Science and Discovery Toys
Provide Wonderful Educational Experiences for Children
2004 Valerie Giles
Toys 4 Kids
Whether your child wants to be a future geologist, archeologist,
chemist or scientist there are a wide variety of excellent
science and discovery toys for them to have fun and learn with.
There is an endless array of kits, toys, play sets and devices
available to experiment and explore some of which include;
animal kits, archaeology and geology toys, astronomy tools
and play sets, bugs and insects, chemistry and physics sets,
electronic and robotic kits, geography and globes, habitats,
microscopes, telescopes and binoculars.
Most children are enchanted by anything to do with animals.
There are plenty of fun and exciting habitats and play sets to
keep your child entertained for hours. Frog habitats, horse and
stable play sets, plastic dinosaur kits, a variety of sea monkey
habitats from magic castles to mini aquariums, creature keeper
(for catching beetles, butterflies and praying mantis etc.),
farm animal play sets, plastic wildlife animals, hermit crab
kits, reptile habitats, sea life plastic toy sets, plastic
reptile sets, foam t-rex dinosaurs, foam lizards and foam
great white sharks to name only a few.
The archaeology and geology sets and educational toys offer
wonderful educational experiences for children, allowing them
to have fun while enhancing their learning skills. Some of the
great toys and ideas for play are; rock polishing kits, metal
detectors, wooden dinosaur bone building kits available in
different sizes (no glue or hardware needed), volcano making
kits, outdoor adventure equipment kits (available with
flashlight, compass, working camera, binoculars, digital
watch and telescope) and 3D wooden dinosaur puzzles.
For a future aspiring astronomist anything to do with the
planets, stars, galaxies and universe causes excitement. Some
of the great astronomy items that can be found for children
include; telescopes (if this is something your child is very
interested in, be sure to find a quality telescope that will
last and work properly), rockets (complete with sound effects
and vibrations), 3D solar systems that glow in the dark,
binoculars, space mission play sets, glow in the dark stars and
planet sets, solar system mobiles and hand held star navigators
(electronic devices used to locate and identify stars and their
Bugs and insects are interesting to children and adults alike,
there are some excellent kits and observatories great for
viewing and keeping critters. Something to note with most kits
is the larvae or bugs will only be sent separately once the kit
is purchased). Some of the exciting kits available are butterfly
gardens (complete with supplies for feeding and observation
chamber and informative booklet), ant farms, lady bug gardens,
butterfly flowers seeds and net sets, silkworm sets, plastic
bug play sets, creature viewer (magnifying scope) and special
bug jars. The butterfly kit allows a child to see the complete
metamorphosis from larvae to butterfly, both an exciting and
wonderful learning experience.
Aspiring chemists and physicists will love the great snap
circuit kits which allow your child to build an array of
exciting projects from radios to light bulb testing set ups.
Other great chemistry and physics kits available include;
science kits (color mixing, making soft crystals, or rainbows
in test tube), water wizardry kits (allowing children to make
snow, gels and rainbows in test tube all with the addition of
water), and wonderful chemistry sets complete with microscope,
accessories, material and equipment allowing first time
scientists to conduct simple and fun chemistry experiments.
The electronics and robotics choices for children come in
several exciting devices and kits. Metal detectors are one
device that offers children a sort of “treasure hunt” experience
through use on a beach or the backyard where they will find all
sorts of lost treasures and trinkets. There are great electronic
kits which allow children to build everything from clock radios
to robots and aliens that will respond to sound. Other fun and
educational toys available are walkie-talkie kits, snap circuit
kits and moving robot kits for building an endless array of
moving vehicles and robots. These wonderful kits teach your
child a variety of great skills while proving that learning
really can be a lot of fun.
One of the most practical and great learning aids for geography
is without question the globe. Globes today come in all sorts
of different designs some with raised relief land formations
and others with lovely prism designs. Popular electronic globes
come with geographical facts, trivia, national anthems and world
clock times. There are electronic interactive books available
with talking maps giving names of states and capitals offering
children excellent and fun learning opportunities. Puzzles are
also another popular learning aid made in a variety of designs
and sizes. Regardless of the globe you choose for your child
it is sure to be of use for years to come.
Lastly there is a vast selection of children’s microscopes,
telescopes and binoculars available for viewing bugs, stars
and wildlife. Microscopes offer future scientists and
biologists a view of the physical world through magnification.
While telescopes give a glimpse of the wonderful night sky and
binoculars bring wildlife up close. All these devices will
change the way your child looks at the world. These toys are
made in both plastic sets and higher quality metal sets. Which
set you choose will depend on the age of your child and how
often they will be using the device. An older child will
probably prefer a better quality set that will withstand wear
and tear and be more optically correct.
Science and discovery toys, sets and devices should inspire
fascination and inquisitiveness in your child helping to
encourage a love and desire for learning. All the wonderful
toys in this category are sure to provide any child with hours
of entertainment while providing an awareness of science and
how it works. These toys are sure to open doors and teach
skills on a variety of different levels. The endless array of
choices can at times be a bit overwhelming, it’s always a good
idea to do a bit of research before making your purchase.
Reviews and recommendations on toys are a great way to get
a bit of an idea on what to expect.
Valerie Giles owns and operates Toys-4-Kids
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