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This National Geographic marble run makes learning about motion and aerodynamics fun and engaging. The mini UV flashlight charges the glow-in-the-dark marbles for all-day use. There are tube pieces and action pieces that enhance the physics concepts included in the learning guide. With the bright colors and fun designs, children are sure to enjoy learning with this set. This set is recommended for children older than 8.
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Learning Resources’ Botley the Coding Robot includes 40 pieces and infinite possibilities. The activity book has nine challenges for children to set up and learn from through the hands-on physics lessons; they can create their own chain reactions as well. The set includes dominoes, rolling balls, swinging hammers, slides and more and can be combined with other Botley sets. Ideal for ages 5-8.
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The Playz Monster Chain Reactions Marble Run Science Kit allows children to practice with a variety of simple machines and conduct many different experiments. The fun Monster Theme Park design is a great way to engage children as they come up with their own chain reactions based on the principles of kinetic energy and electricity. Some of the machines kids can make with the kit include a roller coaster and a trampoline. The kit includes a guide that helps children learn more about the science behind the different machines and why they work. This kit is recommended for children ages 6 and older.
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The Goliath Boomtrix Showdown Chain Reaction Stunt Kit is a great option that allows children to learn more about kinetic energy. The kit features an array of machines including crashers, launchers, trampolines and other obstacles kids can put together in fun and exciting ways. In total, the kit includes 12 metal balls, a goal point, six trampolines, four trampoline curves, a booster, and a stunt ring along with complete instructions. This option is ideal for children ages 8 and older.
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With the Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit, children can learn the foundations of engineering as they create functional machines capable of moving in many different ways. The kit includes 33 colorful LEGO pieces along with six plastic balls, string, paper ramps, and other materials along with the instructions needed to complete 10 different designs. The machines in the kit are based on chain reactions, with small movements using gravity to set off larger movements. This makes the kit a great way to begin introducing children to physics fundamentals. This option is recommended for children ages 7 to 15.
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The Hape Dynamo Kid’s Wooden Domino Set puts a unique spin on classic domino building. Children have used dominoes for years to learn about chain reactions, but the addition of other pieces in this set makes for even more play options. Additionally, this colorful kit can help children build color and pattern recognition skills. Working with this set is a great way to help children learn the basics of chain reactions and develop an early understanding of gravity, physics and kinetic energy. This set is recommended for children ages 3 to 5.
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The 206-piece Bulk Dominoes Pro-Domino Starter Kit is a colorful set including high-quality, weighted dominoes. The kit also features an interlocking design with bridges and a track that allows children to explore building their chain reactions over different structures. This is a great basic set that is terrific for introducing children to the concepts of how kinetic energy works during chain reactions and is also great for helping children build critical thinking skills as they design their own courses. This set is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
These chain reaction games are not only a blast, but also teach kids the fundamentals of physics (even though they don’t know it yet!). My nieces and nephews love these fast-paced, action-packed games that are more interesting than the typical game of dominoes. If your child is hands-on and action-oriented, opt for these games.