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Wrapped Up In Science

Top 60 Science Toys for Mighty Girls

A Mighty Girl's top picks of science toys for curious Mighty Girls of all ages!

Kids are full of curiosity about how the world works, so why not give them a gift that helps them explore it? With a high-quality science kit or toy, kids can incorporate the wonder of the everyday world into their play. In fact, it's amazing how much they can learn that way!

In this blog post, you'll find our favorite science toys and kits for curious kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. These toys encourage kids to explore a wide selection of sciences, including chemistry, geology, physics, astronomy, biology, and more. Whether you know a would-be star-gazer, a budding dinosaur expert, or an eager young rock hound, there are options here that will fascinate them. And who knows? Play alongside them and you might just learn something new too.

While this post showcases our favorite science toys and kits, you can find our top picks of building and engineering toys in our blog post Building Her Dreams: Top Building Toys for Mighty Girls and our favorite programming and robotics toys in our blog post Top Books & Programming Toys to Inspire Mighty Girl Coders.

You can also discover many books about science-loving girls and women in our blog post, Ignite Her Curiosity: Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls

Science Toys For Mighty Girls

Do you remember how incredible it was to learn that certain principles of math, physics, and chemistry were behind all the complexity of the world around us? With these toys, kids can explore what the rules of the universe are and how they affect everything that we do.

Bug Jug Fill and Spill

Bug Jug Fill and Spill

Manufacturer: Melissa & Doug
Recommended Age: 0 - 2

Build a love of entomology with this fun toy from Melissa and Doug! The Bug Jug Fill and Spill toy comes with four bug buddies in a jug with a mesh-top lid. These multi-textured toys rattle, jingle, squeak and crinkle in little hands, and are made with ultra-soft materials. When playtime's done, you can tuck them away in the jug for next time; they're also a great travel toy.

Periodic Table Building Blocks

Periodic Table Building Blocks

Manufacturer: Uncle Goose
Recommended Age: 2 and up

Most wooden blocks feature the A, B, Cs — but why not Au, Be, and Cu? This beautiful set of solid-wood blocks from Uncle Goose features all the elements of the periodic table, complete with symbol, name, and atomic number These ethically-made and eco-friendly blocks would be a hit with an adult chemistry fan, too!

Dinosaur Building Blocks

Dinosaur Building Blocks

Manufacturer: Uncle Goose
Recommended Age: 2 and up

Dino-loving kids will be delighted with this set of colorful, heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! This set of nine blocks features eight dinosaur species, plus the pterodactyl. The two debossed faces of each block show the animal's name and skull, and the footprint of that species. The other four faces feature printed images: an illustration of the creature, its size, the time period in which it lived, and its geographic area. Meanwhile, parents will love that these blocks are made in the US with sustainable Michigan basswood and are finished with non-toxic inks.

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Bug Blocks

Bug Blocks

Manufacturer: Uncle Goose
Recommended Age: 2 and up

Learning about insects is as easy as A, B, C with this set of blocks from Uncle Goose! In addition to the letters of the alphabet, this traditional wooden block set includes images of a wide variety of insects, as well as close-ups of some of their patterns. Kids will love learning more about the insect world, while parents will love that these blocks are made with sustainable hardwood and finished with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes and paints.

Planet Building Blocks

Planet Building Blocks

Manufacturer: Uncle Goose
Recommended Age: 2 and up

Pay tribute to the beauty of the solar system with a beautiful set of heirloom-quality blocks from Uncle Goose! This set of nine blocks includes all eight planets, plus dwarf planet Pluto. Interesting facts like number of moons, distance from the sun, and more look great with the high-quality construction — and like all Uncle Goose products, these blocks are made of eco-friendly, renewable basswood. For another astronomy-themed set from this great company, check out these Constellation Building Blocks.

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GeoSafari Talking Microscope

GeoSafari Talking Microscope

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 3 - 5

Kids can explore the tiny world all around us — guided by young conservationist Bindi Irwin — with this talking microscope from GeoSafari! Insert one of the 20 prepared slides and select Fact Mode or Quiz Mode, and Irwin will teach kids all about the fascinating things they can see through their 5X magnification scope. Because it has two comfortable eyepieces, preschoolers can use it without having to close one eye, making it perfect for the littlest scientists. Plus, when she's all done, all the slides tuck neatly into the microscope's base for storage.

