National Geographic is all over science for kids and Amazon has several deals on their fun and sometimes wacky kits. Do you have a budding paleontologist in your life? Nat Geo dinosaur digging kits will make the perfect gift. Immerse your child in the Cretaceous era as they dig for three real dinosaur fossils: a dinosaur bone, a mosasaur tooth and dinosaur poop....yes, dinosaur POOP!
And for the biologist in your life, check out Nat Geo's student microscope, which has two "modes" — Kids can use the lower LED lights to view biological specimens on slides, or they can switch to the upper lights to examine 3D objects in intricate detail. (Tip: Have them collect some moss from outside and look for actual tardigrades; these water bears will show up nicely under a basic microscope.
The kit includes 50 prepared slides, reusable blank slides and covers, tweezers, an eye dropper and more. It also includes a complete brine shrimp experiment that comes with a hatchery station, shrimp eggs, Petri dish and lab manual. Track the life cycle of brine shrimp!
Some kids have sensory needs and this could be the perfect gift: National Geographic's morphing matter dinosaur kit comes with kinetic-type sand. This sand is softer, lighter and fluffier than beach sand so kids can roll it, squish it or pick it up like foam. The unique "sand" is so light and fluffy that the 3 cups provided in this kit weigh only 200 grams.
Kids can bury the six dinosaur figures in their sandy playscape, as the packaging converts into a diorama. allowing kids to engage in even more imaginative play;
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Jeanna served as editor-in-chief of Live Science. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a graduate science journalism degree from New York University. She has worked as a biologist in Florida, where she monitored wetlands and did field surveys for endangered species. She also received an ocean sciences journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.