Clifford The Big Red Dog science kits introduce young children (ages 3 and up) to science in a fun and hands-on manner. Each kit comes with a colorful 20-page manual, as well as a lab tray and other science components that will make a child feel like a real scientist.
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The kit comes with supplies for several activities and investigations.
Clifford the Big Red Dog is an American children’s book series about a giant red dog named Clifford.
Inside the booklet is a letter from the founder and president of the Young Scientists Club, Esther Novis. The other page lists all the materials inside the kit.
Here’s the lab tray. It is used to pack some materials, but it is used itself in some of the activities as a mold or container.
Everything in this box!
The first activity will be requiring your window and the reusable habitat stickers that are provided in this box.
My son put the stickers on our window matching each habitat to its name. The stickers are vinyl transparencies, so they look cool when backlit by the window.
The activity is not yet finished, as we need to match the animals with their habitats.
He’s doing a nice job matching the animals to their natural habitats. It’s definitely livened up that dreary window space!
There is also a scavenger hunt activity. We hid animal stickers around the house for him to try to find. There was a handy checklist to keep track of our finds.
Dean even helped scout for animals! This was one of my son’s favorite activities — like going on a safari!
For this activity, he just has to match the shape of the silhouette drawing to the stickers to see the life cycle of different animals.
He’s acing each activity! He’s nearly finished with the life cycle of the frog! This box sure came with a lot of stickers.
Here, we sorted plastic animals according to their diet, be they carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. It also reinforced identification of the animals.
This kit literally uses everything in the box, including the box! For this activity, we painted it green, mixing the colors using the lab tray.
We transformed the box into an entire forest, complete with paper trees. The kit had different tree species, so we could make sections of our diorama into fir and deciduous forests, as well as a savannah with acacia trees.
We placed the animals into the habitat and made a story out of it. It is also a good opportunity to talk about how the food chain works in the wild (poor zebra!).
The box uses basic principles of teaching while giving a fun spin to it. Instead of drawing or writing activities, we worked directly on the pages of the booklet, using it as a playmate of sorts. They gave us stickers and even paper crafts to use with the booklet and box. This kit showed us the different world of animals and gave us a glimpse into their life cycles and habitats. It’s good for building kids’ awareness of nature without requiring a field trip. Almost all the materials are provided, and the illustrations are well-made. It’s a science kit, but it’s not experimental in the strict sense — it instead has lots of activities and observational components that teach concepts from animal sciences. The activities are fun and challenging, and my son had a blast!
What do you think of this month’s box?