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. 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 all the kids 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!
Even the littlest builders can imagine outer space missions with this 23-piece building set from LEGO's DUPLO line! Build a space shuttle with an opening body and wheels that turn, then wheel up the movable ladder so your astronaut figures — one female, one male — can climb in. They can take scientific measurements with their wheeled rover, then be the first humans to set foot on a whole new world and plant a flag in honor of the occasion! These chunky blocks, which are easy and safe for even little kids to use, are a great way to build spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, while also fostering her big dreams for her future.
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.
Explore human anatomy with this wooden puzzle from KidzLane! 29 pieces in five layers introduce kids to the skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and muscular systems, including anatomically correct genitalia, perfect for body-positive discussions about how all parts of the body work. This high-quality wood is durable and has rounded edges for safety. A boy My Body puzzle is also available, making this the perfect puzzle for kids interested in medicine and anatomy!
Work your memory and build curiosity about the birds you see in your backyard with the Sibley Backyard Birds Matching Game! This set includes 40 sturdy 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" square cards with rounded corners, each featuring artwork by leading ornithologist David Sibley. You'll spot blue jays, sparrows, hummingbirds, and more! It also comes with a colorful storage box. As kids play, they'll also develop concentration and memory skills — and be eager to apply them spotting birds in the great outdoors. For another memory game featuring birds, check out the Match a Pair of Birds Memory Game for ages 5 and up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wildlife veterinarians in training and admirers of primatologist Jane Goodall will go wild over the National Geographic Kids Chimp Care & Nurture Set! Children will love snuggling with this irresistibly super-soft plush, which stands 10 inches tall and contains all recycled fill. After they're done giving the chimpanzee a checkup, kids can scan the QR code on the included card to access exclusive National Geographic Kids content about this remarkable primate, and all the other amazing creatures the National Geographic helps to protect around the world.
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.
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.
Explore an underwater world with this search and find puzzle from Mudpuppy! This 64-piece puzzle features a vibrant image of underwater creatures — and it's friendly to those creatures, too, since it's made using recycled materials and non-toxic inks. Once kids have assembled it, they can have even more fun hunting for all of the animals featured in the images on the border! This compact 23" by 15.5" puzzle is perfect for a small table, so kids can have hours of search and find fun. For two more search and find puzzles from Mudpuppy, check out the Woodland Forest Search and Find Puzzle and the Dinosaur Search and Find Puzzle.
Experiment with magnetic fun with this science kit from Learning Resources. This kit has over 200 pieces to help kids learn the properties of magnets, including magnetic chips, bar magnets, disc magnets, and horseshoe magnets. By following the activities in the guide, kids will take the mystery out of magnetism and learn about the many ways magnets can be put to work.
Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on an exciting undersea adventure in this science kit! Kids can follow along with the included guide to explore everything from the composition of ocean water, making a desalination plant, identifying shells, discovering what kinds of creatures live in the different ocean zones, and more. With a colorful poster, replicas of a starfish and a sand dollar, eight types of shells, and much more inside, this kit will keep young marine biologists busy for hours!
Kids who are eager to explore the microscopic world can get started with the GeoSafari Jr. Kidscope from Educational Insights! This kid-friendly microscope has LED lighting, extra-large double eyepieces, and an easy-focus knob that allows up to 3X magnification that provides a wide field of vision. Kids simply select one of 15 pre-printed slides, each with 4 real-life images, and place it on the rotating dial stage and use the easy-focus knob to adjust to their perfect field of vision. They can use then learn more about each slide image in the included full-color science guide. With dozens of slides showing close-up images of giraffe fur, chameleon skin, gemstones, and more, there's plenty to captivate every young scientist!
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.
Would-be veterinarians can imagine their future career with this kit from the Young Scientist Club! Future vets can learn about animal anatomy, identify organs, and find out more about how a vet helps keep animals healthy. As kids follow along in the included learning guide, they'll try 13 different activities, including interpreting X-rays, learning animal anatomy, suturing a foam dog, making a cast, and even making their own stethoscope. It could be her first step towards a rewarding career in animal care!
