30 Science Toys and Kits for Smart Kids (Mom-Approved)
When you’re looking for toys which will both entertain and educate, turn to science. These kits contain fascinating STEM science projects for every age and ability, from pre-school to teenage and beyond. With plants, powders, explosions and everything else, (even for DIY at home) these sets really do make science fun.
The sleuth will out when your girl gets her hands on this Super Spy Set! STEM science toys don’t come much more fun than this, as she and her friends become mini crime scene investigators! Dust for fingerprints, examine the evidence, and get that critical thinking going! Includes all the ‘tricks of the trade’.
If your budding entomologist has been ‘bugging’ you about getting an ant farm, take a look at this! The GeoSafari Ant Factory is an awesome place for kids to watch as their ants settle in and make it their home. Comes with coupon to order ants, and all you have to do is add sand!
Take a bus ride to crystalville with this fantabulous Magic School Bus crystal growing set! Buckle up as Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a journey of discovery, examining salt and sugar crystals, making crystal stars, rock candy, and even a rock crystal garden! Comes with observation chart to record that all essential data.
Want a STEM science toy that will blow their minds? Then give them volcanoes! This exciting kit contains everything any young scientist needs to build and erupt their very own volcano, and even contains genuine volcanic specimens to be studied, including a geode which hides tiny natural crystals just waiting to be discovered!
When volcanoes erupt they leave behind hollow rocks, called geodes. But within these rocks are hidden some beautiful crystals, such as amethyst and quartz. This STEM science kit from National Geographic brings you 10 real geodes to break open, plus a learning guide on what you might find inside, display stand, and safety goggles.
With a STEM focus on chemistry, your child can create their own range of natural lip balms, lip scrubs, and lotion bars with this fun science toy from SmartLab. Comes with beeswax, molds, and recipe suggestions for adding natural flavors and colors using ingredients you already have in the kitchen.
Crystal formation is the STEM focus in this National Geographic kit which not only produces eight beautiful colored crystals, but also a light-up stand on which to display your favorite 5 crystals for a warm glow at night! Set even includes an amethyst, rose quartz, calcite, fluorite, and geode to kick-start their rock collection. Simply beautiful.
Children’s science skills will grow from strength to strength when they tackle this Experimental Greenhouse kit from Kids First. Kids from 5+ will learn all about plant cells and capillaries, roots, water and nutrient delivery, and much more in their own specially designed miniature greenhouse domes. Complete with everything needed to grow edibles and flowers.
Budding meteorologists will adore this weather-tracking toy from SmartLab. Supporting STEM learning, this kit provides five weather challenges to start them off, as they learn how to predict weather, as well as learning some awesome facts such as the highest recorded temperature on earth, and the differences between weather extremes like tornadoes and hurricanes.
Bring the magic of space science to your child’s bedroom with this awe-inspiring set from Great Explorations. Hang the glowing 3D solar system from their ceiling, attach the glow in the dark stars and asteroids to the walls and let your child learn all about our solar system with the in-depth guide included.
With over 175 different projects children can do, this set from award winning Snap Circuits provides ample STEM science opportunities to enhance their understanding of electricity. This no-tools, no-soldering kit is ideal for students aged 8+ to learn about making circuits, and can even connect their phones or MP3 and watch the circuits react.
Science lessons will be solar so good when they turn their room into a planetarium. Supporting STEM learning, this GeoSafari set includes 8 planets, plus Pluto, which rotate around the illuminated sun. Make the learning go even further by fitting the included dome onto the sun to project the constellations onto the ceiling.
This is one STEM science toy which kids aged 5 and up will really dig! This solid block of gypsum hides five genuine crystals and/or rocks, and, using the chisel and brush provided, kids can carefully excavate the site to find the gems, and then identify each one from the pictures on the box.
Hubble, bubble, toil and…study? This spellbinding Magic Science for Wizards kit is so much fun that kids won’t even realize that it’s so much more just a toy! With the addition of easily-sourced household items, children can mix and make potions that even Harry Potter would be proud of! Supports STEM chemistry learning.
This is a superb kit for some serious science learning! Students can gain understanding of chemistry and the periodic table by learning how to, among others, make rocket fuel, and hydrogen gas that pops, test food items for acidity, grow giant crystals, and even conduct a flame test to distinguish alkali metal salts!
Sick Science makes chemistry cool! Kids can really get their geek on with this color chemistry set, which teaches them all about the science of color through nine fascinating experiments which explore acids, bases, and indicators. With color-changing heat sensitive papers (with secret messages), color-changing liquids, and much more, this STEM science kit is a must-have.
Children aged 5 – 10 can learn all about how the human body works with this fascinating set from Kids First. With hands-on experiments which use all five senses, young learners can build a stethoscope and listen to their hearts (and rumbling tummies), test their lung capacity, take a tickle test, and even a blindfold taste-test.
