Timeline – Review

Timeline is a fact based card game from Asmodee and distributed by Esdevium in the UK, for 2-8 players aged 8+ RRP £12.99 per game.

We were sent two of the range of Timeline card games Science & Discoveries and Historical Facts. Each game comes in a lovely bright tin containing 110 dated fact cards. The game play is very simple each player is dealt 4 cards date side down, and you take turns placing a card where in the timeline where you think it belongs. Reveal the date, get it right and the card stays in the timeline, get it wrong and you discard and pick up another from the game pile.

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We have played Timeline as 2,3 and 4 players, and have had great fun finding out some new facts. I thought I would be pretty good at the science cards but there are some surprises when it comes to things like the discovery of the potato. Each game lasts about 15-20 minutes and causes much discussion. There is very little strategy needed to play timeline, and when you think you have learnt all the dates off by heart you can add in another set of cards.

The boy proved that you don’t need to know all the facts, some guesswork is good, and also a little cleaver placing where there are bigger gaps in dates. He found that he had as much chance of winning as an adult, and younger children with a little help could team up and play Timeline. You don’t need to worry about mixing up the packs of cards as the dates are different colours so its easy to separate again. The boy has even enjoyed playing a type of solo snap game and placing the cards in a date order.

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Timeline is such a quick simple game to learn, with quick play it is great as a holiday game. Timelines tin also means you are not going to lose any of the cards as they are kept safe. I have loved learning some fun facts, that I might never need again. Dad dragon has enjoyed memorizing the dates! and even Bingo granny has enjoyed playing this game as she thought her age meant she would have a good chance of beating us. If you would like to have the chance to win two timeline games to play with your family then enter with my gleam app below.

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Timeline are distributed in the UK by Esdevium and are available online with my links above or for store stockists check the store locator here.

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Fueling Future Cars, Science X from Ravensburger – review

Fueling Future Cars is a part of a great range of different Science X kits available from Ravensburger for children aged 8+ RRP £29.99. This Science X Fueling Future cars kit has everything you need to discover how electric cars of the future work and how they are powered. (You will need additional materials for some experiments, including one A4 battery)

The boy was excited to find our more about fueling cars of the future and didn’t need any encouragement to start building. The box contains some pretty special materials including solar panels, a super capacitor, motors and the parts to build your own electric car. The 35 page full colour booklet has some great information on the history of fueling future cars, how they first came about and why we might need them in the future.

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The boy wanted to get going and make the car straight away, but it is interesting to note that the instructions add that you need to follow the 9 activates in the order they appear in the instructions. We didn’t at first and this did cause us to miss important instructions, including how to properly understand the wiring diagrams. The 9 different fueling future cars activities start with wiring a motor and completing a basic circuit. I loved the clear diagrams detailing how to wire each activity. The boy however wanted to look at the coloured pictures and we found these did not always follow the actual diagram which caused some confusion.

fueling future cars building

Each activity has a great mix of information and detail including background knowledge of how electricity works. There are lots of questions to ask, and work out how and why things happen. (answers in the back) We discovered how to make the solar panel light up an led light. but by far my favourite experiment has to be making our own simple electric motor. The boy didn’t have the patience to make the copper coil, so made the card housing for our motor. With the addition of a couple of paper clips, and we had followed the wiring diagram it took a little bit of alteration to work out how to get our motor to spin. Once we had it refined, then this is a pretty impressive experiment as you can move the magnet to find out how this alters the spin of your copper coil.

fueling future cars science x

Fueling future cars, and onto the building of the car itself and the exploded diagram is just about detailed enough. The boy had trouble using the mini screwdriver included in the kit, so we used a household one instead. We also found some of the wires were super fine and were tricky to connect into the terminals. The boy successfully made the battery powered car, but adding the super capacitor proved a bit tricky. Understanding the wiring diagrams for me was a little difficult (mainly as we hadn’t started from the beginning) and I am not electrically trained! We did however complete the first car and I think with a little patience could work out how to alter our wiring to include the solar panel. There are 4 different experiments with the car so this could keep the boy occupied for another day when he has more patience.

Overall we were very impressed with this kit, and I think if you have a car mad kid who loves learning about electrics and circuits then this would be perfect for them. Fueling future cars is a great way to get kids to read and understand instructions and wiring, so I think would be better suited to children aged 12 and over. My only disappointment with this kit is that you can’t build each experiment, as you only have one of each component part. Each experiment has to be dismantled before you make the next one. I think it wouldn’t have cost much to add in the extra wires and terminals needed to finish each of the models.

