My son is seven and undoubtedly Pokemon cards and the Rainbow Loom (this is the new it thing at his age and I'm way behind the times because I just heard about it last week) will be at the top of his wishlist this Christmas season. But, I love the gifts that aren't necessarily the "must haves" for him that turn out to be beloved and get him fired up about science and the natural world. Here are a few of our favorite science and nature gift ideas to inspire and wow your little adventurers this holiday season.
Do you have any favorites that have been hits with your kids? Please share in the comment section!
Every year I give my son a few saves when I am getting ready to donate toys that I think he might have outgrown. This one has been saved three years in a row. A recommendation for a toy doesn't get better than that.
Excellent for both individual and guided exploration. Let them wander the playground and neighborhood to test it out or put magnetic and non magnetic things in front of them and let them guess what items will be magnetic.
Place a flat object on this paper, expose it to sunshine for 2-3 minutes, and develop it in water. Your child will be amazed at the magic paper! Take it on a nature walk or vacation to create a unique keepsake book.
Ants are fascinating and this clear gel (that provides ants all their needed nutrients) makes it easier for little ones to observe them.
Pricey, but very interesting. I wish I had found something like this when my son was a little younger.