Reviewed for Second Grade, 2007

With this beginner's chemistry kit, your child can measure, predict, and investigate common household phenomenons like rising bread and fizzing soda. There are six separate activities for kids to try a number of different ways, laying the groundwork for observation, experimentation, and drawing conclusions--all key components of the scientific method. Though this set keeps the experiments nice and simple, without acids or chemicals, parents should still be on hand for safety, reading instructions and mess control. Give your child a jumpstart on science, along with some hands-on fun! (Scientific Explorer, $19.99)