Is the boy or girl on your Christmas list destined to be the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie? Do they have a love of science that you’d like to encourage? If so, then you may want to purchase a gift for your budding scientist this Christmas that encourages them to learn more about scientific principles, explore their world and is fun too. There are many different types of science toys available from the complicated and expensive to the simple.and cheap. There are also toys that focus on specific areas of science such as astronomy, paleontology, biology, chemistry and geology. To help parents make sense of it all and purchase a science related Christmas gift that their young scientist is sure to love, here are ten of the best Christmas gifts for kids who love science.
Top Ten Christmas Gifts For Kids Who Love Science
1.Star Theater Kids Planetarium
If the child on your Christmas list is interested in astronomy the Star Theater Kids Planetarium makes a great gift. Children will be able to view the stars and planets as they are projected onto the walls and the ceiling of their room. Kids can also listen to an educational Cd that gives a guided tour of the stars as they view them. By inputting the current date the projector will display an constellation field that matches the one that kids can view in the night sky on any given date. One of the coolest features of the Star Theater Kids Planetarium is that it includes a meteor maker that lets kids create their own meteor shower across the ceiling of their room. The Star Theater Kids Planetarium is available online from Collections Etc and retails for $14.99.
2. Thames & Kosmos Little Labs Stepping into Science
This science kit is a great introduction to the world of science for young children. Budding scientists will be able to learn, discover, investigate and build as they complete the numerous beginning science projects included in the kit. The instructions for each project contain a lot of illustrations which make it a perfect Christmas gift for children who are just learning to read. Some of the science experiments children can conduct using this set are learning about evaporation, investigating air pressure, making a hovercraft, learning about plants and condensation just to name a few. Kosmos Little Labs Stepping Into Science is available online from
Amazon and retails for $32.00.
3. Worm Observatory
If you have a kid who likes creepy crawlies then a worm observatory just might be the perfect Christmas gift for your little nature lover. Kids will love watching the worms burrow in the soil, move dirt around, eat and even reproduce. The worm habitat includes an activity book, sand and soil, magnifier, tweezers, feeding pipette and a voucher for live worms. Observing the life cycle of worms is a great way to introduce biology to young children and help them learn about the environment too. The Worm Observatory is available online from Cool Stuff Express and retails for $23.95.
4.My First Dino Kit
Children who are interested in dinosaurs and paleontology will love using real excavation tools to dig up their own dinosaur. Later they can display and classify their dinosaur while learning about the prehistoric past. Other activities include assembling a glow in the dark dinosaur model and growing and shrinking dinosaurs. The kit contains small parts and is not recommended for children under three. My First Dino Kit is available online from
Barnes and Noble and retails for $19.95.
5 Smart Lab You Build It Robo Bug
Children who are interested in robotics will love receiving the You Build It Robo Bug by Smart Lab as a Christmas gift. Not only will your future scientist be able to build their own robotic insect, they will also learn bug facts and be able to engage in several experiments using their robo bug both indoors and out. The kit comes with everything they need to make one robotic bug, string to use when pulling large objects with the bug, a booklet filled with bug facts and experiments. Traction pads to put on the bug when using outdoors are also included in the kit. The Smart Lab Build Your Own Robo Bug is available online from Smart Lab Toys and retails for $14.99.
6. OWI Triple Action Solar Car Kit
Encourage your young scientist to learn more about the uses of solar power with this fun and educational build your own solar car kit. The kit comes with everything they need to assemble one solar powered car that can run on both solar power and batteries. The car is rather complicated to put together and contains several small parts. The recommended age is 9 but adult help maybe required when assembling the gears and axles. The OWI Triple Action Solar Car Kit is available online from Discover This and retails for $46.95.
7. Physics Discovery Kit
The Physics Discovery Kit is a great way to introduce and encourage the study of mechanical physics. Science enthusiasts will be able to build and experiment with twelve different machines while learning about simple machines. The kit includes activities such as building a motor, a catapult balance scale and a motion picture machine. A detailed booklet that explains each experiment also comes with the kit. This product contains small parts and is recommended for children 8 and up. Physics Discovery is available online from PhysLink Science eStore and retails for $28.70.
8. Crystal Growing Kit
Children will love growing their own crystals with this space crystal growing kit which includes everything they need to grow four different types of crystal formations. Crystal growth occurs in just hours and within days kids will have a formation as large as 4 inches. Once the crystals have outgrown their initial container they can be transferred to a larger container and will continue growing. This kit includes chemicals and proper handling is also taught. The kit is recommended for children over 12 but with adult assistance younger children could also experiment with crystal growing. The crystal growing kit is available online from Think Geek and retails for $14.99.
9. Yuck Science Kit
If the scientist on your list loves the gross side of science then the Yuck Science Kit would make an excellent Christmas gift. The kit comes packaged in a specimen jar and includes everything kids need to make disgusting gooey formulas like barf, worm guts and slime. Kids can even grow their own bacteria in a petri dish. The Yuck Science kit is available online from Growing Tree Toys and retails for $21.95.
10. Micropro Microscope Set
One of the most fascinating aspects of science is the microscopic world which is why a microscope makes a great Christmas gift for kids who are interested in science and learning more about the world around them. The Micropro Microscope set includes a beginners microscope with a magnification power from 50x to 600x, prepared slides and everything your child will need to make their own slides. The Micropro Microscope Set is available online from Discover This and retails for $37.95
Any of these ten science toys make great Christmas gifts and are sure to fascinate and delight any child who is interested in science and exploring the world around them. Plus you’ll feel great knowing you’ve given them a Christmas gift that’s both fun and educational.