Triop World from Interplay is a fascinating home kit where you can grow your own pond creatures known as Triops or alternatively Tadpole Shrimps. Triops first made an appearance in the Triassic period and have been around for over 300 millions years. They tend to live in puddles and pools where they also deposit eggs ready for the next cycle to begin once they are no longer alive.
The kit comes with practically everything you need to produce these little creatures, all you need to add is some bottled or rain water. You get a water tank included to grow you Triops in along with a sachet of triop eggs, triop food, sand, pipette and a spoon.
The set is recommended for 7yrs plus and 8yr old Miss M was eager to try it out. It is very simple to set up and simply requires the water to be added to the tank along with the detritus (dirt and eggs) sprinkled across the top.
It’s then a case of waiting…. and I have to admit after about 4 or 5 days I thought nothing was going to happen, but then about a week later I spotted some small white flutterings in the water. We then all eagerly came down each morning to see how much they’d grown and loved seeing them swimming about in the tank.
5 yr old Mister B loved their beady black eyes which are really quite prominent. Miss M loved the role of feeding them just a small shake from the food sachet provided every few days. They have soon grown and we can see so much more detail on them. We have three and they love swimming around together. We have also added the little packet of sand to the bottom of the tank for them to scurry about in.
This has been a fascinating activity to have in the home and we are still enjoying them day to day and can’t wait to see how big the Triops finally grow to. Apparently they lay eggs in the sand which you can dry out and reuse to hatch another batch of Triops, so that is something we may try again afterwards. Triop World is a great way to get closer to nature and actually a bit different from the normal activities we have at home so I think this has been a great educational success and something I’d recommend trying out.
All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.