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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The Secret Spy Workshop is a fun kit from Interplay aimed at children aged 6+ and with an RRP of £12.99.
At first glance it may not seem that you get much for your money, but this kit has surprising contents. I left the boy to explore this kit while I was making tea, and although he is pretty good at putting things together wasn’t sure how he would get on. The box contains:
Big and small mirrors
Double sided sticky tape
Colour Instruction Manual
This doesn’t take up much of the box, but what I did like about this kit that made it different from others we have tried is that you have enough pieces to do activities more than once. The boy built the spy snooper with no help from me, and I was surprised to see what I thought were real mirrors. On closer inspection these highly shiny mirrors are made from plastic so perfectly safe for kids to use, and wont break if dropped.
The boy was soon onto the magic money-box, which has to be the best part of the kit. He assembled this easily, and we love the glittery inserts as well as the funny fish. Its is a very convincing optical illusion and something the boy enjoyed working out. He has now hidden some secret messages in the box and wants to pass them onto his friends.
Finally we moved onto secret coding. This was well-timed as we were looking at coded messages and especially Morse code this weekend at cubs. Using the Anamorphic spy code to draw a picture of the house then using a mirror to reshape the picture the boy was very impressed with this new form of coding. He decided that he would write some secret messages for his friends, and then teach them how to decode them.
The Secret Spy workshop has been a lot of fun, not just making the objects but trying them out. The boy who is 9 found them easy to put together on his own, and only needed help with how to work out the coding grid. The Boy says:
This is awesome, now I can hide all my special things from Dad, and write letters to my friends, that only they can read.
Have a look at the interplay website for some of the other fun kits for boys and girls, or buy the Secret Spy Workshop online now!
Disclaimer we were sent this kit to review the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.
Crafts4Kids grow your own garden is a great activity to get your children growing and we decided that Easter was the perfect time to get growing. Crafts4Kids is a website full of creative and educational gifts for all ages and has some very unique and exciting kits with everything you might need to both craft and experiment to your heart’s content.
Crafts4kids our grow my first ever garden kit RRP £14.99 comes with everything you need. The box with its drawn flowers contains a windowsill planter, crayons, soil, seeds, dibber, and labels. To get started simply remove the jacket and start personalizing your window box. With a line drawn flowers box to colour-in,keen artists will love this little garden. The boy was surprisingly keen to get colouring and got out a box of art supplies he had been given for Christmas. Usually reluctant to put coloured pen to paper I think being at home for two weeks meant anything new became fun! The only problem we had with this kit was the box was wobbly on its side and difficult to colour in but this wasn’t too much of a problem and we found that not leaning on it hard helped.
Next fill with the box with the soil provided (save a small amount to cover the seeds) and sow the seeds with the dibber. Choose from Nasturtium, Sunflower, Cosmos, and Cornflower, these easy to grow plants are ideal for kids as they are pretty much fail proof! At least I hoped they were as I have never been that good at growing anything from seed. It turns out however that the boy might have green fingers like his great Nan. Next label, water in and keep damp as they seeds take 14 – 21 days to germinate depending on the environment. Once your seedling have appeared you can choose to pot on, plant out or thin and grow in their window box.
We enjoyed looking at the different seeds, the shapes and sizes and the boy was fascinated by how different they all were. The grow your own garden window box looks bright and colourful on our kitchen window, and our seedlings took less than a week to pop their little heads out of the soil. We decided to have a guess at which would be first and the results were surprising as I was convinced that the sunflowers would win. I hope we have some beautiful flowers to plant out later in the year, now we just have to look after them.
Crafts4Kids have a great range of kits and toys for every age group. We loved our gardening kit, and would recommend this as a great different gift. With an easy to navigate website, drop downs you can choose an age range, interest or simply how much you want to spend. I have found some great kits for the boy who is really getting into experiments and science and will keep them in mind for his birthday later in the year.
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