Crystals are more than just attractive pieces of decor. They are an essential part of the earth’s makeup, which is why learning about crystals and crystal formation is so valuable for children. With crystal kits, children have the opportunity to begin learning about the way crystals are formed by growing their own. Making crystals is a great way to get kids interested in gems, rocks and other natural specimens.
Among the many things we looked for in crystal kits were options that thoroughly explored the science behind crystal formation. In addition to teaching important science skills, children also have the opportunity to learn great new vocabulary and spelling words, from “amethyst” to “fluorite.” Here you can find our selections, all of which provide an excellent foundation for any child as they begin learning about the world around them.
The National Geographic Mega Crystal Growing Lab is an excellent place to start for any child interested in the natural world. Kids can grow eight different types of crystals with this kit, which gives them the chance to get a first-hand look at the way gems and minerals evolve over time. The crystals include rose quartz and blue calcite, and the lab is great for helping little ones as they begin to learn about stones and their varying properties. This kit is recommended for children ages 8 and older.
Not only do children get to learn the basics of crystal formation with the Dan & Daci Light-Up Crystal Growing Kit, but they also get an introduction to chemistry. That’s because children grow their crystals by mixing the ingredients provided in the kit — an activity that is a great foundation for teaching the basics of chemistry and chemical reactions. The guide is also wonderful as it teaches many basics about crystals in a way that’s easy for children to understand. This kit is recommended for children ages 8 and older.
The wide variety of activities available with the Ultimate Crystal Growing Kit is enough to keep children engaged for hours of play, experimentation and learning. The entire kit comes with a guide featuring instructions on how to complete the 13 crystal-growing experiments. It is easy to understand and ensures even those new to working with these kinds of materials will be able to work through the experiments. This crystal kit is recommended for children ages 12 and older.
We love the numerous items offered in the Thames & Kosmos Kids First Crystals, Rocks & Minerals kit. In addition to helping keep children safe, the gear and tools included will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment as they work on their experiments. The kit allows children to grow three different kinds of crystals. With the provided guide, they can even learn the facts needed to identify the included crystal specimens. This kit is recommended for children ages 8 and older.
The 4M Crystal Growing Experimental Kit is simple yet effective at helping teach children how crystals grow. With the ingredients provided, it is possible to grow seven crystals of different colors from a bright sparkling blue to a deep purple. Complete instructions are provided, and the mixing process is simple enough that a child can do it on their own (though adult supervision is recommended). The simplicity of this kit and its attractive results are a surefire way to spark a child’s interest in the sciences. This option is recommended for children ages 10 to 15.
“The basic learning from crystal kits can serve as the basis for a career in geology, or just a better understanding of the precious environment of nature that surrounds us all each day. Each of these kits has the most potential for learning if properly combined with both parental guidance as well as basic science instruction.”
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Jill Goodwin is an environmental scientist and working mother of one. She and her husband, an archaeologist, reside in Florida and have deep expertise around things outside of the house that you and your child may encounter. From taking their daughter to find reptiles and amphibians in the swamps to testing the chemical impact of the top sunscreens, Jill is here to help you find the best for your child.