As my son grows older, I notice that he has a curious nature. He would ask, “Why this …? Why that …?” which I would be only too happy to answer except for my own inadequate knowledge. Because of this and the fact that I would also like to get him interested in nature, the world around us, the environment, etc. I began my research on educational science kits. The choices out there boggle the mind: weather kits, insect habitats, terrariums, solar power kits, etc.; I was spoilt for choice. Here is my top ten list.
Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit
For this Mind Blowing beginner kit, the price is only $15. It is a 20-piece kit that will introduce your child to the world of science. Learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools. What I love about this is that adults do not need to be science gurus as step-by-step instructions, a detailed activity guide is included with this kit. It also provides adults with ‘mind blowing science secrets’ that help to answer questions about what’s happening in each experiment.
There are 11 activities to keep your child captivated from creating and growing crystals to making a volcano erupt with colour-changing lava. The ingredients like citric acid, red cabbage powder, colour tablets, corn starch, etc. may be easily available but you may have to hunt for test tubes and pipette and honestly, it is just easier to buy this complete kit. If you are like me, who procrastinates a lot, it will take a long time to gather these materials. Therefore, save your time and trouble and just get this set complete with an activity guide. This is recommended for children 6 years of age and older with adult supervision.
The Magic School Bus – Chemistry Lab
After getting your child intrigued with the world of science, you can enhance his fascination with The Magic School Bus for $31.99. Join Ms Frizzle and her students on the Magic School Bus as they explore the field of chemistry. You will learn to make sticky ice, use litmus paper, measure pH, perform chromatography, make bubble sculptures, create slime, form a bouncy ball, learn about density, produce a milk rainbow, explode a volcano and so much more!
This bus-shape chemistry kit comes packed with science components, 51 colourful experiment cards and a data notebook to record observations.
SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
It’s not science if you don’t learn about your body so take a journey into your anatomy! The SmartLab Squishy Human Body encourages kids to learn through play. Kids will go on a journey through the human body, picking up cool facts and tidbits along the way.
The hands-on fun includes taking the 12″ human model apart and re-assembling it with the squishy organs, bones and muscles. Using the Organ-Izer poster and 24-page illustrated book as a guide, the assembled body can then be displayed on its stand. All these fun for only $21.94.
Scientific Explorer Wacky Weird Weather Kit
Learning about the environment, one must know about the weather. So, for only $9.05, your child can learn about the weather and how it comes about with the Wacky Weird Weather Kit. He will become a real scientist by learning how to create lightning, make a tornado, create a tidal wave, make powerful weather effects and even whip up a blizzard.
This kit includes instant snow, baking soda, citric acid, test tube, colour tablets, bottles, vortex connector, beads, balloon, measuring spoon and volcano mold. It is recommended for children 12 years of age and older.
4M Weather Science Kit
Another weather kit that caught my eye would be the 4M Weather Science Kit selling for $12.87. This kit comes with a full set of snap-together planets, hanging frame and string, 2 strips of paint, 2 glow paints and a paint brush. It contains everything you need to build your own solar system.
With this kit, your child can experiment with static electricity which causes lightning, build a desktop water cycle model and even make clouds in his palm. Each kit comes with detailed instructions and supplies that make it easy to teach and learn weather principles. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.
AMSCOPE-KIDS M30-ABS-KT2-W Microscope Kit
This microscope kit was awarded the 2016 top pick of microscopes for beginners. At $39.98, it is a 52-piece kit enclosed in a hard ABS.
The AmScope M30-ABS-KT2-W has a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination, a built-in colour-filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, and a white metal frame. The white metal frame is durable and stain-resistant. The kit comes with brine shrimp eggs and hatchery.
Your child will be intrigued with the micro world with this kit.
Heider Pro Set A1 2-in-1 Education Science Microscope & Telescope Combination Set
From the micro world to the stars, this microscope and telescope combination set is worth getting. The microscope will let you observe the secrets of the micro world (with 300x to 1200x magnification power) while the telescope will let you into the secrets of the stars and planets (with 6mm and 20mm eyepieces).
Either as a hobby or a first step into the world of science, Heider Pro-Set A1 will meet all your expectations at $101.63.
World Globe 2-in-1 Daytime View 9″ World Globe, Night View Stars and Constellations Globe
Speaking about stars, what better way to learn more than to have it at hand with a globe. Besides getting to know more about constellations, your child will also learn about continents, countries, cities and natural wonders. At night, they can look up into the night sky and find the corresponding constellation on the constellation globe and learn its story. The globe comes with a printed brochure about the Earth and the 88 constellations.
The globe also lights up and makes an eye-catching decor in the room for just $54.95.
Grow N’ Glow Terrarium Kit
When my son sees his grandmother gardening, he wants to take part too. Therefore, I think getting a terrarium (a miniature garden in a simulated natural environment) for him would be a great idea. The Grow N’ Glow Terrarium is a complete kit for helping children create their very own miniature eco-system for $11.29. All your child has to do is assemble, decorate it his way, water and watch the garden grow!
It’s a fun way to teach kids about botany, eco-systems and the life cycle of plants. The kit also includes beautiful garden stickers and glow-in-the-dark stars to decorate your terrarium further. The terrarium soaks up light for the plants and also soaks up light in the glow stickers during daytime. Then, the stickers will glow at night and look like an enchanted little lightning bug house!
The Grow N’ Glow Terrarium mixes art and science so it is a great project for home-schooled kids working on a botany unit. The kit comes with everything you need for two full plant life cycles! It includes: plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister to keep your terrarium watered. The kit is recommended for ages 6 and up.
Additional notes: The Creativity for Kids Grow and Glow Terrarium is kid tested and safe. Since 1976, Creativity for Kids has proudly created safe and innovative products that meet or exceed U.S. Safety Standards and encourage creativity and imagination in children.
6-in-1 Junior Explorer Kit for Young Kids
After spending so much time indoors, it’s time to go outside! Get this 6-in-1 outdoor exploration kit for only $19.95. What’s in the box: Binoculars (4×30 mm), hand-crank LED flashlight (no batteries required), Lensatic compass, Magnifying glass, Whistle and a durable carrying/storage bag.
Your child will be begging you to go outside when he gets this. No more staring at screens all day. With this 6 gadgets, your child is set for his nature adventure. Go bird-watching, hiking or camping, he is all set to go!
So, from learning about his body to the environment and the stars, I think it’s safe to say my son will be occupied for a while. Phew!