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Friday, November 10, 2017

Gift Guide: Science Toys that Spark Curiosity

15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
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When I did this post in August as part of my first Giveaway, I had many people comment that they wanted to return to this list for Christmas shopping.  As part of my All Wrapped Up gift guide series, I thought I should bring it back.  I hope you enjoy it!


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I've spoken on here often about how my kids love Science!  They ask a lot of questions, make observations, connect information, and always want to learn something new.



Fortunately, we live in an amazing time, where kids have access to so many cool Science Toys that spark their curiosity and ignite their imaginations.







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I'm wrote a review of this microscope recently with free printables for preschoolers/kindergartners.  This is a great toy for budding scientists and would pair very nicely with a lab coat and tool set for pretend play.  How cute would it be to have a mini lab in your house?


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It's no secret that we love frogs at our house.  We've even build a whole Science Center around them.  My kids would love to own this frog model, and I think it would look great on our shelf.


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Thinking Putty is like play dough for older kids and adults.  It comes in all sorts of neat configurations like magnetic (shown above), glow-in-the-dark, metallic, and color-changing.  Each tin has different properties from slimy to stiff.  I think this would make a "just because" gift or stocking stuffer.


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Robots are so cool and this little drawing robot is very cool.  He shakes and rotates to create different patterns.  Adjust the angle of the pins and the picture changes.  Sort of like a high-tech spirograph.



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My kids loved our skeleton model to pieces.  Literally.  We'll buy it again and again because they loved it so much (the problem is lost puzzle pieces not an issue with the product itself).  I'm sure they would enjoy the entire collection, but we'll save those pieces for when they're old enough to assemble them themselves.


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Whether it's the galaxy, the drinking bird, or Newton's cradle, people love perpetual motion toys.  They allow us to play with force, motion, and kinetic energy in a safe, visible way.  People usually associate them with work desks, but they would be great on a Science Shelf.  How long could you keep it going?


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My kids aren't as interested in plant science as they are in animal science, but I'm sure they would get very interested in growing things if they had this clear growing container.  They could watch the leaves go up and the roots go down.  I think it would be great for traditional kindergarten experiments like beans or carrots.  Older kids might also enjoy this clear composter that allows them to explore the roles of worms and microorganisms in recycling.


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We love the Safari Ltd Life Cycle sets!  I think we own them all.  They give kids a tangible way to explore and compare stages of animal life cycles.  I have 3-part cards for the chicken and bee sets, and the rest can be found for free on the internet.  This turtle set would be great for sensory bins, water play, or small world play.  I found an inspiring crochet blanket that would make a great play mat.  I'm thinking about making it for Christmas.  Maybe one side will be sea turtle beach and the other side will be the frog pond.


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Some kids are very interested in geology and would love this tray of rocks.  I think this would be a great start to a collection.  It's a very hands-on way to study geology.


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Bugs in Resin


I'm think these bugs are so neat and much more durable than pinned insects.  Look at them under the microscope, label them, or find live matches.  These bugs would be great for preschoolers who love "icky buggies."




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Moon in My Room


This moon is the ultimate nightlight!  It hangs on the wall of a bedroom or wherever and softly glow.  It can be programmed to go through the moon phases in sync with the real moon or can glow as a full moon.  Every kid needs one of these cool toys.



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Ant Farm

The ant farm is such a classic science toy.  There are lots of different types of small animal kits available for sale including worms, butterflies, ladybugs, frogs, and trilops (as well as lots of crystals, plants, and bacteria).  Kids love things that change in front of their eyes- I know mine do.  Their begging me for chicks right now.  I'm going to try to talk them down to some triops or bugs.


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Snap Circuits are becoming a classic toy, even though they're fairly new to the science toy scene.  They're electronic and programing toys that snap together to make circuits.  We got a set for free from another homeschool family, but my kids have been a bit young to play with them (the oldest will be ready soon).  Snap Circuits are like legos that run motors and light up bulbs.  So cool!



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Telescope


My kids have been interested in the stars since the movie Moana came out.  In this modern age, telescopes are much more affordable than ever before and less bulky.  They're also great for encouraging kids to be outside and in nature.



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Space Toob

We love Safari Ltd toys.  The toobs are especially good for sparking curiosity.  We like to use them in sensory bins or with matching vocab cards (free printables).  They're small and would make great stocking stuffers.


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