Magnetic Anatomy Play Set

Magnetic Anatomy Play Set

Manufacturer: Melissa & Doug
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

She doesn't need X-Ray vision to learn about how the body works with this magnetic dress-up doll from Melissa and Doug! Place magnets on the body form to help kids visualize the skeleton, the circulatory system, the organs, and more. Anatomically correct magnets for both boys and girls are included, perfect for mixed groups. The set includes one figure, 24 magnetic pieces, and a stand. It's an excellent choice for the would-be doctor or anatomist on your list!

Jungle Crew Lab Set

Jungle Crew Lab Set

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Get roaring into science with this set of real lab tools with a fun animal theme! Six pieces — including lion and cub test tubes and an elephant funnel — let kids experiment with real scientific principles using items they find in their kitchen or backyard. An included activity book provides plenty of inspiration! Kids will love the whimsical design of these tools, and they'll be thrilled that they're sized just for them.

Primary Science Shining Star Projector

Primary Science Shining Star Projector

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Bring the universe to her bedroom with this projector from Learning Resources that's simple enough for a preschooler to use! Kids can project images of planets, stars, spacewalks, and more by changing the three discs, each with eight images, that are included in this set. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate that the automatic shutoff conserves battery life. It's an excellent choice for any would-be astronomer or astronaut.

Green Toys Abby Cadabby's Garden Planting Activity Set

Green Toys Abby Cadabby's Garden Planting Activity Set

Manufacturer: Green Toys
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Plant your garden — and learn about growing things — with Abby Cadabby and Green Toys! This Garden Planting Activity Set includes a Growing Magic Guide which teaches kids about plants and gardening through activities, coloring pages, and more. Then, plant three different kinds of seats with the included pots and soil pucks, and decorate with stickers! Like all Green Toys products, this set is made in the USA; all plastic components are made from 100% recycled plastic and are dishwasher safe.

Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set

Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

For a more expansive kit, this Deluxe Lab Set has everything to keep budding scientists busy experimenting! A new addition to Learning Resources' Primary Science line, this fun kit provides kids with step-by-step instructions on 20 double-sided activity cards. Young scientists can then record their results in the write-and-wipe journal. With 45 pieces in all, including funnels, test tubes, twisty connector tubes, a sensory tube, a ViewScope, and more, there's plenty to spark her scientific curiosity!

Skeleton Floor Puzzle

Skeleton Floor Puzzle

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Introduce her to what lies beneath her skin with this amazing 4 foot floor puzzle! This highly detailed puzzle is made of soft foam; when kids are done assembling it, they can lie down and compare their own bodies to the skeleton they put together. All the major bones are represented, and each is labeled on the reverse side, so kids can start learning the proper names of bones.

Jumbo Dinosaurs

Jumbo Dinosaurs

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Bring dinosaurs into her bedroom with this awesome set of five durable and detailed plastic dinosaurs from Learning Resources! These dinos are just the right size for preschoolers to easily manipulate and enjoy. The set includes T. rex, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Raptor. For more fun figures, check out the Jumbo Insects, Jumbo Ocean Animals, and Jumbo Jungle Animals.

Solar System Puzzle

Solar System Puzzle

Manufacturer: Melissa & Doug
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

Learn about the features of our solar system with this extra-large 48 piece floor puzzle from Melissa and Doug! This 2 by 3 foot puzzle provides plenty of details, so kids can see things like the asteroid belt, the rings around Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus, and even all the planets' moons. The background, with its stars and galaxies, hints at the enormousness of the universe beyond our own star. Little space-loving kids will love to assemble this one again and again.

Primary Science Lab Gear

Primary Science Lab Gear

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

She'll feel like a real scientist in this dress-up set from Learning Resources' Primary Science line! Adjustable glasses and an easy-to-wear lab coat will have her ready to imagine herself at the lab bench in no time. It's a great way to encourage STEM in her pretend play. For another dress-up set for budding scientists, check out the Scientist Costume Set for ages 5 to 8.

Super Sorting Pie

Super Sorting Pie

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 7

This is a delicious way to teach early math skills. Place the sorting cards in the bottom of the pie to practice different ways to separate objects: color, shape, and number are all covered. There are 60 colorful fruit pieces to sort, 7 fruits in five different colors, and the top "crust" becomes a bowl to hold pieces while kids play. As an added bonus, the tweezers help develop fine motor skills.

