Gift Ideas for Young Scientists
Why a science gift?
Who doesn't love to mix, explore, and make things bubble and smoke? Science is all about exploring the world around you. I know that all of the kids in my life love to explore and investigate the things around them. It is part of the innate curiosity of children. For several years my niece and nephew received science related gifts for their birthdays and Christmas. From science kits that held a variety of activities in them from volcanoes to ant farms and butterfly houses, their curiosity was fueled. So if you have a young scientist in your life, or just a curious kid, consider giving them a science related gift. What better way to spend a LONG winter day that may have you cooped up in the house? Not only will it engage them for hours, but it's educational too!
Science for Preschoolers
Ideas for preschool aged scientists.
Just because your child is preschool aged, doesn't mean that they are not able to find a science related activity that would fit their level of engagement. They may not be able to handle the large, gooey, almost exploding activities of the older children, but there are still plenty of options to peak their curiosity.
There are many possibilities that include a butterfly kit, ant farm, or even some child safe beakers and test tubes. With this last idea, you can fill them with water dyed with food coloring and then let the mad scientists take over!
Ideas for elementary aged scientists
Being an elementary school teacher, I can attest to the fact that children LOVE when it is time to do a science exploration. Is it messy? Yep, lots of the time. Is it fun? Pretty much all of the time. Does it keep them engaged and learning? Most definitely! So why not bring the fun home? There are so many options and not all of them have to be messy. So here are some ideas for your young scientist.
The options for choosing a science activity are almost endless. There are general kits that include things like mixing and creating different solutions and gooey slime solutions. Then there are those that are more specific that are great if you know the particular interest of the child. For example, there are volcano kits and slime kits, kits that allow children to build circuits, and those that are chemistry based. If your child is interested in the solar system, why not find a kit that allows them to build and study the solar system? There are many kits available to choose from. Make one of these a gift for your child and watch the delight of discovery on their face along with the hours of enjoyment that it will bring.
Tips for Selecting a Science Kit Gift
So what should you look for when choosing your gift? Here are some things to consider.
- Age appropriateness. Although there are age guidelines on the boxes, some children may be able to handle more sophisticated kits, while others may need some that are a little less complicated.
- Safety. Remember to read all of the directions and to keep a close eye on the budding scientists. Adult supervision is always needed, especially for these young kids.
- Interest. Keep in mind what the child or children are interested in. If they enjoy watching things grow, the butterfly kit or root garden might be right up their alley.