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, Dr. Toy, Mensa, Family Fun Magazine, 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

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.

National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab 
ages 8+
Do your kids love slime? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic.  

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.

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!
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.

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

Sick Science Physics

Sick Science! Fast Physics
ages 6+
Discover inertia, potential and kinetic energy, gravity, acceleration and more.


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!

Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden by Insect Lore
Observe five real caterpillars eat and grow to form their chrysalis and then emerge as Painted Lady butterflies. We’ve done this for several years and it is absolutely enchanting! That being said, I just learned that sometimes this is not good for the environment if the Painted Lady butterflies are not normally part of your ecosystem. You might want to do a bit of research on that and decide for yourself. 

Groovy Lab in a Box
A monthly subscription of hands-on science kits.

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Lab
ages 12+
Slime is hot right now! This kit gives older tweens and teens everything they need for cool slime experiments along with an activity guide. Science Kits


Picture and Chapter Book Stories with the Scientific Method the scientific method in picture and chapter books


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    Hi! I’m Melissa Taylor, mom, writer, & former elementary teacher & literacy trainer. I love sharing good books & fun learning resources.

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