Science gifts for kids
Science Gifts Under $15
Looking for that great Christmas gift? If you are looking for something unique, then this is the place for you. Not sure if science is the thing for you? Think again. There are so many unique gifts out there for you and your young scientist to explore. Children love tactile activities where they can get a little dirty. They love to explore and learn. Help them develop the skills of investigation through science toys. If you are considering stocking stuffers or simply need wallet friendly ideas, this list will help make your choice of gifts easier.
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Goop, Gloop, Slime, and All Things Polymer
Squish it, splat it, bounce it, ooze it through your fingers. Science has never been more hands on than when you play with polymers! Have fun mixing these concotions and learn something while you are at it! For more on polymers, you can go online and find lesson plans for your kids. There are many good chemistry lessons you could do with polymers- teach your child about molecules or elasticity. For an example lesson, go to Reach Out MichiganGrab a kit and build your own robot. How cool is that? Not only can you teach youngsters about robotics, but you can incorporate lessons on being environmentally friendly. The solar powered robots leave a very small carbon footprint, and you can teach the next generation about the importance of using clean energy! You can even set a goal for yourself by joining a Lego League and compete! Lego Leagues are full this year, but hey you can set a goal for next year! Until then, you can teach your kids about the basics of robotics here.
Maybe your scientist likes to explore the world of rocks. Sounds a little boring until you discover the beauty and excitement that can be had with rocks and rock formation! If you are adventurous, you may try starting a geology club, a group in Ohio did and it was a big success Geology Club in Ohio. They also have lessons on crystal formation.
Bugs, and Worms, and Ants Oh My! You might want to ask the parents before you give these gifts because they crawl! Kids are simply facinated by all things that wiggle and squirm. Orkin, yes the exterminators, has a great website full of information about insects for kids. Check out Orkin online.
What is a polymer?
Polymers are made up of many many molecules all strung together to form really long chains. The texture depends on the molecules involved. Some polymers are bouncy, others are gooey and slimey.
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