I am so old that I remember when science kits came in plain rectangular boxes and just had a couple of test tubes. In 2011 you can get science kits in the shape of a school bus, habitats for ants and fish and do some earth shattering science…like shrinking plastic! Put on your safety glasses and let’s dive right into our picks for Terrific Toys for Inquisitive Kids Who Love Science.
It’s Alive! This List is Growing Like a Weed
If you are reading this before December 24th, 2011 we are still searching for the best toys. This is a living, growing Holiday Toy Guide for 2011. Below you will see some of the top toys and science kits we have reviewed, but please check back often as we will continue to update our list as we review new toys. You can also see all of the toy reviews we have done by visiting our Toy section.
Terrific Toys from 2011 For Inquisitive Kids Who Love Science
Best Bet for Budding Biologists
Magic School Bus Microscope Lab
You ever wonder what an ant looks like…I mean really looks like? Throw an ant under the microscope in the Magic School Bus Microscope Lab Kit and you will get your answer! If you have kids who love the Magic School bus series, this science kit is a great holiday gift.
Pick an experiment from the experiment cards or just make your own slides. Either way, the real working microscope with 100x, 300x and 600x magnification will allow your kids to see the world around them in a whole new way.
Top Toy For SlimeBalls…We Mean for Making Slimeballs!
Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab
The bus is back! Yes, those crafty folks at The Young Scientist Club created a second Magic School Bus themed science kit – the Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab. This kit comes with lots of cool ingredients to do over 50 different experiments. Our favorite – Experiment Card #35 – How to Make Slime into a Bouncy Ball!
Best Bet for Kids Who Prefer Their Science Live…Crawling and Swimming
Wild Science Fantasy Island
The Wild Science Fantasy Island kit is a great way for parents to knock off two presents with one gift. Kids want a pet …here is your pet Beta fish. Kids want a science kit…here you go, see how Beta Fish and Ants live in the real world. The Wild Science Fantasy Island will be a hit for kids who are more into learning from watching and observing rather than doing traditional science experiments.
Price: $49.95. Good for kids ages 8 and up.
Terrific Trick Toy for Kids Who Don’t Like Science Toys
The Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker
Science is all around us. In truth you don’t need a science kit to teach your kids about science, you just need to make the most of everyday “learning moments”. Things like why does fog form in the morning, why is the sky blue and why does my plastic drawing shrink down and get thick when I put it in the Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker?
Fine, the Incredible Shrinky Dinks Maker is not a science kit. It is a Betty Crocker type oven for Shrinky Dinks. Still, all the kids who tested it loved it and we did have some discussions on how a 60 Watt bulb could take plastic and make it 1/3 the original size and 9 times as thick. Laugh all you want now, but when some kid wins the Nobel Prize for producing cold fusion energy using a Shrinky Dinks maker, we will have the last laugh!
More Top Toys of 2011
This is just the start of our 2011 Top Toy Guide. Here are the rest of the top toy lists…
- Top Toys For Kids Who Were Born to Fly
- Best Toys For When You Need to Shoot Someone or Something
- Best Driving, Racing, Flipping and Crashing Toys of 2011
- No Tech Toys Filled With Fun…Not Batteries
- Video Games and Interactive Toys Infused With Fantastic Fun