Best Science Kits for Kids – Physics & Chemistry Sets for Curious Kids

Let’s face it - science isn’t a popular term among most children. More often than not, telling your kids to sit down to complete their science homework will end in tears and tantrums that you’ll want to avoid as much as possible.

However, science is the field of work that explains how life works. It’s about explaining the mysteries of the planet and the solar system and making fantastic discoveries that blow everybody’s minds. It sounds a lot more exciting when you put it like that doesn’t it?

But, what’s the best way to get your kids on this wavelength? Is it even possible to get your kids excited about physics and chemistry? Fortunately, it is. In today’s market, you’ll find a wealth of child-friendly science kits that are designed to teach children that science can be fun.

In addition to having fun, using these kits will help to enhance your child’s brain and their mental development. With a specially designed science kit, you can help improve your child’s critical thinking skills, logic capabilities, and problem solving abilities, all while having fun.

But where can I get started? In this article, I’ll explore some of my favorite child-friendly science sets that you can buy today to get your child excited. In this guide, I’ll explore the ins and outs of each set, enabling you to make the best purchasing decision.

If you are still not sure which set is best for you, my step-by-step buying guide details everything you need to know about these completely safe science sets, so you can get the perfect one to suit your child.

Best Kids' Science Sets (Physics & Chemistry) Designed for Your Budding Scientists

Are you and your kids ready to explore the universe? Here is the list of my favorite science sets that currently available today.

1. Thames & Kosmos CHEM C1000

To kick off my list, I’ve chosen one of the leading and most popular chemical science kits currently available. The Thame & Kosmos kit is a complete science set up that your kids are bound to fall in love with.

Suitable for children aged 10 and above, this kit comes with 125 unique and exciting experiments that are completely safe for children. They can be conducted at home in any room in the house, preferably in the kitchen though so your kids don’t make a mess.

Included, you’ll find an 80 page, full-color instruction manual that details the best way to carry out the experiments, what you’ll need, and 30 pieces of equipment to carry them out with. There are test tubes, containers, and funnels, pipettes; everything your child will need to conduct the experiments.

With this kit, you’ll be able to test a variety of chemical properties such as color changing materials, air pressure, and fluid properties, but that is just the start.

What's Great About It: Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001, and with over 16 years-worth of experience behind them, you can be safe in the knowledge that this is a high-quality product that is built to last. All the experiments are reusable, guaranteeing fun for years to come.

2. Snap Circuits Light Electronics Discovery Kit

This kit is one of the most hands on electrical kits available. Snap Circuits has pulled out all the stops for this release, making it perfect for beginners and younger children, and is completely safe for kids.

With this set, your child will be able to create and experiment with over 175 unique and varying projects using over 55 color-coded components. As they learn what each part is capable of, they are only limited by their imagination.

This award-winning set has won three awards since its release, so you can buy safe in the knowledge that this is a product of quality. There’s no soldering or tools to be used, simply snap the pieces into place and watch them work.

Included in your kit, you’ll find infrared detectors, color-changing LED lights, strobe lights, flying fans, fiber optic cables and much more, allowing your child to play to their hearts content.

What's Great About It: The most unique feature of this set is the ability to connect your smartphone or iPod. This allows you to interact with the kit on a completely new level, lighting up the screen, charging and even playing your own music through the set-up, perfect for creating a personal experience that your child will love.

3. Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines Science Kit

This is the second Thames & Kosmos to enter my list and for several good reasons. Every child loves the idea of building and playing with their own robot that they built from scratch. This kit gives them the chance to do so.

The perfect introduction to the world of robotics, this kit prides itself on its engaging and simple design that contains a multitude of parts that can be used to create robots of different styles.

Once your child has built their desired model using the full-color 64-page step-by-step instruction manual, they can install the cutting edge ultrasonic sensor, similar to how sonar works on submarines. This sensor can then wirelessly connect to your dedicated smartphone or tablet using the free app, and you can control the robot’s behavior based on what the sensor picks up!

There’s simply nothing else like this on the market. Through the app, you can control a range of features and functions, giving your child the best possible robotics experience.

What's Great About It: The best feature of this unique product is the customizing abilities you’ll have through the robot. The kit comes with 230 pieces that can be assembled in 8 different ways. This gives the kit an outstanding number of functions, guaranteeing that your child will never get bored of it.

