Earlier this year I met the team from Canal Toys at the BlogOn Conference in Manchester and when I checked out their products I was immediately taken back to my childhood when I spotted their ‘So Magic DIY’ range. I remember having my very own magic tree (nothing as fancy and colourful as the brand new range from Canal Toys but non there less still as exiting watching that tree magically grow! Finn & Molly-May have been sent their very own So Magic DIY Medium Kit and we couldn’t wait to get started and watch the magic unfold!With the So Magic DIY Sets from Canal Toys you can create your very own cosmic crystal tree terrarium!
The medium size terrarium set comes in 3 designs – tropical, crystal & cosmic and each kit comes with a terrarium, a magic crystal tree, growing powder, 2 packs of glitter sand, glitter pebbles and coloured stones as well as 2 collectable figurines and the instructions. Suitable for ages 8+ (or in our case age 5 with supervision) the So Magic Terrarium Kit is a great way to introduce children to crystal growing and a great introduction to the scientific principals behind how crystals grow in a fun and magical way.
To start growing our crystal tree we first removed the carton on the inside of the terrarium and opened the bottom to fill up the middle section with water and the growing powder before clicking on the lid again ready to assemble the tree and put it into the cross section of the terrarium so it touches the water area.
Then we decorated our terrarium with the pink and purple sand as well as the stones, pepples and of course the cute little bird and cat! Molly-May was very precise and copied the picture of the So Magic box one by one so recreate it just like the picture showed it and she was very proud of her finished work!
Now came the hardest part for her! We had to put the terrarium aside (the lid stays off until the tree is fully grown) and wait for 12 hours so the tree could do its magic! Thankfully the kids and Mr. C. went swimming for the day and on her return Molly-May was delighted to see that just 8 hours later we could already see magic branches growing out of the tree in 2 different colours:
The next morning the tree has bloomed fully and Molly-May was amazed with how pretty and big the tree got overnight it even grew bushes around the tree! She was very happy that she finally could close up the terrarium and carefully carry it upstairs to put it on her window sill in her room to admire!
I think it’s a fantastic birthday present for any budding little scientists out their and despite it saying from age 8+ I would recommend it from age 5-6+ with adult supervision. If I where to do another set I would probably assemble it in the early morning so by the evening before bedtime the tree magically grown after the recommended 12 hours. Molly-May is pretty confident cutting the packages open herself and I made sure I was on hand to help her with pouring in the water so it wouldn’t be too much. It is recommended that your little one washes her hands after touching the growing powder and handling the sand because their are chemicals. I think the set which comes in just under £10 is a great holiday activity for both the children and the adults I had just as much fun creating and watching it grow then Molly-May. The Mini Kit retails for £5.99, our Medium Kit is £9.99 and the Large Kit for £12.99 and the big Wonder Garden Set has a RRP of £19.99 which I find very reasonable!
You can get your very own So Magic Set from Amazon and show your children a fun and magical way to learn about science! Other sets in the So Magic range are the Mini, Medium or Large Kit, as well as a Wonder Garden Set which even includes some sand and slime!
If you want to check out some other So Magic Products you can read up another review over at The Brick Castle where the lovely Jenny & her sons have been testing out the Wonder Magic Garden Set.
Disclaimer: I have been sent the So Magic DIY Medium Terrarium Kit from Canal Toys for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.