10 Best Science Kits for Kids (for every age and category)

Many of the best science kits for kids have stood the test of time.

These brought back memories of my own childhood days of Ant Farms and rock tumbling. These science kits help develop science skills and curiosity. And kids never realize the toy would be categorized as “educational”.

While there are so many great science experiment kits, I wanted to show a variety of the best science kits across multiple scientific categories  — biology, chemistry, anatomy, and more

Here are some great science kits we found for your child to learn and explore an interest in science. Each category is grouped by age, so you can find the best science kit for your family. 

  1. Science Kits for Toddlers
  2. Science Kits for 6-8 Years Old
  3. Science Kits for 8-10 Years Old

Best Science Kits for Toddlers & Early Learners

1. Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab

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There are 35 mysterious beaker creatures you have to collect with this set. Drop the pod into the chamber and watch the bubbles burst.

This science toy was voted top toy for 2019, so we aren’t the only ones that love it.

2. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

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Let your little ones see the world at a whole new level. This kid-friendly microscope features two large eyepieces and a bulk knob, making it easy to magnifying objects. View seashells, leaves, plants, and bugs to explore the world around us in detail.

3. Little Tikes Wonder Lab with Experiments

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Finally, a great lab and experiment kit for young learners too! This set is great for the 4-5 range. It was also a finalist in 2019 for toy of the year. Definitely one of the best new science kits out there! Enjoy 20 fun hands-on experiments using household materials.

While I love the above science kit and experiments included with Creature Beakers (listed above), this is a great chemistry & experiment kit for those of you that want more than a one-off science kit.

Best Science Kits for 6-8 Year Olds

4. Thames and Kosmos Kids First Chemistry Set Science Kit

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This science kit is designed for kids 8+, however I think 8 years old is the perfect age for this experiment set.

The book has over 40 pages of experiments as your kids work to identify different chemicals. Get it now to begin a fun educational experience!

5. Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden

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Another classic for the kids! They will love watching their caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies. It is also a great opportunity for your future entomologist to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Teach them the steps of metamorphosis! Recommended age 4-15 years. Retail: $19.99

6. Uncle Milton Ant Farm

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Start with some of the classics if your child has not experienced the joy of taking care of their very own creatures! Teach them the ways of ant life and how they work together. Watch the ants tunnel before your very eyes…knowing that they can lift up to 5,000 times their body weight! Recommended age 6-15 yearsRetail: $22.00

7. Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium

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Got any future botanists in the family? This is a nice, simple terrarium that your child will enjoy growing plants in. It includes a jar for your child to decorate and some very cool glow-in-the-dark stickers! This is an educational yet fun science toy as your child must learn about the importance of providing plenty of water and sunlight. Another kit to fit the ‘S’ in STEM! For ages 6 and up.

Best Science Kits for 9-11 Year Olds

8. AMSCOPE Beginner Microscope Kit

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Here’s a fun science toy for your future microbiologist.

Take the prepared slides in this kit and show them how to use a microscope to view them. For ages 8-12 years. STEM recommended.

9. 4M Magnet Science Kit

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Who didn’t love magnets as a kid, right?!

This affordable science kit has multiple games and experiments to teach the fundamentals of magnetism. Create a compass and a race car powered by magnets.

10. National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine

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Have your future geologist dig up some really cool gemstones and crystals with this science kit by National Geographic.

This is an excellent STEM science toy that includes additional information about each of the 15 stones included, so you can learn plenty while having fun. Recommended age 6-15 years.

11. Smithsonian Mega Science Lab

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Last, but not least, this is another option for your older kids (ages 10-15 years).

This science kit includes multiple science experiments and projects. All within one box you can build a volcano, learn about the weather, grow crystals, dig for dinos, and more.

Wrapping Up

Let us know about your own experiences with these science kits and what you think we need to add to our list of best science kits for kids!

 

 

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