We’ve already covered some of the best science toys for preschoolers. Today, let’s have a look at the best science kits for 8-year-olds to 10-year-olds.
There are many different ideas included on this page. The experiment kits are divided according to interest from chemistry sets to robot kits.
Electronic Kits For Kids To Build
|IMAGE||NAME||WHAT IT IS|
|Piper Computer Kit||A hands-on interactive game kit that allows kids to build their own computer.|
|littleBits Electronics Premium Kit||An invention kit for kids with over 600 possible circuit combinations + instructions to 10 inventions.|
|Solarlab 1.0 Electricity Learning Kit||A fun way to learn about circuits and the science behind solar electricity.|
|Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit||Over 200 arcade projects from Snap circuits|
|Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Green||Over 125 projects to learn about alternative forms of energy.|
|Makey Makey||An invention kit using ordinary objects. 2016 Toy of the year finalist.|
|Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit||A simple introduction to electronic projects.|
|Elenco Amerikit Learn To Solder Kit||Easy way for kids to learn about soldering.|
Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit
The little builder in the house will have heaps of fun learning about circuits via an interactive game setting, just like an arcade.
There are many things to make which help with expanding your child’s imagination and understanding of science.
The kit has 30 Snap Modules to complete more than 200 projects that support a STEM or STEAM curriculum. Pieces with snaps are used to assemble various types of electronic circuits just like printed circuit boards found in most electronic boards.
There’s no need for programming or software to do any of the projects. Once you’re done with the projects, the fun still goes on because your child can do mash-ups with other sets.
Piper Computer Kit
Learning should be fun! And what better way to do it than with the Piper Computer Kit.
Piper is a hands-on interactive game kit that enables kids to assemble their own computer. The learning process is enhanced with an engaging story line, building and programming electronic modules, and Minecraft story mode adventure.
Working on the project fuels the child’s abilities to build, code and learn. If you think your child is playing way too many hours of Minecraft, the Piper Computer Kit offers an irresistible alternative.
“I love Piper. It represents what enabled me to do all the great technology things in my life.” – SteveWozniak –
littleBits Electronics Premium Kit
If your budding engineer loved the littleBits Base Kit, he will have a great time creating and inventing more with the littleBits Electronics Premium Kit.
It comes with more unique modules, taking your kid deeper into the world of electronics. Get your kid’s creative juice flowing with 10 amazing projects (and he gets to access hundreds more of project ideas online!) with simple instructions that a 8-year old can understand.
Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Green
This Snap Circuit kit contains over 125 projects that investigate alternative energy strategies. It has easy instructions for kids as young as 8 years old.
It’s easy to put together. After charging the batteries in the sun for several hours, your child can start building projects. He will experience and learn how to use alternative energy sources instead of a battery unit.
This is an educational and entertaining way to introduce circuits and what it takes to make them work. However, if your kid hasn’t used Snap Circuits yet, it is a good idea to start with Snap Circuits Jr. or Snap Circuits Light.
Makey Makey – An Invention Science Kit
2016 Finalist For Toys of The Year!
It’s not easy to explain exactly what this invention kit does. Basically, you’re using every day objects like bananas! to make something like a banana piano.
The Makey Makey invention kit really does offer thousands of possibilities.
The good thing is there is no need to install a software, and it works with Mac and Windows. Your child doesn’t need to have programming knowledge to set this up. It’s just plug, clip, and play! Any material that can conduct even a tiny bit of electricity can work with Makey Makey. Check out the video below if you want to know more.
Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit
The Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit is an exciting way to introduce electronics to your kid.
It comes with 55 color-coded, real circuit components that your child can use to create electronic circuits and device that work.
There are over 175 do-it-yourself electronic projects. All of these circuit components snap together to make different projects that show how light works.
It is even possible to combine two circuit kits together for more advanced learners.
Solar Lab 1.0 Electricity Learning Kit
Understanding basic electronics and harnessing solar electricity has never been easier.
The Solar Lab 1.0 Electricity Learning Kit is a fun way to learn basic circuit building. Your child will learn more about the science behind solar electricity and will have hands-on experience on how to build a solar battery charger to generate power for different devices.
