My girls love anything to do with spies and secret missions and I have overheard a few missions of theirs in the past which sounded quite fun. They also love doing interesting science related experiments at home so when the opportunity arose to review a Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag naturally I had to offer our services.
Forget the girls I wanted to have a go with this and so did Mr Squishy the chocolate monster.The Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag is part of a collection of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focused toys that are designed to not only show children how fun and cool being smart is but also to encourage children to develop an interest in these areas. I have introduced my children to these types of products in the past and they loved them. I think it is important to try and make learning as fun as possible for children as not only does it encourage them to learn but also improves the retention of information as they will link it with a fun or amusing memory. So few girls go into careers involving science, technology, engineering or mathematics that it really is time we rethink some of the toys available for children to help encourage and instil an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of these from a young age. This is exactly where toys like the Mc2 range come in as they inspire children and create a curiosity in these areas.
The Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag is a hard plastic bag that looks like a super cute pink handbag. It is easy to carry around and is full of all sorts of secret spy items cleverly disguised as make up / cosmetic items. Girls love make up and they love to pretend to be secret agents so this is the perfect combination.
There are a range of items within the bag including 2 beakers and 2 test tubes with lids for super fun experiments and distraction bombs so you can make a quick getaway. There is also a forensic finger print kit with specimen cards, powder (doubles up as a blusher), perfume atomiser, nail polish that’s really a torch, a lipstick which is actually a secret message launcher (shhhhh don’t tell anyone), a magnifying glass disguised as a compact with powder puff and not forgetting an experiment booklet.
As you can see the girls had a fantastic time with their secret message launcher. They even challenged each other to see who could get it to fly the furthest.
The finger print kit is really easy to use. Simply dab some of the powder / blusher with the powder puff onto the finger print. Use the atomiser to blow away excess powder and then lift the print with a piece of tape. Place this on the black part of one of the 4 specimen cards and then for a closer look using the magnifying glass on the compact. Of course when you are not using the compact for super spy missions you can always use it to apply blusher!
Need a light to solve a problem? Not to worry there’s one hidden in the nail varnish bottle. It comes in handy when you are investigating in the dark.
The items all have their own places within the bag where they clip in securely.
The bag is easy to open once the kids get the hang and they can be left to their own devices playing with this for hours and being quite content. You will also find instructions on how to make Adrienne’s CO2 distraction bomb within the booklet provided. You should have seen the faces on my girls when we did that for the first time – oh wait you can here:
As you can imagine it was so much fun I have now been tasked with getting in different food colouring tubes and more glitter. You can never have enough glitter I have been informed.
The Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag is available from all good toy retailers including Toys R Us and Smyths.
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