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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 

 
2015 Awards
Creativity for Kids Macrame Terrarium
(Creativity for Kids $23.99 Score:)

A little bit of crafty action combines with science in this winning kit. It comes with all the ingredients to make the macramé sling that will hold the plastic terrariaum and all the decorative stones, potting mix, sand, and quick-to-sprout chia and wheat grass seeds. Before long a little garden will be sprouting where young gardeners can add the decorative little mushroom and deer. Clear directions are included. A great STEM product for future botanists with an artistic twist.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Primary Science Big View Telescope
(Learning Resources $20 Score:)

Designed for very young, who are not ready for a powerful look at the stars, but will like seeing more of the world close-up. Of course, beginners have trouble using just one eye, so they may need some coaching to cover one eye and peek through the soft rubber eye-piece. There is a big focus knob that will change their view and a tripod that will hold the telescope steady when you find just the right spot to place the 20X green and blue telescope. They say 3 and up, we'd say more like 5.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Sneak and Peek Periscope
(Educational Insights $19.95 Score:)

Peek around corners, from behind rocks or trees; this 14" periscope is good fun for pretend play and young scientists who want to watch creatures without being seen. It has a wide viewer so kids can use both eyes. The two easy to grasp handles are designed for small hands. One has a switch so kids can use the LED light for nighttime explorations.  Takes 2 AAA batteries, not included. Though it's marked 4 and up, we think early school years kids will like this best. 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Bugopticals
(Educational Insights $12.95 Score:)

A handheld dragonfly has six wings with lenses that invite all kinds of exploration. Each of three wings have a primary color lens that can be overlapped to create secondary colors. Two of the lenses have magnifiers; one is 2X the other 5X, perfect for exploring bark, leaves, bugs, or indoor surfaces and letters. Or overlap the two and get another enlarged view of the world. A sixth lens is faceted like an insect's eye, so they can see how the world looks from a bug's eye view. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Critter Keeper
(Kids Preferred $14 Score:)

Just in time for spring time bug hunts in the park or yard. Shaped like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this critter keeper has a fabric handle and screened sides and a slightly magnified door that slides open and shut. Perfect for close up observations of creepy crawly specimens that can then be returned to their natural habitat. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Clifford the Big Red Dog Water Science
(Young Scientists CLub $19.99 Score:)

Newest in a wonderful collection of young science kits, this one deals with water and introduces children to some basic concepts such as floating, sinking, icebergs, and hands on experiments that allow kids to see the water cycle, phases from liquid to solid to gas. The kit itself contains almost all the materials you need to explore the activities in a 20-page manual that includes ways to make rain, submarine, foam boat, chromatography, and more. Plastic test tubes, mini-measuring cup, mini-sponge, pipette, lab tray and special tubes and papers for experiments. You will need to provide your own food coloring and for a magical experiment, some black pepper. Since these are essentially designed for preschoolers, you will be doing the reading. Basically, this kit is a parent intensive opportunity to explore and expand new ideas with your preschooler. Marked for 3 & up, we think this is probably a better bet for slightly oler preschoolers and even a good choice for 5 & up. Young readers will also like helping with the directions as well as the experiments.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Geo Safari My First Microscope
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

Designed for preschoolers, this allows young children to use both eyes instead of having to close one eye, as with a real microscope. The eye-piece can be raised and lowered for better views and it allows children to view coins and leaves and other familiar items under the lenses. Oddly, this is more like a magnifying glass than a microscope and the further up the lenses the more detail you see. It works with 8X magnification. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Insect Lore Pop-Up Port-a-Bug
(Insect Lore $12.27 Score:)

A handy pop-up mesh container that allows bugs to have air while in captivity and gives kids a good view of their buggy movements. This is intended for short term captivity and kids should be encouraged to let their specimens go. Pop-up container compresses and fits in a carry sack that can be clipped to clothes and taken along on hikes.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifying Jar
(Insect Lore $12.99 Score:)

Kids can get a close-up view of bugs they collect in this bucket with a giant shatter-proof 3X magnifying lens on top. The bucket has an easy to grip handle and air holes so that the bug can survive for a while. Kids should be encouraged to let the bug go after they have had time to examine it.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Primary Science Lab Gear
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Forget the princess dresses and firefighter outfits--for the new generation of STEM*-minded kids, bring home a lab coat and adjustable lab glasses for doing their science experiments. The goggles are intended for dramatic play only - they are not safety glasses. That said, this is a fun dress-up costume for 3-6 year olds. Nice addition to the Primary Science Kits from the same maker.

*STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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