There's more to doing your nails than just fun colors. With the Project MC2 H2O Nail Science Kit, kids can create marbleized designs on their fingernails and learn about the science behind how it works.
The kit comes with pretty much everything you need except for the nail polish. You'll need at least two different nail polish colors, tape, water, nail polish remover, and cotton swabs. What you do get is a base with LED light, a beaker, three nail polish holders, a stir stick, four pipettes, three nail disks, and one sheet of nail adhesives.
To use, fill the beaker ¾ of the way full with water. If you want to dye the included fake nails, adhere them to your own nails and mask off the area around your nails with tape so that only the nails are exposed. This should help keep any polish off of your skin. (You can also polish your own fingernails.)
Fill one pipette with color from one of the nail polishes, and then squeeze a drop of that color into the water-filled beaker. Use another pipette to do the same thing with a second color of polish. Then, go back and do the same thing again with the first pipette and polish color. Use the stir stick to blend the colors and create unique patterns. Then, dip your fingers into the water with your nails facing downward over the design. Use the stir stick to remove excess polish from the water around your nails. When you're ready, pull your nails out of the water and shake off excess water. Remove the tape and use nail polish remover to remove any excess polish on your fingers. Place your fingers in the nail dryer on the base and turn on the fan to dry your nails.
The back of the box provides a scientific explanation for what kids are doing. Basically, nail polish floats on water, and gravity causes the polish to spread out in a thin layer. The polish won't stick to the water, but it will stick to keratin, which is the protein that fingernails are made of. That's how the marbled designs transfer from the water to your fingernails.
Kids who watch the Netflix series Project MC2 know that the show is all about engaging them in STEAM learning (or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). And with this toy, they're getting a little bit of science and art, while also getting to feel like the characters from the show.
Any kid who likes to paint her fingernails will find the nail art aspect of this toy appealing. The marbleized design looks pretty cool, especially if you're using nail polish colors that are very dissimilar. However, it might take kids a few tries to get something that looks as perfect as what's shown on the box. Still, dipping your nails into the mixture of polish and water is a lot easier than trying to paint cool designs onto your nails. Plus, this can be reused over and over again so that kids can create new polish color designs each time.
The kit comes with a nail art station with nail dryer, a beaker, four pipettes, a design tool, three nail discs, 36 adhesives, and three nail polish stands.
You'll need to provide three AA batteries, two or more nail polishes, tape, water, nail polish remover, and cotton swabs.
3 AA batteries required
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