Horse-loving kids will love studying the different breeds on this puzzle, from the Shetland to the Quarter horse to the Lusitano. Study the naming sheet, which includes breed names in four different languages, to learn about the horse breeds you don't know! This durable and high-quality puzzle has a finished size of 14" long x 19" high, so kids can see all the details in the colorful illustration. For two more animal-themed puzzles from Crocodile Creek, check out the Thirty-Six Sharks Puzzle, Thirty-Six Birds of the World Puzzle, and the Thirty-Six Insects Puzzle.
There's a whole world you can't see — the world of germs! Join Ms. Frizzle and her students in the Magic School Bus as they explore bacteria and fungi with this exciting science kit. Young scientists will culture bacteria and fungi in petri dishes, learn about antibiotics, grow mold, use yeast to inflate a balloon, and more. Everything you need for the experiments (except common household items) is included, so she can explore the fascinating field of microbiology as soon as she opens the box. For more fun themed science kits inspired by this popular TV show, check out our Young Scientist Club Collection.
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 Liquid Reactor Super Lab, as well as 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!
Blast off into the solar system with this 100-piece puzzle from Eurographics! This 100-piece space puzzle is designed for beginning puzzlers, with large-format, durable pieces that make it easy to assemble but still provide a challenge. Kids will love learning more about our solar system with the vibrant illustrations! This puzzle measures 19 by 13 inches. Plus, parents will love that the 0.07" blueboard is sturdy enough for repeat use without fraying, and that it's made with Forest Stewardship Council certified cardboard and printed with non-toxic, vegetable-based inks so it's 100% recyclable. For an option for younger puzzlers, check out the Solar System Floor Puzzle for ages 3 to 6.
Learn all about prehistoric animals with this set from the Young Scientists Club that's four games in one! 80 illustrated game cards depict a wide variety of prehistoric creatures, or offer three fascinating facts about each one. Kids can play bingo, two memory games, or trivia by matching the picture with details about the animal! Sort the cards by geologic era, or check out the 18 by 24 inch poster to find out just how big these amazing creatures were!
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.
Create your own glow-in-the-dark dinosaur habitat with this kit from Creativity for Kids! Everything you need to create a terrarium is included: toy dinosaurs and fossils, glow rocks, dino eggs, and even a "volcano" with a flickering red LED light. Once you've created your terrarium, plant the quick-growing beans and wheatgrass to add a little foliage. There are enough supplies to support two full plant lifecycles in this kit, and kids will love being able to add their own glowing creative touches.
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!
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.
Now kids can take an even bigger look at the amazing underground world of ants with this set from Uncle Milton! The re-designed Giant Ant Farm has a sleek look and twice the viewing area of many smaller ant habitats, perfect for watching them dig tunnels, build bridges, and more. A self-locking device makes it escape-proof and provides easy access for feeding and giving water to the ants. The included tubes and antports also allow you to connect this to other ant farms, too! Plus, the learning guide provides all sorts of information about the fascinating world of ants.
Learn some hands-on science — and have some sensory fun — with this DIY kit from Creativity for Kids! Kids will create 11 tactile and educational science experiments: fizzy formulas, oobleck, DIY bouncing slime, squishy crystals, color transformations, and more. As they make these goopy, sticky, squeezable recipes, they'll also learn the science behind why their mixtures behave the way they do. This kit includes test tubes, pipettes, scoops, mixing wands, and more — plus glitter, craft eyes, stickers, and a selection of ingredients for their experiments that are safety-tested and child-friendly.
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!
This 500-piece puzzle from Mudpuppy is the perfect family project! Parents and kids will enjoy working together to assemble the 20" by 20" puzzle with an exciting outer space theme. Then, turn off the lights to discover a whole different picture that glows in the dark! When you're done, put it back in the storage box until you're ready for more puzzling fun. Parents will appreciate that this puzzle is environmentally conscious, with greyboard that uses 90% recycled paper, packaging that uses 70% recycled paper, and nontoxic inks.
