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One of an excellent series of S.T.E.M. kits designed with materials and experiments for parent and child to explore together. Optical Illusions challenges the way you will see things at first glance and encourage looking again. A well written booklet gives clear directions and follow-up explanations for many experiments. However, the print is fine (beyond solo reading by most 6s and 7s ) and the ideas are big and best shared as you work together. Also, keep in mind, these are not meant to be done all in a one day. Think of this as a good go-to for a rainy weekend or the answer to “I have nothing to do!” and “I’m bored” afternoon project. Almost everything you need comes in the tin, except for a few household items. The kit includes: various types of optical illusions such as the classic double meaning illusions - is it a face or a vase? It also includes printed spinners and other cut out materials for movement illusions, distorting illusions, color illusions and the makings for a magical piggy bank that makes money disappear. Marked for ages 6-99.
Ages: Early School, Tweens
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2017
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