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The 6 Best Science Toys for Kids
The holidays are just around the corner, and who says kids only love video games and dolls? Plenty of children also enjoy playing educational games that boost science skills. Budding biologists, astronomers, archeologists, zoologists and more will appreciate these toys, tools and kits, many of which are available on Amazon now. Plus, check out these easy, fun science experiments your kids can do at home!
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- Spencer Jones
Got a kid who loves all things wiggly? This fun science toy has the yuck-factor some kids love. The Bug Vacuum harmlessly sucks up real creepy-crawlies with a pull of the trigger and then deposits them in a container with a built-in magnifying glass. Plastic tweezers allow for up-close inspection, and there's even an extender tube (not shown) to get critters in hard-to-reach places. Eww! (Plastic bugs not included; recommended for ages 5 and up.)
Toysmith Bug Vacuum Set ($13; amazon.com)
It's that classic vessel, updated for your modern sea voyager. This Message in a Bottle kit contains a bottle, cork, candle, sealing wax and multilingual notes. Your kid simply writes a note and then tosses it in a river, stream, or ocean. Then wait and see if you get a response!
Message in a Bottle Complete Kit ($27; amazon.com)
Scientific Explorer Polaris 30 Telescope lets your astronomer-in-training gaze through it and see the night sky with magnification up to 30X more than the naked eye. Kids will enjoy hours of exploratory fun, as well as the hands-on basic principles of astronomy.
Scientific Explorer Polaris 30 Telescope ($10; amazon.com)
It's like the board game Operation, but with a Mesozoic era twist! With Toysmith's Dig A Dino Excavation Kit, your child can learn prehistoric facts as they try to excavate and snag the bones of a woolly mammoth, velociraptor and brachiosaurus.
Toysmith's Dig A Dino Excavation Kit ($35; amazon.com)
- Spencer Jones