The early learning years are great ones for inspiring a love of and interest in science. Children are inherently curious about the way the world works. They love to ask questions and explore learning in a hands-on way. Science Kits make terrific learning tools for the pre-school, elementary, and middle-grade years when learning by doing can provide a fun and solid foundation for future learning. And these days, the quality and variety of science kits make finding those learning opportunities both easy and fun. Below is a list of some of the best-selling science kits for kids, ages 4-12.
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
It can be easy to spark an interest in science in pre-school and early elementary-aged children, especially when you have resources like the POOF-Slinky My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, by Scientific Explorer. Recommended for children ages 4 and up, with adult supervision, the kit comes with materials and ideas for about a dozen experiments, including those involving an erupting volcano and color-changing crystals. Some of the experiments will require basic household items that aren’t included.
POOF-Slinky Scientific Explorer, Tasty Science Kits
Children 8 and up will be joy in the POOF-Slinky Tasty Science Kit, also by Scientific Explorer. There’s no place more fun to learn scientific concepts than the kitchen, and this kit, which comes with recipes and ingredients as well as activity cards and lab equipment, will let kids eat some of the fruits of their scientific survey. Rock candy, fizzy drinks, and cake are some of the tasty treats they’ll get to produce and learn from too.
POOF-Slinky Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime Science Kits
Kids 10 and up will have a slimy time learning about hydrophilic polymers with the POOF-Slinky Sci-Fi Slime Science Kit, by Scientific Explorer. The kit comes with directions and materials needed for kids to mix, measure, and handle a variety of slimes, from magnetic to color changing to glow-in-the-dark. Some kids love the gooey, slightly gross factor that the only slime can bring to science.
The Magic School Bus – Chemistry Lab
Any child who ever enjoyed watching the Magic School Bus will know that Mrs. Frizzle always made learning fun! That fun continues in the Magic School Bus Chemistry Set, which comes in a school bus-shaped carrier. 51 experiment cards are included to inspire chemistry learning in children ages 5-12. They’ll learn to measure things, use litmus paper, do chromatography, make a volcano, and much more. You’ll need to add some basic household materials. But the kit does come with some required materials and three organizing trays.
Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. Kit
The illustrated manual and 30 electrical parts that come with Elenco’s Electronic Snap Circuits, Jr. The kit gives children 8 and up the chance to build a hundred different projects. Flashing lights, a siren, and a working photosensor are some of the models they’ll design and build with parts such as circuits, speakers, and switches that snap together without any other required tools. All you need to add is batteries, which aren’t included.
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