Science kits for kids – YES! STEM is all the rage, as it should be. As parents we should be actively helping guide our kid to learning, and what better way to learn than thru play.
Science Kits for Kids
A few years ago, we were looking for a fun learn to play Christmas gift for our then 8-year-old son. He has always been into science, so when we found a science kit – it was a gift match made in heaven! He spent months playing with all the various components, acting like a little scientist.
Some kids play cooks, and firemen – my kid likes to pretend he’s a scientist – love it!
If you are looking for a Christmas gift or maybe even a birthday gift for one of your kids, a niece, nephew or friend – consider one of these science kits for kids.
From crystal growing to microscope science kits, to magnets and create your own slime kits, these science kits for kids are surely to bring a smile to their face and some science to their brain.
I get emails all day everyday – to be honest, mostly from companies wanting me to promote (for free) things like toothpaste, baby food, toddler snacks, or things of the like. But among the email weeds, sometimes we find great emails from readers and companies that are actually worth while. This email in particular was on the subject of Science Podcasts for Kids.
So here’s the deal. I listen to podcasts regularly. I’m either listening to a podcast or NPR on my work commute – as I actually have ME time and no screaming kids. And most of the subjects of the podcasts I listen to would bore the kids (but not enough to put them to sleep – NOW that would be the ultimate podcast.) Something I have NEVER thought of looking for is finding podcasts FOR kids.
PODCASTS FOR KIDS.
Total smartness and that email I mentioned, it was about *drum roll, please* SCIENCE PODCASTS FOR KIDS! Love it. A gal named Lindsay sent me the email and the natural snooper than I am – Lindsay hosts a science podcast for kids called Tumble Podcast. I listened to a few episodes and total fun in a science way and best of all? It’s geared for kids. Kids, podcasts, science -> WIN and WIN.
So next road trip, when you are painstakingly tired of Top 40 because though it’s 40 songs – doesn’t it feel like they play the SAME 5 OVER AND OVER. Instead of the radio – find a kid-friendly podcast and get a break from Taylor Swift (but love you Swifty!)
Our friends at YouTube Kids and HooplaKidzLab sent us a kit full of ingredients for several science projects for kids. Last week, I was down and out. We usually try to go out on the weekends, but I just couldn’t so we decided to crack out the ingredients and try out the Quick Sand Science Project.
First, if you haven’t already – subscribe to HooplaKidzLab YouTube channel. This fun kids YouTube channel is FULL of science projects for kids – your little ones will love them! The best part, the projects are simple and the videos are very clear on how to do each project.
Let’s Make Quick Sand
Here is what is needed for this Quick Sand Science Project:
Vile of Food Dye (any color will do)
Box of Cornflour
Here is the HooplaKidzLab Video with step by step instructions on how to do the project:
Here are our kids giving it a go – we forgot to grab a figurine – we were all covered in quick sand goo by the time we remembered… next time!
The kids LOVED getting messy! This was a great science project as we were able to involve all 4 of our kids, ages 4 – 12! The project was totally simple to do – gotta love just a few ingredients. I will say, if we do this again – we will do it either with a table cloth OR just do it outside.
Thanks again HooplaKidzLab and YouTube Kids!
P.S. Have you checked out YouTube Kids App? Do it! If your kids love watching YouTube, the kids app is the best way for them to access YouTube.
Looking for some fun things to do with your toddlers and kids? Why not break up the boring with some SCIENCE projects for kids!
Our 4 kids are (thankfully) still at ages where we can get them to do things together. My husband loves to break out the science when they start complaining and need something to keep their minds occupied.
From learning about electricity, to watching a chemical reaction — your kids will love to get their hands dirty with Science. Don’t tell them this, but they may actually learn something… shhh…..
Science Projects for Kids
We have an on-going list of 50+ Science Projects for Kids that we’ve rounded up. Do you have a science project we didn’t list? Leave a comment and we will add it to the list!
Make a Solar Oven
Using a pizza box – make smores or even heat pizza!
As the fan forces air out of the chamber, air from outside the box is forced in through the slots on the sides. The position of the slots causes the incoming air to create a VORTEX (spiral) of air as it is drawn up and out of the box. Real tornados form in a similar way using updrafts and wind-shear (wind from different directions at different altitudes)
One of the most popular experiments of modern times is the Diet Coke and Mentos Geyser. Made popular by Steve Spangler, this experiment is a lot of fun and sure to amaze your friends and family (assuming you do it outside rather than in the living room).
Microwave appliances work by sending out tiny waves of energy, called microwaves. These waves of energy pass through the glass of the light bulb to excite the tungsten filament inside.
The tungsten is thin enough that it glows when excited by the energy waves. This is the same thing that happens when an electrical current, like the one from a light socket, passes through the tungsten filament.
Surprise your friends and family with an easy science experiment that answers an otherwise tricky question. Two eggs look and feel the same but there is a big difference, one is raw and the other hard boiled, find out which is which with this fun experiment.