If you are in any way concerned about the safety of a chemistry set in your child's hands, Thames & Kosmos has just released a new product that offers fun and educational experiments that use only household materials.

The Kids First Chemistry Set is intended for students ages 8 through 15, but most likely will appeal to the younger end of the spectrum. Although these chemistry kits are marketed as safe for children, that does not detract from the kinds of experiments that a youngster can undertake.

There are 25 experiments in all, and they cover such areas as identifying chemicals, studying the properties of oils, soaps and water, acids and bases, crystallization, the composition of inks and dyes, and much more.

Young chemists also get to make their own test tube racks from plaster, and they can learn scientific concepts that will serve them well in later school science classes. Among these concepts is how to correctly use chemistry equipment including beakers, filters, test tubes, pipettes and measuring spoons.

Adult supervision is always a good idea, and with this kit, both you and your child can make this a project to enjoy together. First, you can find the chemicals needed for experiments in any typical home, particularly in the kitchen or laundry room. The equipment that comes with this chemistry project set is reusable, and since you undoubtedly keep your kitchen and laundry room stocked, the experiments can be repeated as much as both of you would like.

You might need to buy a few extras, such as balloons, for experiments involving acids and bases that inflate the balloons, but overall, you probably have what you need on hand.

Included with the kit is a 48-page manual that gives clearly written and systematic instructions for conducting experiments.

This chemistry kit is often included in retailers' toy sections, but the level of learning – even though it is basic – is solid. Children can find out what makes sparkling water sparkle, study the make-up of inks and dyes, and they can even make their own perfume.

More importantly, your child will learn the importance of safety in a chemistry lab through such directions as making sure that everything is labeled correctly and never dumping the remaining ingredients of an experiment back into a container of the original ingredients. These might sound simplistic to adults, but children need to learn how to measure properly, put things back the right way so the original ingredients are not contaminated and more. This approach can help build an appreciation for how to handle yourself in a real science lab in school, or perhaps, later in a work environment.

Kids First Chemistry Set Summary:
6.6/10

The Kids First Chemistry Set is a great choice for some fun and still instructive experiments as well as a solid introduction to the basic principles of chemistry lab safety and the methodical approach needed to conduct any experiment in a way that is scientifically sound.

 
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Kids First Chemistry Set

Pros
This safe introductory kit uses only household chemicals.

Cons
This is quite a basic chemistry set so it might not be a good selection for the more advanced student.

The Verdict
: 6.63/10

The Kids First Chemistry Set offers a healthy variety of experiments and instruction in scientific protocols using safe products typically found at home.