We have enjoyed fueling future cars and would give it a 4 out of 5 and I can see this kit coming in handy for some future science projects at school. Have a look at the Ravensburger page for more Science X kits, which are great quality and full of information and fun.

Disclaimer we were sent Fueling future cars to review and the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Spy Science Intruder Alarm from Great Gizmos – Review

Great Gizmos have a great range of kits in the Spy Science range, and we were sent the Intruder Alarm to test out. The Spy Science intruder alarm is recommended for kids 8+ with a RRP £11.95.

spy science intruder alarm

The boy was excited about this spy science kit and couldn’t wait to install it on his bedroom door! The Spy Science kit has everything contained in the box apart from 2 AA battery’s and even comes with a cute beware style door hanger.

spy science intruder alarm kit

The boy had very little problem making the Intruder Alarm as the instructions are super easy, with a numbered sequence of pictures and easy to understand instructions. All the electrical connections are made with a clever metal ring and pin system trapping each wire to join them. The boy understands simple electrical circuits and loved working out how the alarm was going to work.

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The Spy Science Intruder Alarm took about 15 minutes to complete including batteries and testing, and the boy ran off to Dad proof his room! The alarm has self adhesive pads to attach to your chosen door so easy to fit. The alarm comes with an on off switch, and a cord long enough to adjust for most gaps. He was thrilled with the alarm, and was pleased to show me how he had installed it on his own. Including how he had worked out how to escape the room through a very small crack in the door, without setting it off!

intruder alarm

He was pleased the cats can get in and out without triggering the alarm but Dad sets it off each time. The boy says this kit is “Awesome”, but wanted me to point out that the pads are not very sticky and after one day of use the unit fell off. There is the option to fit your alarm more permanently with screw holes, but I think some better sticky pads in this set would be a better option. The boy still thinks his intruder alarm would be a great addition to a den and has even been thinking of how he could make it work in his tent in the summer. I think that Spy Science kits make a fab birthday gift and something I know the boys friends would simply love!

For a full range of their fun kids science kits visit Great Gizmos website, of find them on twitter and Facebook.

Excavation Gems from Science4you – review

Excavation Gems from Science4you is a great place to start in the world of geology for children aged 5+ and RRP £9.99.

The boy has really started to get into experiments since he started cubs. He loves exploring and asking questions so I am always on the look out for interesting kits. I know there are lots of places on the internet where you can look at ideas for experiments safe to do at home. I’m not the most experimental person when it comes to that sort of thing so these kits are perfect as you have everything you need in one little box.

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The boy was sent a Excavation Gem kit, and as he does love collecting all sorts of things this was a perfect choice for him to find out more about geology. Each Science4You kit comes with a booklet. I was pleased this had a great mix of both information on each of the gems in the kit, as well as detailed explanations of how rocks and crystals are formed. We enjoyed reading about the stones and minerals and how to tell the difference between different gems before the boy started to dig for gems himself.

The Excavation Gems kit contains: a 24 page booklet, small wooden chisel, brush and a plaster block with 5 hidden gems. The best part about this science4you kit as far as the boy was concerned was that his block might just have a piece of Obsidian (this will mean a lot to Minecraft fans, and nothing to me!)

science4you gem excavation

The boy set about scraping his way into the plaster, and it wasn’t long before he found his first gem. They were evenly hidden and it took a good while to carefully remove the first one from the plaster. The boy was excited to use the book as a guide to work out which of the 25 possible gems was the one he had discovered. The gems are a good size and some are polished so make a nice addition to his rock collection.

The boy was soon onto his next gem, and as the plaster block is relatively soft it did not take long for him to find it. Spurred on by the hope his block would contain Obsidian he made short work of the first 4 gems. Number five and to his surprise he hit gold! (would have been good if it was real) no not fools gold but Obsidian! The boy was so excited that he had found a piece of what I thought was a fictional rock that everyone has had to have a look at what is now his pride and joy.

science4you excavation gems

This science4you kit was great value and would make a perfect stocking filler of Birthday gift for a friend. With each of the Excavation Gems kits from Science4you having different contents you could try to collect them all. For more information or to see what other science kits are available have a look at the Science4you website here. We excited now to try out our wind powered generator kit, look out for our review soon.

Disclaimer, we were sent this Science4you kit to review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

Light-up Space Planetarium – Review

Light-up Space Planetarium from Great Gizmos, this is a great build it yourself science kit for ages 8+ and RRP £12.95.

