Wild Science Hyper Launcher Rocket Ball Factory is aimed at boys aged 8 -12 and aims to teach them about energy collisions and energy blasters. The idea is that the boys use the kit to make their own bouncy balls which can then be used to bounce to great heights. My son thought this sounded fun and we got started.
Inside the box you get some safety googles, some plastic mounds for making the balls, three different colours of the mix for making the balls, some straws and some wooden sticks. The ball mix comes in yellow, red and glow in the dark colour which appealed to my son. There is also an instruction book.
To make the balls you need to put the moulds together. I put them on a plastic plate to help prevent mess. A straw needs to be placed in each of the smaller moulds to make a hole in the middle of the ball and the largest mould needs a stick placed in the centre.
My son then proceeded to fill each of the moulds with the ball mixture. It was just as well I had placed the moulds on a plastic plate as the crystals went in other directions as well as into the mould. To harden the balls you need to place the mould in water for a minute then leave it to harden for a minute and then open the mould. The first two times we tried the smallest ball it fell to bits but when we left it in the water and the mould a bit longer it was fine.
Once the balls are dry the object is to place them on top of the largest ball and drop them, causing them to bounce off in various directions. We tried this a few times but the balls did not bounce that far. They were not as bouncy as a normal bouncy ball. When we tried the next day they had hardened and would not bounce at all, they were like marbles. When I looked at the instructions again I found that the balls should be stored in a plastic bag while they are hardening in order to make them become bouncy. I missed this step which is probably what caused the problem. There is more than enough ball mix left to make another set of the balls so we will try again and include this step.
My son really enjoyed making the balls and spent a happy afternoon posing with his safety googles on and filling the moulds. We were not so impressed with the final result though, it did not work the way it said it would. If you want a fun afternoon making bouncy balls this is great but it would have been better if we could have done the final part of the experiment as well.
Wild Science Hyperlauncher Rocket Ball Factory is RRP £12.99
Disclosure: I was sent a Wild Science Hyperlauncher Rocket Ball Factory for review but was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.
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