The 5 Best Science Kits and Chemistry Kits for Kids in 2022

Ask any kid what their favorite part of science is, and they’ll probably tell you it’s blowing things up. Unfortunately, for most young students, these kinds of experiments only happen sporadically at school. Therefore, a chemistry set is a great gift for young people’s curiosity and love of science.

Of course, some kids are less interested in chemistry and more interested in space, engineering, or the natural world, and there are plenty of great science kits at their disposal.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite chemistry kits and science kits for curious kids, no matter what their interests are.

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The Best Science Kits and Chemistry Kits for Kids

Galt Toy Science Lab (6+)

This chemistry set is a great starter kit for young science enthusiasts 6+. A 32-page lab book explains how to perform 20 different experiments, from making your own bouncy ball to making a test-tube kaleidoscope.

Inside the box, you’ll find all the equipment you need, from goggles and test tubes to mucus, food coloring, and magnifying glasses. There is also a lab notebook to write down your experimental quote mythbuster‘ Adam Savage: “The only difference between screwing up and science is writing it down.”

Kids First: Plant Science Kit (5-7 years old)

Children's First Plant Science Kit

All children are curious about nature from an early age. Unfortunately, more and more children have little contact with the natural world and eventually lose this curiosity. You can help them master it with this plant science toolkit from Thames & Kosmos.

This 20-page guide contains illustrated step-by-step instructions for 11 different experiments, all plant-themed. In addition to planting seeds and watching them grow, kids can try changing the color of flowers, watch plants grow in a maze, and more.

NASA Electric Solar System Build Kit (8+)

NASA Electric Solar System Build Kit

After letting things explode, one of the science subjects that grabs the attention of most kids is space. With this science kit from NASA, would-be astronomers can build and map their own models of the solar system. They can learn about each planet as they draw, and once the model is built, the sun will light up and you can turn the motors to watch the entire solar system spin.

It comes with paint and a brush, but you’ll need to provide a small Phillips screwdriver, two AAA batteries, scissors, and a paint mixing tray.

Thames & Kosmos Electromagnetic Kit (8+)

Thames Kosmos Electromagnetic

Your more technically minded kids might enjoy experimenting with electricity and magnetism with this science kit from Thames & Kosmos. Young engineers can perform 62 different experiments and build 30 circuits, all of which are described diagrammatically in a 64-page manual.

Children can start building circuits with simple components such as switches, light bulbs, and motors. They can then start experimenting with magnetism, learn how a compass works, make a magnetic pendulum, and even make an electromagnet.

John Adams Kitchen Chemistry Set (8+)

John Adams Kitchen Chemistry Kit

Although they may not realize it, the kitchen is the first place many children come into contact with chemistry. Every time you add baking powder to cake batter, lemon juice to meat marinade, and sugar and yeast to bread, you create a chemical reaction that results in delicious food. Therefore, the kitchen is a great place to introduce basic scientific ideas to children.

John Adams’ Kitchen Chemistry Set provides all the equipment needed to perform 40 experiments, including test tubes, pH paper, pipettes and measuring cups. For extra safety, it also comes with safety goggles and a “spot the danger” poster.

In these experiments, young scientists can learn about acids and bases, enzymes and chemical reactions in a way that supports the national curriculum.

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