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Become A Mad Scientist For A Day With These 12 One-Of-A-Kind Science Kits

You’ll be having too much fun to realize you are learning along the way.

Margo Gothelf · 8 months ago

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Have you ever wanted to be a mad scientist for a day? These science kits and activities will help! With the content of these kits, you’ll cover all of the STEM disciplines, including basic chemistry, engineering, and robotics. You’ll be having too much fun to realize you are learning along the way. 

1. Thames & Kosmos Kids First Science Laboratory

Thames & Kosmos

Thames & Kosmos

Pull on that lab coat and get ready to explore the Kids First Science Laboratory. There are 10 different experiments included for the entire family to explore in this kit, which is designed to be an introduction to STEM ideas. Your family will learn about all sorts of natural phenomena, from refraction to magnetism. Make sure you have those safety glasses nearby!

2. Elenco Snap Circuits Jr.

Elenco

Elenco

The Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. kit will teach everyone in your family a thing or two about electricity. The award-winning toy uses 30 color-coded circuits that snap together to form a simplified circuit board. Follow along from the detailed instruction guide to build over 100 projects. Some of the challenges include building a circuit board for real-life products such as televisions and radios.

3. The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys

Schylling

Schylling

Calling all future biologists! This one's for you. With this classic Sea Monkeys kit, you’ll learn all about these adorable little crustaceans as you hatch them from eggs that have undergone cryptobiosis. In no time at all you’ll have a thriving aquarium of the little creatures to care for and learn all about together.

4. Botley Coding Robot Kit

Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Botley will be your new best bot buddy! The screen-free robot comes with 78 pieces that can be constructed to make Botley solve mazes, tackle obstacle courses, and more. Your family will learn all about entry-level programming with Botley, and you don't even need a computer to code in his commands.

5. National Geographic Glow-in-the-Dark Science Kit

National Geographic

National Geographic

Have you ever wondered what makes certain items glow in the dark? Well, get ready to have that question answered thanks to the National Geographic Mega Science Series Glow-in-the-Dark Science Kit. Use the kit to create slime, crystals, and putty. As you get to work exploring, use the learning guide to understand what makes the different elements glow.

6. Magic School Bus Microscope Lab

The Young Scientists Club

The Young Scientists Club

The Magic School Bus is back and a whole new generation is being introduced to the wonders of science and technology. The line includes science kits based on six different STEM disciplines, including chemistry, engineering, and astronomy, but our favorite is the microscope lab, which has everything your family needs to take a peek at even the tiniest of organisms.

7. 4M Clean Water Science Kit

4M

4M

The 4M Clean Water Science Kit will teach you all about water...clean water that is. The kit combines chemistry and environmental science to teach you how to make a basic water filtration system. Once the system is in place, you can learn the science behind filtering and reusing dirty water. The kit even shows you how to extract salt from seawater.

8. Open The Joy S.T.E.A.M. Kit

Open the Joy

Open the Joy

This kit is perfect for little engineers who are fascinated by how some of their favorite machines actually work. Your family will work together to build an excavator from scratch, using syringes and rubber hoses to explain and explore the science behind hydraulics. 

9. Lego Chain Reactions

Lego

Lego

Legos don't have to be stationary any more thanks to the Lego Chain Reactions book, which focuses on building simple moving systems. Your family will be challenged to build different Lego machines that “spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop.” With this book, everyone can learn the ins-and-outs of basic physics.

10. Think Box Inventor's Box

Think Box

Think Box

The Think Box Inventor’s Box contains over 700 different pieces, making it one of the heftiest science kits on this list. Luckily, it comes with a convenient carrying case to keep it all contained and easy to tote around for little scientists who need to conduct field experiments. Your family will have hours of fun working through the huge array of experiments and activities that are possible with this robust kit.

11. National Geographic Break Open Geodes

National Geographic

National Geographic

Have you ever wondered what makes certain items glow in the dark? Well, get ready to have that question answered thanks to the National Geographic Glow-in-the-Dark Science Kit. Use this kit to create slime, crystals, and putty. As you get to work exploring, use the learning guide to understand what makes the different elements glow.

12. YOUniverse Ultimate Chemistry Lab

YOUniverse

YOUniverse

Learn all the ins-and-outs of chemistry with the YOUniverse Ultimate Chemistry Lab. This STEM-based chemistry kit has activities to choose from, including bath bombs, slime, and crystal experiments.  As you make your way through the 20 provided experiments, you’ll learn the science behind some of your favorite at-home playtime activities. The chemistry kit will easily trick your family into a full day of fun and learning.