My children were very excited to find that they had been sent Triop World, from Interplay, to review. I think it is wonderful for children to be able to watch creatures from the natural world and these triops certainly helped to encourage their natural curiosity.
What are Triops?
Triops are small pond creatures. They are crustaceans that can also be called Dinosaur Shrimp. My children were interested in these as they resemble trilobites, now extinct, from the dinosaur ages. These triops have been around for about 350 million years. Their eggs can lay dormant for a long time then hatch when water is added and conditions are right for them. The American triops in these Triop World sets survive in ponds that dry up quickly in dessert areas so their life cycle is quite short, up to twelve weeks. Their eggs survive long after the pond has dried up then when it rains, they are brought to life.
What is in the Triop World box?
The box contains everything that is needed to hatch and observe triops grow to adulthood. It contains the tank, with lid, a very informative instruction and information booklet, triop eggs, triop food, sand for the bottom of the tank (added after a while), a pipette and a spoon.
Watching them Grow
We put some rain water into the tank to rinse it out, then filled the tank three quarters full with the rain water. The water needed to be about 21 degrees Celsius so we placed it in the window. S and H poured about half the bag of triop eggs into the water, once we’d placed it on the windowsill. We stirred it lightly with the pipette and squirted some of the water down the sides, just in case any eggs had stuck to the tank above the water line. We put the lid on and waited for about a day for the triops to hatch. They had enough food within the bag of eggs to last for about three days. After this, we fed them a small sprinkling of triop food every couple of days. We made sure we all washed our hands well after handling the triop food.
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Our triops have been swimming around for a few days now, getting bigger all of the time. I call these triops, as they are very small at the moment so I cannot tell if they are all triops or not. According to the website and instructions, it is guaranteed that one triop will hatch but that other pond creatures may hatch too. Clam Shrimp, Fairy Shrimp and Daphnia are some of the pond life that may accompany the triops. My children have found it interesting to see how they are changing as well as how they swim in the water. We are very lucky as there have been around thirty pond creatures that have hatched from the half packet we put in. We can’t wait to see what they will look like when they get to full size, which should be about 4cm long.
Although these are intended for children aged seven years plus, H, who is four years old, enjoyed this activity too. She was well supervised, with S taking a lead role when handling the eggs and food. Both children check the tank regularly to see how the triops are moving and how big they are. They have been caring for them well by making sure that they are fed when needed. These creatures are easy to care for and don’t need much cleaning. I think this is a wonderful set to try out with children who are interested in nature.
I shall post pictures on my Instagram feed and on the blog when the triops and other pond creatures have grown.
Disclosure: We were sent a Triop World set for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.