There are science kits, and then there are out-of-this-world science kits! The Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab, from Learning Resources, is a trifecta of fun and education: The lab set is all about space, slime, and science!

This science kit has all the tools kids need to perform space-tacular experiments. From the Slime Station and Slime Extruder to the Creature Mold and Pod Maker, kids can learn the science behind the fun. Kids can learn with the set’s 20-page, full-color experiment booklet. For example, kids can learn to make their own Beaker Creatures pods and set off a bubbling reaction as they try to uncover what the two included mystery beaker creatures are.

As an alien alternative, the lab also comes with a cool creature mold. Kids can create their own creatures by using at-home play dough. A slime sieve for alien goo — a must-have for extraterrestrial excitement — tops off the set.

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The set is ideal for kids ages 5 and up, aka budding scientists who will be able to get the most out of the educational aspects of the set. If kids have the ability to read and follow directions, they’ll have more fun with this set, and a better experience overall.

The experiments themselves are simple, but can be messy. Make sure to play outdoors, on a surface that can be cleaned easily, or place a tray underneath for fast clean up. Pro tip: Keep some paper towels handy. The play set is a bit messy, but it’s worth it for the fun. Since the experiments use household items, the set can be used over and over, so make sure you keep the box for easy storage.

The Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab includes two mini-posters filled with cool quiz questions inspired by real-world science facts, as well as an exclusive, full-color poster containing all 100-plus Beaker Creatures and their families — that way you can build your own space colony and plot universal domination!