Inchimals

Inchimals

Manufacturer: Fat Brain
Recommended Age: 3 - 7

These thoughtfully designed wooden blocks are a great way to introduce measurement and proportion! Each inchimal is a different size, from the 1" ladybug to the 12" giraffe. Using the blocks and the 100 write-on/wipe-off math puzzles, kids will explore counting, number value, and scale, as well as developing language, fine motor skills, and more. When math time is done, the colorful animals also make great pretend play toys. They're a colorful way to build excitement about numbers.

Mix and Measure Set

Mix and Measure Set

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 3 - 7

Now preschoolers and young school-aged kids can explore some of the foundations of chemistry with this set, which includes tools sized for smaller hands and experiments that are safe for younger chemists! As kids make puff paint, mystery goo, slime, and more, they'll also be learning about volume, weight, and fractions, as well as practical skills like accurate measurement.

Binoculars

Binoculars

Manufacturer: Kidwinz
Recommended Age: 3 - 8

With these shockproof binoculars, kids will have a high quality but sturdy set for hiking, stargazing, birdwatching, and more! These compact 8X magnification binoculars have an easy-to-use folding mechanism that allows kids to adjust them for their own eye width. Rubber surrounded eyepieces ensure kids don't hurt their eyes or face, while the 2 foot neckstrap keeps them close to hand when needed. This set even comes with a cleaning cloth and a case for carrying and storage.

Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit

Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit

Manufacturer: Stomp Rocket
Recommended Age: 3 and up

Explore the fun of rockets — with the help of a little kid power! These rockets blast off thanks to air pressure produced by a blast pad, so kids can burn off a little extra energy leaping on and seeing how high they can make the rockets fly; they can get as high as 100 feet. Plus, the foam rockets in this set glow, so you can keep up the fun long into the night.

My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Manufacturer: Scientific Explorer
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

Show off some flashy science with this fun and accessible kit! With this set, both adults and kids can learn about solutions, acids and bases, and more — and how you can use them to create truly impressive results. From a color-changing volcano to growing jiggly crystals, these experiments will truly blow your mind. The detailed instructions ensure that you don't need an extensive background in science to make the experiment work or to understand why they do.

Super Magnet Lab

Super Magnet Lab

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 4 - 9

When you think about it, magnetism is pretty amazing — and this kit provides plenty of opportunity to explore it first-hand! This 224-piece kit includes magnetic chips, metal ring magnets, mini metal horseshoe magnets, metal bar magnets, and much more. An included activity guide provides lots of ideas for exploring how these magnets works and what they can do.

Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab

Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 5 - 8

Mysterious creatures from distant planets have landed on Earth — and with this lab set from Learning Resources, she'll extract two beaker creatures collectibles, then conduct a variety of real-world science experiments inspired by the creatures and their home worlds! As they play, kids will learn about classifying their beaker creature, as well as other scientific principles through both the experiments and the included mini-posters. Additional beaker creatures are also available so kids can collect them all!

Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden

Wee Enchanted Fairy Garden

Manufacturer: Faber & Castell
Recommended Age: 5 - 9

Combine science and art with this charming little garden kit from Faber and Castell. After you paint your planter, fill it with soil, and add decorations like a fairy house and little gems, plant the mixture of wheatgrass seeds and beans and watch your garden grow! Kids will be fascinated as they guess which plants will grow first and observe the differences between the two kinds of plants. Plus, they'll be proud to say the little garden on the windowsill is theirs — no fairy magic required!

Crystal Mining Kit

Crystal Mining Kit

Manufacturer: Toysmith
Recommended Age: 5 - 10

From Kidzlabs comes the Crystal Mining kit with 8 genuine little crystals (clear quartz, agate, dolomite, amethyst or rose quartz) embedded in a big hunk of plaster. Us the included digging tool and brush to excavate your treasures, then study them with the magnifier and keep it all safe in the storage pouch. Let her search for real buried treasure!

Magic School Bus: A Journey Into the Human Body

Magic School Bus: A Journey Into the Human Body

Manufacturer: Young Scientist Club
Recommended Age: 5 - 10

Learn all about how the body works with this set full of breathtaking experiments. Kids will bend bones, make joints, map taste buds, measure lung capacities and heart rates, and much more! The kit includes a life-sized human body poster with eight sheets of body part stickers kids can use to show off all they've learned. It's sure to be a hit with budding doctors and anatomists.

