Science is one of the most important subjects children learn in school. For some kids, it can also be one of the most challenging subjects. Although different concepts or theories may be difficult to grasp, playing games can be a fun way to learn. Below, we discuss a few science games and kits ideal for children ages 8 and up. These picks are great for introducing new concepts and helping to make science intriguing and engaging for children. Science-related words are great to learn not just for school, but for spelling bees. The Bee loves science words both for their relevance in elementary and middle school education and because they’re often constructed from useful Greek and Latin roots.
Each field microscope comes in a kit that includes a petri dish, forceps, stains, guides, slides, a dropper and more. One of the main features of the microscope is the LED lighting, which improves visibility and offers easier visual identification. The slides are clear and durable with precision glass optics. The microscope offers 40x, 100x, and 400x magnification levels. It is well-built with a large knob, making it easy for kids to adjust the view.
The Playz Kaboom! Lab Kit features 25 hands-on experiments and activities. Kids can enjoy making rockets, fizzy bombs, colorful explosions and a fun explosive bag. This kit teaches kids to carefully follow instructions and provides a ton of excitement when an experiment succeeds. A colorful lab guide to help children learn important facts related to science is included, along with protective equipment like goggles and gloves to help your child remain safe while conducting each experiment.
This kit for children 6 and up includes “lab equipment” such as three test tubes with a stand, two measuring spoons and an activity guide. Mind-blowing experiments help kids create a color-changing volcano, make a sunset in a test tube and grow jiggly crystals. Everything comes well-packaged with quality parts and materials, and the experiments are designed to improve children’s confidence as budding scientists.
This interactive marble run game offers hours of fun. Children will enjoy a fast-paced marble run that builds spatial reasoning and planning skills as it helps them learn about the power of gravity. They choose one of 60 challenge cards, set up the initial towers and then add the extra pieces to get the marble from the top of the tower to the target on the base. It’s perfect for keeping one child occupied and builds teamwork skills when played with as a group.
Kids can learn what it takes to become an engineer with the Engino Discovering STEM Construction Kit. This product includes eight award-winning working models kids can build, including a drag racer and a catapult. Kids ages 8 and up can read both theory and facts to gain a better understanding of the scientific principles involved, then use the experiments to observe first-hand how energy is transformed from potential to kinetic forms and back again. This can be a fun yet practical adjunct for introducing kids to STEM.
“Making science fun is critical for growing and developing the next generation of scientists. Fortunately, games are a way to engage with science outside of the classroom. Depending on the child’s passion, an interactive game or experiment-focused game may be the best fit. If you have toddlers in the area, be mindful of small pieces and swallow safety risks.”
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