Thursday, June 3, 2010

Learning Spaces/Giveaway: Science Centers

Esmé's Mom here.

It has been raining and raining and raining here.  I am REALLY ready for summer to actually arrive so we can enjoy all these daylight hours.  In the meantime, we're just wanting to cuddle up under blankets rather than face the downpour and get the schoolhouse roof done...

This week we're focusing on science centers.  If you've been following our blog's Motion, Matter, Mitosis, and Me feature, you know we put a big emphasis on science.  I've drooled over centers like this one at Whimsical Ways - if only I had the space for such a thing!

So I was very excited to see this Modular Science Center at Guidecraft!  It's got four science units that compactly fit on top of each other, as well as a mobile base with casters so we can move it around easily.

And we've got it set up in our tiny little house!  It's stationed right by Esmé's bed, where she can engage with it on her own terms, and we move it out into the hallway when we want to focus on one of the units.

Before going on, let me say that this arrived very compactly packed and far sooner than I thought it would - I was quite impressed.  It was fairly easy to put together.  We used a cordless screwdriver to screw the casters onto the base, but the package included everything else needed for assembly.  Sturdy, light, and easy to move around - just what I was looking for.

Let's take a tour, shall we?  Since we're doing a unit study on whales at the moment, we set it up with a beach/ocean type of theme.  Here it is in the hall, with Esmé and lamb taking a close look at the beach scene in the habitat unit.


Nothing live in there (yet), but we've got plans!  This works great for dioramas, etc.  Caution:  It can get a little messy if you put sand in.  (We used corn meal to look like sand - since we haven't gotten to the beach yet.)


Moving on to the plant and grow unit - we're saving the actual plants for winter, when we don't have to take care of the plants in the yard!  In the meantime, it works great as a sensory tub.  And I've got a great idea for an earthworm farm, too.


For now, we've filled it with glass rocks, shells, plastic fish, and water...  Maybe some live seaweed or algae would complete it!


Here's a another favorite (actually, they are all favorites) - the magnifier unit.  It makes EVERYTHING big! Esmé checked a bunch of her stuffed animals with it.


We've set up rocks and shells for closer investigation under the magnifier.


And finally, the touch and see unit, with a hand opening on one side, and acrylic view panel on the other.  So you can start by feeling the object and trying to guess what it is, and then look at it from the other side.


For the touch and see unit, we started with a big shell and some sandpaper.  And had lots more fun changing the items around and making Mom guess!


Are we pleased with the product?  Absolutely!  The delivery, the quality, the portability, the fun, and the learning opportunities make for a terrific addition to our learning space.

Guidecraft has a full line educational toys and furniture that would be terrific for your child's learning space!  Head on over and take a look...

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Guess what?!  Guidecraft is sponsoring a giveaway for one of you, too!  One reader will win a Modular Science Center.

Mandatory entry:
  • Visit Guidecraft, then comment here with another product you absolutely love!
Additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry):
US entries only.  You have until June 19 to enter.  Winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email, so make sure I have a way to contact you.   

Thanks to Guidecraft for providing two Modular Science Centers:  one for our review and one for the giveaway.

180 comments:

ShEiLa said...

The science center is awesome. I wonder what Miss Esme will be when she grows up???? Hmmmm... I guess it will be anything she wants.

ToOdLeS.

coliebear said...

I like the 4 in 1 dramatic play theater.
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zookeeperjess said...

I love their pirate and table chairs! I also love their puppet center.

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I love the Safari Clothes Tree

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I love the SAND TRAY. Awesome Montessori style learning toy.

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I like the high rise step up.

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Domestic Diva said...

I"d love a guidecraft kitchen helper. Great stuff!

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My kids would love the Storytime Puppet Theater.

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Denise said...

I love the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper.

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CONSTRUCT-IT EARLY BUILDER 160 PCS is my favorite item.

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Beth said...

I love the Mission Table and Chairs Set.

debbie said...

I love the kitchen helper.
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wildcat32 said...

I like the 4 in 1 Dramatic Play Theater.
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Shannon said...

the all in one play kitchen is awesome!

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Sherrie said...

visited Guidecraft and I really love their Papagayo Table & Chairs Set!

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Jolanthe said...

their rolling bookshelf is on my list of 'must haves'. Seriously ~ what homeschool mom couldn't use that? :)

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Beth said...

I would love the School Bus Playtime Loft but my kids would outgrow it too soon and we would have no where to put it! The more sensible choice would be the double-sided bookcase!

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Katie @ Frugal Femina said...

I love this set: http://www.guidecraft.com/product/126580/G85502/_/Mission_Table_%26_Chair_Set

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I like the magneetoes

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evelester @ gmail.com said...

I love the kitchen helper stand, my daughter would love that! The science center would be perfect since I plan on homeschooling her!

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Anonymous said...

Love the All In One Play Kitchen. thanks
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Helpful Housewife said...

Love this! Its on the wishlist at our school. I have also wanted the Kitchen Helper for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity! bowtiesnbutterflies@live.com

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Jennifer said...

I looked all over the site and can barely decide what I would buy if money were no object. Maybe an art easel/station or the dress up tower.

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Leigh said...

What a COOL thing!!! I also really like their "library cart" - I'd love one for my homeschool room!

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Our family nest said...

I LOVE the science center that is up for giveaway but if i had to pick something else: the pink and white dollhouse book case

one frugal lady said...

I love the kitchen helper!
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Laura O said...

The science center is quite neat (and something I hadn't seen before.)

Another product they have is the double sided bookcase. As avid readers, we never have enough shelves for books in the house!

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Stephanie said...

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Alena said...

I like the creation station art center

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Valerie said...

Oh gosh, I'm dying for the art activity cart...what else right? We just snagged the library cart that wheels, and this science center looks like a treat too!

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busiemommie said...

I also love the 4 in 1 Dramatic Play Theater

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wendy said...

I love the kitchen helper.

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Megan said...

The Balance Base would be a great one for my house. My two year old tries to do that on his little rocking chair now - this would be much safer :)

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jengd said...

I like the Skyscraper Building Set

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My children would also like the All In One Play Kitchen.

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I like the Discovery Wagon from Haba.
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Stephanie said...

My son would love this and I think he would also like the Magneatos Jumbo Master Builder Series 296 pcs
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John S. said...

I'd pick the Art Activity Cart; that would be very useful.

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I like the Fire Truck Toy Box.

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Lissa said...

I love their dress up tower

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Anonymous said...

I love the safari bookshelf

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Mama Michelle said...

I love the high rise step up!

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Molly K said...

My kids would love the STORYTIME PUPPET THEATER.

Sonya said...

I love the EASY-VIEW STORAGE BENCH!

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the 4 in 1 Dramatic Play Theater is my favorite :)

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Trina said...

I like the Madame Alexander Rocking Chair.
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I love the Kitchen Helper and could so use that. My little guy loves to cook with me but is short. :)

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I like the adorable Papagayo Rocking Chair.
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Steph said...

I like the Flower Match Garden Patch.

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Melissa B. said...

I like the Center Stage Tabletop Puppet Theater.

checkers said...

Papagayo Toy Box

ShesAnAngel said...

I visited Guidecraft and I also love their Puppet theater, how awesome for kids!

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All In One Play Kitchen