This neat little boxed project comes with all the parts that you need to build a cool torch planetarium. There are several grey plastic parts needed to build the projector, some very small screws, pen, and projector film. with both pre printed and plain for you to design your own projections.

light-up space planetarium

You will need a small screwdriver to assemble this project, and despite the boy being 8 nearly nine, he had trouble getting the very tiny screws to fit, so I was instructed to do the tricky part of screwing the projector together. The boy completed all the other parts of putting this kit together. He especially enjoyed testing out the different films which slot in above the LED torch.

building light-up space planetarium

The summer holidays are such a big break to fill that this kit was perfect way to fill one of our days at home. The boy is getting more interested in all the science experiments, and particularly all things space. This kit didn’t take long to build, the boy took time to work out the effects of moving the light source closer and further away from the slides. You can project images onto the dome on the top of the planetarium or directly onto the wall of ceilings.

great gizmos light-up space planetarium

I would say that I think this kit seemed flimsy as the legs simply slot into place, and tend to fall out when you lift it from the floor. The boy didn’t seem to mind this, as he preferred to use it as a torch shining pictures on his walls. The star slides we thought were fun and we tried to work out which of the constellations we knew. when placed on the floor of the boy’s room the projector had enough power to light pretty patterns on the ceiling which was fun.

light-up space prodjector

For a space fan, this is a great little kit, and a good start perfect for looking at how projectors work. It does seem a little pricey for what is included in the kit, but with battery’s included it was nice not to have to dash out to the shops!

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ScienceX Dinosaurs kit – Review

We were asked to review the ScienceX Dinosaurs kit from Ravensburger over the summer holidays. I am always looking for new things to get the boy excited about learning, and this kit which is part of a great range of ScienceX kits looked a perfect place to start.

scienceX Dinosaurs

The ScienceX Dinosaurs kit is available on-line and from shops with a RRP £7.99 and recommended age of 8+. The age advisory on this kit is due to the inclusion of plaster in the kit, where adult supervision is essential. The ScienceX Dinosaurs kit contains 6 activities, with a bright colourful guide full of information as well as details of each activity.

Supplied: Dinosaur cut panels for two models, Excavation block, Plaster powder, Plaster mould.

Not supplied: Tools for excavation (we used an old butter knife), paint brush, glue, measuring jug, and a pot to mix the plaster.

You can start with activity one, a fun Dinosaur timeline game, which explains when each species of Dinosaur lived, or like the boy, jump straight into building the T-rex! The first think I noticed about the ScienceX Dinosaurs kit is that it is not over packaged. The box is the perfect size for the content, and sturdy like the jigsaw boxes that Ravensburger produce. As a parent over packaged toys are a big bugbear of mine, and its nice to see that this ScienceX has only the packaging that it needs.

The boy set about activity six, building the T-Rex skeleton. He needed no help from me for this activity. The pieces pop out of the panels, and slot together to form a very pleasing model.

scienceX dinosaurs trex

Next was the excavation of the Megalosaurus tooth. We talked about how archaeologists would take their time and care when digging up a fossil. So despite the boys keenness to get the tooth out, he did attempt to take his time. The block is formed of a fine powder, easy to scrape away with a spoon, or like us blunt butter knife. I think out of all the activities in the ScienceX Dinosaur kit this was the boys favourite. He was proud of his findings, and was excited to get on with the next activity.

sciencex dinosaurs megalosaurus tooth

There are two activities where you can make a plaster model of firstly a Nautilus, then an Archaeopteryx, and the instructions do tell you to weigh out 50g of plaster for each. As the kit only contained 50g of plaster we worked out that these two models had to be made at the same time. We used a plastic cup to mix our plaster and a lolly stick was a perfect stirrer. The boy couldn’t wait for his fossils to dry, and we were very pleased with the finished results.

sciencex dinosaurs plaster

The only disappointment with the kit was the Pteranodon model. You will need strong glue, as we used a PVA and this didn’t work at all with the shiny high gloss paper. The boy was disappointed with this model, and said he didn’t think it looked very good at all. I have to agree with this, and think it would have been more fun to have the Pteranadon as a flyable paper aeroplane, type model.

dinosaurs sciencex kit

Overall we are very impressed with the ScienceX Dinosaurs kit. From my point of view the boy was entertained for  a couple of afternoons, and learning. The kit is great value for money, and something I will consider for a friends party gift. It’s not over packaged (hurrah) and the boy?

He said “It was great fun getting the tooth out, the Pteranodon was not good, but the T-rex is the best and I think I will put on my desk”

 

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Pumpaloons review

Pumpaloons is the latest game we have been sent by Drumond Park. Pumpaloons is a game for two players aged 4+ and has an RRP of £19.99.

