I’m not the biggest fan of science kits generally, but there are some amazing STEM products out there if you know where to look. We’ve selected a few of our favourite science kits for kids that definitely won’t lead to disappointment on Christmas Day.

As a side note, some of these have been sent to me as review items, but all come highly recommended!

The Best Science Kits for Kids

Science Kits from Thames and Kosmos

I recommend Thames and Kosmos if you’re looking for great value science kits. This Mars Expedition set comes highly recommended.

Science Kit – Electro Dough Kit

We love these Electro Dough kits from Technology Will Save Us. They contain everything you need to make play dough circuits and are a brilliant hands on introduction to electricity. My 5 year old could create circuits easily, so don’t be worried about using this with young children, but do be careful with the LEDs which are small.

Electro dough kit for making play dough circuits


Periscope Kit

How about putting together a spy kit including this brilliant pocket periscope from npw?

Pocket periscope


Science Kit – Snap Circuits

This is a fun electronics kit that has been used for years in our house. I’d recommend starting with a small kit, to see if you like it and then upgrading from there!

Snap Circuits


Zu3D Animation Kit

This animation kit from Zu3D has really inspired my children recently. I love that they can get to work with little supervision and they really enjoy using their creative skills to create animations. It’s especially lovely for me to see how they each take such a different approach to the story behind their animation and all have a very distinctive style!

There’s years of fun to be had with this awesome kit!

Zu3D - animation kit for kids

Science Kit – Makey Makey

I haven’t had chance to write about our Makey Makey kit, but our banana piano was one of my children’s favourite activities last year and more recently we made a giant Operation game. The kit takes just seconds to set up and the creative opportunities are endless!

Makey Makey

Kano Computer

Another great gift for kids who love to code is a Kano. First you build the mini computer and then get to work learning to code, making games, creating art and so much more. The opportunities are endless.

The Harry Potter Coding Kit looks amazing too!


I’ve also just spotted that there’s a Frozen version this year as well!

Science Kit – Magnifying Glass and Tweezers

We love this chunky magnifying glass from Learning Resources. You could packaging them up with a little notebook and pen or bug pot to give even more inspiration.

mini science kit for kids containing a pen, notebook and magnifying glass.

Nature Science Kits

We LOVE this Wormery kit from Wild Science.

Make your own Science kits

We also have some great ideas for science kits you can make yourself very easily and cheaply.

These are a great option for a children’s science kit as you can personalise them to the child’s interests.

Why not add a copy of Snackable Science, Gross Science or This IS Rocket Science to go with it.

Science at home kit

Great science books for kids

If you’re children love a good science book we’ve got some brilliant science book ideas here as well.

Great Science Books for Kids

Can you think of any science gifts for kids we’ve missed?

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