Science didn't used to be cool when we were younger. Mr Wizard was as close as it came, as we didn't have the same media coverage of practical applications of the field (Mythbusters or any one of the Discovery Channels). So when we found a Chemistry set under the tree one year, well let's just say we became quite the little mad scientist.
Even though kids are able to see how science has more practical applications these days, it doesn't mean that science gifts still aren't cool. Plus, something that has a lasting impression about a chemical reaction will be with them forever, while a playset or toy might not. Here's a few of our favorite finds that we would have love to have found under the tree when we were younger.
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• Lifecycle Plush: Even if experiments and things that could light the house on fire aren't on your list, check out these plush lifeforms that actually "eat" each other to show the lifecycle we all have here on planet Earth. $19.99
• Chem C2000 Set: This set is meant to occupy the minds of Tweens (9-12) and has 172 experiments that can be done! It should keep even the most active mind engaged for quite some time. $129.95 (on sale from $149.95).
• My First Chemistry Set: This set is geared for children between 5-7 (though they claim older, we're pretty sure older kids would be more happy with something slightly more advanced) and has a great price point at $16.99 (on sale).
• Young Mad Scientist Blocks: Even the littlest scientist in your house deserves in on the action. Check out these blocks which roll all sorts of facts and science tidbits into a standard childhood element. $32.99 (on sale from $39.99).
• Make Your Own Snowman: Even if you aren't seeing snow this time of year, kids can still play around with polymers that make something that almost resembles the real thing. This snowman kit will only run you $9.99 and would make a great add on to any wish list.
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• Discovery Kids 3-in-1 Microscope: Even if you're not into the whole entire chemistry set, a portable microscope will still see some use examining backyard bugs and blades of grass. This one has great parent reviews and is easy to use. $26.99
• Clay Solar System Kit: Even if you're not big into diy, everyone can get the handle on playing with a little clay. This solar system if built from the ground up and could be with your kid for many years to come! $29.99
• Sprout and Grow Window: Watching things grow is good times all around, even if it's cold outside, this tabletop/windowsill planter is still fun to keep your eye on during the winter months. $18.99 (on sale from $19.99).
• Crystal Growing Kit: Crystals are super cool when you're little and even cooler when you can make them whatever color you want! This kit gets you started growing all the crystals you want! $12.95 (on sale from $14.95)
• Phases Of The Moon Light: Yes, you can go look at the moon outside your window, but this one keeps your bedroom lit with a nice glow while letting your children focus on all the different phases it goes through. $29.99
Did you have a favorite science toy growing up? Let us know in the comments below!