As its name suggests, the Chemistry 60 kit is a chemistry project set that gives you 60 experiments using household chemicals that you provide so that a child can see how chemistry plays a part in our everyday lives. The experiments are safe and simple to conduct.
This is introductory chemistry set for kids, so the experiments are basic and fun. Nearly everything relates to chemistry matters that a child would encounter at home, especially in the kitchen.
Adults might find this a little too simplistic in some areas, but this chemistry set is designed to help children comprehend scientific concepts that are already at work in everyone's life – we just are not aware of it or paying attention. The Chemistry 60 kit can be used to lay the groundwork for more complex scientific inquiry later.
Most of the experiments in this kit are quick, but a few (like crystal growing) may take several days or longer to complete. Make sure you read through the entire procedure before starting an experiment so you know how long it will take.
This kit comes with very basic lab equipment including measuring and mixing tools, test tubes and a test tube stand, safety glasses and a few other items. There are a few glass pieces but the kit is designed to be safe for kids. If your child is at the lower end of the age spectrum, he/she may need help measuring ingredients, using the small tools and learning the experimental method (following instructions in the proper order).
Like the Milestones in Science kit, Chemistry 60 uses household chemicals that are not included in the kit. Most of the required chemicals are found in the average home, but there may be a few items that require a trip to the grocery or hardware store.
This kit comes with a very small booklet with nowhere near the depth of information or visual appeal of the Milestones in Science kit manual. The booklet contains procedures for all the experiments and explanations of the how and why the experiments work. Although a kit’s manual plays a big part in helping kids understand the experiments, very young chemists won’t want to spend a lot of time reading. In fact, the reason chemistry sets are so effective in teaching science is that the reading is balanced with activities to keep the child’s interest. So, even though the manual for this kit is nothing to write home about, it is sufficient for this purpose.
Chemistry 60 is very similar to the higher-rated CHEM C500, but the C500 includes chemicals and has a better experiment manual. Even though the Chemistry 60 lost points for not including chemicals, it has almost twice as many experiments as the C500.
This chemistry project kit involves very safe experiments so younger children can enjoy it and learn from it.
There are no chemicals included with this kit so you will need to provide items for experiments, although many are common household goods.
This makes a nice introductory chemistry set for children with enough experiments to keep them interested and learning.