Animal Tracks

Animal Tracks

Recommended Age: 5 - 10

Kids love being able to spot the tracks of the animals that passed by, and this fun and educational game can help them identify them all! High quality cards depict animal photography, including both their common and biological names, as well as their tracks. Kids can then play three traditional games with a science-based twist as they remember and match the animals and tracks. Fans of this game can also check out the Science on a Tracking Expedition kit, which kids how to take their knowledge of animal tracks into the great outdoors.

Bird Bingo

Bird Bingo

Manufacturer: Laurence King Publishing
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Avid bird watchers and those who admire the beauty and diversity of birds will love this version of bingo where identification is the key to the game! Sixty-four species, from robins to puffins to kookaburtas, are illustrated in exquisite detail on these bingo cards and tiles. Identify the bird correctly and you can mark off a spot on your card! An included leaflet also includes fun facts about each bird, perfect for teaching eager ornithologists of all ages a little more about the featured species. For bug lovers, also check out Bug Bingo featuring 64 species of bugs from around the world.

Magic School Bus: Chemistry Lab

Magic School Bus: Chemistry Lab

Manufacturer: The Magic School Bus
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Jump on The Magic School Bus with Ms. Frizzle and the gang to learn about the basics of chemistry! Kids will use litmus paper to measure pH, make sticky ice, form a bouncy ball, plate copper, and much more. This bus-shaped kit packs a lot of learning into a small package: 51 experiment cards, some supplies, and a data notebook to record your observations. Seatbelts, everyone!

Fossil On!

Fossil On!

Manufacturer: iLaughnLearn
Recommended Age: 5 and up

This kit is a fossil and rock collection and a learning game all in one! Open up the case and discover 15 fossil specimens, including a trilobite, a mosasaur tooth, petrified wood, and more, plus 60 beautiful polished rocks and minerals. Use the identification guide to learn more about your new collection, and then play the paleontology game to strengthen your knowledge. Five levels of play allow everyone from pre-readers to adults to challenge themselves, and everything packs into the case for easy storage or travel.

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Moon In My Room

Moon In My Room

Manufacturer: Uncle Milton
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Some might say the moon was the original nightlight! This moon replica includes rows of lights that glow behind a detailed lunar surface. As you adjust the time of month with the remote, the lights turn on and off to show the phases of the moon; you can change them manually or set them to change in sync with the actual lunar cycle. For budding young astronomers, there's no nicer way to drift off to sleep.

Double-Sided Magnetic Human Body Puzzle

Double-Sided Magnetic Human Body Puzzle

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 5 and up

She can explore human anatomy with this double-sided magnetic puzzle from Learning Resources! Assemble the 17 pieces into a body over 3 feet high; one side of the pieces features the skeletal system, while the other side depicts the vital organs, major blood vessels, and major muscle groups. A multilingual activity guide includes ideas to help her broaden her understanding of the human body.

Rock On! A Geology Game

Rock On! A Geology Game

Manufacturer: iLaughnLearn
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Build your knowledge of geology and our planet with this fun game that doubles as the start of a rock collection! 18 rock specimens are included, along with cards full of interesting facts about rocks, minerals, and gems. Gameplay works like bingo, but several game variants let kids start out with simple identification by appearance to claim a space, and move on to using the information they've learned to fill their card. Plus, kids will love that it all packs into a convenient case so they can take their collection anywhere! For a similar game with a focus on paleontology, check out Fossil On!, also for ages 5 and up.

Mega Fossil Mine Dig Kit

Mega Fossil Mine Dig Kit

Manufacturer: National Geographic
Recommended Age: 6 - 10

Your young fossil hound can unearth fifteen real fossils with real archeological tools in this dig kit from National Geographic! Using your chisel and brush, gently excavate your finds, which include intriguing specimens like a mosasaur tooth, coral, coprolite, and more; then check out the 16-page learning guide to identify your find and learn more about each type of fossil. It's the perfect choice to let budding paleontologists try their hand at a fossil dig!

