To make your holiday shopping easier, we've put together a list of favorite science
gift ideas that make fun and educational presents for just about anyone! Find Christmas gifts the whole family will love as well as exciting gifts for
kids (and adults, too!).
Watch our video overview, then check out more ideas below:
For the Whole Family:
incredible stuff can be stretched, torn, kneaded, and even smashed. A great
toy for kids and parents! Get in color-changing, magnetic, or
glow-in-the-dark varieties. Ages 7
AntWorks. This "space-age habitat" is filled with a cool blue nutrient gel
so you don't need to feed your ants - just watch them
create fascinating tunnel designs in the see-through gel. Ages 5
Chem C1000 Kit.
Do 125 cool hands-on experiments, like making different kinds of invisible ink, creating a mini fire extinguisher, generating electricity from a chemical reaction, and separating one color into many! Ages
Fizzy Foamy Science Kit. Introduce your young kids to chemistry with fun, easy projects that fizz, foam, and bubble. Ages 4-8.
Perfume Science Kit. Explore the chemistry of perfume while making your own unique scents with the 20 activities and 8 scented oils in this deluxe kit! Ages 10 & up.
For Outdoor Explorers:
Young Naturalist's Backpack Kit.
Carry the tools of nature discovery into the field with you - this kit comes
with binoculars, guide books, an insect net and pop-up habitat, plant press,
notebook, and more. Kids can explore and find out for themselves about the
insects, plants, birds, and other living things in their world. A winner
of the 2007 NAPPA toy awards. Ages 7-13.
For "How Things Work" Types:
K'Nex. These kid-friendly
construction kits include colorful snap-together pieces to make models ranging from a suspension bridge to a motorized carousel ride.
Each set includes an educational guide and enough parts for several people
to work on the projects together.
Electronic Gadget Gifts:
Jungle Robot. This is the ideal kit for
introducing kids to robotics. It is sound activated and can climb or walk. Ages 10-14. (We recommend the programmable
Boe-Bot for older kids and adults!)
Explore how circuits work with these kid-friendly kits. The pieces snap
together to make motion detectors, radios, sound-controlled switches,
electronic games, and much more. Ages 7 & up.
For Kids Who Love Animals:
Grow-a-Frog Kit. Watch
metamorphosis happen as a tiny tadpole grows legs and loses its tail, becoming a frog that you can keep as a pet.
How can you go wrong? - a healthy frog is guaranteed with this kit! Ages 5 & up.
Gifts for Engineers:
Hydrodynamics Deluxe Building Set. The perfect set for engineering-minded kids (or adults)! Explore how tanks, valves, pumps, and pipes work together as you build scale models of an ice cream factory, oil refinery,
and more. Ages 9 & up.
Überstix Kits. Build cool towers, boats, a catapult, and more with these sets. Use them to build the recommended models - or mix them up with Legos or K'Nex! The pieces fit with most building sets, so you have infinite possibilities when it comes to creative ideas and new ways of constructing!
For Kitchen Scientists:
Make Your Own Chocolate.
Discover how products of the cacao tree blend together to form delicious
dark chocolate with a sweet flavor. This kit includes organic cocoa butter,
cocoa powder, and even real cocoa beans to taste. Ages 8 & up.
In under an hour, make fresh ricotta and mozzarella cheese at home using the ingredients in this kit plus milk or cream! Ages
10 & up.
For Exploring the Microscopic World:
Home Microscope. Study
the world close up with 40-400x magnification! This user-friendly scope has all the features of
classroom microscope, but at a very affordable price. All-glass optics and
cool, bright fluorescent lighting. Ages
5 & up.
Star Theater 2.
This home planetarium projects major constellations on the walls and ceiling of a dark room
so you can see the galaxy all around you. The brightest stars glow in the dark, so you can take it outside to use as a star map! Ages
8 & up.
Sky-Watcher 70mm EQ Telescope.
For less than $120 you can get bright, clear views of the night sky, the moon, and planets with this telescope! It has great optics and a precision equatorial mount to follow an object as the earth turns.
A Gift for Anyone:
See the rest of our educational gift ideas for kids & adults: Science Gifts.