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10 Best Science Kits [for Kids]

Science kits are important for kids to understand more about the basic science concepts, spark their creativity and train their problem solving skills.  I have carefully chosen the following 10 best science kits for kids. They are educational, fun and inspirational.

1. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Suitable for Age 6+

Mind Blowing Science-Best Science Kits for kids
Mind Blowing Science


Older kids can learn more from it.  I recommend this kit because it includes almost everything your child needs to set up some exciting science experiments.

The materials and supplies included in this kit are more than enough.  Your child can do experiments for multiple times.  Don’t worry if you are not good at science.

There are step-by-step instructions for each experiment and the detailed science guide included.

The science guide will help you answer questions about what’s happening in each experiment.  It also explains related concepts of the experiments and gives background information related to each chemical reaction.

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit-Best Science Kits for kids
Materials inside this kit

 

What can your kids learn from this kit?

Each experiment takes approx 15 minutes. Your kids will learn about basic and acidic solutions. For example, create a sunset in a test tube, grow colourful, shiny crystals, create a colour-changing volcano, create colour changing liquids, etc.

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2. Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

Suitable for preK (Age 3-6)

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set-Best Science Kits for kids
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

Set includes beakers, magnifying glass, funnel, pipette, flask, tweezers, lab style glasses, large and small test tubes with lids and stands, activity guide and 10 activity cards.

The Activity cards introduce a lot of topics. For example, living and nonliving things, senses, science process skills, physical science, and more.

 

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set-Best Science Kits for Kids

The science tools are perfectly sized, durable and easy to wipe. Your kid can probably use it for a year.  The experiments on the activity cards are easy to follow, even a 3-year-old can follow it with help.

Reminder

Remember to pick up the extra 10 activities on Learning Resources’ website! Visit the company’s website and find the Primary Science Lab Set. Click on the Exclusive Content tab (you’ll have to scroll down the page) and you’ll be able to download the free activity cards.

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3. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit

Suitable for Age 6+ 

Magic Science for Wizards only-Best Science Kits for kids
Magic Science for Wizards only

You can truly engage your kid with this kit for a few hours. It allows your child to act as a wizard, make his / her own magic hat, make ordinary powders and create test tube crystal ball, etc. It offers enough supplies and you can re-use it a few times. If you want to refill, they are easy to buy.

There are about 8 experiments to do.  These include Fizzy Frenzy, Colour-changing Potion, Magic Wand Lava, Glow-in-the-dark bubbling Potion, Hocus Pocus Powder, Wizard Wand, etc.

Cons

Some experiments are a little repetitive.

Reminders

1. You have to buy chemicals include citric acid, baking soda, vegetable oil, cross linked polyacrylate copolymer, red cabbage powder, color tablets and zinc sulfide.

2. It needs adult supervision. Otherwise, they will make a mess.

 

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4. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set

Suitable for 3-6

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set-Best Science toy for kids
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set

This fantastic play set is good for you to teach your kids about human body. It includes anatomically correct magnets for boys and girls and a wooden stand. Magnets are divided into the upper body/head, middle/torso, and bottom/legs.

The skeleton doll is about 6-8 inches tall. The 24 magnetic pieces help your kids visual different internal organs, circulatory system and blood vessels.

Cons

1. The body itself is not magnetic, although other pieces are.

2. The magnets are not strong enough to hold multiple layers of pieces on at the same time. You have to lay the doll flat to pile up the layers.

3. The magnets are not water-proof. Non washable.

4. There are body descriptions at the back of the box.

Reminder

The play set has a vagina, penis, & the coordinating reproductive system.

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5. Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium

Suitable for 6+ 

Grow 'n Glow Terrarium-Best Science Kits for kids
Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium – Science Kit for Kids

 

If you want your kids to learn the cycle of plants, this kit is a good one!

Your kid will have a lot of fun seeing the seeds grow into sprouts with a few days. This kit includes plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, river stones, organic chia, potting mix, and decorative sand,wheat grass seeds, garden figurines and a plant mister to keep your terrarium watered.

Your kids can learn two full plant life cycles with this kit.  There are some stickers to decorate the terrarium which makes plant growing so much fun!  There are dark stickers for the terrarium that can glow at night as well.  Or your kids can use other dark stickers they buy from other places.

It takes about 3 weeks for different plants to pop up.  Don’t worry if there is not enough sunlight in your room or your home, you can use indoor LED as well.