The digital multimeter (which is also a part of the kit) is an important tool when learning about electric current, voltage, and power. It comes with a 44-page manual with 10 lab exercises.
Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit
This soldering kit is a recommended science kit for beginners.
This is what your child needs to learn about soldering.
The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. There are also quizzes to assess what your child has learned.
Thames & Kosmos CHEM C1000 (V 2.0)
Your child gets to set up her very own lab while learning how to safely handle lab equipment and chemicals. This science kit for 10 years old comes with professional quality equipment and enables your child to investigate chemistry in the kitchen.
Since your child will be dealing with chemicals (most need careful handling but are not really dangerous), adult supervision is very important, preferably from one with some technical ability.
Scientific Explorer Spa’mazing Kit
Your kids will certainly love creating a safe and luxurious spa experience with the Scientific Explorer Spa’mazing Kit.
It comes with colorful and fragrant bath gels, spa lotion, bath fizzers, face masks, bath balm, shampoo, and exclusive spa fragrances.
The kit allows kids to blend natural and organic ingredients to make spa products, without having to worry about your kids being exposed to unknown chemicals.
The kit will certainly appeal to kids who love mixing things and creating new blends of ingredients without the strong smells associated with many spa products.
Project Mc2 Bubble Gum Chemistry
If your child loves chewing gums, here’s a bubble gum chemistry kit that allows him to make gum recipes from 3 different flavors—watermelon, blueberry, and mint.
There are enough materials in this science kit for multiple batches of gum balls. There are 9 recipes to follow but other recipes can also be made by combining flavors. It encourages your child to be creative in order to come up with unique flavors.
Since gum-making needs a lot of stirring and kneading, adult help may be needed. Also, prepare for the mess that might ensue 🙂 .
Robots and Programming Toys
Makeblock Starter Robot kit
This Starter Robot Kit is for kids to learn robotics, electronics, and programming.
The instructions are beginner-friendly and kids can easily have hands-on experience on building a programmable robot tank or a three-wheel robot car.
This is a great way to encourage self-learning and exploration. There are three versions from which you can choose from – Bluetooth version, IR versions, and No Electronic version.
The kit stands out because of its durability and ease of programming that beginners can easily tackle. The hardware is made of high quality material and the standard jacks for the peripherals make Arduino easier.
There is no need to bother with cables and connections. Oh, before you start, make sure you have 6 AA batteries on hand.
Sparki the Programmable Arduino STEM Robot Kit
Designed primarily for beginners, this Arduino robot is a fun intro to programming, electronics, and robotics. Your kid will have the chance to have his very own robot at home!
The kit already comes pre-assembled with its own USB cable. Your kid can even write his own programs, plugging it in via USB and installing the custom-enhanced Arduino software to try any of the programs.
This is a beginner’s robot kit but its features appeal even for advanced users and is used for STEM activities in many schools.
This is often a top choice for teachers who would like to use a versatile robot that is highly customizable. Sparki is one of the most affordable robot kits in the market today. It is an excellent learning resource for children or adults with basic computer knowledge.
Wonder Workshop Dash And Dot Robot Wonder Pack
The wonder Workshop Dash Robot teaches kids programming with hands-on play.
The robot is connected to either a tablet or mobile phone where kids can then learn the basics of programming and robotics. Kids can do many things with the Dash robot. It makes learning to code a fun activity for kids. It’s so fun they won’t realize they’re actually learning. Check out the video below.
OWI Robotic Arm
Robotic arm technology has never been more affordable than the OWI Robotic Arm Edge. It is full of capabilities!
It comes with added features which include a search light design on the gripper and a safety gear audible indicator which are included on all five gear boxes.
With 4 D-size batteries (not included), night time play is possible. Your budding engineer will certainly have his hands full using the “5s” (five-switch wired controller, 5 motors, 5 gear boxes, and 5 joints) for total command and visual manipulation.
The robot may not look big but it’s actually heavier than it looks. It’s very easy to control and is very sturdy. It’s a great bonding activity for the young and the young once.
14 in 1 Solar Robot
Here’s a robot that needs no batteries. It can transform into 14 different robot modes powered only by the sun! Whether your child is a beginner or an experienced robot builder, there will be two levels to match his skills and experience.
