Do you know a kid who loves science? Or maybe one who's struggling to understand how fascinating and fun science can be? Do they even own a drinking bird yet? Get on it!
Here are 10 fun suggestions, but I highly recommend also including a field guide— our favorites are by Peterson, Audobon, and Sibley. Find out the kid's favorite animal(s) and/or plant(s), and purchase the corresponding field guide. They are satisfyingly official-feeling, have tons of fabulous photos, and make research fun. We have a whole shelf of them, and the 8-year-old consults them constantly (or just reads them for fun).
Periodic Table Building Blocks, ThinkGeek, $34.99
Evolution: A Coloring Book, Amazon, $11.75
Phineas and Ferb LeapFrog Learning Game, Amazon, $11.99
Perfume Science Kit, National Geographic, $65.95
(A subscription to National Geographic or National Geographic Kids would be awesome, too.)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey DVDs, Amazon, $24.99
Da Vinci Catapult Kit, Amazon, $17.63
Carnivorous Creations, ThinkGeek, $24.99
The Infamous Drinking Bird, ThinkGeek, $6.99
What are your/your kids' favorite science-oriented books, tools, toys, and games?