Besides involving your kids in your DIY projects in order to educate them about green energy, one good way will be to teach them via educational toys like a kit from Thames and Kosmos.
The Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 from their Construction + Science category is one toy that have been mentioned to be a perfect gift for you to teach and expose your kids to green energy.
In line with the aim of Green Energy Helps, an unbiased review of this kit has been provided below.
What do you get from a Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit?
Build your own wind powered generator or a vehicle
In the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit, you and your child can build a wind turbine generator that can charge rechargeable AA batteries (not included) to power six types of buildable model vehicles to choose from upon dismantling your wind turbine. You can choose from building a glider, sail car, jet car, tractor, racecar or a tricycle at one time which can be powered by your battery.
Build and Assemble Systemically
The 40-page coloured instruction book (“8.25” W x “11.5” D) that comes with the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit comes fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions guiding you through the entire process of assembling the windmills and vehicles. To top it off, it also offers ideas in the carrying out of experiments.
Explore and Experiment like a Real Project
This Thames and Kosmos kit comes with wind turbine blades of two different designs and a gearbox with three different gear ratios to allow you and your child room to determine the best design to harness the wind energy to charge up your battery faster.
Mix and match with other kits
The 133 building pieces of this set is also fully compatible with the other Thames and Kosmos Construction + Science Series kits, Physics Series kits, Wind Power and Hydropower kits.
Dimensions 16.0 x 12.0 x 2.5 in.
Weight : 3 pounds
Total number of pieces 47 pieces and a plastic snap grid
Accessories 1 project manual
1 educational manual
Recommended Age Children 8 yrs and above
Here is a video showcasing the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit
Things to Take Note
CHOKING HAZARD: Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
CHOKING HAZARD: Toy contain small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 yrs.
BATTERY-OPERATED TOY: Do not mix old and new batteries
How does the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit rank on popular websites?
16 customers at Amazon gave the Thames and Kosco Wind Power 2.0 kit and average rating of 4.0/5.0. Out of 16 customers, 10 gave it 5.0/5.0.
Customer Reviews on the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit
I have summarised recent customer reviews about the pros and cons on this Thames and Kosmos kit below.
The Pros 🙂
Customers have mentioned that the Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit to be well-designed and worth the money paid for it. Good kit to teach the kids (as young as 4 years old) the principle of gear ratio, wind turbine design, assembly of mechanical parts and how wind energy can be harnessed to produce electricity. One pro mentioned by the customers is that the kit is also a good bonding activity that you can engage in with your kids.
The Cons 🙁
The Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 kit have been mentioned by customers to be a purely teaching kit great for teaching the concepts of assembly and wind energy, with the wind turbine not able to charge a battery regardless of turbine design to power the vehicle even though it was mentioned as part of the specifications.
Other mentioned cons include the level of difficulty for this kit might be a bit hard for an 8 year old though this varies from person to person, and the base of the wind turbine might not be sturdy enough for some customers liking.
Best Deal for Thames and Kosmo Wind Power 2.0 kit
Amazon offers the lowest price for this Thames and Kosmo Wind Power 2.0 kit as compared to the other sites that offer it (as mentioned above). Therefore if you are interested, here is the link: Thames and Kosmos Wind Power 2.0 Best Deals
(Last Updated 28th October 2012)