Our testers liked the idea of growing a plant in water and that with the see through plastic vase you get to see the bottom of the plant grow and not just the top. Watching it grow a bit more each day kept kids interested, especially those recording their notes in teh included Grow Journal. Parents were impressed by the sturdy, see through growing vase and that these simple, easy-to-do activities provided good demonstrations of basic science principles.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I like the colour of the trellis and I like watching the plant grow. It's cool because you get to see the bottom of the plant grow and not just the top. I like to plant stuff so it was fun to be able to plant something without any dirt. You get to learn about growing things, and the book has a lot of information on how to grow stuff. It's more about learning than playing. I had to wait a while to get some seeds to grow because there were no seeds included in the box. Some seeds didn't work out.
I liked the idea of growing a plant in water. It is interesting to to try to germinate the vegetables from scratch, but the germination thing did not work, so the experiment failed. We had to try again and it takes time. It takes a lot of patience and you can't play with it. But I like the colour [of the equipment], not only science for boys, feels like ok for girls too.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
Very well made and interesting science kit. My daughter (F8) was excited that this looked like girl science projects and not boy only. The book that accompanies the kit is super informative, and would be good reference on its own. My daughter (F8) needed help with this experiment as a lot of steps to follow and some that require adult intervention (like boiling water). I really like the educational factor, but I don't like that it takes weeks to get results as my house is now full of experiments.
The girls learned that plants don't necessarily need soil to grow and they were interested in what various seeds would look like both above and below the ground once planted. It's a unique toy in that it teaches about gardening and how things grow, yet it uses a method I have never seen before which does not include soil. It was quite interesting not only for the kids, but for myself as an adult!
The Big Idea: Grow plants—without dirt! Sprout seeds, put them in the seed baskets, place seed baskets in the water-filled flasks, and watch your plants climb the trellis as they grow! The Gardening Diary includes hydroponics experiments and history, including information about the Aztecs’ amazing floating gardens!
Item # 5361
2 seed baskets