The kit comes with unique accessories and parts that make the robot move on land and water.
Level one includes Turtle-bot, Beetle-bot, Quadru-bot, Boat-bot, Walker-bot, Dog-bot and Wheel-bot. Level 2 challenges your kid’s manipulative skills with the Roly Poly-bot, Auto-bot, Slither-bot, Surf-bot, Zombie-bot, Crab-bot and Row-bot.
After completing each robot, your child can create more original robots. The ‘snap together concept’ makes it easier to assemble, take apart, and reassemble multiple times.
My First Lab Duo Scope Microscope
If you’re looking for a real biological microscope for your child, buy the Duo-Scope.
It’s not just an ordinary microscope toy — it’s an authentic, scientist-grade, biological microscope with higher magnifications (40x, 100x, 400x) and clarity using real optical lenses. The eyepiece can also function as a magnifying glass when detached from the eyepiece tube.
Its impact-resistant frame makes it durable enough to be brought and used outdoors. The above-stage illumination allows examination of opaque objects such as insects.
Along with the microscope are supplies – scalpel, prepared slides, probe, stain, well slide, small petri dishes, cover glasses, test tube, and lens paper — everything your child needs to setup her very own home lab.
Beginners Microscope Kit
The Amscope Beginners Microscope Kit is a beginner compound microscope with a monocular viewing head with LED, mirror illumination, built-in color filter wheel, a durable metal frame, and a rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification.
This science kit for 8-year-olds comes with several slides, but you can also make slides that you and your child can examine under the microscope.
It’s a real value for money investment for your kid’s education. It comes with some great extras that will provide hours of discovery and enlightenment for your child.
GeoSafari Telescope and Microscope Set
The Carson X-Scope Child’s Microscope is one of the most versatile tools you can give your young explorer. It comes with a 30x microscope, 8x telescope, 9x magnifier, LED flashlight, compass, digital clock, and signal whistle.
This telescope combination kit holds the distinction of being awarded “Top Toy of the Year” by Creative Child Magazine.
Your child will benefit from some assistance as he explores the multiple uses of the tool while investigating his surroundings.
Parents like the whistle because it’s a great safety feature, especially when going on camping trips. For all the functions to work, make sure you have extra batteries on hand; these might come in handy when you’re exploring the middle of the woods.
Biology Science Kits
Learning Resources Skeleton Model
The skeleton model is an excellent introduction to the human body. Step-by-step instructions help kids learn the names and locations of major bones and how they support the body. It comes with an easy-to-read, photo-illustrated manual with directions to assemble the skeleton model.
The kit comes with a 41-piece plastic model, display stand, and guide. When assembled, the 9-inch model gives your child a working knowledge of the skull, rib cage, humerus, spinal column, radius, ulna, hand, pelvis, femur, tibia, fibula, foot, and partial circulatory system.
ScienceWiz DNA Experiment Kit
Molecular biology can be difficult and boring, but with the Science Whiz DNA Experiment Kit, learning the central concepts is child’s play. The kit comes with a 40-page book and materials to use for the 18 experiments like extracting DNA from a fruit, probe and spool real DNA, building a double helix, solving a chromosome puzzle, doing gene analysis, extracting your own DNA, and making forgery-proof DNA ink.
The kit comes with a 40-page book and materials to use for the 18 experiments like extracting DNA from a fruit, probe and spool real DNA, building a double helix, solving a chromosome puzzle, doing gene analysis, extracting your own DNA, and making forgery-proof DNA ink.
The step-by-step instructions are highly visual with full-color illustrations to present central scientific concepts about the “why” and the “how” of each project.
MudWatt Clean Energy From Mud
The MudWatt is one of the classic STEM kits that can enhance the knowledge of many schoolchildren about bio-energy.
A step-by-step instruction manual helps kids build and grow their own living fuel cell from mud. It harnesses the power of electricity-generating bacteria living in the soil. The activities encourage your child to experiment with various types of soils, different temperatures (and even food from the fridge!) to maximize their power output.
The kit includes : 2 power-harvesting graphite disks, LED blinker board, digital clock, graduated container, nitrile gloves, 20-page educational instructions, and the MudWatt Explorer App which lets kids measure their power, and track their MudWatt’s bacteria growth.