Magic Science for Wizards Only

Magic Science for Wizards Only

Manufacturer: Scientific Explorer
Recommended Age: 6 and up

The way that science works, it can sometimes seem like magic! In this kit, kids will test 11 different experiments with results that seem magical, but are actually based in the principles of chemistry. From color-changing spells to smoke from your fingers, these experiments are sure to delight kids. Plus, they get to customize their own "magic wand"! This kit is a great way to show kids that science is often stranger — and more magical — than fantasy.

Mega Gemstone Mine Kit

Mega Gemstone Mine Kit

Manufacturer: National Geographic
Recommended Age: 6 and up

She can dig her own gemstones from around the world with this kit from National Geographic! This massive digging brick conceals fifteen different gemstones; use the archeological tools to dig them out, then examine them with the magnifying glass to identify each stone. The included learning guide provides interesting facts about how each stone is formed and where in the world it appears. It's the perfect choice to start or add to your favorite rock hound's collection!

Nancy B.'s Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab and Kitchen Experiments Journal

Nancy B.'s Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab and Kitchen Experiments Journal

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 7 - 10

Learn some cool chemistry in your own kitchen with this fun set from Educational Insights and Nancy B.'s Science Club! This non-consumable basic chemistry set uses household products to perform a number of safe and fun experiments, including making bubbling "lava," color-changing chemicals, and more. Kids will love learning the basics of chemistry — and proper lab protocols — in their own home.

Diggin' Up Dinos: T-Rex

Diggin' Up Dinos: T-Rex

Manufacturer: NSI
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

What dinosaur-loving kid hasn't dreamed of discovering their very own dinosaur bones? In this kit, a model tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is buried deep within a sandy block, waiting to be discovered. Put on your safety goggles and use your excavation tools to safely remove the bones, then assemble them into a display model. The set includes a color poster with intriguing facts about paleontology.

Color Chemistry Lab Set

Color Chemistry Lab Set

Manufacturer: Crayola
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

Kids love color, so bring a little chemistry into the mix with this Color Chemistry Lab Set from Crayola! An easy to read instruction booklet provides ideas for more than 50 colorful science experiments, plus the supplies to do 16 of them right out of the box — including the ever-popular exploding volcano! Then, color petals, make sticky slime, and create bouncing colored bubbles. It's the perfect way to add a little artistic flair to your STEM learning!

DNA Experiment Kit

DNA Experiment Kit

Manufacturer: Sciencewiz
Recommended Age: 7 and up

You can dive into the world of DNA with this set from ScienceWiz! 18 activities teach kids all the key basics about DNA and genetics: everything from assembling a DNA puzzle to extracting DNA from fruit! You'll even get to sample your own DNA and use it to make forgery-proof DNA ink. To take the lesson further, check out the ScienceWiz website for animations and additional explanations.

Big Bag of Science

Big Bag of Science

Manufacturer: Be Amazing
Recommended Age: 7 and up

Start digging into the foundations of science with this kit from Be Amazing Toys. The kit lays out the three areas of science, physical, earth, and life, so in addition to teaching chemistry and physics, kids will also touch on concepts in biology, geology, and more. More than 70 unique and fun hands-on science activities will give kids a good sense of what the different ares of science explain and which sciences they find the most fascinating.

Nancy B.'s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Nancy B.'s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 7 - 11

Explore the microscopic world with this great kit from Educational Insights and Nancy B.'s Science Club! This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope magnifies by 30X, 100X, and 400X so you can get up close looks at everything from peacock feathers to your own skin cells. The included activity guide and journal provides plenty of inspiration for what to explore first. The set includes the microscope, both blank and prepared slides, as well as tools like tweezers, a petri dish, and more.

Nancy B.'s Mighty Microbes Lab

Nancy B.'s Mighty Microbes Lab

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Bacteria, fungi, and viruses... there's a whole world of microbes to explore! Kids will grow harmless microbe colonies and learn how to count microbe populations, learning more about how this tiny world works. You can even test common beliefs about germs — like the 5-second rule! The included germ journal provides lots of experiment ideas and places to record your observations.

You Explore It: Squishy Human Body

You Explore It: Squishy Human Body

Manufacturer: Smart Lab
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Enter the world of the human body — with a little gross factor for some extra appeal! This 12" figure from SmartLab has removable squishy organs, as well as representation of the skeletal, vascular, and muscular systems. In the accompanying guide, research physician Lucille Kayes explains how the organs work together to digest food and provide energy and oxygen to the body. It's a unique way to examine the complex workings of the human body.

