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18 Best Science Kits for Kids in 2020

Updated 13 April 2020

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Science experiments at home can sound like a dangerous feat – big explosions and strange, colorful gases come to mind. The good news is, there are plenty of at-home science kits that are perfectly safe, which will teach kids a lot about how the world works. Each kit comes with instructions and materials, all kids need to do is get stuck in. A world of chemistry, biology, geology and more awaits!

14M Weather Science Kit

A child interested in science and the weather will love this kit. The 4M Weather Science Kit consists of six incredible activities created to help children understand how the weather works. They’ll be able to create clouds right in their hands, literally! They can also observe the greenhouse effect and acid rain. This is an activity that is great for groups, as well.

What we love

  • A great way to have fun while learning
  • Instructions are easy to follow

We dont like this as much

  • Some common household required for experiments

2Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set

This 22-piece science lab set comes with everything your child needs to conduct hands-on experiments. 

Children are sure to get excited about STEM as they learn more about what equipment like flasks,  beakers, magnifying glasses, test tubes and goggles are used for.

What we love

  • The tools look great
  • Children can follow activities on their own

We dont like this as much

  • The cards could explain why experiments happen

3Elenco Snap Circuits Jr.

Cultivate a love of engineering in your child with this surprisingly easy to use toy. Using just 30 color-coded components, budding engineers can complete more than a 100 projects. Kids will gain a concrete understanding of how electronics work as they build a photo sensor, a flashing light and many other exciting devices and electronic circuits.

What we love

  • The illustrated instruction manual is very easy to understand
  • All project can be built with what’s in the box

We dont like this as much

  • An explanation of why the circuits work would be fun

4Dino Soap Making Kit

Let’s be honest, what kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? These ancient creatures entice the imagination. This set combines the whimsical world of dinosaurs with hard science as kids create their own soaps. These soaps can be used, which adds an added element of fun to this kit. Every shower is a party with T-rex, Ankylosaurus, Styracosaurus, and Stegosaurus soaps! 

What we love

  • Great for individual or group play
  • The instruction guide is very thorough

We dont like this as much

  • The molds could be more durable

5Creativity For Kids Grow 'N Glow Terrarium Science Kit

Teaching your child to love gardening can help them stay connected to the earth. The Grow N’ Glow Terrarium is easy to use but complicated enough to teach your child about the environment and botany. They can decorate the terrarium and water it regularly, observing an incredible ecosystem form right before their eyes.

What we love

  • The set glows in the dark
  • It is easy to assemble

We dont like this as much

  • It can take a long time to see growth

6Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is a great way to spark an interest in chemistry in any child. Scientific experimentation and exploration will help them develop and learn. This set was designed to teach children the basics of chemistry and how chemical reactions happen. They can create their very own colorful volcano eruption and carry out 10 other exciting activities. 

What we love

  • There’s a wide variety of unusual experiments
  • The activities are relatively mess-free

We dont like this as much

  • You have to use household items to do the experiments

7Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit

Crystals are some of the most awe-inspiring natural occurrences. They are beautiful and complex and will teach your child just how incredible science and the natural world are. With the 4M Crystal Growing Experiment kit, they will grow seven different crystals. They will be able to keep the crystals after the experiments are done, showing off their science know-how.

What we love

  • The crystals are colorful and beautiful
  • Comes with durable display domes

We dont like this as much

  • The instructions could be clearer

8Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Bubbling Volcano Reactor

Is your child fascinated by volcanoes? Do they wonder about how they erupt? Maybe they do not know much about volcanoes but love exciting experiments. This this science kit, they can create a bubbling Reactor Pod eruption. The Beaker Creatures Bubbling Volcano Reactor from Learning Resources will fascinate children and teach them about the world at the same time.

What we love

  • All of the experiments can done many times
  • It is easy to use

We dont like this as much

  • More pods could be included

9Kidzlabs Anti Gravity Magnetic Levitation Science Kit

Magnets fascinate even grownups. The 4M KidzLabs Anti-Gravity Maglev Kit includes seven projects kids can do on their own to learn more about magnetism. They can levitate a screw and even build a maglev. The instructions are very detailed. This set will keep your child entertained and coming back again and again.

