As part of STEM week the children had so much fun with ‘magic’ at school each morning. Not to be let down by the weekend the children celebrated the culmination of British Science Week by trying hydrographic printing with the Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Lab.All three children are now completely addicted to Netflix’s Project Mc2. They especially love the science experiments with such eagerness to recreate at home.
Having had so much fun with the Project Mc2 Experiments with dolls and the boys’ obsession to the Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag, the children were so excited for the arrival of the Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Lab.Fortunately I too was grateful. Unlike the other Project Mc2 collection this really was a science set using household items which I have around the home. The kit required 3x AA batteries, nail polish, acetone, tape and cotton buds.
With these to hand we were set to go.
The instructions were easy to follow, and at 8 (the recommended age) CM was all stations go.
Unfortunately my nail polish collection was a little more temperamental. I have some really odd ‘crackle’ nail varnishes and we quickly realised they didn’t work with this experiment.With old faithfuls to hand we were slightly more successful, although we also learned that this experiment isn’t one to scrimp on, that lots of splodges of nail polish make for the most effective nails. The kit does require a lot of trial and error, which isn’t really ideal with nail polish and acetone, with a science experiment on offer the children’s enthusiasm was not to be rained on. The Science Lab does have a nail drier but like most dryers, the children quickly found themselves trying to dry them with wind speed- such is the patience of my children. The end result wasn’t great, but we did learn a lot.
I learned how we might make hydrographic printing better next time. I’m also planning on buying a few cheap contrasting colours as it seems my nail polishes are of similar tones.
The set is pretty easily cleaned up with acetone and water, although the fumes mean it’s definitely a weekend experiment rather than one we’ll attempt regularly. The Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Lab has an RRP of £24.99. This feels slightly on the expensive side given you do need to source your own nail colours. This is offset with the reassurance that it appears to be a set which will stand the test of time. Which given some of the prices of children’s toys means it does offer value for money.
You can find out more about Project Mc2 and the accompanying range of toys at www.projectmc2.com
Disclosure: We received the Project Mc2 H2O Nail Science Lab for the purpose of this post. All views and words contained are our own.