These science kits for kids bring science to life through hands-on projects that touch on a variety of sciences.
What kind of world will our children grow up in?
It’s a question generations of parents have asked themselves.
While your guess is a good as mine as to the world our children grow into, one thing we can be sure of is this: technology and science will continue to play an increasing role in our children’s lives.
Just think about how our own lives have been changed by technology: most jobs now require the use of computers every day, smartphones and social media have transformed communication, and our ability to access data on just about any topic is practically instantaneous.
Our children are likely to experience just as many technological and scientific changes in their own lives over the coming decades. That’s why an understanding of science and technology is so crucial:
- Some 65% of children entering primary schools today will likely work in roles that don’t currently exist due to technological advances.
- These jobs will require employees to think critically, synthesize information accurately, and solve problems creatively – skills that kids acquire through science education.
Science education is also essential for kids to understand aspects of their everyday lives: the weather, their health, cooking, and nature, to name a few.
And while most children are exposed to science in school, letting kids play with science kits at home can make tinkering, exploring and experimenting all the more interesting and fun.
Science kits for kids and teens that make science fun
The following science kits for kids and teens cover a wide range of sciences and focus on a variety of different themes and interests.
Think of this list as a best-of guide to science kits for kids. While our family hasn’t used every product on the list, I researched which science kits appear to be the most interesting and get the best reviews. I also tried to include a variety of kits within each section to appeal to as many interests and ages as possible.
General science kits
If you’re looking for a kit that touches on a few different fields of science, these kits are a good option. Some of these kits are designed for younger kids while others are geared toward older kids or teens.
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set: (Ages 3 and up) This general science activity kit is designed for young kids. It includes 20 activity cards with step-by-step activities.
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit: (Ages 6-8) This kit teaches kids the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools.
Learn & Climb Kids Science Kit: (Ages 5+) This general science kit includes sixty experiments plus many of the supplies needed.
4M Kitchen Science Kit: (Ages 8 and up) This smaller kit allows kids to perform 6 different science experiments using common kitchen ingredients.
Chemistry kits for kids
These chemistry kits for kids focus on different interests to appeal to a wide range of children and ages.
MindWare Science Academy Perfume Lab: (Ages 4 and up) Discover the science behind perfume with this kit that includes step-by-step instructions to create a variety of fragrances. Also includes information on essential oil extraction and the smell of science.
Scientific Explorer Magic Science: (Ages 6 and up) Add a bit of magic and suddenly chemistry becomes even more interesting. This kit capitalizes on kids’ interest in magic through experiments such as making ordinary powder foam, change color or “magically” boil, among other activities.
Crayola Color Chemistry Set: (Ages 7-10) Learn about the basics of chemistry through the science of color. This kit contains 50 science activities and enough supplies to do 16 experiments right out of the box.
FIZZ! Chemistry Science Kit for Kids: (Ages 8 and up) Includes thirty-two experiments sixteen lab tools that allow kids to conduct chemical experiments that snap, crack and spar.
4M KidzLabs Volcano Making Kit: (Ages 8 and up) Kids create and design their own volcano and then use baking soda and vinegar to see it erupt (baking soda and vinegar aren’t included in the kit).
Playz Kaboom! Explosive Combustion Kit: (Ages 8 – 13) This kit explores explosive combustion with 25 experiments.
Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit: (Ages 8 and up) Learn about the chemistry behind food with this kit. For example, kids learn why soda pop fizzes and why cakes rise, among other chemical reactions.
4M Crystal Growing Experiment Kit: (Ages 10 and up) This kit contains all the materials needed to perform 7 different crystal growth experiments.
Electricity and circuits kits
There’s a sense of satisfaction that occurs when one successfully causes a light bulb to light. These kits offer a variety of ways kids of different ages can explore circuits and electricity.
Snap Circuits Beginner Electronics Exploration Kit: (Ages 5 and up) This kit provides young children with a great introduction to how to build circuits and conduct electricity. The pieces in the kit have extra safety features and easy-to-follow instructions especially designed for younger kids.
Circuit Cubes Bright Lights: (Ages 8-12) Calling all Lego fans: this kit is the perfect way to motorize and illuminate Lego creations. Circuit Cubes provides its own cubes, building bricks, wheels, and gears plus instructions to build a space rover, a monster truck, and more. But all these items are also compatible with Legos and other major brands of building bricks.
Squishy Circuits Lite Kit: (Ages 8 and up) Have fun learning about electricity while playing with playdough. This kit uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits. Kids can light up their creations with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin their creations with a motor.
Snap Circuits Pro Electronics Explorations Kit: (Ages 8-10) For any child with a serious interest in electronics, this kit has over 500 experiments with 76 parts. Projects include: a digital voice recorder, AM radio, digitally tuned FM radio, an AC generator, a whistle switch and more.
