*We were gifted the Beaker Creatures in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
When we were asked to try “Beaker Creatures” we jumped at the chance! It was something I had already seen. I already knew Reuben would love it, we had planned on getting it for his Birthday. Agreeing to test this one out was easy!
How impressive does that sound!?!
Reuben opened the parcel and was immediately interested in getting it all out, all at once! (I nearly missed the opportunity to take any photos!)
In the box we found
- Two Beaker Creature Reactor Pods
- Two Classification Cards
- Two double-sided Mini-posters featuring amazing science facts and fun images
- Two Hydroplungers
- Two Beakers
- Liquid Reactor Super Lab base
- A set of tongs and a stir rod
- Experiment guide featuring step-by-step instructions for five experiments
- Full-size poster for display
It was really easy to put together as it simply clicks into place. As with all Learning Resources products the item is robust and chunky which is perfect for little hands!
The fun bit!
The idea of this is you place your reactor pod into the chamber, plunge two plungers of water (plain or mixed with food colouring) into the chamber and watch it go! This can get messy! We’ve had some that behaved and the water stayed in the chamber.
But, we also had some naughty ones which overflowed (there’s an overflow tray) much to the children’s delight!
Once the fizzing has stopped it’s time to find your creature!
Catching and Identifying your Beaker Creature
Using your tongs you can fish around inside the chamber to find your creature. Reuben needed some help with this for the first couple of goes but he soon got the hang of it.
The creatures are in a little capsule which we said was their spaceship. You pop them open to find your creature.
I really like that you get a little poster to help you identify which creature you have as well as a little card to note down facts about your creature.
I can say, without shadow of a doubt, Reuben (and Jessica) loved this lab. Really loved it. Their faces were full of excitement as the bubbles fizzed and they were able to watch it dissolve. (It is similar to a bath bomb fizzing)
Whilst I loved seeing their excitement for the five pods that we dissolved and catching their creature, I’m not sure how long it would hold their interest for. There are 35 creatures to collect and dissolving at least 35 pods, would they become bored with it? To combat that Learning Resources have included an experiment book, making slime and such which again would be fun to do but will it keep the interest in the creatures? I don’t know?
The toy is aimed at 5-9 year olds and Reuben is only just at the start of that, he is very interested in the doing part of the toy but collecting the creatures? I’m not sure he is keen on that (at the moment). Jessica likes to play with these (not advisable but she plays with me with them not on her own)
Would this stop me from buying more creatures for Reuben? Nope! He really enjoyed playing with this and that is what is important. The idea of having him interested in watching how things dissolve, fishing around for an item in water he can not see. He is learning and having fun. I intend to buy him more pods and at some point he may lose interest but isn’t that the way with most toys?
Have you tried the beaker creatures sets or are they on your ‘To Buy For Christmas’ list? Let me know what you thought in the comments…