The Dangerous Book for Boys Classic Chemistry

from Thames & Kosmos



Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

Get dangerous with science! Based on the bestselling children's book The Dangerous Book for Boys, this kit presents chemistry that every kid should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities.

Learn about atoms, elements, and the periodic table by building simple models. Experiment with compounds, mixtures, solutions, and suspensions, and discover ionic and covalent bonding. Perform chemical reactions involving acids and bases, indicators, salts, and electrochemistry. Explore examples of metals, metalloids, and nonmetals, and then conduct chemistry experiments with them. Investigate topics in organic chemistry such as alcohols, proteins, and plastics. Make plastic out of milk, a stink bomb, a smoke bomb, and colorful slime!

Kids will learn about where and how chemistry is used in the real world and read a brief history of the science. Parents and grandparents will appreciate this nostalgic-looking kit, updated for today's kids. With more than 30 hands-on experiments and projects, this kit offers a great opportunity for parent-child bonding and at the same time fosters natural creativity.

Of course, the word "dangerous" is meant lightheartedly, as is the original book. The emphasis is on classic, kid-powered fun that may be nostalgic for older people but is relatively new and empowering for kids. We see this as a nice complement to other types of play, but parent direction and influence will most likely help get and keep kids engaged.