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  • Kits

    I remember coming home as a kid from school each day excited to see how much more my stalagmites and stalactites had grown. A simple cardboard box I cut apart and fixed up with a string running from the top, the other half dipped in salt water. The water would pass through the string with the salt and drip to the bottom, making wonderfully pointy teeth both surrounding the dangling string and rising up to meet it from below.

    While that is still a great experiment for kids to play with, there are so many different options available now, and they rarely are out of budget. Look at the National Geographic Glow-in-the-Dark Crystal Growing Kit, or the 4M Crystal Growing Experiment for example. Smithsonian offers its own variations. You could practically collect them all and have each kit grow a different type of crystal!

  • Teaching the basics of how computers and circuitry work? The options have grown a good deal since the 90’s. With Snap Circuit Lights Electronics Discovery Kits, and similar toys by Elenco becoming more popular, these could serve as great tools for learning that are fun along the way.

    There are even Lego kits now that teach basic kinetic principles, the Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit has comes with instructions for 10 different moving machines!

    Picking some of these up for your kids, or the kids you work with, you may end up playing with a few of these yourself after hours. All of which are loads of fun for everybody, and above all will let kids learn in their own way.

  • Funschooling with Minecraft Curriculum

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  • Thames & Kosmos Physics Workshop from Mindware
  • Micro-Science 68 Piece Deluxe Microscope Set
  • Excellerations Engineering with Ramps - 20 Pieces

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