Sea Monkeys have delighted children for decades. This set comes with an aquarium with ventilated lid and built-in magnifiers, Sea Monkey eggs, food, and water purifier – in fact, everything you need to hatch and study these adorable little creatures. Young marine biologists will certainly continue learning, as Sea Monkeys can live up to two years!
This animaltastic STEM science toy will give youngsters a different pet every day of the week! Kids can build one of seven animals, take it apart and reconfigure into the next, all while they are learning about science! And what’s more…they move! These little motorized critters can waddle, walk, or roll, making them even more fun!
Encourage critical thinking and imagination in your child with the 4MSpy Science Secret Messages set. With everything a young James Bond could ever need, kids will learn to decode messages, send Morse code with the mini Morse code shutter torch, create invisible messages and much much more.
Knowing where our food comes from is a big part of science, and this STEM science toy makes learning about it more fun. The planter has transparent acrylic sides, so when the carrot, radish, and onion seeds your little ones lovingly planted start to grow, they can see exactly what goes on under the soil!
If your kids think plant science is boring, show them the Mimosa pudica! This TickleMe planting kit comes with pots, paints, greenhouse, growing medium and seeds from which they can grow their very own ‘sensitive’ plants. Kids can tickle the plant and delight as the leaves close and the branches droop in response. Brilliant botany!
Get your kids to don their white coats for this awesomely inspiring Mind Blowing Science Kit! Junior boffins can play with dancing powders, color changing liquids, jiggly crystals, under water volcanoes and even make magic ooze, all in the name of fun with a lot of STEM science learning thrown in for good measure!
This multi award winning STEM science toy talking microscope allows children to get up close and personal with some of nature’s smallest creatures. Each of the 12 slides features a different insect which can be viewed while the microscope ‘talks’ the child, giving fascinating facts or asking questions in the quiz mode.
Fans of the hit Netflix show can chew over the facts when they make their own bubble gum with this MC2 Bubble Gum kit. Just like McKeyla and crew, your wannabe chemist can learn the science behind bubble gum as they mix and make their very own chewable candy in a variety of MC2 shapes.
This award winning ScienceWiz Electricity Kit is perfect for showing kids from the age of 5 what electricity is all about. Supporting STEM learning, this kit provides 18 different activities which allow children to build circuits, spin motors and pinwheels, light up bulbs, test electricity conduction and carry out many more scientific experiments.
From National Geographic comes this Gemstone Dig Kit, which is a perfect way for your child to start their collection and interest in gemstones and crystals. Learners use the tools provided to excavate the brick and unearth an amethyst, tiger’s eye, and quartz before learning more about them with the magnifying glass and printed guide.
This STEM science kit really rocks! Each kit contains all you need to test, study, and classify the 15 different rock samples included, with five each of Igneous (including obsidian and granite), Sedimentary (including shale and sandstone), and Metamorphic (including marble and quartzite) examples. Comes complete with a magnifying glass, storage/display tray, and identification guide.
Kids and slime go together like a horse and carriage, but now they can make their own! Fully supporting STEM subjects, this kit contains all the glue and glitter, color and containers your child could need to produce foam, neon, glitter, and glow in the dark slimes! Science has never been so much fun!
If your 10 year old (or older) is interested in geology, this is the science toy for him or her! Containing everything they will need to grow seven beautiful crystals, kids can watch as their experiments grow, and once they have they can be displayed in the clear domes supplied. Includes crystal fact sheet.
Making crystals has always been a firm favorite in school, but this tutorial shows you how to make your very own rock candy in your own kitchen! With water, sugar, and a couple of household items kids can watch as their sugar crystals form, before taking a crafty nibble or two.
Many science experiments can be conducted at home, and this one will fascinate your kids! What looks like magic is really only science at play, as they learn all about how salt lowers the temperature at which ice melts and water freezes, demonstrated with an ice cube, salt, and a piece of string.
Home-made slime will never be boring, but this blog post shows you how to give it some va va voom by making it pretty in pink and adding glitter! Using borax, glue, and water, your kids can have fun adding food coloring and glitter and watching as the slime takes shape.
If you bake, the chances are you will have all the ingredients needed for these bath-bombs right there in your kitchen cupboard. Unlike many bath-bomb recipes, this one doesn’t need citric acid, and with the addition of essential oils you and your kiddos can make these gorgeous tub time treats in no time at all.
Whether you home-school or are looking for some science-related activities to do with the kids at the weekend, this blog contains an incredible 23 science projects for kids to do at home! From elephant toothpaste to dry ice bubbles, and even a raincloud in a jar, this fantastic assortment of experiments supports STEM learning beautifully.
Never mind a storm in a teacup, this blog post gives you a tornado in a bottle! With just a plastic bottle, water, washing up liquid and glitter, this tutorial shows you how to make your very own whirlwind and even tells you the whys and wherefores with the science behind it.
For a great science project for you and your kids to do together, why not have a go at making these beautiful crystal geode eggs? While you will probably already have most of the ingredients, you will have to buy some alum powder, but it will be worth it as you produce these stunning eggs.