If we tried to include all the reviews for all our products that are fun to use in the summer, well… the list would be well over 300 products long! We’ve winnowed it down to our Top Ten favorite summer science products. Below you’ll learn more about some of our all-time favorite outdoor science materials, and get honest reviews from real teachers and parents.
Is your favorite Educational Innovations‘ product on this list? If not, write to us in the comments below and let us know what we forgot!
What a great way to end a year of Physical Science! This super fun rising tube ties together so many concepts studied throughout our 8th grade year – molecular motion, thermodynamics, density, absorption of light/heat (have a white garbage bag for comparison), competing forces, polymers, mass and volume calculations, Bernoulli’s Principle (when filling), etc. Not many inexpensive class items can facilitate this much student engagement! Bonus feature: younger students who see you use the Solar Tube with your classes will find you very cool and will want to be in your class next year.
The ultra violet beads are a great hit for our sun safety sessions during Safety Day each spring. The children, K-5, love threading them on pipe cleaners and wear as bracelets to remind them to protect themselves against the dangerous rays of the sun.
It’s fun, a great family activity, and educational, too. They both feel like scientists when they go through the activities and experiments. Thank you for creating such a great product and delivering it to our door each month!
Used this product for a 4th grade class covering rocks and minerals. I made fossil digs with aluminum pans, sand, and pebbles and added the fossils to them. The kids had s great time looking for the fossils and had to sort through the pebbles to distinguish between the fossils and pebbles then identified them in the id sheet. There were some fossils in the set that were difficult to distinguish, but the whole project and product worked out very well.
This is the greatest tool ever. Students have the opportunity to see sunspots not just through discussion, but through observation. My students can observe, construct a table, and collect data. Wonderful tool!!!!
These little critters can move! I purchased the grasshopper and car for my nephews and the boys where so amazed at how the sunlight turned them on and off…and when they were on, how fast they moved. Fun!!