Getting the Right Science Kit
If you are interested in supplementing your child's education, then science kits for kids are a fantastic investment. These kits cover many different areas of science and are appropriate for different learning levels. This guide is designed to help you choose the right science kits for your child.What are some areas of science covered in science kits for kids?
Many different disciplines are covered in science kits, including:
- Biology - Study living organisms with these science kits.
- Chemistry - These kits include crystal-making and molecule models; they help children understand the relationship between elements of matter and the way they combine
- Physics - Magnetism, sound, electricity, and other types of science kits can be found in this category.
- Space science - These kits are designed to help children learn about space travel and the universe at large.
- Ecology - The study of ecosystems, or specific parts of ecosystems, is the focus of these science kits.
Some science kits for kids include fundamental equipment; for instance, crystal kits often contain the dishes in which you grow the crystals themselves. Others expect you to have some supplies. Some kits include much more elaborate equipment, like a microscope or telescope. Before purchasing a science kit, make sure that everything you need to complete the experiments is in the kit or available in your home.What type of microscope should you consider based on your child's age?
Getting a microscope that is too complicated for your child often means it sits unused in the corner. Therefore, keep these considerations in mind:
- Lower primary - Look for an easily movable rugged stereo microscope with 20-to-40-times magnification so that the child can easily take the microscope outdoors.
- Upper primary - Look for a cordless microscope with rechargeable LED batteries with at least 20 times magnification that is light enough for your child to move easily.
- Middle school - Consider compound microscopes with 40-to-500-times magnification that your child can use with and without slides.
- High school - Consider compound microscopes with up to 2,500 times magnification that have fine and coarse adjustments.
There are several advantages of using a science kit over do-it-yourself science experiments. First, you save time because everything should be in the kit. Secondly, you save money over buying each item separately because the vendor takes a smaller mark-up. You also get great ideas for experiments that you might not have thought about on your own.