The instructions are easy to follow.  It takes about 15 minutes to set up all the things.

It’s good for your kids to develop a sense of responsibility through taking care of their plants.  This terrarium is a fun way to teach kids about botany, eco-systems and the life cycle of plants.

 

Creativity for Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium - Science Kit for Kids
Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium – Science Kit for Kids

Reminders

1. To make the dark stickers glow at night, you have to use a flashlight or shine bright light. Shine it for about 30-60 seconds and then shut off all the lights.

2. Don’t over water the plant, otherwise it will mould.  Water it once a day or once every other day.

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6. Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

Suitable for 8+

Disgusting Science-Best science Kits for kids
Disgusting Science-Best science toys for kids

This is a hilarious kit. If your kids love pranks and gags, this kit suits them.  You can teach your kids about byproducts and body parts. There are magnifier, 4 cotton swabs, sugar, red and green colouring, plastic bag, rubber balloon, 4 petri dishes, gelatin and baking yeast.  Your kids can create fake blood, fake vomit, slimy snot, oozing blisters, vampire bites, gashes, and burns. It’s a great gift idea for kids who love science.

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7. 4M Volcano Making Kit

Suitable for 8+

Volcano Making Kit- Best Science Toys for kids
Volcano Making Kit

 

What does this kit include?

This kit includes paint, paint brush, stir stick and fast drying plaster.

Your kid can create a simulated erupting volcano. To make the lava for an eruption, you have to use vinegar, baking soda, soap or food coloring. These are not included in the kit.  You can reuse it as many times as you want.

Your kid will spend 2 days on this project.  The first day, he has to make and set the plaster in the mold.   The next day he will need to paint it and create the lava for eruptions. A 6″ volcano will be produced.

There should be enough plaster in the kit.   If you want to buy more plaster, you can be able to find it at major crafts store.

To prevent the plaster from being hardened to the chamber, rub vaseline around it.

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8. Snap Circuits SCL-175 Lights Electronics Exploration Kit

Suitable for 8-15

Snap Circuits Light-Best Science Kits for kids
Snap Circuits Light

This science kit is a winner of several awards.  It can help your kids understand how electricity works-from battery to switch to light and develop their interests in science.

With this kit, your kids can make use of the 55 components to create 175 different electronic projects.

The projects are arranged in level of difficulty. Your kids can building their skills as they follow the manual.

It will start with the most basic project- a simple LED light and switch project that shows how electricity is turned on and off with a switch. The other projects include Strobe integrated circuit (IC), Color Changing LED,Infrared Detector, Stobe Light with spinning patterns, Glow-in-the-Dark Flying Fan,  Fiber Optic communication, etc.

To see how circuits react, they can plug the pieces in iPhone or android phone or any MP3 player.

Parts are durable and you can buy spare parts on Elenco website at a reasonable price.

 

Which Snap Circuits should I buy if I buy Snap Circuits for the first time?

For the first time snap circuits purchase, I would recommend Snap Circuits Snaptricity. This one is cheaper and can see if your kids are really interested in electronics.  If your kids are electronics lovers, choose Snap Circuits Lights, then Snap Circuits Sound, and lastly Snap Circuits Extreme 750.

 

Reminders

1. Project instructions are not clear kid-friendly enough.

2. The plastic light tower does not stay in place very well.

3. The speaker is not so good.  The sound may become grainy when it is connected to a music device.

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9. Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit

Suitable for 4+

Butterfly Garden-Best Science Kits for kids
Butterfly Garden

 

If your child loves nature, this is definitely a good science kit.

Your kid can learn a lot about the life cycle of butterfly.

The whole project normally takes around 3 weeks. It takes about 10-12 days for caterpillars to form chrysalides. From chrysalides to adult butterflies, it takes another 7-10 days.

The instructions are easy to follow.

You don’t have to feed them, they eat the food on the bottom. When they turn into butterflies, you can feed them with fruit or sugar water.

Cons

1. Although there is a voucher to purchase caterpillars for free, you have to pay about $7.95 for shipping and handling of caterpillars separately.  They will arrive in 3 days. But they may not be in excellent condition. Some of them may die in transit. They recommend you to pay extra for expedited shipping.

2. Butterflies can’t grow in too hot / too cold weather.

 

Reminders

1. You have to be home for at least 3 weeks when you order this kit. You will miss the transformation if you go out of town.