Nancy B.'s Way to Grow Hydroponics Kit

Nancy B.'s Way to Grow Hydroponics Kit

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 8 - 12

Did you know you don't need soil to grow plants? Learn all about hydroponic growing with this great kit from Nancy B. and Educational Insights! Kids will learn to sprout seeds, then transfer them into seed baskets over water-filled flasks and see how they climb the trellis as they grow. An included journal includes experiment ideas, interesting facts, writing prompts, and more.

Break Your Own Geodes

Break Your Own Geodes

Manufacturer: Gem Center U.S.A.
Recommended Age: 8 - 14

Now kids can discover their own remarkable gem landscape inside this box of geodes — but first, they'll have to break them open! 12 geodes are included in each kit, ranging in size from a large marble to a golf ball; Gem Center USA guarantees that 90% of them will be hollow. Find clear quartz, smoky quartz, or maybe even amethyst! The included guide teaches budding geologists how to safely crack their geodes, as well as providing information about the minerals and crystals they'll find inside.

Bring Physics to Life: Sensors Alive Kit

Bring Physics to Life: Sensors Alive Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 8 - 14

With this innovative game from Thames & Kosmos, kids use real-life sensor data to create a world of fantastic creatures! Connect the base station to your device, then use the sensor pods to collect readings about your environment. Inside the app, creatures appear whose attributes are based on the data: a low temperature reading might result in a creature with long hair to keep warm. As kids play, they gain experience measuring light levels, volumes, and temperatures, making physics come alive! Please note: this app requires a device with Android 4.4.2 or later or iOS 8.1 or later.

Crime Catchers Science Kit

Crime Catchers Science Kit

Manufacturer: Scientific Explorer
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Does she dream of being a detective or crime scene investigator? She'll love this science kit from Scientific Explorer! Follow the instruction booklet to gather and match fingerprints, test powders and liquids, and decode secret messages as you solve two mysteries. Everything you need to learn forensic science basics is included!

Master Detective Toolkit

Master Detective Toolkit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Solving crime these days takes more than interviewing suspects: it takes a lot of science! With this kit, budding forensic scientists and crime scene investigators will learn how to secure a crime scene, how to process and preserve evidence, and how to use the information you glean to make conclusion about what happened. From pulling fingerprints to testing soil samples, this toolkit will highlight the importance of the scientific mind in law enforcement. As an added bonus, kids can try their hand at solving the sample mystery included in the manual.

National Geographic Mega Slime and Putty Lab

National Geographic Mega Slime and Putty Lab

Manufacturer: National Geographic
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Sometimes science is slippery, squishy, and gooey! With this kit from National Geographic, you can explore eight cool types of slime and putty, and learn what makes them stretch, drip, and ooze. From fluffy slime to magnetic putty to a DIY slime you mix up yourself, you'll get to play with all sorts of goopy, gross fun. A 16-page Learning Guide includes interesting facts about why slime and putty act the way they do, and provides suggestions for all sorts of slimy experiments to try at home.

Green Science: Clean Water Science

Green Science: Clean Water Science

Manufacturer: Toysmith
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Learn how we keep our water clean with this kit from Green Science! This line of science kits from 4M encourages kids to see how environmental conservation can be a part of everyday life. In this kit, kids will learn about water filtration, desalinization, basic distillation, and solar pasteurization. Almost everything you need is included in the kit; you just provide a few basic household items, and she'll be on her way to learning about how we can keep our water supply healthy.

Electricity and Magnetism Experiment Kit

Electricity and Magnetism Experiment Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Explore two fascinating properties of our world — and learn how they relate to one another — with this kit from Thames & Kosmos! Over 60 experiments using snap-together parts and other easy-to-use components take kids through the steps of creating a variety of functional devices, including a loudspeaker, a relay switch, and a telegraph key. Electricity and magnets power the devices we use every day; with this kit, she'll understand exactly how.

Solar System Planetarium

Solar System Planetarium

Manufacturer: 4M
Recommended Age: 8 and up

With this kit from 4M, you'll build a solar system with planets that can really orbit around the sun! The planet models include textured details, making them easy to paint, and the base's moveable planet stands will allow kids to see how planets circle the sun and how their orbits come together in conjunctions before separating again. It even comes with a teeny set of rings for Saturn! It's a fun hands-on way to learn more about the planets.

