British Science Week With Learning Resources | Tales From The Tuff Spot

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British Science Week has sadly passed by without much of a fanfare thanks to the coronavirus outbreak. I guess the one thing is that because of the pandemic, people are more interested in science than ever and are recognising the importance of what science can do. Already, scientists are doing everything in their power to find preventions, cures and more information about the virus.

My boys, and hopefully my little lady in the future, have a huge interest in the sciences. I think most children do; they love exploring and investigating everything in the world. Ben regularly disappears into the bathroom and makes potions out of toothpaste and shampoo.

One of my favourite children’s brands, Learning Resources, has a superb range of toys and accessories to support knowledge and understanding of science, as well as making it super fun. I know it is a brand I can trust; their products are always high-quality and stand up to the pressure of clumsy, heavy handed kids. Schools regularly use their products to support teaching, which tells you how good they are!

We were sent a Primary Science Lab Kit (RRP £28). This is a fab little kit, with real science equipment for children to carry out all sorts of experiments and investigations. It contains the all-important lab goggles, test tubes and holders, beaker, funnel, tweezers, magnifying glass, pipettes and wipe-clean activity cards.

I set it out on the tuff spot, along with some bits and pieces for them to do some of the suggested activities. They are all really simple, do not require many additional or expensive items and for the boys (5, 7 and 8), they could do them without a great deal of input from me. They had fun cleaning up coins, making volcanoes and colour mixing.

It got messy, it got crazy (the benefits of a tuff spot is that it contains it all!) but they had SO much fun. What I love about this set is that it can be used time and time again, not just for science-based activities. I already have some fine motor activities and maths activities planned using some of the equipment from it.

We were also sent the GeoSafari My First Microscope (£20). We haven’t used it in activity yet, but we love the look of it – brightly coloured, easy to use and nice and chunky! Watch this space to find out more about how we use it in our tuff spot activities.

*We were sent these items free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.

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