We have had loads of fun with this. My son (7) developed a real interest in spiders. The little book that comes with it is good, and includes some pictures and ID for a very small number of common spiders, but you really need a proper ID book to go with it. The instructions for caring for the spider seem to work...we usually keep each spider of a couple of days and then let it go again close to where it was found. They seem to survive very well and don't appear too traumatised by their incarceration. No escapees is always a bonus!.
Bought for my 7 year old for her birthday as she loves spiders. Yes it is a plastic box with a book and a few spider catching accessories but she absolutely loves it and it is well worth the £7 it cost. She loved setting up her spiders home and catching him, naming him and catching flies to feed him! Great for any children interested in creepy crawlies, the lid shuts firmly as well if anyone hates spiders so it would be difficult to accidently let it out!
These are great fun, my son has had a 'pet' house spider in his. One thing to note though, if you do put sand in the bottom of it be careful when cleaning or moving the sand around because the plastic scratches very easily.
My son loves this, comes well packaged with lots of information in the booklet. And everything you need to catch a spider from indoors or outdoors. The information booklet in informative and even educational. Will look at the other sets soon to.