When I told the boy that Drumond Park were sending us Pumpaloons to review, I have to say he was not impressed. I think the reply I had was something like “I have seen those on TV and they don’t look very good” Well its been an interesting week since they arrived as the Pumpaloons have now become the boys best friends.

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The Pumpaloons box contains two hand/foot pumps with the attachments to blow up the Pumpaloons, and of course the Pumpaloons themselves. The Pumpaloons are about 3ft high inflatable figures with a solid sand filled base and smiley faces! The game itself is simple. You have a race with your friend or in this case Mum/Dad to pump up your figure to full height before you opponent. I did think the boy would find limited appeal with this game, but have been proved wrong, as he has enjoyed finding other games to play with his new Pumpaloon friends.

pumpaloons game

Pumpaloons is a great game to encourage coordination, you can choose to pump with your foot, hand and the boy even tried using his bottom. We have enjoyed looking at how the pump works. There is science involved in how the air is sucked in and blown out of the small pump. Once pumped up there is a paddling pool type valve so you can enjoy using the Pumpaloons like the boy has for other games around the house.

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The first new game he devised was an obstacle course with the Pumpaloons being the final task in a string of different ball throwing, water pistol shooting, tasks. Dad M and the boy enjoyed a few races, with trampolining bonus levels! The Pumpaloons have had wrestling matches across the living room floor, races, and are now waiting on the sofa for the return of the boy from school. Yesterday the Pumpaloons became criminals, dressed in the boys clothes were duly arrested before breaking out from maximum security jail.

Pumpaloons race gameI can see there will be lots of summer fun with the Pumpaloons, They will be making a visit to the beach with us for another obstacle race, and as the weather warms up I can see a paddling pool Pumpaloon game idea forming too.

Pumpaloons can be bought from all the main toy stores as well as online retailers, and we think will make a great addition to the outdoor game collection.

If you would like to invent your own fun Pumpaloon game, then why not enter my giveaway below, I would also love to see instagram pictures of you having some outdoor fun with your kids this summer.

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    The What On Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering

    The What On Earth Wallbook of Science and Engineering, you don’t have to start at the beginning or finish at the end with this book you can start in the middle if the mood takes you. This interactive book, folds out to a poster size to explore together of can be read as a traditional book by turning pages. This great fact book RRP £15 is part of a series of books made for the Science Museum, and is available in bookshops and online now.

    The What on Earth? Wallbook of Science & Engineering tells the complete story of human invention from the dawn of civilisation to the present day and beyond. More than 1,000 pictures and captions tell the story of Maths, Measurement, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Biology, Earth, Land, Building, Invention, Transport, Communication, Sky and Space. A3 in format and opening into a 2.3 metre long. On the reverse side a second narrative identifies 18 of the most amazing moments in the history of science, from Greek engineering genius Archimedes leaping out of the bath shouting Eureka to the rise of the World Wide Web.

     

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    Science, Help with Homework giveaway

    Today I am reviewing and giving away Science 9+ one of the Help with Homework series from Autumn Publishing,

    The market leader in the field of children’s activity and learning books, Autumn Publishing was formed in the late 1970’s and was acquired by the Bonnier Publishing Group in 1999. Based in West Sussex, the publishers aim to help develop children’s skills and abilities as part of the exciting process of growing up.

    Autumn Publishing were kind enough to offer me a selection of books to giveaway including the Science Essentials 9+ Help with homework book. I have used this series of books before with the boy to help keep him occupied. I usually buy the maths books and this is the first science one I have looked at.

    There are plenty of different level homework books for all KS1 and 2 and include subjects like Maths and English which you expect as well as handwriting spelling and telling the time. The help with homework books are all printed in nice easy to read fonts and although they are not printed in full colour (this one is purple) this makes me feel like I am not wasting so much paper if I throw them away when they are completed.

    This science book has topics like diet, how an ear works and life cycles of animals. Thankfully it comes with the answers at the back, in case you have a subject you’re not familiar with! They also have a big page of motivational stickers which are full colour and can be added when a page has been completed. There are some great fun illustrations in this book, and I think it will be a great addition to the boys learning library.

     

    This book has an RRP of £2.99 which I think is a bargain price, compared to other educational books I have bought which are usually £4.99 or more. Autumn publishing also have lots of other books in this price range so pop along and have a look at their website, Facebook, or why not chat to Owlbert on Twitter.

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