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.
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!
Explore the wonders of the periodic table of elements with this puzzle from Eurographics' line of puzzles for kids! This puzzle depicts the periodic table of elements, complete with elemental symbol, atomic weight, and other information, as well as an illustration of where you might find that element in the real world, from the carbon in a diamond to the fluoride in your toothpaste. This 200-piece puzzle assembles to 13" x 19", big enough to see plenty of details. It's the perfect puzzle for chemistry-loving kids!
Have fun — and learn about geology — with this set of rock- and gem-themed games from National Geographic! Inside the box you'll find everything you need play rock bingo, mineral memory, gem-tac-toe, and trivia. They'll also get a full deck of rock-themed playing cards that they can use for standard cards games, or use as flash cards. Plus, they'll even get 25 rock specimens and 150 polished stones for game pieces — and as the foundation of their new rock collection.
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.
Blast off with this awesome rocket kit from National Geographic! With this kit, kids get everything they need to stomp and launch air-powered rockets up to 100 feet in the air. Each rocket is tipped with foam and the launch base is adjustable, allowing your kids to send rockets soaring up or out so they can test out different launch trajectories and flight paths. With the detailed learning guide, they will learn about the science that makes the rockets fly! Plus, for nighttime fun, each rocket is equipped with switchable LED lights.
Bring a little chemistry into your art time with this Color Chemistry Arctic 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. Kids will make rainbow snow, create a 3D winter tree, mold a colorful snowflake, and more! 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.
Kids can learn about color mixing and capillary action in this kit from Crayola that combines STEM learning with arts and crafts! With this kit, kids will make twelve butterflies out of wicking paper, exploring how the different colors combine as they are drawn up into the paper. When they're done, they can mount their butterflies on the display board for a gorgeous decoration! The step-by-step instruction guide ensures they get beautiful results, and teaches a little physics along the way.
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.
The incredible inner workings of the human body are beautifully portrayed in this double-sided educational floor puzzle from Dr. Livingston! This puzzle series features detailed and accurate anatomy puzzles, and this 100-piece floor puzzle is just the right size for medically curious kids. The completed puzzle is 4 feet long so kids can imagine how their own body works! Plus, the large, sturdy pieces ensure kids can assemble it over and over.
You'll find tiny tools and real science in this kit from Smart Lab! Inside the storage tin you'll find miniature but real precision instruments like a funnel, an Erlenmeyer flask, 3 gram weights, and more. Follow along with the instructions to complete 20 experiments, from what happens when you add a tiny drop of vinegar to a teeny test tube full of baking soda to whether the dollar bills in your pocket have micro messages. Since everything packs into the container, this kit makes it easy to take science fun on the go!
Kids can learn how to use their very own microscope with this kit from AmScope! In this 52-piece set, they'll get a beginner compound microscope with 120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnifications, a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination, and a durable metal frame. Then, they can use the accessories, including slides, dyes, cover slips, and even brine shrimp eggs with a little hatchery to discover the potential of their scope! Everything tucks safely into a storage case so she can explore the miniature world around us any time. For a more advanced compound microscope with magnification up to 2500X, check out the AmScope Binocular Compound Microscope with Camera — or add the 100-Piece Prepared Microscope Slide Set to give her plenty of specimens to examine!
Discover the amazing world of geodes with this kit from National Geographic! This kit comes with 10 natural geodes, which range in size from 1 1/4 to 2 1/4 inches in diameter; they've been hand selected to give kids top-quality specimens to enjoy. Put on the included safety glasses, break them open with a hammer, then set your favorites up on the display stands to show them off. Kids will love examining them close-up with the magnifying glass, or flipping through the included learning guide to discover more about geology, including how geodes form.
Make an Easy Teeny Frittata, an tiny double-decker cake, and even a miniature pizza with this Tiny Baking science set from Smart Lab! Inside the kit you'll find tiny tools that let you make minuscule versions of your favorite treats and snacks. Along the way, you'll also learn the scientific principles behind the foods you love, from how batter becomes cake to why cookies smell so good when they bake. With everything you need to get started, plus a 48-page recipe books full of tips, science facts, and 20 recipes, this is a delicious way to combine STEM and cooking! And if cool treats are more your style, check out the Tiny Ice Cream Science Kit too.
