I enjoy giving gifts to the children I love, but I am a PICKY gift giver. Yes, you heard it here first folks!
I just have major issues with always giving the latest video game, junk plastic toy or over priced plastic building set (brand remains anonymous). I do LOVE for kids to be overjoyed in playing, inventing, experimenting, and learning in a fun and creative environment.
I needed a gift for my 2 nephews, aged 8 years old and 10 years old. Thus, I decided to go with an economical but fun learning kit that I built myself, with love. Here is what I included in their Science Guy Fun Kit:
- Safety Googles from the Dollar Store
- Latex Gloves
- Small Documentation Journal
- Pop Rocks . . . because they explode and they're yummy!
I placed all their Science goodies in plastic carrying baskets I got at the Dollar Store, blue for one, green for the other.
Experiment Kits: I chose to include EXPLODING experiments because my nephews are TOTAL BOYS, but I have included a list of alternative experiments to use at the bottom of this post.
- Mentos Diet Coke Geyer (small Diet Coke & a package of Mentos candy) DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE HERE
- Alka-Seltzer Rockets (Alka-Seltzer tablets, small plastic film canister, vinegar) DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE HERE
- Grow Your Own Crystal Kit from the Dollar Store
- Glow-In-The-Dark Dinosaur Skeleton Puzzle
TOTAL COST FOR 2 KITS? $11.00
Here are some great alternative experiments that would fit easily into a hobby kit:
MAGNETIC MONEY (Kids really like this, obviously)
You can find tons of free experiments online, and I do suggest trying it at home!
Hoping your new year is full of wonder and joy!