There are many great gift ideas for your budding scientist! Look for toys that are fun and engaging, and involve children in authentic scientific inquiries. LeapFrog has a number of fun science learning apps, such as The Science of Disney and The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs. Other great science toys include 4M’s “Green Science Kits” which offer kits on everything from rocketry to solar mechanics (ages 8+) and National Geographic’s “Sustainable Earth Lab”, which teaches young children about the earth's current environmental problems and what sustainable practices can do to overcome them (ages 8+). In addition to science kits, your child might also enjoy a microscope (e.g., Educational Insights’ “Nancy B'S Science Club Microscope”) or telescope (e.g., Educational Insights’ “Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope”) to help make discoveries near and far!
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