12 ways to introduce your kids to their new best friend: science

Kits to get them hooked.

Kids Science Kits
Kid-friendly science kits.PicJumbo

Dear parents,

Video games and basketballs are awesome and all, but let's not pretend they inspire the same awe for the world as your best buddy science. Remember when you were a child and you’d build your own volcano in the kitchen? How about the magic of growing your own multi-colored crystals? It blew your mind. This weekend, introduce your kids to the seriously cool stuff: let them play with robotics, excavate "dinosaurs," or learn the basics of physics.

National Geographic Mega Dinosaur Fossil Dig

National Geographic Mega Dinosaur Fossil Dig

Everyone wants to discover something new. The National Geographic Mega Dinosaur Fossil Dig will let you experience archaeology in action. Carefully dig up the T-Rex bones and assemble this mighty prehistoric theropod. Use the mallet and chisel to chip away at the crumbly rock. Keep the artifact as a souvenir of your groundbreaking discovery.Amazon
Rock Science Kit

Rock Science and Mineral Kit Bundle

Raise your hand if you remember your geology class. I do and it was awful. I just wanted to get my hands on some of those rocks we kept hearing about. Instead, in each class, my teacher rambled about his love of jam-band music as the faint smell of marijuana wafted behind him. Anyway, these Toysmith kits will teach your child the basics of geology and minerals. Said another way: geology with actual rocks. Could it be?Amazon
Arcade Modular Game Kit

Arcade Modular Game Kit

Show the video game-obsessed what games used to look like with this modular game kit. Snap together the 30 modules to complete more than 200 projects. Each project will teach your child about circuitry, electricity, and engineering. Batteries not included.Amazon
Crystal Growing Experiment

Crystal Growing Experiment

If you don't think that rocks alone will be riveting enough, let your kid grow their own crystals. This Crystal Growing Experiment is a throwback, coming with the goods to create seven different types of crystal.Amazon
Be Amazing Toys Grow Snow

Be Amazing Toys Grow Snow

Check out this grow your own snow kit, which lets your kids experience the science of water-absorbent polymers. Just pour some water onto the Insta-Snow powder and watch it expand. Don't eat it.Amazon
4M Kitchen Science Kit

4M Kitchen Science Kit

The 4M Kitchen Science Kit will let your offspring explore a wide range of experiments, including writing invisible messages, generating electricity with a lemon, and, of course, making a volcano erupt. Recommended for ages 8 and up, these six lab experiments explore electricity, propulsion, and chemical reactions.Amazon
LEGO Mindstorms EV3

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

OK, yes, this Lego set is pricy. But look at it. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 is an intelligent robot with a Bluetooth connection, a Micro SD card reader, and four motor ports made of more than 550 LEGO Technic parts. The robots are programmed on your computer or cell phone and can be controlled by remote control. It also has touch, color, and infrared sensors used to interact with the user through different commands. You can build five different bots. I mean, your kid can build five different bots. Right. Right.Amazon
littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit

littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit

This kit for kids over eight includes everything they need to build electronic instruments and then use them to embark on musical journeys that are so much fun, they’ll distract them from their typical musical choices of rappers with face tattoos and that Baby Shark song from YouTube. Projects include a DIY keytar as well as an air drum that lets the little creator make sounds without even touching the device.Amazon
Thames & Kosmos Robot Kit

Thames & Kosmos Robot Kit

This kit lets you build 10 different robots. It has 251 pieces and comes with an 80-page step-by-step manual. The machines have multiple motors controlled by a six-button controller. It is compatible with other Thames & Kosmos kits, too, so in theory, you can combine them to create an army.Amazon
Sick Science Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit

Sick Science Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit

Sick Science's Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit includes nine experiments to teach young folk some basic principles of physics. They'll love it because they get to shoot a rocket over 30 feet in the air.Amazon
Root Viewer Kit

Root Viewer Kit

The Deluxe Root Viewer kit lets the budding botanist watch the entirety of a plant’s growth. It comes with soil, veggie seeds—including carrots and green onions—and the clear plastic container that lets obsessives watch roots form.Amazon
SmartLab Toys All-Natural Soaps Science Kit

SmartLab Toys All-Natural Soaps Science Kit

Teach your kid science and good hygiene at the same time. The SmartLab Toys All-Natural Soaps Science Kit includes 14 soap molds, glycerin, and pigments. A 16-page recipe book encourages you to use ingredients already around your house, too, like coconut oil and oats.Amazon

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