Wednesday 13 March 2013

Chem C500 Science Kit - Review

Did you know that National Science & Engineering week starts on Friday!!


Neither did I until I received an e-mail from the good people at Crafts 4 Kids asking if we (Becky, Ellie & myself) would like to review one of their Science kits....We jumped at the chance!!

A science kit is something I would never of thought of buying my girls....I think of Science as more for boys....But after today I can admit I was so wrong....Science is as much for girls as it is for boys....My two girls Becky 10 and Ellie 5 had a great time with the Chem C500.....

Chem C500 from award winning Thames & Kosmos is a great starter chemistry set for children...The kit covers topics such as acids & alkalis, liquids & gas, electric current, and chemical compounds....It is accompanied by a 32 page manual that gives simple instructions for setting up and performing each experiment and then clear explanations of what happened and why. It is recommend for ages 10+ and does require adult supervision......

When I first opened the box....I did think is that it? There didn't seem a lot too the kit at all but when you start using it you do realise there is no need to have 10 test tubes, 100's of tubes of chemicals and lots of things you may never use...There is enough chemicals in there to keep a beginner entertained for quite a while....

Included is...Litmus powderand bottle for making litmus solution, Potassium ferrocyanid, Ferric ammonium sulfate, Sodium carbonate, Citric acid, Amber glass bottle, 3 test tubes, Metal measuring spoon, 2 plastic dropper pipettes, Rubber stopper, Safety goggles, Plastic lid opener, Clip for 9-volt battery.
The experiments were explained very well in the instruction booklet and Becky who's 10 had no problem understanding what to do!!

We went through the booklet and did quite a lot of the experiments and I was quite amazed at some of them....I didn't know what was going to happen when we added water to Sodium Carbonate & Tartaric Acid...I obviously never took notice in Chemistry lesson's at

It does say only for use by children over 10 but I think as long as they are correctly supervised there should be no problems for younger children using the kit...

Ellie is five and she showed a great interest in the kit and there was no way we could test it without her....She had a go at some of the experiments too..

Chem 500 is a great introduction to basic chemistry and I think it is a good choice for children who like science but have never done science experiments at home before....Like us!! It is priced at £22.99 which I think is quite reasonable....

After today I will definitely be buying more Science kits my two were learning without even realising it....

I was sent a Science Kit free of charge to review!...This is my honest review....All thoughts and opinions are my own!! 


  1. I was just about to look for a decent science kit when i noticed your review on FB. Thanks

    1. You're welcome!!
      It's a great kit...We had so much fun :)

  2. I like this kit but my kids are too young for that. Will keep in mind.