The origin of "Connor's Kits for Kids" is quite a success story. Connor Bernstein started the Company when he was just 9 years old. He had grown frustrated by the types of science kits he had found in toy and hobby stores. He felt the explanations and materials were well below par, so with encouragement from his family, he began making science experiments for his friends. Soon it was apparent that his love for science and teaching others was a special gift. He wanted to share it with others, and thus the birth of "Connor's Kits for Kids."
We are testing and reviewing the "Polymer Power" Kit. It basically creates slime, and what kid doesn't like to play with slime? We decided to test the product with four youngsters from 6-10 years old. They each had at least one parent present to assist in the testing phase.
Remember, this is a science kit, so our goal was to complete the experiment using only the materials provided. The instructions were very easy to follow and the kit included not only the chemicals necessary, but also 3 mixing cups, a stirrer, and plastic bag.
We suggested that each of the four children take on a specific task. The first child prepared the Slimerizer solution. It was simply a matter of mixing hot water with the powered Sodium Tetraborate in the provided bottle.
The next youngster poured 15 ml of Slime Base (Polyvinyl Alcohol) into a plastic mixing cup. There were measuring lines on the cup so it was easy to see how much to pour. Then, that content was poured into a larger plastic mixing cup.
The third little scientist was given the task of opening the bottle of Slimerizer, prepared earlier, and pouring it into a new plastic mixing cup up to the 5 ml line. Next that cup was emptied into the same large mixing cup containing the Slime Base.
The last child maybe had the most fun, even though he was growing impatient waiting for his turn. Now, the wooden stick was used to mix and stir the contents of the large mixing cup. Suddenly, the bottom portion of the cup was filled with slime, or in more scientific terms, we had made a Polymer.
Lastly, all of the kids and the parents took turns squeezing, stretching and watching the slime drip over cups and peel off the carefully placed wax paper which formed our work area. Everyone had a good time for sure.
The leftover Slime Base and Slimerizer are good for several weeks, but, both bottles should be stored in a refrigerator. There was plenty available to prepare another batch of slime or two. Once the slime is created, it is only good for about a week and then should be thrown away. When not being used, the slime should be put in the provided plastic bag.
It should also be noted that none of the chemicals used were harmful, but it was recommended not to drink the Slime Base or Slimerizer.
This was a fun experience and all of the kids enjoyed making slime themselves. It was educational for one and all, as the parents admitted they had no idea how slime was prepared before arriving. It was not nearly as messy as we had thought it might be, and clean up was as easy as soap and water.
Overall, "Connor's Kit for Kids" was a success at all levels. The Polymer Power (Slime) kit can be purchased at the Kits for Kids Website and it retails for $17.95. There are several other kits available, including "Insta-Pets" and "Crystal Explosion."
-- RJ Cullen