Science Ninjas: Valence Card Game

Science Ninjas: Valence Card Game

Manufacturer: Science Ninjas
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Kids too young for the lab can learn chemistry concepts like molecule formation, acids and bases, and chemical reactions with this fun game! Kids need to combine elements to create molecules and earn points, but be careful! Some combinations have unexpected results that can set you back. All of the interactions that take place in the game actually exist, so kids will be ready to take their game knowledge into real world science. You can also check out Science Ninjas: Valence Plus, which expands on the original game with even more elements and molecules to explore.

National Geographic Hobby Rock Tumbler

National Geographic Hobby Rock Tumbler

Manufacturer: National Geographic
Recommended Age: 8 and up

See the true beauty of the gems you find with this high-quality rock tumbler. This set from National Geographic has an automatic shutoff timer, so it will run for just the right length of time, and a rubber barrel that reduces noise, making it a pleasure to use. It comes with 0.5 lb of assorted stones to get you started, but every rock hound knows the real fun will begin when she gets outside and hunts down her own!

Magic Penny Magnet Kit

Magic Penny Magnet Kit

Manufacturer: Dowling Magnets
Recommended Age: 8 and up

With the magic of magnetism, these pennies can connect, stack, and almost seem to float! This classic toy has been a best-seller for years, but in the last few years it's been updated to provide even more activity options. By experimenting with the two block magnets and the 32 pennies, kids learn about shapes, positions, orientation, planes, symmetry, and more. It's an artistic way to explore the physics of magnets.

Biology TK2 Microscope Set

Biology TK2 Microscope Set

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 8 and up

This all-in-one kit from Thames & Kosmos gives you the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to view virtually any biological specimen you can find! The microscope features dual LED lights and 40X, 100X, and 400X magnification. The full-color, 48-page microscopy book, which teaches you how to use the scope and the 20 included tools, guides you through 25 experiments. Now, you are ready to take off on a guided investigation of plant and animal specimens that you gather and prepare yourself!

Photographic Card Deck of the Solar System

Photographic Card Deck of the Solar System

Manufacturer: Black Dog & Leventhal
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Admire the beauty of our solar system with this card deck, the companion to Marcus Chown's book Solar System. The deck features 156 5" x 5" cards, each depicting a particular topic: everything from a specific planet or moon to concepts like solar wind, dark matter, and more. The front side of each card features a full-sized photograph in vibrant color, while the back provides information, including key scientific data. Young chemistry fans can also check out the Photographic Deck of the Elements.

AmScope Biological Microscope

AmScope Biological Microscope

Manufacturer: United Scope LLC.
Recommended Age: 9 and up

Take an up close look at the world with this high-quality biological microscope from AmScope! This microscope has full optical glass elements that allow five magnification settings, from 40X to 1000X, and a 360 degree rotatable monocular head that lets you look at your specimen from all directions. LED illumination from below ensures that you easily have enough light to see, too! The scope also comes with a dust cover to protect it when it's not in use. All you need is some pre-prepared slides — or some that you make yourself! — and you'll get a fascinating look at the microscopic world.

Physics Pro Science Kit

Physics Pro Science Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 10 and up

With this set you get a truly gigantic physics kit for your budding scientist! Thames and Kosmos's Physics Pro kit covers topics like fluid dynamics, energy, oscillation, hydraulics and pneumatics, and includes over 200 pieces to allow young physicists to explore these principles. By following the guide, you'll build a wind tunnel, pneumatic shocks, and a hydraulic lift, and learn more about how physics directs the technology we use every day.

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

Manufacturer: Genius Games
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Dive into the daily life of a human cell in Cytosis! In this board game from Genius Games, players take turns putting flasks on available organelles inside the cell; then, they activate the organelle, to either gain macromolecule resources or take actions like completing cell component cards. As the game goes on, resources and space get tight, so think strategically! Everything in this engrossing game mimics actual processes in human cells, teaching cell biology concepts in a clever way. For another biology-themed game from this innovative company, check out Peptide: A Protein Building Game.

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LEGO Women of NASA Building Kit

LEGO Women of NASA Building Kit

Manufacturer: LEGO
Recommended Age: 10 and up

This new fan-designed LEGO set features four pioneering women who made major contributions to the U.S. space program: Margaret Hamilton, the computer scientist who designed the on-board flight software for the Apollo moon missions; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Nancy Grace Roman, the astronomer who played a lead role in designing the Hubble telescope; and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. The 231-piece set, created by LEGO fan and science writer Maia Weinstock, includes minifigures of all four women and buildable models of the Hubble space telescope and a space shuttle.

