Christmas is right around the corner. This year, how about giving gifts that will fuel the love of science in your home? Here are some of my favorite science education gift ideas. (This post contains affiliate links.)
- The Discovery Scope is one of our very favorite science tools. We use it everywhere. It’s easy for the kids to handle. It is small enough to fit into a backpack or even my purse, yet powerful enough to see microscopic organisms and structures. The Discovery Scope would make a great gift! Learn more at DiscoveryScope.com.
- I keep my binoculars in our kitchen/dining area that has lots of windows overlooking the backyard and the woods. They get used several times a week, whether it’s to identify a new bird in the yard or to spy on deer across the meadow. We take them on hikes and car trips, too. I have owned a couple pair of Bushnell binoculars (similar to THESE) and have really like them. Both pair have been compact and light weight so I can slip them into a backpack or carry them around my neck and not really be bothered.
- Science kits are great for sparking a love for science in kids and adults. These all-in-one projects can be fun for the entire family. Heath Scientific, Nature’s Workshop Plus and Steve Spangler Science have tons of kits to choose from. Each Christmas, we get one or two kits for the kids. Snap Circuit kits will be under our tree this year.
- For those who are really serious about science experiments, a lab coat is essential. I have one from Apologia Science that I really like.
- I have a slight obsession with field guides. In our homeschool area, I have a shelf (or two) dedicated to field guides. I tend to pick them up when we are in a new area. Museum and historical landmark gift shops are great places to pick up new, interesting local guides. These make great gifts for the backyard naturalist or student. Of all the field guides I have, my favorites are….
Peterson Field Guide To Eastern Birds Of North America – I have had this book since college. It is a well-worn and had traveled near and far with me. This guide has helped me identify lots and lots of bird species. There is a Western Bird Guide and a combo North American Bird Guide available, too.
Pocket Naturalist Field Guides – These are great folded guides that fit into your back pocket or pack easily. We have guides for bugs and animal tracks. We even have a tree and wildflower pocket guide for our state.
- Although I love gadgets and tools, experiences still rule.
- Let them show off their love for science with these:
I love the message of Girls Can’t What?. “Girls Can’t WHAT? is dedicated to inspiring and challenging girls of all ages.” This design shows that girls can do science. It can be made into shirts, bags, hats, mugs and more. Check out their site for tons more Girls Can’t What? designs.
I’m loving the double helix pendant.
- Give a gift that will fire your kids imagination and let them test their hypotheses about building and structure. Building toys are great for all ages.
Keva Contraptions are simple planks that can be made into ramps and chutes for the balls that are included. Kids can test balance and proportion as they build.
Our kids have always loved Wedgits. They are open ended, multi-dimentional building blocks. Kids can test angles and space in ways they can’t with traditional blocks. Wedgits can be found for all ages.
K’nex are great. This K’nex Intro to Bridges set allows kids to create seven different types of bridges. Excellent engineering activity!