Learn about crystal formation — and get a start on a rock collection — with the Mega Crystal Growing Lab from National Geographic! This deluxe kit includes everything you need to grow crystals in six colors, plus a night light display base to show off your five favorites. Flexible silicone growing chambers make it easy to make and remove the crystals you grow! Plus, four real crystal specimens are included: rose quartz, fluorite, blue calcite, and a quartz geode. It's a hands-on way to learn the chemistry behind geology.
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 Activity 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, and more. The kits also includes real fossils such as Prehistoric shark teeth, ammonites, clams, brachiopods and more. It's the perfect way to inspire a love of geology and paleontology!
Unravel the secrets of DNA and genetics with this kit from Yellow Scope! As you follow along with the experiments in the 32-page guide, you'll pull DNA strands out of fruit and your own cheek cells, learn about quirky traits in your family and friends, and use "DNA codes" to make monsters with silly faces! The easy to follow step-by-step guide builds confidence, and girls will love showing off their growing knowledge!
Check out the microscopic world around us with ease thanks to this handheld digital microscope from National Geographic. This rechargeable wireless microscope is simple to use, with a tilting 4.3 inch LCD screen that's easy to use both inside and out. A push-button zoom allows you to quickly magnify objects up to 800x. With the built-in camera and included SD card, you can even record photos and video! Everything you need is inside the box, including samples to check out and a detailed learning guide.
Learn hands-on science in the great outdoors with this fun kit from SmartLab Toys! Kids will discover the science in the everyday through 21 activities: they'll explore weather with the climate station, collect and test various examples of natural science effects, and track their findings in a science log. They can even enjoy some after-dark fun with the UV Night Scope! This set comes with the night scope, a bug catcher, a macro lens, a nature scope viewer with a magnifying lens, collect and store compartments, a beaker, pH test strips, take-along ID charts, and a 32-page, full-color science activity book.
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.
Sometimes science can make you say "ew" — and sometimes that's fascinating! With the National Geographic Super Gross Chemistry Set, kids can explore all sorts of slimy, goopy, and icky experiments. Kids will make boiling boogers, squishy eyeballs, and glowing worms, and they'll watch a vomiting test tube and create boiling boogers, too. Kids can follow the simple instructions, complete with illustrations, to create 15 experiments using the contents of the kit, learning about polymers, chemical reactions, pH science, and more. Then, they can use the bonus booklet to perform 10 more experiments with stuff around the home!
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.
Enter the amazing world of chemistry with this astounding science kit from National Geographic! With this kit, kids get everything they need to do more than 15 experiments, including making color-changing bubble potions, glowing test tubes and worms, and a bouncy polymer ball. Then, check out the bonus guide with 30 additional activities using common household items. Every experiment has clear, step-by-step directions for great results!
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!
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.
Amaze your friends — and astound yourself with the science behind the magic — with this kit from National Geographic! This mega science kit includes everything you need to conduct 20 magical science experiments. Kids will bend metal with water, make a test tube disappear, make a coin float, and much more. Each experiment is designed to be performed like a magic trick, and the set includes a magic wand and white gloves so kids can put on a show for friends and family. The set includes enough chemical components to practice a trick before performing it for your appreciative audience, plus a bonus guide with ideas for 30 more experiments!
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.
Explore the wonders of chemistry with this mega science kit from National Geographic! This enormous set includes everything you need for 15 experiments that you can use to learn more about science and amaze your friends. Kids will build and erupt a volcano, create a geyser, launch a rocket, and cause some awesome chemical reactions. There's also a bonus experiment guide with 30 additional experiments that can all be done with common household items — a total of 45 experiments to try!
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.
