Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Join the MythBusters Team to Explore the Science of Sports with Your Kids!

Kids in elementary school tend to like science because it can be a very hands-on class. My boys love to do “experiments,” even if it means they just go around the house and dump every liquid they can find into a jar to see what color they end up with (usually brown)! One of my sons is always begging me to let him use food coloring, pickle juice, ketchup, liquid soap… you name it, just so he can mix them all together in a jar he’s rescued from the recycle bin.

Thanks to this love of discovery, my boys were very excited to try out the MythBusters Science of Sports kit! As you probably know, MythBusters is an extremely popular show on the Discovery Channel where the hosts, Jamie and Adam, get to blow up, build, and shoot things to try to find the truth behind certain urban legends. Now they’ve developed a series of kits for kids where they can do their own (safe) experiments at home!

The MythBusters Science of Sports kit contains six different experiments related to sports, such as the Myth of the Heavy Hitters, the Myth of the Sweet Spot, and the Myth of the Big Bounce! The box contains a detailed (and very fun) booklet that takes kids and parents through each experiment step-by-step. Many of the materials needed for the experiments are in the box and the rest are common items found around the house. I like the fact that with so many experiments, this kit will provide months of enjoyment for everyone.

One of the experiments that my kids tried was the Myth of the Black Eye. The question they had to answer was “Do athletes paint black stripes under their eyes because it helps them see better -- or just because it scares opponents?” Included in the kit was some black face paint, which my son was very excited to use on his face! (See my little linebacker in the photo.) But first, he had to sit in a darkened room for 10 minutes, and then go out into the sun to see how much it hurt his eyes. Then he repeated the experiment but put a little water on his cheeks (to simulate sweating) before going out into the sun. For the third trip outside, he had to use the black paint under his eyes. And, finally, for his 4th step, he had to add water on top of the black paint. (Each time, he had to spend 10 minutes in the dark before going out.) He compared the glare from the sun in his eyes after every trip outside. I won’t give away his results, but he had a lot of fun conducting this experiment! Next time, we’re going to test out the Myth of the Growling Stomach (“Is it really better to compete on an empty stomach?”).

Other MythBusters kits include: Weird World of Water, Forces of Flight, and Power of Air Pressure. They’re available at Giddy Up, Toys “R” Us and other specialty toy stores like Learning Express. I highly recommend these kits for your little scientists!

DISCLOSURE: Team Mom arranged for me to receive a complimentary MythBusters kit to facilitate my candid review. No other compensation was provided.


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