When kids reach elementary school, subjects like science offer interesting material to help them become more excited about school and learning to read. One of the keys to encourage kids to pursue knowledge is to spark their interest by providing some hands-on activities that are fun. Science gifts are very effective for this purpose.
Playz My First Coding & Computer Science Kit
6-7 is a great age to introduce coding. Kids will likely need far more technology skills so get them started early with this fun computer science kit that does not require a computer to use.
KidzLabs Crystal Mining
These real crystals are covered by a rock-like material that kids must mine away to reveal what's underneath. This set keeps kids busy while they learn about geology. There are 8 embedded crystal included with the set, a display case, carrying pouch, plastic magnifying glass and digging tool.
Stomp Rocket Jr
The Stomp Rocket Jr. is on of the best educational toys available for kids. This toy is extremely fun for both kids and their parents. Kids power the rocket by stomping on a foot pedal, which forces air to lauch the rocket into the air.
Volcano Making Set
This is a re-usable volcano kit that is perfect for a erupting volcano experiment. This kit will allow kids to make a scale model volcano. Then use baking soda and vinegar to make a chemical version of lava.
Magic School Bus Flight
A creative kit from the makers of The Magic School Bus that helps to teach kids about flight. Paper airplanes and other paper flying object can be created using the materials provided. The information also helps to teach kids the science behind flying.
Duo Scope Microscope
My First Duo Microscope features 10x magnification of solid objects and up to 400x magnification of slides. Magnification is made using good quality glass optics, so this toy is closer to a real laboratory instrument than the low cost indicates. Microscopes are great for teaching kids about all of the science around them that is too small to normally see.
Artie 3000 STEM Art Robot
A long time ago, there was a similar art toy where kids created art by setting the placement of pens and discs and spun the discs to create art. Artie 3000 uses STEM concepts to program the robot to create line art.
Backyard Field Tools
This set of field tools is designed for kids to use outdoors to explore and discover nature. They can use the backyard field tools to collect samples or investigate a site where they want to learn more.
STEM Learning Globe
This globe uses an app to learn more about star constellations and geography. It also features LED lights built into the globe to enhance learning.
The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity Classroom Edition
Disney Imagineering created a little-known, but very good series of science videos called the Science of Disney Imagineering. Each video teaches kids about a specific area of science by using how the science was used in one of the Disney Parks. These videos are great if you are planning a trip to Disney World or Disneyland or have just vacationed there. Kids can relate to the rides and experiences at the parks and learn how these experiences were created using science by the Imagineers.
EZ BioResearch Bacteria Science Kit
This set contains pre-poured Agar plates and sterilized swabs and a science fair eBook to get kits started on their path to the medical or biotech field. This set works best with a microscope, but can be used without one.
Live Butterfly Garden
Kids are drawn to the development of butterflies. This kit can be used to observe the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a butterfly. The kit includes a certificate to mail in for 5 caterpillars with a special container and food. A $5 fee is charged to ship the caterpillar.