​4. SmartLab Toys Extreme Secret Formula Lab

It helps if you can encourage a love of science within your children from a young age. With this in mind, the SmartLab Secret Formula Lab could be perfect. Priding itself on being both fun and educational, this kit is suitable for children of all ages.

Once the kit is opened, your child will be able to experiment with over 20 unique formulas that can glow and ooze, and create some horrible yet thought-provoking smells - make sure you keep your windows open with this one.

Included, you’ll find a comprehensive collection of test tubes, pots, and scoops so your child can learn the values of being accurate, learning how to measure for certain formulas to create alien blood, sniffy stickers and goo.

This is perfect for enhancing your child’s mental development while engaging them. The set comes with its own 24-page instruction book that details how to create each experiment, providing you and your loved ones with hours of endless scientific fun.

What's Great About It: This affordable science kit has been uniquely designed to give your children the best educational experience possible, without them even knowing it. The set has been professionally created to fall in line with the education S.T.E.A.M guidelines, making it one of the most educational sets on my list.

​5. Thames & Kosmos Physics Workshop

As you can see, Thames & Kosmos is easily one of the best skids science kit providers on the market, catering for all kinds of niches. In this edition, you and your children will be able to discover a unique kit that prides itself on having over 300 pieces to explore and play with.

Using the full-color, 64-page instruction manual, your children will be able to build fully functional windmills, force scales, sail cars, cranes and an exciting hammer machine, and that’s just to name a few.

One of the leading aspects of this physics kit is the instruction manual that provides a unique educational insight into how all the parts work and cooperate with each other.

This is designed to broaden the intellect of your child, allowing them to actively learn about fundamental and essential physics, all while having the time of their lives. Included, you’ll find a range of gears, planes, pulleys, axles and wheels, all perfectly designed to engage your child’s mind.

What's Great About It: As mentioned above, you can create a ton of different creations using the 300 pieces provided. Some of the more exciting designs include a working pinball machine, a ship, and an interesting and mentally stimulating centrifugal switch.

​6. Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

This kit is specifically designed to take child-friendly science to a whole new level. This unique kit allows your child to explore the human body, and all its quirks.

Your child will be able to create the interesting textures using the equipment provided. Within the set, your child can explore the intestines, snot and blood, and will then learn how to make each bacterium in safe, child-friendly molds in one of the four Petri dishes provided.

While on the subject of tools, in this set, you’ll find magnifying lenses, cotton swabs, plastic container bags, rubber balloons and a variety of ingredients you’ll need to conduct the experiments.

These include yeast, baking powder, sugar and other household items you can easily replace once they have run out, allowing your child to experiment again and again with their favorites. Suitable for children aged 8 and above, this is one set that has everything your child could need to learn about their bodies.

What's Great About It: Included in this extremely affordable science set, you’ll find a complete, full-color guide that easily explains to your child how to conduct each experiment with clear and easy to understand language. This means your child can take full control of the experiments with minimal supervision, giving them the freedom to explore.

7. Thames & Kosmos Little Labs: The Human Body

While on the subject of human bodies, my final Thames & Kosmos kit allows your child to explore a vast area of the human body, and includes a variety of tools that can help your child to test their own bodies in a unique, safe and friendly way.

Within the kit, you and your child will discover a ton of special instruments for carrying out certain experiments, including a fully-functional lung capacity test, magic telescopes and optical illusions, perfect for seeing how the human eyes work.

Giving your child all the knowledge they need on each experiment, the set includes a full-color instruction manual and guide that’s perfect for explaining how everything works in simple language that your child will be able to understand.

Perfectly designed for children aged five and above, they’ll get to learn a wealth of information about their muscles and other body parts that will give them an essential head start when it comes to science lessons in school.

What's Great About It: The leading feature of this science set is its ability to engage and stimulate your child’s senses. There are materials and experiments to smell, touch, hear and see, perfect for giving your child a full experience that will help to give them the best introduction into the world of science.

​8. ScienceWiz DNA Experiment Kit

To conclude my list, this kit is perfectly designed for children aged 8 and above to educate them all about the building blocks of life known as DNA. This is a highly innovative and multi-functional kit that provides an outstanding level of interactivity, perfect for engaging and stimulating your child’s mind, proven to be the most effective method of teaching.

