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Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef – Cooking Toy

Professor Maxwell is a virtual chef who will teach your kids how to cook. Along with learning how to measure out ingredients, kids will learn the science behind cooking. They can make Rock Candy and discover how crystals form or learn how yeast works while cooking up a pizza for dinner.

The kit is recommended for ages 8+, but my 7-year-old daughter got this kit for Christmas and she loves it. With a little parent supervision, she is able to cook a meal for our family.

This STEM kit comes with a 42 page recipe book and virtual reality goggles for your child to put on. You just download the free 4D Chef app on your phone and Professor Maxwell will pop out of the recipe book and talk your child through making the recipes.

There are 18 recipes to choose from, such as broccoli mac & cheese, smoothies, and chocolate chip cookies.

The kit also comes with a set of child-friendly plastic cooking utensils to help with all the measuring and food prep tasks.

See my review of the Best Hands-On Educational Kits For Kids

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set – Science Toy

We bought this kit for my three daughters about two years ago, and they still like to use it for their own science experiments.

So, it has definitely been a good investment for us and one of the best hands-on learning toys I’ve seen for kids to learn about science.

With this kit, children can experiment and explore with real science tools that are plastic and sized for kid hands.

There are 22-pieces including: a beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, test tubes and more. It comes with an Activity Guide and cards with fun, easy-to-do experiments.

There is the classic baking soda & vinegar chemistry experiment, as well as hands-on biology lessons about osmosis.

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Christen Grozelle

About Christen Grozelle

Christen Grozelle is the owner of Best Money Mom, a personal finance and parenting blog for women. She is a former Canadian national news reporter turned elementary school teacher. She holds a degree in biology and loves helping her daughters explore the STEM subjects at home.

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