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Become a Mad Scientist for a Day With These One-Of-A-Kind Science Kits

Your kids will be having too much fun to realize they're learning along the way.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

Heeral Chhibber / Camp

Heeral Chhibber / Camp

Ever wanted to be a mad scientist for a day? These science kits and activities will help! With the content of these kits, your kiddos can cover all of the STEM disciplines, including basic chemistry, engineering, and robotics. But they'll be having too much fun to realize they're 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. 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.

5. 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. 

6. 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.