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The 6 Best Science Toys for Kids

  • Spencer Jones

    Bug Off!

    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.)

    BUY IT:

    Toysmith Bug Vacuum Set ($13; amazon.com)

  • Message in a Bottle Complete Kit Amazon
    Amazon

    Mini-Magellan

    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! 

    BUY IT:

    Message in a Bottle Complete Kit ($27; amazon.com)

     

  • Polaris 30 Telescope
    Amazon

    I Spy...

    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.

    BUY IT:

    Scientific Explorer Polaris 30 Telescope ($10; amazon.com)

     

  • Toysmith Dig A Dino Excavation Kit Series 3-Pack Dinosaurs
    Amazon

    Dino-mite Diggin'

    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.

    BUY IT:

    Toysmith's Dig A Dino Excavation Kit ($35; amazon.com)

     

     

  • My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope
    Amazon

    Popular Science

    Microscopes are fascinating tools at any age. The My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope comes with a 10X eyepiece and gives up to 40X, 100X, and even 400X magnification.

    BUY IT:

    My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope  ($70; amazon.com)

     

     

  • Spencer Jones

    Lunar Madness

    Set the glowing Moon in My Room to the current lunar phase, and then watch as it moves through the next, in sync with the one outside.

    BUY IT:

    Uncle Milton Moon in My Room ($20; amazon.com)

    Plus:
    Fun Science Experiments for Kids

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