Learn all about our amazing Earth with this science kit from National Geographic! In this kit, you'll find everything you need to conduct 15 experiments that will teach you about rocks and minerals, volcanoes, vortexes and tornadoes, and more. With fun hands-on experiments like digging up mineral specimens, growing a real crystal, building and erupting your own volcano, and creating vortexes with different fluids, it's sure to prompt curiosity about how our Earth works! This set includes 10 real mineral specimens and a full-color experiment guide.
Build a mechanical music machine with this cool engineering set from Smartivity and Elenco that combines STEM with the arts to make STEAM! Kids will follow the directions in the instruction booklet to assemble the 237 parts, including engineered wooden sheets, bands, sound plates, a handle pipe, and movable pegs — no glue required. After assembling the xylophone, kids can insert one of the included music sheets and turn the handle to play the tune. or, they can insert the movable pegs themselves to create their very own composition!
Get her started on a real microscope with this kit from National Geographic! This duel LED microscope can illuminate slides from below or 3D objects from above for great viewing at both 20X and 50X magnification. Check out the pre-prepared slides, or follow the guide to learn how to prepare your own samples to examine. The kit also includes everything you need to hatch, care for, and observe a batch of brine shrimp eggs; along the way, you'll learn principles of scientific observation! This high-quality kit is sure to encourage curious kids.
Anatomy is gross — but so much squishy fun! With this science kit from Thames & Kosmos, kids can make squishy models of the human body's vital organs to arrange inside the clear torso, then pretend to be a doctor with the plastic scalpel! Stamp out a brain from the colorful putty and learn intriguing facts about how our minds work. With multiple colors of slime powder and all the tools you need, this is a fun hands-on way to learn more about how your body works.
Future CSIs and detectives will love this set from Wild Environmental Science! In the Forensic Science Lab, kids will learn about the real techniques that scientists use to detect evidence and crack cases. As they follow along in the full-color guide, kids will match footprints, dust for fingerprints, identify fibers, test DNA, test for poisons, cast footprints, discover secret messages, and so much more. 66 tools and pieces are included, with everything needed for the experiments except for a few common household items. Enough materials are included to conduct some experiments more than once. It's sure to give kids a new appreciation for the power of forensic 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!
Step into the art of stargazing for the very first time with this easy to use telescope from Gskyer Instruments! This 80mm telescope is cost-effective, but is high enough quality to produce clear images and good magnification power from 16X to 1240X, allowing up-close looks at the Moon, planets, constellations, and more. All coated glass optical components ensure crisp imaging, too! This set comes with the telescope, three replaceable eyepieces, a Barlow lens, a finder scope, an adjustable tripod, a smartphone adapter, and a wireless remote for taking awesome images of the night sky.
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.
Enjoy some puzzling fun while you learn human anatomy with this anatomical puzzle from Genius Games! Dr. Livingston's human anatomy puzzles feature colorful and accurate artwork by certified medical illustrator Mesa Schumacher. This 500-piece puzzle is 23" x 18" when complete — twice the size of a real human head — and features details like the muscles of the eye, lobes of the brain, circulation system, and more. Plus, if you collect all the Dr. Livingston puzzles, you can combine them into a 10 foot tall human form that's perfect for budding doctors and anatomists!
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.
She'll glow with excitement when she learns all about luminous science in this National Geographic Mega Science Series set! This Glow in the Dark Science Kit lets kids grow a glowing crystal, mix their own glowing slime, and play with glow in the dark putty. It even includes a sample of wernerite, a naturally occurring mineral that goes fluorescent under the included UV light. With a full-color learning guide that takes you step by step through every experiment, this is the perfect kit to explore glow in the dark science!