What we love

  • All seven projects are exciting
  • The set comes with explanations of the projects

We dont like this as much

  • The set could be more durable

10Learn & Climb Science Kit for Kids

The Dynamo Science Kit takes a broad approach, teaching children about many different scientific concepts. With this kit, your child can explore which parts of science they find the most exciting and have fun at the same time. The toy is educational and interactive, making it a perfect gift but also a great addition to your child’s current array of toys.

What we love

  • Experiments are safe
  • Instructions are straight forward

We dont like this as much

  • You do need some household items for some experiments

11SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

Budding doctors can start understanding the human body with this incredible hands-on kit. It makes learning anatomy fun and has very realistic representations of the skeletal, vascular, and muscular systems. Your child will literally learn how the human body works. All parts are removable and the kit comes with an explanation of how vital organs work together.

What we love

  • There are 21 realistic removeable parts
  • The model teaches children about how food is digested

We dont like this as much

  • The pieces could fit back together easier

12Awesome Science Experiments for Kids

If your child is not very excited about science, this kit is sure to change all of that. This kit covers the scientific method in a way that sparks the imagination. It was created by Crystal Chatterton, who is the former chemistry teacher that created the Science Kiddo blog.

What we love

  • More than 100 STEAM projects
  • Kids can understand Instructions easily

We dont like this as much

  • There could be more visuals

13Playz Unicorn Slime & Crystals Science Kit

Unicorns and science? What could be more exciting? This unique science kit is perfect for children that love unicorns but are not so interested in science yet. It comes with 50 exciting and colorful experiments that will teach your child about atoms, polymers, and molecules!

What we love

  • Comes with more than 20 tools and ingredients
  • The 72-page activities guide is easy to understand

We dont like this as much

  • The included supplies could be of higher quality

14Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit

Nature is full of incredible surprises. This kit will get your children outside while teaching them science at the same time. They will learn how a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly in the most hands-on way possible. The process takes three weeks, keeping your child engaged and teaching them about the passage of time.

What we love

  • Includes a voucher for 5 free baby caterpillars and food
  • Feeding dropper comes with easy-to-follow instructions

We dont like this as much

  • Would be better if came with the caterpillars

15Playz Ridiculous Inventions Science Kit - Magnet Experiments

Learning is fun with this incredible STEM kit. It comes with more than 25 experiments and 30 tools and ingredients. There is also a lab guide that is very thorough, full of pictures and easy to understand. Educating your kids is easy and it can change the way they think about the world around them.

What we love

  • Includes more than 25 experiments
  • The fact-filled colorful lab guide is full of pictures and information

We dont like this as much

  • The kit requires some household materials

16Discovery Extreme Chemistry Stem Science Kit

Science is fun with this hands-on, interactive kit. The Discovery Extreme Chemistry set explores the world around us with 40 experiments. The experiments can be done by children on their own, making them all that much more fun. Your child can create temperature reactions, extinguish fires with gas and liquid ice How exciting!

What we love

  • The experiments are fun and varied
  • Offers an easy to follow, downloadable guide

We dont like this as much

  • Some household items required

17Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards

Children interested in magic can learn the science behind it with this exciting kit. The Magic Science kit comes with nine activities that are for wizards only! Using chemical reactions, children can cast incredible spells. Children six-years-old and older can make powders foam and watch them change color.

What we love

  • Great for group play
  • The instructions are straight-forward

We dont like this as much

  • Parent supervision is necessary

18National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes

Geology might not seem very exciting, but it comes to life with this incredible kit! National Geographic went above and beyond with this kit that brings geology into your home like never before. You will get ten geodes with incredible crystals that your child can crack to reveal incredible crystals inside.

What we love

  • The geodes have very beautiful crystals
  • The learning guide is in full color

We dont like this as much

  • The geodes could be more evenly sized

Summary: Eighteen Best Science Kits for Kids

Science is a subject that is best practiced using real life experiments. Instead of learning from a book about chemical reactions, why not make them yourself! Kids and adults alike will be fascinated at what these science kits can do, and will teach skills used in the classroom and beyond.