2. Avoid ordering the caterpillars during too hot / too cold weather.

3. Only set butterflies free when the weather is warm.

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10. Thames and Kosmos Chemistry Chem C500

Suitable for Age 9+

Thames and Kosmos Chemistry Chem C500-Best Science Kits for kids
Thames and Kosmos Chemistry Chem C500

This is a great introductory chemistry set for upper elementary children.

Your children can learn about reactions between solids, liquids, and gases. Also they can discover the colourful effects of bases and acids.

The 48-page manual clearly explains each reaction and gives simple instructions for experiment procedures. Your children can explore the kit with minimal supervision.

There are about 28 experiments. It will be a good additional source beyond chemistry textbooks.

Reminders

This set does not include most of the additional items. You have to buy denatured alcohol, 9-volt battery.

Other things required for this kit are standard household items.

You will need: a tealight, plate, knife, paintbrush or ink pen, yellow paper, white coffee filter or blotting paper, iron nail, matches, bar soap, liquid soap, shower gel, light colored table vinegar, table salt, lemon, sparkling water, distilled water, and paper towels.

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  1. Wow these are some awesome recommendations!

    I played with a lot of these as a kid, and I found many of them helpful. I especially remember my science lab kits, like the one that you mentioned at the second spot on this list. It’s great! I think these toys are some of the best ways that kids learn, because play is when children off learn the most. It’s the perfect blend of autonomy, and educational guidance. 

    How do you feel about some of the online options? i used a few of these as a kid, like the Carmen SanDiego games, and found them to be really helpful. What are your thoughts on those?

  2. This was a great review of 10 science toys for kids that will be very useful for parents looking for educational toys that do more than entertain the kids. I know that I can get excited seeing these and likely the kids receiving any of these gifts will be excited too.

    There are too many mindless toys out there that do not advance the critical thinking or problem-solving skills of young children and some are even harmful in my estimation. This is an area of interest for me since I have grandchildren now that can use these kinds of learning toys.

    I notice that none of these toys involves a smartphone or other tablet device. I appreciate your effort to dig these up as I am concerned that too much of the kids’ activities these days revolves around the phones and tablets. Getting them off of those devices for longer periods is a win in my mind. 

    I’ve bookmarked the page and sent the link to my daughters who both have the young children that would enjoy these science-themed learning toys. I will likely kick in one or more for the upcoming birthdays, but my kids can also buy one or two I think right now. Thanks, this was a useful post for me, my daughters, and of course the grandchildren.

  3. Wow, these are amazing. Even if children didn’t know they were doing science, they would still have fun doing so many of these activities and experiments. I especially like the butterfly Garden, my girls would love this! The sets in this post are great because when a child engages in the experiments, it also demystifies science, and makes it fun. I also love that some of them have background information to help little ones understand what they’re doing.

    1. I also love the butterfly one. yes, When the children play with these toys, they can also learn some science concepts which can stimulate their interests! I am sure the children will enjoy playing with the toys I mentioned here.

  4. Woah, that are some great recommendations.
    I have a little cousin who loves volcanoes. So I might go with №7. Hope he will like it.

  5. Hey it’s not fair the things kids can get today, I wish they had all this kind of stuff when I was a kid. We had to make do with playdough and lego:)

    Great post, i bet the kids can have hours of fun with the ones you listed. Especially the disgusting science set, I want one of them.

    These would be great things to keep the children occupied during the summer holidays, they have just started over here in the UK. 6 weeks to keep them amused, I am glad mine are grown up now.

    Thanks for the great info,
    Frank

    1. Yes, the kids have a lot of free time now. Hope that they won’t spend too much time on Ipads, computer games. The kids nowadays are really lucky. We didn’t even have much toys when we were young. Now there are so many options and they are cheaper than many years ago. I also wish I could own these toys when I was young.

  6. Hi Fiona,

    I’ve always thought that it’s a great idea to make your kids learn the smart way.
    Nowadays there are tons of dull toys that give nothing intellectual to the kids.
    The science toys you describe are all very entertaining. My personal favourite is the Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit. Very original! 🙂

    1. For me I also like the Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science kit. It’s hilarious and can make fun of others. Kids play too much on Ipads today. These educational toys are needed to help children quit Ipads.

    2. yes, I love this one too. It’s quite entertaining and special for kids. I agree that a lot of toys are too dull. I am sure children will enjoy playing with the toys mentioned here.

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