Looking for a fun STEM activity? Try making a balloon powered car!
(Disclosure: We received a free kit from Kiwi Crate for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.)
So… are you a science person? Do you enjoy inventing and experimenting? Do you enjoy testing and trying again?
This balloon powered car activity from Kiwi Crate is perfect for kids (and their parents) with a science bent.
When we received our kit in the mail, we spread out the box’s contents. This was my first experience with Kiwi Crate, and what immediately struck me was the quality of the materials. As far as subscription boxes for kids go, Kiwi Crate is top of the line. These were nice, sturdy materials.
My Eight (in third grade) and my Seven (in first grade) joined me so that each of them could make a balloon powered car to race. The directions come in a nice, sturdy book with lots of clear diagrams.
Truthfully, my Eight and I had a hard time figuring them out… but she had a beast of a cold, and I was tired from being up six times during the night (two with the newborn, two with my toddler, and two with my Eight, who has been having bloody noses).
Plus, my Five and Four were both hovering around the table, grabbing at the pieces, and my Two was at my side. “Sit in your wap, Mom?”
So. That’s my excuse. 🙂 In Kiwi Crate’s defense, the directions are very clear.
In fact, my Seven put the car together all by himself. (He had a full night’s sleep!)
As we worked at assembling the cars, it struck me that this kit is best for a particular kind of kid. My Eight kind of suffered through it. She’d have been much happier sitting with a book or painting. (I have a feeling that the contents of future boxes will be more to her liking.)
But my Seven, who has always been the kind of kid to watch Dad fix the car and to wonder how things are made, was in his element. So if you’re considering this for the kind of child who likes to take things apart and put them back together again, it will definitely be a win!
After we’d assembled the cars, it was time to race them.
This was interesting.
My Eight, despite much effort and lots of coaching from me, could not blow up the balloon. It takes some skill – not just to blow up the balloon, but also to cover the end as you take another breath to keep filling it up.
My Seven, however, has always had fun with balloons – and he had no trouble filling and racing his car to his heart’s content.
So what’s the verdict?
This is a high quality, versatile gift box. Not only do you get the basic materials, you get extras so your child can experiment with different sized straws, balloons, and wheels to see which make the car go farthest.
Plus, the kit comes with a fun little activity book and even more experiment ideas… including one that makes a balloon powered car from the box top, no wheels required. (We tried it, and it worked!)
Consider a subscription to Kiwi Crate for the 5-8 year old in your life. Just be sure to be right there to give support and help where needed. It’s a great parent/kid activity.
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