Budding rock hounds and geologists will love this 15-piece set of geology tools! 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, 7.8-inch, 9.8-inch & 11.8-inch; a shovel; a wooden chisel and brush; safety goggles and gloves; and a handy musette bag with enough room for your tools and any specimens you decide are too good to leave behind. As a bonus, you also get a whistle with a built in compass and thermometer and a jeweler's loupe for examining your finds! These are real tools, not toys, so they'll hold up to your Mighty Girl's prospecting adventures.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate the beauty of America's National Parks with this game from Keymaster Games and the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series! Each player takes on the role of a hiker trekking the trails during four different seasons. As you make memories on the trail, you collect resource tokens like mountains, forests, and wildlife; collect a set and you can trade them in to visit a National Park at the end of each season. Who will see the most of America's wilderness by the time the year is done? This gorgeously illustrated game for 1 to 5 players is sure to inspire some real-life park visits. For two more games to inspire an interest in America's National Parks, check out the National Park Adventure Board Game for ages 8 to 12 and Trekking the National Parks for ages 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.
She can dive into the world of robotics with this updated kit from LEGO Mindstorms! In the Robot Inventor kit, she'll learn to build five different motorized robots and vehicles by following the free Robot Inventor app. Then, she can use Scratch-based, drag-and-drop coding to bring her creations to life and complete over 50 challenging missions — or use the 949 pieces to come up with her own invention! With an intelligent Hub with a 5x5 LED screen, 6-axis gyro, and speaker, plus powerful motors and accurate sensors, she'll build STEM skills — and have a ton of fun.
Celebrate the beauties of the universe with this gorgeous puzzle from EuroGraphics! This stunning, scientifically accurate puzzle features images of the skies in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, including constellations, double or multiple stars, variable stars, galaxies, diffuse and planetary nebulae, Milky Way Galaxy, open clusters, globular clusters, and the North Galactic Pole and South Galactic Pole. With a finished size of 19.25" x 26.5", this 1000-piece puzzle offers plenty of chances to check out every detail!
Welcome to the competitive world of bird enthusiasts! In this engine-building game from Stonemaier Games, you are hoping to build an extraordinary aviary — one that puts your fellow ornithologists and collectors to shame. Each turn, you use action points to add birds, gather food to attract new (and perhaps rare and special) birds, or even have your birds nest and lay eggs. Each habitat fosters a different type of action, so you'll have to balance your choices carefully to ensure you can build the best aviary around. This 1 to 5 player game with exquisite illustrations will delight both gamers and bird lovers, and includes swift-start pack with 4 guides and 10 new cards to make it easier for new players to join in!
Blast off with this model rocket from Estes! This classically-designed, beginner skill level rocket will thrill every time you launch it into the blue. The Taser’s pre-colored parts and easy self-stick decal make this launch set a perfect choice for novice modelers. Once you've experimented with the included launcher, you can also get Estes model rocket engines (sold separately) to make it soar even higher! It's the perfect gift for a budding rocketeer!
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.
Experience life as a monarch butterfly in this game from Spiel des Jahre winner Elizabeth Hargrave and Alderac Entertainment Group! Mariposas is played across three seasons: in spring, your butterflies head North; in summer, they spread out; and in fall, they return south. Along the way, you're trying to collect flower tokens and breed future generations by landing near milkweed plants! Keep an eye on your objectives to score extra points, and win even more points for every butterfly that makes it back to Mexico at the end of the fall. With stunning artwork, simple but deep gameplay, and different strategies to try every time you play, this game for 2 to 5 players is sure to be a favorite.
Jump into the world of Mendelian genetics with this clever dice drafting game from Genius Games! In Genotype, you'll test your luck in St. Thomas' Abbey, the 19th century monastery where Gregor Mendel performed genetic experiments on pea plants. You start with a Pea Plant card that indicates what traits you need to collect. Then, draft dice so that you can collect those traits — or further your research. You can improve your chances of success with Punnet Squares to help you select parent plants... but watch out for Mutation Dice! This game for 1 to 5 players takes 45 to 75 minutes to play, and even comes with a booklet that explains the science behind the game.
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!
Learn the basics of particle physics and chemistry with this innovative card game from Genius Games which uses real scientific principles in its gameplay! In Subatomic, players use their starting deck of photons and quarks to build larger particles like protons, neutrons, and electrons. Combine those subatomic particles to make atoms — or hold onto them in hopes of buying even more powerful cards for your deck! It's big fun on a quantum scale for gamers who are ready for a scientific and strategic challenge.