Parents' Choice: Top Toys for Kids Who Love Science

Know a kid who loves science or wants to be a scientist? Check out this list of seven Parents' Choice–recommended toys for kids, suited to ages 3 through 12.

Children are natural experimenters and problem-solvers — the dirtier the challenge, the better.

Parents can foster their kids' curiosity, creativity, and love of science with toys designed to bring out the young chemist, botanist, or bioengineer in girls and boys. As Manchester High School vice principal Stacie Ferrara put it, "I am excited about the direction toys are going; they are gender-neutral and take building to a new level."

These seven Parents' Choice®–approved toys certainly do just that.

1. Clifford Water Science

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What it is: A delightful collection of 14 water-related activities and materials, guided by the beloved Clifford and company, to teach children about aquatic processes like absorption, floating, and capillary action

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “there is magic in this box"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Science, experimentation, and hands-on activities

Ages: 3–10

Price: $19.00 (purchase)

2. Glow Stick Lab

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What it is: A kit of basic materials to create up to five glow sticks that enable young scientists to learn the attributes of luminescence and phosphorescence

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “learn the how and why along the way"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Chemistry, lumination

Ages: 8+

Price: $19.95 (purchase)

3. Kids First Physics Lab

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What it is: A collection of more than 140 components needed to conduct 22 physics experiments for children eager to learn about force, energy, levers, and more

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “an excellent resource"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Building, gravity

Ages: 8+

Price: $54.95 (purchase)

4. Master Detective Took Kit

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What it is: All the supplies necessary to dive into the worlds of forensics and spying, including intriguing challenge puzzles

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “an impressive array of supplies"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Spying, detective work

Ages: 8+

Price: $49.95 (purchase)

5. MudWatt

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What it is: An ingenious kit for converting soil into a power source to fuel a flashing LED or LCD clock, complete with a smartphone app to track the energy output of microbial growth

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “genuinely exciting"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Microbiology, electrical engineering, chemistry, mud

Ages: 8+

Price: $39.99 (purchase)

6. Nancy B’s Science Club Nature Keeper and Tree Diary

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What it is: A set of craft supplies and journal to enable the beginning botanist to track the seasonal transformations of an adopted tree

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “well-designed, well-made, and fun to use"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Writing, arts and crafts, nature

Ages: 8+

Price: $16.99 (purchase)

7. Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit for Girls

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What it is: A set of basic equipment, analysis substances, and art supplies to enable children to conduct dozens of experiments, track results, and learn the fundamentals of chemistry

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “encourages users to develop and conduct their own experiments"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Chemistry, hands-on learning, experimentation

Ages: 8–12

Price: $44.00 (purchase)

To discover other great educational toys for kids with a variety of interests, check out all nine gift guides from Noodle and Parents' Choice®.

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