Monday, December 12, 2011

5 Gifts Under $30 for Your Little Scientist

Got a little scientist in your home?  Does your child love to explore and discover new things?  Do you want to give them toys and activities that support their love of science?  Of course you do!  That's why I have done all of the hard work for you.  I have come up with a list of five items that span several age ranges, so even the littlest scientist will have something great to unwrap this holiday season.

Bugifiers - Ages 4 and up

Bugifiers are built for kids!
They feature a shatter-resistant 4x magnifying lens for creature exploration,
and their chunky handle and entertaining characters are perfect for your little scientist.  
 Best Price - $7.99 at
Educational Insights Geo Safari Jr. Talking Microscope - Ages 5-7

This microscope comes with 12 prepared interactive slides with bugs 
for your child to investigate.  There is even a quiz game to help your child learn about insects. 
Best Price - $22.56 at

AntWorks Illuminated - Ages 5 and up

This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants.  This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels.  This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water. AntWorks includes the case (6.5"x 5.5"x 1.25"), the gel, ant catching/tunnel starting tool, an instruction booklet with interesting facts about ants and a form to order your ants via mail. Ants are NOT included! Available for $29.95 at Edmund Scientifics

Don't like ants? Try worms.

Smithsonian Eco Dome Habitat with Triops - Ages 10 and up

With four habitats in one, your little scientist can really take control of his or her own little world. There is an aquarium for fish, a rain forest habitat for frogs, lizards or large insects, an ant hill observatory, and a bug chamber for viewing smaller insects.  
Best price - $29.99 at

Bucky Balls or Bucky Cubes - For your "not so little" scientist

Bucky Balls/Cubes are powerful rare earth magnets that can be manipulated in to endless shapes for hours of entertainment. Perfect for a desk toy or party novelty.
On Sale for $19.99 at


  1. Cool ideas, and I love the illuminated ant farm. Equally creepy and captivating. What about the classic volcano set? Wonderful combination of danger, fun, and messiness. One of my favorite family activities from my childhood!

  2. I figured that most people have done the volcano thing, either as a school science project or cleaning their sink drains with vinegar and baking soda. It is a great idea though. A fun activity for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I would have loved that talking microscope when I was kid!!

  4. If you had that you may have ended up writing doctoral dissertations instead of speculative fiction... who knows?

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