Evolution

Evolution

Manufacturer: North Star Games
Recommended Age: 10 and up

The name of the game is survival of the fittest! You play a new organism in a dangerous world. Create and adapt your creature to take best advantage of the environment around you, while avoiding the pitfalls! Will you invest your adaptations in traits like a Hard Shell or Horns to protect you from predators, or a Long Neck to get food other creatures can't reach? With 4,000 species to create — plus additional expansions like Evolution: Flight, there's no end to the ways you can eat, multiply, and thrive.

Happy Atoms Molecular Modeling Kit

Happy Atoms Molecular Modeling Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Explore basic chemical principles with this modeling kit from Thames and Kosmos that uses magnetic bonding sites to represent how atoms join up to become molecules! Fifty atom models representing sixteen elements join together to create thousands of different molecules; scan your models with the included iOS app to learn what molecule you've created, and see how many of the most common ones you can find. It's a hands-on way to learn about the building blocks of chemistry.

Crystal Growing Kit

Crystal Growing Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Chemistry is a beautiful thing with this kit from Thames and Kosmos. Kids will learn how they can use dyes to make colored crystals, and why different compounds create crystals of different shapes. They'll also mold plaster into different shapes to see what happens when the crystals grow on different surfaces. With 15 experiments to conduct, as well as a clear locking treasure chest to display their crystal creation, kids will be intrigued by this set.

Discovery Kids: Extreme Weather

Discovery Kids: Extreme Weather

Manufacturer: Discovery Kids
Recommended Age: 10 and up

A whirling tornado, a ferocious blizzard, a searing drought... extreme weather can be scary, but it can also be fascinating! With this kit from Discovery Kids, you'll perform four experiments at home that explore elements of weather and topography and how they play out in the real world. Kids will create artificial snow, build a solar oven, create a tornado vortex, and erupt a volcano! With quick an easy experiments to perform, this kit is sure to be a hit with would-be meteorologists.

Prime Climb

Prime Climb

Manufacturer: Math for Love
Recommended Age: 10 and up

This award-winning, colorful mathematical board game lets you deepen your mastery of multiplication and division in a whole new way! Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way towards the center of the board. Pick up Prime cards and bump your opponents back to the start. The first person to land both pawns on 101 wins! This unique game builds deeper understanding of math while you enjoy traditional board game play.

Telescope and Astronomy Kit

Telescope and Astronomy Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Get your budding astronomer started with this entry-level kit from Thames and Kosmos. This high-quality refractor telescope features coated glass optics and includes plenty of accessories to get your observations started, including a stand and a variety of eyepieces for different purposes. The included guide teaches you how to properly care for and view through your telescope. With a maximum magnification of 140X, kids can easily view the planets, their moons, and several galaxies and nebulae.

Tandem-X Launch Set

Tandem-X Launch Set

Manufacturer: Estes
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Launch not one, but two different rockets with this set from Estes! You'll build two popular rocket models: the Amazon, which is almost three feet tall and can reach heights of 600 feet, and the Crossfire, which is small but powerful and can soar as high as 1,150 feet. Both rockets are outfitted with parachutes to float them safely to Earth — so they can take part in future launches! Any would-be rocket scientist will get hours of fun out of this kit.

LEGO Ideas: Birds

LEGO Ideas: Birds

Manufacturer: LEGO
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Build and display models of three well-loved birds — out of LEGO! This 580-piece set was designed by gardener and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom and selected by the LEGO Ideas community. Each bird represents a different continent: the robin for Europe, the blue jay for North America, and the hummingbird from South America. The detailed models come with presentation stands featuring their scientific names, as well as booklets providing more information about each species. It's sure to delight building fans and birdwatchers alike.

Nanotechnology Kit

Nanotechnology Kit

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 14 and up

Explore the world of nanotechnology, with structures only a few atoms across, with this intriguing kit from Thames & Kosmos! You'll start out by conducting experiments that explain size, scale, and order of magnitude, then learn about how laser light, electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy can make these tiny machines visible. There are 41 experiments included in this kit to get you exploring the big world of little technology!

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