Do you live with the next future Einstein? Whether your child is a budding genius or just a science geek fascinated by cool stuff, you can’t go wrong with fun activities at home that focus on science. You may think of science kits as nothing but cool toys, which is why you'll love them even more when you realize how educational they actually are for your kids.
A lot of education is taking place at home these days, so we searched out some of the best activities that are great entertainment for school days and rainy days alike — all while providing helpful boosts to your child's education and development. You may even find yourself reliving some of your own favorite childhood memories as you construct volcanos, grow crystals and tackle next-generation LEGO sets capable of evolving into some pretty cool machines.
So, whether you're stuck inside during a future quarantine (we certainly hope not) or you’re looking for awesome holiday gifts that your kids are sure to love, start with this list of fascinating possibilities. Who knows? You may even learn some cool new scientific facts yourself as you guide them through these fun experiments. Check out our top picks for toys and kits that will encourage your kids to learn and grow — whether they want to or not.
Mix Up a Variety of Slimes with a Colorful Slime Kit
Generations of budding scientists have engineered their own slime using glue, multi-purpose contact lens solution and baking soda. Yes, it’s really that simple, but if you want to take your slime-making to the next level, then it’s time to pick up an Elmer's Celebration Slime Kit.
Grow Some Dazzling Crystals with National Geographic
Do your kids love crystals and cool rocks? With the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIY Crystal Creation Kit, you can give them a take on geology that's both fun and educational. Each kit comes with a colorful crystal learning guide that's full of awesome scientific facts as well as everything you need to grow your own crystals at home.
Turn the Room into Outer Space with a Solar System Ceiling Kit
Remember those shiny, adhesive (sometimes glow-in-the-dark) stars your parents stuck to the ceiling when you were growing up? Introduce your kids to an even cooler indoor solar system with the Great Explorations 3-D Solar System Glow-in-the-Dark Ceiling Kit.
Start a LEGO Chain Reaction
These days, LEGOs have morphed into the stuff that STEM skills are made of — much to barefooted parents’ dismay. In this category, the LEGO Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit is a Nappa Silver award-winning way to nurture the curiosity of budding engineers and physicists everywhere.
Have a Blast with the Glow Volcano Eruption Set
Watching your own mini volcano erupt is one of those things that never gets any less cool, no matter how old you get. Now you can enjoy the fun of glow-in-the-dark volcanic eruptions with your kids anytime you want with the Glow Volcano Eruption Kit.
Make Cavity Sam All Better with a Classic Operation
Who can forget the adrenaline-fueled fun of Hasbro's classic Operation Board Game? If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to introduce your family to the game that's been teaching kids about the power of focus and dexterity for more than 50 years! Cavity Sam is back and just as riddled with health problems as ever.
Break Open a Geodes Set to Become a Budding Geologist
What kid doesn't love the thrill of hidden treasure and a little excavating? Get them excited about geology early on with a National Geographic Premium Geodes set featuring 15 colorful geodes with crystal minerals hidden inside, including amethyst and quartzite.