This past year, we’ve had our share of cool science toys for kids. From experiments to magnets, each one incited plenty of ‘oooh’s’ and ‘aaah’s. They’re fantastic gifts to give kids, whether your own or loved ones.
When I was younger, I planted a pencil in our front yard when I was about six- or seven-years-old. Just as plants do, I expected a giant pencil to emerge from the soil. I thought anything planted in the soil would grow into its larger self.
You know those little table-looking plastic things in the center of pizzas? The ones that keep the box from smashing it during delivery? I planted one of those too, thinking how cool it’d be to have a white table sized just for me.
I chuckle about my ‘what if’ thoughts back then, but this is why I love the curiosity in kids. Everything is a science experiment as they try to figure out why and how something works the way it does.
Curiosity will serve your child well. He’ll always think of new solutions or possibilities. Or feel confident with challenging the norm when his gut tells him otherwise. And he’ll continue to search for answers to all his ‘what if’ questions.
Encourage curiosity in your child by asking open ended questions. Start discussions with “I wonder why…” or “What would happen if…”
These are cool science toys for kids that encourage curiosity and imagination:
8 cool science toys for kids
We have one that spurs discussion, from electricity to static to lightning.
The Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab
We’re big fans of The Magic School Bus, both the books and the shows.
National Geographic books
We have larger hardcover ones and shorter paperbacks.
Rather than gifting just one science gift, how about a science subscription? Receive three science experiments every month right on your front door.
Magnetic Human Body Play Set
Melissa & Doug makes this science kit about the human body.
Magformers Rainbow 30 Piece Set
Magformers are a big hit around here. Kids can use them to construct and build as well as learn about magnets.
This would make an awesome first microscope! Introduce your child to observation as he sees bugs up close.
Crystal Mining Kit
Kids get to unearth and learn about minerals from a rock. Then they can display their found gems or use it as a collection.
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Your turn: What was your favorite science toy as a child? What do you plan on giving your kids this holiday season?
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