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Gift Ideas for Young Scientists

Updated on February 11, 2016
Science equipment that may be included in the kits.
Science equipment that may be included in the kits. | Source

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!

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.


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      I agree with you. Many people don't see the fun in science and to me that's what it is!

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      It's so important to foster an appreciation for science in kids and the more they can be exposed to it as young children, the better. Nice hub

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome tarahearam! I agree, science is everywhere and the sooner we expose kids to the disciplines within science, the better prepared they are. Thanks for your contribution.

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      7 years ago from Wonderland

      Great hub! I am all for science. It is important to inspire the minds at young age. There are so many opportunities now. Thank you for posting this hub.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Absolutely! I know what you mean. They take a lot of time to set up and clean up but the results are fantastic. Thanks for reading.

      You're right Kris, that's why it's so important for kids to get exposed to the "fun" of science early on. Thanks for adding to the hub.

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      Kris Heeter 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      These are wonderful ideas. It's things like this that got me hooked on science as a child:)

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      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      Messy, but oh so worth it! Kids love science when they can touch, taste, and smell it. And although I was known to postpone the science experiments from our curriculum, once we did them, I always had fun.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your feedback Mom!

      Maybe you should ask for one for Christmas prarieprincess! They are great fun for adults too, they bring out the kid in you. :) Thanks for your comments.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      7 years ago from Canada

      These science kits do look like a lot of fun! I never realized how fun science can be. Voted all the up's but funny!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool hub, Cara. I like the ideas you present here. I know, as a former parent of young children, I tried to encourage and foster their curiousity for life. These suggestions are wonderful to help support that. Rated up.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Esmeowl12. Kids really love them but parents don't often think about them.

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      Cindy A Johnson 

      7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      We gave the snap circuits kit to my son one year and he loved it. Great ideas.


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