Science Kit Review – Steve Spangler’s Test Tube Wonders

I decided to start reviewing some of the science kits and science books we have.  I don’t know about you, but I am a cheapskate.  I think there are MANY science experiments that can be done simply using common materials.  However, that being said, it’s nice to find discounted science kits to try out at home.  I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for discounted science kits.

For instance,  a while ago, I found this Test Tube Wonders science kit from Steve Spangler Science at my local Border’s bookstore.  It was, for some reason, discounted from 16.99 to 3.99.  What a deal…even if the science kit turns out to be disappointing, I didn’t spend a lot of money to check it out.

From the Steve Spangler Science Website for the Test Tube Wonders Lab in a Bag:

What’s included?

  • Insta-Snow
  • Energy Beads
  • Growing Dino
  • Rainbow Crystals
  • Magic Sand

What does it teach?

With the Lab in a Bag Test Tube Wonder kit, you can perform experiments with the included materials as well as the following test tube experiments…

  • Discovery Tube
  • Liquid Laboratory
  • Roots with a View
  • Time Capsule
  • Make your own Twister
  • Sands of Time
  • Marble Challenge
  • Flower Holder
  • Rain Gauge
  • Message in a Bottle
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Travel Containers
  • Glitter Wand
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Rhythm Tube
  • Color Mixing with your Eyes


We’ve done 2 experiments from it so far:

1.  Making a rainbow out of polymer crystals.  This was a simple experiment that took some time to complete, mostly just wait time as we had to reconstitute the gel polymer crystals with water and food coloring.



2.  UV reactive beads.   This was a very QUICK experiment.    The beads change colors almost instantaneously when exposed to sunlight and change back to white when out of the sunlight.



We still have 3 more experiments to perform with this kit, but so far, the kids and I thought these two experiments were very cool and we have re-used the test tubes for other projects, like the simple density column.

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2 Responses to Science Kit Review – Steve Spangler’s Test Tube Wonders

  1. Natalie says:

    Hmm, I have to see if my Borders have it – for $4 it’s a steal 🙂

  2. theexplorationstation says:

    Natalie – I’m making no promises. But keep your eyes out on their discount shelves. I’ve found some neat books and activity kits there and that’s where I found this science kit.

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