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Gone are the days of the Chemcraft Chemistry Set—a playset for children that included real, potentially hazardous chemicals. While the abandonment of that type chemistry set may be for the best, this doesn’t mean you can’t introduce your child to hands-on science at a young age. That’s what STEM Scouts is all about.
When your youth is out of the Lab or classroom and at home, encourage the experience of one of the many kits, boxes and sets that offer interesting educational opportunities for the young mind.
Fun All Year Long
Why limit the giving to just the holidays? These science subscription services give kids something to look forward to at home throughout the year.
The Next Mendeleev
Introductory and intermediate youth chemistry sets have become much safer over time, and they can still provide the spark your child may need to realize their interest in this exciting field.
Your budding scientist can grow colorful crystals and crack open crystal rocks with these kits. Encourage them to get outdoors and study the rocks on the ground or in the sky.
- Celestron 21036 PowerSeeker 70AZ Telescope
- 4M Crystal Growing Kit
- National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes
From solar power to wind power, learn the basics of how environmental technology works with the Green Science kits.
Engineer An Education
From electrical circuits to bridge building, your young engineer can build an entire city with these science box sets.
We love to turn to board games for math. Even some of your more well-known board, card and puzzle games—such as Monopoly, Yahtzee, Connect 4, Rummikub or Sudoku—can teach basic math skills like numerals, grouping, pattern recognition, multiplication and more. These board games kick it up a notch.
It doesn’t have to be all games and kits. If you feel your child is too young for experiments, consider these books for those learning to read and as great bedtime reads.
- Actual Size by Steven Jenkins
- Animalium by Katie Scott and Jennie Broom
- The Disgusting Critter Series (Fly, Head Lice, Rat, Slug, Spider, Toad, Worm) by Elise Gravel
- Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Jones
- Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Dominic Walliman
In addition to giving a STEM gift this season, consider enrolling your child in one of our STEM Scouts labs. Find your local lab here.