, then about 1 a day from there. They’ve gone to a bit of effort with the booklet, with two cartoon professors and an assistant robot, safety and supervision guidelines and first aid information. For each experiment, they run through a checklist of what you need, what you need to do and then an explanation of the science behind it (in very simple terms).

Another thing I liked was that we managed to keep all the stuff together. There was nothing too small, nothing containing chemicals that were a worry and nothing breakable, so we just threw it all in a box after finishing up and managed not to lose anything.

Rainbow Lab Contents

The Experiments

The first experiment is called ‘Colour Mixing’ and introduces the basic process that you will use for most of the subsequent ones. Filling the 3 test tubes with water, you then colour each with one of the three food dyes (red, blue or yellow). After that, you use the pipette (like a mini turkey baster) to suck up the coloured water and put it in the mixing containers. The kids take over from this point, adding different colours together and seeing what happens. The professors in the book then introduce the concept of primary and secondary colours.

The next experiment is called ‘Colour Creator’ and extends the earlier experiment by using the mix tray. It includes 24 small holes which can each be filled. We took turns in filling then up, and adding other colours so that by the end it was genuinely a rainbow of variations. For example, we would use blue and yellow to make green, and then have 4-5 variations of green.

This leads you to the third experiment called ‘Colourful Crystals’ which introduces two new items: the spoon and polyarchimide crystals. Using the spoon, you take out a few crystals and put in each plastic hole on the tray. Once done, you wait to see what happens and after not long at all, the crystals suck up the water and expand to become soft, pretty little blobs. They vary in size, due to the amount of crystals, creating a lovely variation of colours and sizes all in the one place.

All 3 are really easy and have the kids totally engaged. In my case, Nina and Violet helped to put water in the test tubes, colour the water, mix the colours, fill the holes and then insert the crystals. Through three experiments they had learned about simple colour mixing, more refined colour mixing and then water absorption and evaporation.

As we worked through each one, we would draw a circle and then a tick in the middle to indicate we had finished. This gave the girls a small but noticeable sense of achievement, and is something they want to do now for all experiments.

Perfect for younger kids who get bored with more complex toys or science kits

Favourite Experiment

Rather than run through each of the 12 experiments and deprive you of your own sense of discovery, I will only talk about one more experiment. Our favourite one.

‘Walking colours’ is a very simple but somehow satisfying experiment. All you have to do is put two colours into separate containers, take two pieces of kitchen towel, cut them in half and fold them then insert each end into one container and the other into an empty one in the middle. The water immediately absorbs up the paper from both directions. It’s fun to watch, although not really surprising. The next day, the real surprise was that the middle container had now filled up with water which was coloured purple (from the blue and red we had used). Again, they are learning about absorption, but also learn that it pays to wait out an experiment to see what happens over time.

  • Design
    7
  • Fun
    7
  • Education
    7
  • Repeat Playability
    6
The Good

Each experiment is easy to do and builds on the last one

A few simple items go a long way

Perfect for younger kids who get bored with more complex toys or science kits

The Bad

No negatives. The only reason this doesn't score higher is due to its simplicity.

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