Engineering & physics kits for kids
These kits provide kids with hands-on projects to help them better understand key engineering and physics concepts.
Wooden Ferris Wheel Building Kit: (Ages 7 and up) Kids can build their own mini ferris wheel with this building kit that comes will all the supplies and tools necessary.
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit: (Ages 8 and up) With the addition of Lego bricks, kids can build ten machines that can be combined to make different chain reactions.
Thames & Kosmos Physics Workshop: (Ages 8-12) This kit provides a comprehensive explanation of mechanical physics. It includes instructions to build 36 models and how to conduct experiments with those models.
Playz V8 Combustion Engine Model Building Kit: (Ages 12 and up) Learn about mechanical engineering by building a mini replica of a classic four-cycle internal combustion gasoline car engine. This kit includes everything needed to build the engine.
Science kits that focus on geology, nature, and biology
Help kids explore and better understand the natural world with these kits.
Dancing Bear Fossil Collection Sorting Kit: (Ages 3 and up) This kit includes over 100 authentic fossils (20 different types) that kids can match with included identification sheets and geological time cards.
Moody Goat Outdoor Explorer Kit: (Ages 5 and up) A kit to inspire outdoor adventure: includes 19 separate accessories and gadgets, including a pair of binoculars, a bug catcher, 3 bug containers, a compass, a whistle, 2 different-sized magnifying glasses, a butterfly net, a clipboard, a pencil, a pair of tweezers, 6 pretend play bugs, and a backpack to store everything.
Creativity for Kids Grow n’ Glow Terrarium: (Ages 6 and up) This terrarium kit includes a mason-style jar, a decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones, and a plant mister to keep the terrarium watered.
Scientific Explorer Beeology Science Kit: (Ages 6 and up) Help kids better understand bees and their importance in ecosystems with the activities included in this kit.
Back to the Roots Water Garden and Fish Aquaponic Ecosystem: (Age 7 and up) A micro-ecosystem in action: the plants in this aquaponic water garden grow using fish waste as nutrients and at the same time, keep the water clean for the fish.
National Geographic Mega Gemstone Dig Kit: (Ages 8 and up) This kit simulates what it’s like to mine for gemstones. Kids can dig for the fifteen hidden gemstones including pyrite, amethyst, tiger’s eye, fluorite, quartz, obsidian, and aventurine.
Animal Science Kit for Kids: (Ages 8 and up) This kit includes 10 activities such as dissecting an owl pellet, identifying animal bones, assembling real animal skeletons, conducting an experiment to turn hard bone into rubbery bones, and more.
4M Weather Science Kit: (Ages 8-15) This kit includes a variety of activities to help kids understand how our weather works. Activities include: experimenting with static electricity to better understand lightning, building a desktop water cycle model, making clouds, watching air currents and studying the greenhouse effect and acid rain.
Build-your-own robot kits for kids
Kids love robots and what better way to learn about engineering and other aspects of STEM than by building their own robot.
Giggleway DIT Electric Motor Robot Kits: (ages 8 and up) This kit lets kids build three of their own robots: an electric balance car, a doodling robot, and a reptile robot.
Smarts Toy DIT Wooden Solar Car Kit: (ages 8 and up) Kids can build and paint their own solar-powered robot car with this kit.
ZOOB Builder Bot: (Ages 6-18) Kids can use their creativity and build their own robots with the ZOOB BOT kit. Included in the kit are 49 pieces including motorized wheels and light-up eyes. The kit also includes instructions to build two robots.
4M Kidzrobotix Fridge Robot: (Ages 8 and up) Kids will have fun building this robot and then see it climb their refrigerator! Everything is included in this kit except for AAA batteries.
Science subscription boxes for kids
Instead of being a single kit, these science subscription boxes offer new projects every month and often expose children to a wide variety of sciences. You can choose to subscribe for 3, 6, or 12 months. Click here to see five other science subscription boxes in addition to the ones highlighted here.
Kiwi and Tinker Crates: (Ages 5-16) These boxes provide kids with projects that teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) principles. Kiwi Crate projects (for ages 5-8) include an arcade claw, a study on shadow and light and the science of color. Tinker Crates (for ages 9-16) include a trebuchet and studies in hydraulics and motors.
Spangler Science Club: (Ages 7-14) Brought to you by TV personality Steve Spangler, the Spangler Science Club boxes focus on serious hands-on projects that cover a range of sciences. There are up to 10 experiments and projects in each box.
Genius Box: (Ages 8-12) sends a toolkit each month that allow kids to complete three STEM activities. A few of the topics already covered in Genius Boxes include robotics, forensics, crystals, and rockets.
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