Best Science Kits for Kids

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Let’s talk about the best science kits — kits that make good gifts for kids.

How do I know these are the best? Many are highly rated, award-winners from either Parents-Choice, Creative Child Magazine, Mensa, or Oppenheim Toy Award.

Discover a science kit to get your kids enthusiastic about learning science.

Oh, and if you want to do it yourself, learn how to make Harry Potter potions here.

Best Science Kits for Kids

First Robot Engineer Kit and Storybook

ages 3+
As you follow the 32-page illustrated storybook manual, you can build models of the ten robots featured in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together.

best science kits for kids
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set
ages 6+
This set is perfect for the youngest of learners. It includes activity cards for kids to start experimenting with the eyedropper, flask, tweezers, test tubes, funnel, and magnifying glass.

Science Kits for Kids

My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
ages 6+
A 20-piece kit for young scientists to learn about chemical reactions.

Science Kits for Kids
Magic Science for Wizards Kit
ages 6+
Make your own chemistry magic!

best science kits for kids
Snap Circuits Electronics Exploration Kit
ages 8+
Learn about electricity and magnetism in this 40+ part kit that will guide you through projects using switches, electrodes, an electromagnet, a motor, and much more.

Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit

ages 7+
Make 12 wicking flowers then customize your bouquet with this STEM craft kit.

Thames & Kosmos Glow in the Dark T Rex Excavation Kit

ages 7+
Excavate your own glow-in-the-dark Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton model. This dangerous prehistoric giant comes to life when you excavate its bones with a hammer and chisel and assemble them into a skeleton. The skeleton lets you reenact prehistoric adventures or surprise your friends with its glowing effect when the lights are off. The kit includes 13 skeleton pieces buried in a plaster block, excavation tools, and a descriptive manual.

Science Kits for Kids

National Geographic Geode Kit
ages 8+
Isn’t this the coolest? Break open these geodes then read the learning guide to learn more about them.

Edible Candy! Food Science Chemistry Kit
ages 8+
Yum! Make chewy jelly candies, crystal rock candy, chocolates, lollipops, and experiment with food chemistry!

Bouncing Planets

ages 8+
Make five colorful, rubbery balls resembling planets using the included spherical mold and polymer granules.

Microscope Kit
ages 6+
Wow– this is a fantastic microscope with three magnification levels as well as a petri dish, stains, forceps, dropper, slides, guides, and more.

Make your own soap
Klutz Make Your Own Soap
ages 6+
Learn soap-making basics (chemistry) in this Klutz STEM kit. You’ll be melting to molding plus adding fragrance and glitter in designs like a cat, a fish, a cupcake, a star, and more.

Electric Motors Catalyst
ages 8+
I can’t wait to try this with my kids — it looks so cool! Build and rebuild a robotic creation using an electric motor and over 50 parts!

littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
ages 9+ 
Marvel comic book fans, now you can make your own gauntlet! Snap together the electronics to build circuits the customize your gauntlet. Videos for over 18 in-app activities, wearable Tech sensors, in-app block coding, customizable LED Matrix light design, and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects. ALSO ON: STEM GIFT GUIDE


ages 8+
Explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope.

National Geographic Rock Tumbler
ages 8+
Get your kids into geology! Start polishing your own gems with the included half lbs of gemstones, rock information, and jewelry fastenings. ALSO ON: STEM GIFT GUIDE

Build Your Own V8 Engine
Build Your Own V8 Engine
ages 12+
Easily assemble this science kit with over 100 parts, includes a working electric motor, light up spark plugs, engine sounds and automatic shut off. Discover how an internal combustion engine works. Construct a fully working model with see-through workings and chrome-plated plastic trim pieces.

Crystal Growing Kit
Crystal Growing Experimental Kit by 4M 7
Crystal experiments are always amazing to watch!

Best Science Kits for Kids


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