A Mighty Girl's top picks of science toys for curious Mighty Girls of all ages!
With most kids at home for the foreseeable future, many parents are looking for fun ways to keep kids' minds and hands busy. One easy way is keep kids learning is with an all-in-one science kit that lets them incorporate their curiosity about how the world works into their play.
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. Best of all, these all-in-one science kits come with everything kids need to start playing and learning without having to seek out for extra supplies.
You can also discover books about science-loving girls and women to share with the Mighty Girls in your life 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.
Most wooden blocks feature the A, B, Cs — but why not Au, Be, and Cu? Elements are the building blocks of the universe and now they can be the building blocks of your toy box with this fun set from Uncle Goose! 20 solid wood building blocks, made in the US from sustainable Michigan basswood, feature the elements of the periodic table painted in non-toxic, child-safe inks. And even though they're building blocks, don't think they're just for babies — chemistry geeks will love these colorful blocks as much at 36 years as 36 months!
There's a little scientist in every kid! Ignite their natural curiosity with the Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder lab, the only STEM lab designed for preschoolers. As they test out the 20 different hands-on experiments that this set has to offer, they'll explore math, engineering, and science in a playful way, complete with fun sounds and phrases. Twenty lab accessories are included, and the lab tray is removable for easy clean-up. It's a terrific way to introduce STEM to your playroom!
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. Parents will also love that these blocks are made in the US with sustainable Michigan basswood and are finished with non-toxic inks. For more science-themed blocks, check out Uncle Goose's sets on planets, birds, constellations, flowers, fossils, and bugs.
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.
Get ready for a checkup — as either the doctor or the patient — with this play set from Fisher-Price! If you're the doctor, grab your fabric doctor bag, which is full of doctor's tools with smooth wood accents. Or, take on the role of the patient with the fabric apron that reveals the inside of the body — including a few fun surprises like attachable cold viruses! It's a clever way to foster pretend play and teach a little anatomy along the way.
For a more expansive kit, this Deluxe Lab Set has everything to keep budding scientists busy experimenting! This fun kit from Learning Resources' Primary Science line 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids who wonder what their body would look like under the skin will love this puzzle, which features multiple layers depicting a clothed body, skin, muscles, organs, and bones. This high-quality wood puzzle provides a fun challenge, with 29 pieces making up the five different layers. Add the Your Body Boy Layer Puzzle to show the difference between male and female anatomy, or the Mother Layer Puzzle to show how a baby develops from conception to birth.
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.
Explore the details of the natural world hands-free with this set of magnification glasses from Educational Insights! The Mighty Magnifiers quickly flip from 2X to 8X lenses so that kids can examine their discoveries up close. The soft double eye cup is comfortable to wear, and the adjustable head strap ensures it stays put! It's even got built-in LED lights for night-time investigations. Inquisitive kids are sure to love this set.
These sweet treats also teach some sweet science! With the Yumology! Sweets Lab from Learning Resources, kids will use common pantry ingredients to make ice pops, juices, and no-bake treats, while learning the scientific principles that hide in plain sight in our kitchens. Kids will mix colors, learn about changing states from liquid to solid, and more as they follow the seven easy experiments in the guide! Best of all, all the equipment in the set is reusable so kids can make more sweets whenever they please. For two more fun kits from this series, check out the Yuckology Slime Lab and the Splashology Water Lab.
Who knows what animals you'll discover inside these clay pods from MindWare? Inside these 3" clay pods there are a variety of wild animals hidden away. Soak the pod in water and carefully chisel away the clay to discover who's hiding inside! When you're done, check out the excavation guidebook for interesting facts about the animals you've found. Each of the 12 pods in this kit are individually wrapped and come with their own chisel, so this is a perfect option for parties and playdates, too. For two more of these fun kits, check out Dig It Up! Discoveries: Dinosaur Skeleton and Dig It Up! Discoveries: Dragons.
