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Thames & Kosmos Explore & Discover this Holiday Season



It seems we had a short summer this year, and winter is already rearing it’s ugly head here in the Midwest. When we have a mild summer, we typically have a very harsh and ugly winter. Blizzards, below freezing temperatures, rain, sleet and ice tend to cover everything outside. And if you have kids these harsh winters tend to bring many closed school days and a houseful of bored children. Which, at the end of the day could drive mom into the nuthouse!

I have what we call a “rainy day” cupboard. Throughout the year, I pick up neat items that will keep the kiddos busy and entertained on the excessive “rainy days’ we experience here in the Midwest from November until around March of the next year. This year, I’ve been blessed with some pretty cool, educational and entertaining projects to add to our rainy day cupboard.

For the boys, and yes this is for girls too, but I selected this particular science project for our boys. Gigantic Photovoltaic Science Lab by Thames and Kosmos which is both entertaining and education for the boys. When they begin to construct one of the 22 projects from this kit they will have a thorough understanding of how solar cells generate electricity.

solarpowerplusNow, while the boys are constructing one of the 22 projects which include a scooter, locomotive, forklift, road roller, cement mixer, solar-wind sail car, crane, amphibious boat, motorcycle, beach buggy, race car, side-car motorcycle, trailer, elevator, oil tanker, maintenance car, solar car with clutch, street sweeper, backhoe, helicopter, twin-prop airplane, and cable car, my house is quiet and they are learning both the mechanics of building as well as science.
While you can power the two solar panels that come with the kit outside, you can also power them indoors using a high-wattage incandescent light bulb. You can also power them with AA batteries and to save on your batteries you can power you model using a combination of both AA batteries and a solar panel.

Now, for the girls I went with the Botany Experimental Greenhouse, which of course the boys can do too. But in my house the boys are less likely to use the greenhouse kit.
With this particular biological science experiment kit the girls will stay busy with it throughout the winter and then come spring they can transplant their plants outside and continue to care for them and watch them grow.

635022_ll_greenhouse_pp_fullThe kit comes with thermometers and ventilation. The girls will learn how to construct an automatic watering system, grow beans, cress, and zinnia flowers. They will learn how to care for each plant and their individual needs. Plus they will learn how to grow roots and how to germinate fruit and vegetables using seeds from the very food they eat.

As a coed project we went with the Crystals, Rocks & Minerals kit which I felt both the girls and boys would enjoy working with. With this kit you get 18 hands-on projects. They will learn the science behind rock formation, determine the mineral’s chemical and physical properties like luster, color, hardness, magnetic properties and iron content. And, while they will be enjoying themselves, they also be educating themselves in a fun and entertaining way.

642112_crystalsrocksminerals_pp_fullAll of the Thames & Kosmos kits come with a full color experimental manual as well. Each kit is designed to have both a learning experience and, make science fun, easy to understand with a direct “emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience.”

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Thames & Kosmos has been generous enough to offer one lucky Mom Blog Society reader a chance to will all three science kits! Simply enter via the Rafflecopter for your chance to win! CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER!

Disclosure: I received a free product from the sponsor to review. I received no monetary compensation and my opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.



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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grand children. She adores animals, and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, who's mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four month old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Michele Kinsley

I think he would love al of them, but the crystals, rocks and minerals would prob be his favorite. 🙂


I would love to try the crystal kit. Me and the kids have grew crystals before and they love it. I think it is a great way to teach them and have fun at the same time


I am a homeschooling mama and always looking for science stuff to do with my son. I think he would love this

April Lopez

The giant science lab

Laura Miller

my son would love the rocks, crystals and minerals set!


Love this!for my son.




My oldest grandson would probably like the giant science lab most.

Rose Morgan

I think they will like the Botany Experimental Greenhouse.

Heather Reid

Prob the botany one…she loves to help her g’ma garden 🙂 Thanks

Mami Wexler

Crystal kit!

heidi eaton

I think my granddaughters would love all 3 of them. However 1 of them would like the botany more and 1 one would like the crystals more. We would have great fun doing these together and learning new things as well. GREAT FOR SCHOOL SCIENCE PROJECTS.

Debbie Moon

My grandson picks up rocks and collects them so the crystal rock kit would be amazing.

Misti Allen

My daughter would love the botany more, son would love the rocks, crystals and minerals set and mommy LOVES all three!!

Donna Murphy

Crystals, rocks and Minerals set would be the one my Godson would love!!!

Kristina Caldwell

The botany kit

Marcie M.

Crystals, rocks and minerals for sure!!

Rose Garten

The Crystals and rocks would be my daughters favorite.

Misty Compton

My kids would love all three of these kits!!! My oldest son would love the Gigantic Photovoltaic Science Lab cause he is always buying car/plane kits to put together. My youngest son would love the Crystals, Rocks & Minerals Set because he always likes buying the mini set version at the Dollar Store to grow. And my daughter would love the Botany Experimental Greenhouse because she loves to help me plant flower/garden seeds and watch them grow. This giveaway fits them to a tee!!! Fingers crossed for the win! 🙂

Rebecca Parsons

All three of these are really neat and would make a great project for the weekend. I especially like the greenhouse one.

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