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Make Some Science Monday – Science Kits

Make Some Science Monday – Science Kits

Looking for some fun science toys? You’ve come to the right place. Get your kids off the X-Box and get one of these kits, then get ready to make some science! Any of these kits are a great option for curing summer boredom or for those planning ahead to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas. Edu Toys, Elenco and Thames & Kosmos all make toys that are not only fun and visually appealing, but also most importantly, educational. Let’s take a look at what there is.

Elenco Human Torso Model
A good all-arounder, the Elenco EDU-8200 Physics Kit boasts 250 experiments that will allow kids to experiment with magnets, motors, gases, sounds, forces heat and more. This kit is best suited for kids that are 10 or older as that’s really a great age for kids to not only be interested in science, but to start understanding the foundation and concepts of not only the science and theories, but of how science itself works. All of the experiments will reinforce the basic understanding of the fundamental laws of nature and stimulate curiosity.

For a tighter focus on biology, there’s a few interesting ideas. The Thames & Kosmos 665002 Biology Genetics and DNA kit. Many of the experiments focus on teaching the idea of heredity and how various traits are passed from parents to children.
Elenco Edu-37700 Worm Habitat
Children will also learn about cells and chromosomes and build a model of a DNA helix. Most interesting is the experiment that allows you to isolate the DNA from a tomato in a test tube! You’ll be cloning dinosaurs in no time! Another concept-heavy toy is the Edu Toys Human Torso model kit. This model is eye-catching and colorful and features a very detailed model of the body’s various organs. Perfect for the child that you want to grow up to be a doctor. The model is about ten inches tall and features removable organs.

Magnet Science
Lastly, a couple of the more interesting biology kits are the Elenco EDU-37700 Worm Habitat and the EDU-37310 Bug Collector Set. The worm habitat features something like your typical ant farm except that you fill it with dirt (including different colors) and put worms (not included) in it. Kids (and you) will be able to watch worms…uh…worm their way through the habitat and observe what exactly it is that worms do down there. An illuminating and fascinating kit to be sure. The bug collector set is great for your little explorer as they’ll be able to capture insects and bugs without hurting them via the small vacuum. Insects are stored in the small specimen jar with breathing holes and can be studied in safety. Kids can also use the insect net to capture bugs and the insect forceps to handle the buggers without harming them. The bug collector set has endless possibilities and will be more educational than Pokemon Go as it features real animals and no network issues. Who knows, your kid could be the next Coyote Peterson some day.

Thames & Kosmos mineral discovery
For more earth sciences, the Thames & Kosmos 665050 Magnetic Science kit will be endless for fun as kids love playing with magnets. Kids will learn about magnetic poles and the Earth’s magnetic properties. Some highlights are seeing how magnets behave in different situations, influence iron fillings and my favorite, building an electromagnet. The set also includes some games. Lastly, the 665105 Mineral Discovery kit includes ten mineral samples as well as multiple experiments that can be done to help learn about identifying minerals. You’ll learn about streak tests, hardness, translucency and more. Mineral samples include:  amethyst, rose quartz, flint, quartz, amazonite, apatite, mookaite, labradorite, pyrite, and a desert rose. The best part about this kit is that you can literally find rocks everywhere, so the principles learned here will help to foster curiosity and a willingness to learn about the world around us. As the rock collection grows, the skills and concepts learned here will help with identifying future samples. Mineral collecting is something that can grow with your child, especially once they discover fluorescent minerals like rubies.

All of these kits will be great fun for kids and will teach concepts and ideas that will help kids understand and explore the world around them. We’d love to hear what you think of these and other kits, so be sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram

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