The Magic School Bus Growing Crazy Crystals {Review}

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When I was young I remember watching “The Magic School Bus” and being insanely envious of the students. They got to explore first hand all the wonders of science. I remember wanting to grow up and be a scientist so I could explore and discover all the wonders of the universe. Well, I went in the other direction and chose to follow Miss Frizzle and teach my love of science to new generations. Science is a huge part of our curriculum and even though they are young, the kids love exploring and discovering.

The Magic School Bus: Growing Crazy Crystals Kit was fantastic. The kit was full with everything you need (minus a few household items) to complete fourteen different experiments with your kids. Each experimenter is done buy one of Ms Fizzle’s students. It’s really cute and follows the classic Magic School Bus characters. I loved it in a nostalgic way and the kids just thought it was cool.

Magic Bus

Because I work with younger children, we did some of the easier experiments. We started out by talking about crystals and reading the notes. Then we looked at salt and sugar under our magnifying glass. The older kids talked about how the shapes were different and they got to draw what the shapes looked like.

Magic Bus

Magic Bus

Our “big” experimenter was growing crystals from baking soda. We mixed baking soda and boiling water together in a jar (Note: if you dump baking soda into boiling water it will create a volcano effect. While the kids get a kick out of this, it does create a crazy mess. I’d do a little at a time next time). We mixed everything together and used a pipe cleaner to make a shape. It was submerged and then the waiting game begins.I loved that these experiments taught the kids to be patient. We had to wait hours to see some of the crystals form but they waited and were very excited to watch it grow.

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This kit was a great way to teach kids about the scientific process and how to do experiments. They got to record their findings on a chart and label the jar. There were lots of steps they could do without my help and that is really important. The more hands on they can be the better. You can find other kits and sign up for The Young Scientists Club on their website. They have other great kits from The Magic School Bus and Clifford! This was a great way to get young children excited about science.

Disclosure: We were given this product to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are our own.

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Kira Thompson is a working mother of two from Massachusetts. She loves spending time with her family and writes about family and finding time for herself on her blog Mommy Makes Time.
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8 responses to “The Magic School Bus Growing Crazy Crystals {Review}”

  1. Elva Roberts — June 5, 2015 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Kira Thompson does a wonderful job of explaining some of the experiments she did with young children based on these experiments done by students of the Magic School Bus show.
    I think we are all interested in experiments. I experiment with certain houseplants to see what part of our home will make them happy enough to bloom. When a plant blooms for you after three years, you may be sure I am very happy.
    I think children are born curious beings and maybe we do not have enough stimulation to help them continue to be curious.
    I think curiousity is a wonderful asset. I imagine our best scientists and doctors, etc., are very curious and never lost this asset.

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  2. kathy downey — June 6, 2015 @ 8:52 am (#)

    Thanks for posting this wonderful review,My grandkids are very interested in this topic

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  3. Laurie P — June 6, 2015 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    14 different experiments! Great kit….would be fun to do some with my girl!

    And we love The Magic School Bus!

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  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 8, 2015 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    A great review, my grandkids love things like this, watching how things develop like crystals, seeds into plants etc etc.

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  5. kristen visser — June 11, 2015 @ 11:01 am (#)

    oh my gosh its the magic school bus!!! i miss that show. i am so happy the still have it kicking around and it is still in children’s lives. such a fantastic idea

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  6. Melinda L. — June 19, 2015 @ 6:58 am (#)

    Ooooo Magic School Bus, the good old days where learning was magical and fun 😉 Cool crystal making kit

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  7. Darlene W — August 15, 2016 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Use to watch the show with my kids, now the have kids

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  8. Elva Roberts — October 18, 2016 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    I am visiting again. I really love the Magic School Bus with its fourteen experiments-yes, fourteen. It is meant for young children with a little help from an adult and, apparently, the little ones love it. I think it would be fascinating to watch crystals grow.

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