I’m so glad to have kids that love science because it’s my thing, so if you’re looking for the best gifts for kids who love science then look no further. I love shopping for my boys who adore all things sharks and dinosaurs. My oldest has left this phase and is more of a history buff but he still remembers all the things he learned about dinosaurs when he was younger.
Best Gifts for Kids Who Love Science
Snap Circuits are a great way to get your little one building with electronic circuits without having to solder materials together. My 6 year old has a blast with his set and they can create things that make awesome alarms and sound effects. You can start with the 100 kit which is aimed at your younger students. I have the 300 kit that I purchased for my oldest when he was in the 3rd grade. It’s still going strong and very durable. I’m considering getting the upgrade – Snap Circuits converter kit from 300 to 750 which adds more components and new projects. Isn’t that great, it grows with your child. If you can’t afford the higher level kits then you can upgrade later if they really love it.
A microscope with prepared slides are a must have for any scientist. I think it’s worth it if you have older children to spend a little extra money for a good quality microscope. You can find cheaper ones in the toy store but they really are not that effective as the better ones. You can’t have a microscope without slides. There are some that come with great specimens that your children are not able to collect.
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery KitAmScope M150C / M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound MicroscopeAmScope PS25 Prepared Microscope Slide Set for Basic Biological Science Education, 25 Slides, Includes Fitted Wooden Case
Get them building with K’nex, they come with multiple projects and the pieces are really easy to put together. They can create vehicles and attach wheels, my boys love their K’nex sets. We just got the roller coaster set and my 8 year old put it together himself. He feels really proud of his accomplishment.
Lego also has the Mindstorms robotic sets which are programmable, we’re drooling over these and hoping one day to be able to play with these.
For you bug lovers then you definitely want a butterfly kit, depending on where you live this might have to wait until the warmer months but it’s good to have ready once the spring comes.
My favorite shows for science include the Magic Schoolbus DVDs – The complete set as well as the Bill Nye DVDs. These are great for early elementary students and my kids love watching them just for fun.
Janice Van Cleave’s Chemistry for Every Kid along with all of her books are great for experiments. She has books for physics and biology as well as those for younger learners as well.
If you have a Blu-ray player or a Playstation then I suggest the Planet Earth series, they are really well done and explore all areas of our earth. This has my sons favorite documentary.
Dinosaur lovers will love the Walking with Dinosaur series and they even came out with a movie. There’s also Walking with Prehistoric Beasts and Walking with Monsters which my boys just ate up. The animals looks so real, my daughter is not a fan of these movies, she says she hates them, probably because they look so realistic and scary.
Build your own weapons with Weapons of Mass Destruction, a handbook to create your own catapults and launchers. My son has built numerous projects from this book and they’ve worked wonderfully. He still has one of his earlier catapults.
Sometimes, science can feel just like magic! This magic science kit is “for wizards only,” and it teaches the science behind all of the magic. It includes 9 different activities.
Why does pop fizz? Why does cake rise? Combine food and science in this fun science kit.
For ages 8+, play this game of gross science! There are 140 questions on biology, chemistry, geology, zoology, anatomy, and more!
If you’re young scientist does not have a microscope yet, this is a must-have! This kit includes a microscope, 9 slides, tweezers, a scalpel, a spatula, a needle, and more, great for young scientists to begin exploring.
Everyone love building with LEGOs! LEGOs are great for encouraging STEM. Design and build 10 moving machines with this kit.
This giant bag of science has 70 activities, great for ages 8-14. It’s no exaggeration that this kit is great for hours and hours of scientific fun!
This lab coat comes in sizes for ages 2-14, making it a fantastic present for a young scientist. (It can also double as a Halloween costume.)
This 200 piece puzzle of the periodic table is great for the science nerds in your family, and can make learning the periodic table more fun and hands-on!
There are three different notebook designs to choose from; beeker, genius, and think. Each have the words spelled out with the abbreviations of the periodic table elements. The inside is lined with graphing paper, to draw out their great ideas!
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft KitEuroGraphics Small Box Periodic Table of Elements Puzzle (1000 Piece)Working Class Children’s Lab Coat,White (Ages 8-10)Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
Written for kids, this book remembers 50 women in science and their great contributions to our world. There are engineers, inventors, biologists, mathematicians, and more!
Combine Minecraft with the periodic table! This game has 27 1″ element blocks so you can build the world of Minecraft.
Explore geology with this hands-on STEM game. There are 5 levels of playing, and each round can have up to 6 players. It comes with rocks from the three classes; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.
Build their own science kit so that you kids can explore and create at their will.
Science supplies kit
- copper wire
- screw driver
- magnifying glass
- measuring cups
- test tubes
- old radio or alarm clock or computer
Whatever you choose to buy for your child, ensure that is something fun that allows them to put those discovery skills into place and ask all kinds of questions.