What’s more, all the micro experiments and tests found in this kit are incredibly fun, giving your child a toy that they’ll want to play with for endless hours to come.

Inside, your child will find a ton of project building materials, designed using various colors and shapes to help your child create their own DNA strain samples.

To complete actual DNA replicas, your child can follow the included, full-color 40-page manual that also includes a detailed analysis of each part of the DNA strain, how it works and why it’s important; educating your child on everything they need in a clear and simple way.

What's Great About It: DNA is a complicated subject to teach, even for adults. To make things easier, the included guide contains high-absorption 3-D instructions that are ideal for a child to follow with ease, while learning about the values of following detailed instructions to accomplish a greater achievement.

How to Pick a Suitable Physics or Chemistry Kit for Your Child

Now that you’re in the know about some of the best child-friendly science kits available, it’s time to choose which one best suits your child. If you’re still not sure, use my step-by-step buying guide below to match up what you want out of your science kit, allowing you to find and buy the best one for you.

Manufacturer

When purchasing a child’s tool, or in this case, a science set, you can easily judge the quality of the brand or company that you’re buying from. As you can see from my list above, there are a few brands that are leading the industry when it comes to science kits.

The quality of your science kit is vital. Some elements of the kit, such as test tubes, may be made of glass. If you purchase a cheap set, these will be likely to break and can cause serious harm to your child.

Likewise, the chemicals used in the products will need to be child-friendly. All the materials and substances used in my list above are from leading, reputable companies with decades of experience in the industry. Therefore, you know you’re buying the best.

If you’re buying an older set, a second-hand set or a cheaper, more affordable set, look for FDA seals of approval to prove that they are legitimate sets.

In short, always choose to buy from trusted brands and never second-hand. Second-hand sets may not be clean or hygienic, and you can never be sure of what has been in the apparatus last. Besides, your child will always appreciate a brand-new set a lot more than a second-hand set, helping them to be proud of the set, increasing its lifespan.​

Educational Experience

One of the leading functions of a child-friendly science kit is the ability to educate your child while having fun. Similar to the consideration above, ensure that your purchased science set actually includes facts. Some science sets which are designed purely for entertainment purposes may contain false facts that are meant to be taken lightly.

This is a common problem which cheaper science sets. If you’re looking for a set that has actually had genuine research put into it, make sure you choose a mid-range to premium set that will do just that.

The information for most science sets will be present in the guide. You’ll want to ensure the guide is specifically designed for children and includes lots of pictures and easy to understand language. You’ll also want a full-color guide as this will help your child to differ between which substances are which.

Related Read: Finding the Best Microscope Suitable for Children

Entertainment Experience

In addition to the educational aspect of the science kit, you shouldn't bore your child with a ton of information. They need to be having fun otherwise they won’t want to play with it.

When shopping for your preferred product, look for what games, activities, and experiments are included in the set. As you can see from my list above, you can make sludge, goo, robots, pinball machines, cars and electronic discos.

These are all suitable for both genders and will solely depend on your child’s personal preference. For example, if your child loves robots, it’s probably for the best if you get them a robot science kit, especially if you’re introducing science kits to your children for the first time.

Safety

As with any child product, you’ll want to be aware of how suitable your chosen product is for your child. It’s highly advised that you must always check the recommended age suitability of the product before you buy it. This is especially the case with child-friendly science kits.

If you have a young child and you’ve purchased a kit that’s suitable for children aged 8 or above, there’s a huge risk of them swallowing small parts or ingesting substances and materials that shouldn’t be ingested. Always read the manufacturers recommendations to ensure this isn’t a problem.

Conclusion

As you can see, scientific sets that are designed for children can be a world of fun and excitement, for both you and your children. It’s a great way to bring the family together for an afternoon of fun. With so many positive benefits to your child’s mind and development, and with so many different sets to choose from, there’s never been a better time to buy one.

Always ensure you conduct your own research into the best set for your child, and you can always be sure that you’ll be making the best decision. Make sure you take into account everything that’s in my comprehensive buying guide so your little scientist is guaranteed to have the best introduction to the world of science.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Sandra is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she’s not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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