Learn all about the insects of the world with this gorgeously illustrated bingo game from Laurence King Publishing! Sixty-four species of bugs are featured, from the Giant Hawker Dragonfly to the Sacred Scarab to the Honey Bee! Mark them off on your card and get a bingo to win! The leaflet includes basic information and a few fascinating facts about each species featured, and kids will love the illustrated bug tokens and the colorful counters.
Explore some slimy alien science with this Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab from Learning Resources! Beaker Creatures are funny and friendly alien creatures that come in reactor pods that you open using scientific principles. Then, use the included science tools to conduct experiments from the lab book! From molding your own reactor pod to making slime, you'll have hours of fun with this set. You can also check out the Beaker Creatures Bubbling Volcano Lab, which doubles as a volcano science set!
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!
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.
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!
Turn up the volume on your Kidnoculars with this set of sound-amplifying binoculars that let you both see and hear! Kidnoculars Extreme offer 3x visual magnification and headset-free audio amplification. To make them easy for kids to use, they have a breakaway strap for safety and extra-large eyepieces on the focus-free binoculars. They're sure to encourage kids to explore the world around them in a whole new way!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Imagine yourself as part of the Mars mission and beyond with this kit from National Geographic! You'll use the precision-cut wooden components to build the chassis for a Moon Buggy and a Mars Rover, then attach solar panels and gears according to the directions in the illustrated booklet. Once they're assembled, they move on their own in direct sunlight! Kids can check out the detailed learning guide to discover interesting facts about the Moon and Mars, as well as the science behind real-life space exploration. This hands-on science kit is perfect for all budding astronauts and space scientists!
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.
There's a whole alphabet of birds on this 500-piece family puzzle from Mudpuppy! On this 20" by 20" puzzle, you'll see colorful images by Carolyn Gavin representing a wide variety of birds, from the Arctic loon to the zapata wren. Mudpuppy puzzles feature high-quality, flawless fit pieces that come packaged in a sturdy storage box with the artwork on the cover. Plus, parents will love that these puzzles are environmentally conscious, with recycled material in both the greyboard and the packaging and non-toxic inks used throughout. For another bird-themed puzzle from Mudpuppy, check out the Songbirds Puzzle.
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!
Blast off to outer space with Playmobil's Mars space station! The two astronauts (one female and one male) on this mission have everything they need. A central command hub opens into modules that include everything from food supplies to cozy crew quarters. Use the robot and the spacesuits to explore the planet's surface, or use the telescope to study the stars! Two open docking ports allow you to connect other sets, like the capsules from the Mission Rocket set. For a LEGO kit that fosters a love of space, check out the LEGO Lunar Space Station for ages 6 and up.
Dig and discover with the Ultimate Dino Dig kit from Dr. Cool! Inside this kit you'll discover real fossilized treasures and fascinating facts that are perfect for any dinosaur fan. Carve your way into the excavation brick, which hides a dinosaur bone, a dinosaur tooth, and even a piece of dino poop. Assemble a scale T. Rex skeleton to display, too. Then, check out the activity booklet and adventure guide with interesting facts. For two more fun dino-themed dig kits, check out the Dig It Up! Dinosaur Skeleton Eggs Excavation Kit for ages 4 to 8 and the Dig A Dinosaur Skeleton: T. Rex for ages 8 to 12.
Get into some slimy, fizzy, oozy chemistry with this 57-piece set from Thames & Kosmos! Using this lab station, kids will use non-hazardous chemicals to try a twenty experiments, from making a rainbow in a test tube to creating glowing slime to building an underwater volcano. Along the way, they'll learn the scientific principles behind each of the reactions they produce! With a variety of real scientific equipment including beakers, pipettes, test tubes, and more, this set is sure to inspire any budding chemist.
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!
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.
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.
Explore the world of insects with Nancy B.'s Science Club from Educational Insights! Inside this kit you'll find everything you need to collect, observe, and learn about bugs. Kids can use the pit trap with a funnel or the easy catch-and-release bug catcher to trap specimens, then put them in the portable bug terrarium for observation. Inside the Incredible Insects journal, they'll find out how to use all their bug-catching gear, and get ideas for activities to help them explore entomology. It's sure to prompt new curiosity about the overlooked creatures in the great outdoors!
