I have been having so much fun looking for science and discovery gifts for children. There are so many things available now that I wish I had as a kid. I don’t care if they are called science and discovery kits, projects or whatever. These are cool toys and experiments I want to do. I think that Christmas morning is going to be a lot of fun, messy but still a lot of fun. Here is a list I have made of Christmas 2007 Science and discovery gift ideas for children.
1) Science Games: These games are designed to be fun, keep kids playing as they learn all about science.
Dinosaurs Card Game. Plays like fish but with dinosaurs. The cards have great illustrations and information on the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This makes a great stocking stuffer. Card game is $5.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Young Scientists Club Sci-ology game. This game for 3 to 6 players uses memory, thinking and strategy skills and teaches about 12 fields of science. Game is $13.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Learning Resources Planet Quest Game. This is a fun board game for 2 to 4 players that teaches about space and our solar system. Game is $21.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Learning Resources Caught in the Web - An Insect Game. This is a board game for 2 to 4 players that teaches about insects. To win, be the first to get your insect back home without getting caught in the web! Game pieces are shaped like a dragonfly, butterfly, grasshopper and bee. Game is $19.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
2) Fun Science kits: These kits are designed around one fun area of science.
Cosmic Rocket Kit. It includes a booklet of fun rocket science with detailed launching instructions and a rocket that soars up to 50 feet. It is $12.95 at www.physlink.com.
Scientific Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only. Kids learn the science behind magic, like making a crystal ball in a test tube, and mix glowing bubbling potions, make your fingers smoke, cast color-changing spells. This kit is $18.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Color Lab Crystals. Kids can create a rainbow of brilliant crystals by mixing primary colors, invent their own favourite colors and grow a crystal kaleidoscope. Kits are $12.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Magic Garden. This kit comes with mountain, trees and flowers made of paper and a plastic base. Once kids have assembled the paper garden, they pour the magic garden solution on the paper. Within hours, the flowers bloom, the trees bud and snow appears on the mountain. This kit is $5.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Young Scientists Club Mysteries of Rainbows. Take a wild ride with Ms. Frizzle and her students into the mysteries of rainbows with the amazing experiments in this colorful science kit. Kids wear rainbow glasses, design a rainbow spinner, blow rainbow bubbles, make rainbow milk, bend white light, mix colored paddles, bounce light waves off ceilings, recreate Newton's prism experiment, and more. This kit is $18.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime. Kids learn the science behind hydrophilic polymers while mixing up gobs and gobs of slime. This kit is $17.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Erupting Sparkling Fizzing Fun. Kids can make a colorful glitter wand, make erupting lava, catch a shimmering wave in a tube, and more. Kit is $11.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Glow In The Dark Fun Lab. Kids can make Glow Stick and Bubbling Wand, and cool after-dark experiments with all kinds of neat glow-in-the-dark stuff. This kit is $11.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com
3) Science kits: These are general kits that have quite a few experiments.
Educational Insights Science of Special Effects. Exploring the science behind thrilling effects that you see in movies, magic shows, circuses, optical illusions, and everyday life. The step-by-step illustrated guide shows kids how to do the tricks, covering subjects like electricity, magnetism, chemistry, physics, light, then explains the science behind them. The kit is $38.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science. This kit has a little bit of everything, erupt a color changing volcano, mix up magic ooze with a mind of its own, Play with sand that never gets wet and mix safe chemicals and watch colors change. This kit is $17.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Tree of Knowledge Super Chem. - science and kitchen chemistry. There is a 100 activities in this kit. Kids can make a volcano, create giant soap bubbles, shell and egg without touching it, discover cool facts about plants, make a gas cannon, grow crystals, make perfume, make fun shaped soap and monster dough, make yogurt and cheese, make a propelled motor boat and learn how to make secret writing. This kit is $28.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com
Thames & Kosmos Stepping Into Science - Little Labs. This kit gives kids 25 fun and easy experiments in 5 key science areas including air, water, chemistry, physics, and nature. They can building a soap-driven boat and writing secret messages. Float a paper clip, watch a balloon inflate itself, learn how static electricity attracts, discover how a magnifying glass enlarges. Blow super bubbles, test displacement, experiment with evaporation, see how colors mix; learn how sundials tell time and so much more. This kit is $32.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
4) Edible Science Kits: What kid does not love to be able to eat their experiments. These kits are all about experiments that can be consumed.
Scientific Explorer Soda Pop Science. Kids can make sodas fizz and foam, make super sour drinks, experiment with exotic flavors and colors, and invent your own top-secret soda formula. Kit is $17.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Kids love bubble gum. I have found two kits that teaches kids how to make their own bubble gum.
Bubble Gum Kit. The kit is $12.95 at www.stevespanglerscience.com.
Scientific Explorer Bubble Gum Fun This kit is $12.95 www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Scientific Explorer Ice Cream Science. Kid do science experiments to investigate why rock salt is used in making ice cream, how the size of ice crystals makes ice cream gritty or smooth, and how air adds fluff to the mixture. Kids learn about solids, liquids, and gases. Kit is $17.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com
5) Clock kits: This seems to be popular science kit these days. Probably because they are so easy to make.
Elenco Cola Clock Kit. Make a clock that runs on pop. Teaches how batteries work, clocks work and how liquids conduct electricity. This kit $17.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Tree of Knowledge Lemon Clock. Make your own digital clock using nature's electricity This kit includes over 18 experiments including LEDs, chemical reactions, electro-chemistry, electro-magnetism, acid/base substances, and invisible inks. This kit is $10.95 at http://www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
Tree of Knowledge Water Clock. The clock you build with this science kit will run on water, ketchup, toothpaste, lemons, even cola. This kit is $11.95 at www.sciencestoreforthestars.com.
6) Just for fun: These are just great gifts that have something to do with science.
Giant Plush Microbes is a plush microbe 1,000,000 times bigger then the real thing. They are actually cute. The only time someone will thank you for giving him or her a cold. These are funny, and unusual. You can pick from a huge selection of icky things to give her, including a brain cell, mad cow disease or the plague - Black Death. They are $7.99 at www.thinkgeek.com
The Tornado in a Jar - My kids love this one. Kids shake the bottle clockwise and watch the tornado form. This is $5.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Temperature Sensitive Liquid Crystal Sheets. 12" x 12" liquid crystal Mylar sheets (0.008" thick) can be cut to size with scissors. 3 to 5 micron sized crystals dispersed within a polymer matrix exhibit total color spectrum with temperature change. Kids have fun changing the colors with their hands and ice. This kit is $22.50 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Hand Boilers. Pretty fascinating science toy and an excellent demonstration of energy transfer. Kids hold the large bulb end in the palm of their hand and within minutes, their body heat will cause the liquid to rise. Once out of their hands, it takes a few minutes for the liquid to cool down and return to the large bulb. They are $4.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Grow A Peanut Bush. Makes a great stocking stuffer. This has every thing a kid needs to sprout a peanut plant. It is $2.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
I Dig Dinosaurs. Kids use kid-sized paleo-tools to dig up replica bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex, snap the pieces together, and then paint the completed skeleton for display. Includes field guide, paints and safety goggles. Kit is $24.95 at http://scientificsonline.com.
Written by: Lori-Lee Craig