K’NEX Education – DNA, Replication, and Transcription Set
This is a great way to introduce your child to the basic principles of genetics. The K’NEX DNA, Replication, and Transcription set is designed to aid in teaching the structure and function of the nucleic acid molecules that make up DNA (deoxyribonucleic acids) and RNA (ribonucleic acids).
The set comes with 525 K’NEX parts and pieces packaged in a convenient storage bin. There is also a step-by-step building instruction manual and comprehensive teacher’s guide that provides lessons through three instructional modules: DNA Structure, Replication & Transcription, and Coding, Translation & Mutations.
Your child will be able to build 19 DNA and mRNA models, two at a time. Each activity is geared towards expanding your child’s knowledge of nucleic acid molecules and investigating scientific principles in action through hands-on learning.
Engineering Toys For Kids
KNEX Roller Coaster Building Set
With over 500 parts and a battery-powered motor, this building set is a unique opportunity to explore STEM concepts while building a roller coaster that actually works! The set also includes 2 additional models – a ramp and a half-pipe.
There are a few experiments that your child can do with this. The first experiment involves adding different amounts of weight to the car to test how weight affects the car’s ability to run the loops. The second and third experiments give instructions on rebuilding the coaster into a long gravity ramp, and then into a half pipe. This is an excellent lesson about learning how a car behaves on a straight or U-shaped track.
When complete, the set is pretty big. Make sure to have 2 AA batteries to run the roller coaster.
Thames and Kosmos Motors and Generators
All the experiments that kids can do with the Thames and Kosmos Motors and Generators are excellent opportunities to learn about how an electric motor converts electricity into motion.
They learn about the flow of electricity by building simple circuits using a motor or generator, wires, and a light bulb. There are 25 experiments to learn all about electric motors and generators.
This is the perfect toy for kids who love to tinker with electronics and like to build stuff.
ScienceWiz Invention Kit
This award-winning Science Invention kit comes with 3D directions to build a motor, a light-flashing generator, a real radio, and a telegraph using everyday materials.
The kit comes with a 48-page book and materials that you can use for your creations. Each project is a journey of learning and discovery. Some adult help required because some parts of each project require a lot of fine motor skills.
Space Explorers Science Kit (Thames and Kosmos Remote Control Machines)
This 251-piece engineering kit contains everything needed to build robotic space machines.
This Space Explorers Science Kit includes an 80-page illustrated manual of instructions to build not only the robot rover but also nine additional space-themed models.
All the projects are fun, hands-on construction projects for kids who are captivated by robots and outer space. Kids can build 10 spaced-themed models – the Mars rover, a space shuttle, shuttle arm, lunar rover, rocket launch car, probe, space droid, walking bot, cross-wing starship, and spaceship controller.
Melissa & Doug Suspend Game
Whether you have a group around or it’s just you and your child, this game will give you hours of challenge and entertainment. The Melissa & Doug Suspend game develops cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination, while promoting interpersonal skills.
The kit comes with 24 game rods, 4 frame rods, wooden base, wooden connector, and colored die. This is a balancing game that is easy to understand but difficult to master.
K’nex Intro to Simple Machines
Your hild will have a grand time building one of 8 fully functioning replicas of real-world machines.
The K’nex intro to simple machines set is one of the best ways to introduce scientific concepts related to simple machines with the aid of levers and pulleys. The kit comes with 178 K’NEX parts and pieces and includes building instructions and a comprehensive guide.
If you’re looking for a setup that is aligned to the STEM standards of problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and critical thinking, this is a great STEM toy to have. Each set challenges kids as they build, investigate, problem solve, discuss, and evaluate scientific and design principles in action.
It comes with a CD learning guide and the photos give clear images that serve as a guide for each building option. It also includes all the pieces needed to build each machine.
4M Weather Station Kit
This is a multi-function weather station kit that makes your home a mini weather station. The kit comes with all the basic tools to observe and record local weather conditions.
Your child can also study the greenhouse effect on plants using the kit and a recycled large soda bottle. Make sure you attach ballast to the bottle so it won’t blow over. Maximize the learning experience by going online and downloading weather worksheets for free. Certainly a great product at a modest price!