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.
The National Geographic Ultimate Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Kit is a fantastic way to start your rock collection! This kit includes over 200 stunning specimens, including geodes (two of which she can break open herself), fossils, minerals, and more, plus a magnifying glass, a clear storage and display case, a storage bag, and a full-color learning guide with information on each specimen in the set. Kids can examine rose quartz, red jasper, tiger’s eye, aventurine, snowflake obsidian, pyrite, desert rose, blue quartz, pumice, hematite, blue calcite, green zebra jasper, fluorite, and more, many of which are available in both polished and rough samples. It's the perfect way to inspire a love of geology!
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.
With this kit from Smart Lab you can explore the intriguing, amazing, and squishy human body! Inside the 12" clear plastic human body model, kids will find 9 squishy organs and 12 plastic bones and muscles. Use the forceps and tweezers to lay out the organs on the Organ-izer mat, or read the 24-page illustrated anatomy book by research physician and science teacher Lucille Kayes to learn what happens to a piece of pizza as it makes its way through your digestive tract. It will give kids a unique new perspective on the human body.
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.
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.
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.
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!
With the Base Inventor Kit from littleBits, creative kids have everything they need to turn their ideas into inventions! littleBits are modular electronic components that connect with no glue or solder, making them a quick and easy way to prototype. With a range of bits that move, light up, and make noise, kids will try 12 different projects, including a voice-activated robotic gripper arm and a room-protecting Intruder alarm — then, they'll come up with their own inventions! Plus, this set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so you can build her collection as much as you'd like.
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.
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.
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!
Build a world with this unique strategy game from Blue Orange! In Planet, you build a "globe" using your 12-sided, 3D planet core and a set of magnetic continent tiles. Select landscape tiles representing oceans, deserts, mountains, or frozen terrain. If you place them together carefully, you'll create ecosystems that fulfill habitat objectives and encourage animals to populate your world! This strategy game for 2 to 4 players will get kids thinking about the remarkable planet we call home.
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.
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.
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 a set of pre-prepared slides — like this set of National Geographic biology slides — to start exploring!
Budding rock hounds and geologists will love this set of geology tools from Cornucopia Brands! Everything a hobbyist or beginner needs to get started in included: a classic rock pick hammer, with one pointed end and one square head; three sizes of chisels, 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch; and a handy musette bag with enough room for your tools and any specimens you decide are too good to leave behind. These are real tools, not toys, so they'll hold up to your Mighty Girl's prospecting adventures.
See the microscopic world anywhere, any time with this portable handheld digital microscope! Quickly change your magnification range from 10X to 50X, or use the 220X setting for extreme detail. The included software, compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS, allows you to save, annotate, caption, and compare your pictures. It comes with a desktop holder to keep it safe and sound — and ready for your next examination. For a similar microscope suitable for younger kids, check out the Zoomy handheld microscope for age 4 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.
This 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.
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.
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.
With this dual LED microscope from Thames and Kosmos, she'll be amazed what she can see! Precision mechanics, quality optics, and bright lighting make this the perfect option for kids who are ready for their first real microscope. This set includes the microscope itself, which offers up to 400X magnification; a 12-page instruction manual for the scope; a 48-page full-color microscopy book; and a set of over 20 sample collection tools and accessories. Seventy experiments provide plenty of ideas on how kids can find, prepare, and observe natural specimens with their microscope and explore the microscopic world!
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.
Move across the periodic table to win with this strategy board game from Genius Games! As you collect elements and activate periodic trends like "decrease atomic mass" or "increase atomic radii," you'll fulfill goals and win points you can use to take more powerful turns in the future. However, you have to end your turn in specific families of elements, so make sure you keep track of where you are! This game for 2 to 5 players includes a "Science Behind Periodic" booklet that was compiled and reviewed by 20 PhDs, scientists, and educators.
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.
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!