Science4You Sweet Factory

Awarded the Silver Medal in the Education Toy category at the Independent Toy Awards the Science4You Sweet Factory Toy is sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. It is educational to the point that even adults could possibly pick up a thing or two – whilst being fun (it makes sweets!)

Science4You Sweet Factory

The Contents of Science4You Sweet Factory

The set contains two books of instructions which explain the science behind things and allow children to experiment and learn, as well as making worm jelly sweets, lollipops and other tasty treats. Also provided is cornflour, a sachet of strawberry jelly, another sachet of tutti-frutti jelly, sachet of citric acid, sachets of gelatine, sachet of sprinkles, a thermometer, silicone mould, lollipop sticks, measuring spoon, small measuring cups, crepe paper sheets, satin ribbons, decorative stickers and straws. Unfortunately this is not everything you need so do take a look before setting up for a child. Everything needed should be easy to get hold of from a supermarket – but this is no good at 5pm on a Sunday afternoon. I guess it should be obvious that making sweets may involve sugar but this is not provided and not something we add into food/drinks so did not have the quantities required to do the experiments. Nor did we have elastic bands to hand to make the worms – something I personally feel would have been easy enough to add to the kit. Also it would have been good if there were containers to put the rest of the open powders once the packets had been opened – but perhaps this is to encourage the children to do more with the sweet factory straight away. Everything provided was clearly labelled.

Science4You Sweet Factory

Using Science4You Sweet Factory

Everything was very straightforward and easy to understand for my 8 year old. The kit is split into two books (cookery and sweet laboratory experiments & activities) and designed to get him thinking and talking about science. It is safe for children with clear guides on safety, first aid, information on what to do if things got swallowed or rubbed in someone’s eye etc, advice for the supervising adults and allergy advice (including all the letter/number codes of the ingredients).

The book introduces everything to the child – in case it is their first time. So what a thermometer does for example. Then experiments with sugar at different temperatures – and an explanation as to why this is so important for sweets. Then it introduces different states (here I learnt about Plasma which I never remember learning about at school!) Straight away children are introduced to lots of scientific terms such as pressure, atoms, matter, physical states of matter, melting point – I could go on and on. This is all done in an easy to understand and relevant to the task way and everyday life. Some of the recipes from each of the books build on previous recipes too – expanding what the child has already learnt. It also gets children to understand the link between maths and science – with different quantities needing measuring – and problem solving when we needed a different quantity than the measuring cups could fit.

Science4You Sweet Factory

Conclusions of Science4You Sweet Factory

The Science4You Sweet Factory was perfect for my inquisitive 8 year old who loves to learn. I like how it wasn’t just a one-time activity and that recipes provided a base for his new knowledge that is built upon as he progresses through all of the recipes. I am disappointed that the kit assumes that homes will have things such as sugar (which I guess most do) and that small things such as elastic bands could not be provided. But overall it was great fun, encouraged a lot of discussion and was very educational. It made my 8 year old use his problem solving abilities – which is part of the new curriculum. As it makes sweets it provides us with the ability to create tasty treats when the boys are good, or for special occasions, or to give as gifts even.

Science4You Sweet Factory

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151 thoughts on “Science4You Sweet Factory”

  1. I really like sweets when i revise and if i can make them it would great! I would 100% use this set with my coursemates at university, to make studying that bit better, knowing we have made the sweets we are using to help us learn!

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  2. I would use this with my 2 young children who both love sweets! It would be great to be able to use sweets to teach them something! 🙂

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  3. Making sweets ..that’s every child’s dream my daughter would love it especially as they have just been doing Charlie and the chocolate factory at school

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  4. My nephew and niece are now at a age where they love experimenting and what great way being able to do it with this amazing prixe, thanks.x

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  5. I would use this with my daughter elizabeth. This looks fun and tasty at the same time. I love educational games where i can spend quality time with my daughter. the fact she loves both science and sweets is a bonus !

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    • Love the idea of introducing the science behind cooking. The difference in sugar at different temperatures is really interesting.

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  6. My little niece and nephew stay with me in the holidays and they are both little boffins and love experiments. Sweets and science is a dream come true!

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  7. This would be an activity to share with my daughter. Like most children she enjoys sweets and I like the idea of showing her what ingredients and methods are used to create them.

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  8. This reminds me of my childhood, when the tradition was that myself and sister always got a boxed Sweet shop every Christmas. We loved it.

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  9. I would like to try this kit with my Grandchildren as it would be good for them to understand the science behind sweets and they’d enjoy eating the experiments!

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  10. I like the fact that’s it’s a great way for children to learn more about sweet making. If I won, all my children would enjoy making sweets with this and thank to your review, at least I know to make sure I’ve stocked up on extra sugar. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. x

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  11. My son is slightly obsessed by ‘charlie and the chocolate factory’, last year we made a sweetshop/stall for him for christmas so this would be an awesome addition to the shop!

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  12. I love the fact that it’s so interactive and allows children to be creative with food. It would also encourage children to cook more in my opinion.
    I would love to do this with my girls.

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  13. I would love to be able to use this with my 10 year old daughter. She would love the heart shapes and has been asking for a kit to make lollies but the only ones that I could find were American.

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  14. This would be my little fella’s dream come true! He’d love to be the next Willy Wonka making his own sweet creations! Fabulous prize, we could have so much fun with this! :o)

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  15. My son, who would love to eat the sweets he has created .. plus science and sweets a great combo of learning and enjoying his favourite treat 😀

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  16. I would use this with my niece she adores baking and I make sweets and this would be a perfect way to intro her. She loves maths, science and baking so mixing these together is perfect

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  17. I like the fact that it is applied science – learning how and why things work when using them makes knowledge more likely to stick

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  18. I love this, simple way to explain to our Grandaughter that those sugar treats just don’t come in a bag and they have to be made. With this kit you can show the basics.

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  19. I think it is brilliant to combine science & something children love (sweets!) in one kit. It can fuel a love for or interest in science, or cooking in general!

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  20. It’s a fab way of combining cookery skills with science and the sweets look really cute and tasty! My daughter and me would love using it together.

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  21. I have always been interested in cooking style activities and using sweets is unique. I would do this with my niece as we love to play together

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  22. I really love that it explains everything. So great learning opportunities and plenty of ‘whhhhy?’. Plus it’s making tasty stuff rather than tat that will collect dust and will never been thought about again. I’d love to use this with my eldest daughter Charlotte.

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  23. I actually absolutely hate sweets but in the spirit of Christmas would love to win for my niece and nephews who would vehemently disagree!

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  24. I love that every kid will be interested, because it’s sweets! But also they’re learning at the same time, very clever 🙂 I would use it with my nephew who’s very bright and inquisitive, and also a sugar fiend! xx

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  25. I would love to pass this on to my niece, she would love cooking up her own batch of sweets…. then hopefully sharing them

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  26. I’d love to do this with my daughter. I know she’d really enjoy it because she loves experimenting with things and combining this with sweets would be epic!

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  27. My daughter’s class at school are doing a Scrumdidlyumptious topic based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It would be great to take this into school and share with the whole class!

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  28. I like that you can make it from scratch so we get to understand the whole process. It would definitely make the the final product extra sweet 🙂

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  29. My son would be over the moon with this, he loves to know the ins and outs of everything so this would be right up his street!

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