Science gifts including science kits, chemistry sets and science related learning toys are popular gifts for good reason. Science gifts are not only educational but almost always provide some level of activity, experiment, discovery or at least interesting observation. While there are plenty of expensive science related gifts out there like the hydrogen powered remote control car for over $100.00 or the quarter scale, see through V-8 engine building kit that runs over $60.00, there are plenty of science gifts out there for Christmas 2010 for under $25.00. This teacher and mom has done the shopping research for you and consulted with her expert panel of kids from six to sixteen to bring you a “most wanted” list of science related Christmas gifts for under $25.00.
Robotikits are recommended for ages 6 to 9.
What are Robotikits? Robotikits is a solar powered model kit that allows kids to build 6 different robots including a windmill, plane and puppy. Natural or halogen light makes these solar powered robots work.
Robotikits are available for Christmas 2010 for $19.95 from Mindware (www.mindware.com). Robotikits won two Dr. Toy awards, the “10 Best Educational Products” and “100 Best Children’s Products” awards.
Why kids like this one:
Emily, age 8: “You can turn it into six different things so it’s fun more fun and it really works when powered by the sun. I love making the puppy.”
Chemistry Sets “Solids, Liquids & Gases” are recommended for ages 8 and up.
This Chemistry set is new and has already won the Creative Child Magazine Award. This chemistry set includes a 40-page highly visual instruction booklet and the supplies needed for fun science experiments like passing an egg through a bottle top. This kit is perfect for kids that want to know “why” and “how.”
Science Whiz Chemistry sets are available for Christmas 2010 from $19.95 from Mindware (www.mindware.com). A second kit called Science Whiz Inventions is also $19.95.
Why kids like this one:
Brady, age 11: “Both of these kits are really cool because the experiments really work. I love being a scientist.”
MythBusters Science Kits are recommended for ages 9 and up.
Mythbusters Science Kits are the award winning kits based on “Mythbusters,” the number one television series on the Discovery channel. Mythbuster’s checks out all of the cool and curious things kids want to know like “can suppressing a belch be deadly?”
Mythbusters science kits including “Weird World of Water,” “Power of Air Pressure,” and “Science of Sports” (new) are available from Back to Basics, brought to you by Scholastic (www.BackToBasicsToys.com) for $19.99 each.
What kids have to say:
James, age14: “I love this show and I want the new Mythbuster’s kit about sports.”
My hypothesis: All of these educational science kits will be a hit for Christmas 2010.
Personal interviews with kids October 23, 2010.