Scientists have learned so much about the world and about light. However, there is still so much to learn. We have the gift of a world that allows for endless quests for answers, endless adventures, and endless fun to learn and find new things.
Glitterins Magical Optical Science Toys are great for getting the whole family together to experiment with polarized light. Polarized light reveals rainbows that are hiding and you can even create art with it. They are unlike any other science kits available. They are the first and only toy ever made based on photoelasticity. Their plastic toys are made like engineering models used to demonstrate photoelastic stress analysis. You will not see the rainbow colors until you bend, squeeze, or stretch the toy. This is because the plastic is made carefully to avoid any stress being applied during the curing of the plastic. So by you bending the toy the rainbow colors will appear. The colors will vary with the amount of stress you apply as well as with the various shapes within the toys.
Glitterins offers 5 different kits. They have a Standard Kit, Deluxe Kit and 3 different Living Rainbow Kits. I received the Deluxe and Standard Kits as well as some addition material and will be receiving the other 3 kits soon. We have only had a chance to try out the deluxe kit so far but the deluxe has everything the standard kit has and more. In our Glitterins Deluxe Kit it included 6 of the plastic toys, a light with batteries, an extra bulb, plastic plates, utensils, a prism and a bell. It also included a magnifying glass, magnets, origami cellophane, tape, toy polariscope parts, black glossy cardboard and instructions.
My family and I are still in the process of experimenting. There are so many options and different ways to use the kit. I will be posting another review soon after I have a little more time to try everything out. The first thing we tried was using the magic green portal with the plastic butterfly figure. We set it up by taking the base of the portal and folded it into a square, then we inserted the light and placed the green portal on top. We put on the magic glasses taking turns and bending the butterfly to make rainbow effects. I took a photo through the glasses with my camera so you all could see. I took a few others as we tried different things. I think it's really neat.
We experimented using strips of the origami cellophane that we cut out into shapes pictured below.
We also added a shiny silver strip inside the base and then placed a round white sheet of paper on top of the base (which was included in the extra materials they sent) and placed the green magic portal on top of the paper. We used the dolphin and tried the plastic plate and spoon. There is also a photo of my daughter using the magic glasses with the butterfly outside using the blue sky which acts like the magic green portal.
Below is a photo of the inside of the Deluxe Kit and a photo of the additional materials I was sent.
What do you think about the kits so far? You can visit their site to learn more and to watch some instructional videos by going to http://www.glitterins.com/.
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