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100 Useful items for a science supply cabinet

January 16, 2017 2 min read


I don't have a linen closet. If you come to my house, I won't be able to open one magically closet door and get you the towels and sheets you need.

Whew . . . that felt good to get off my chest.

Why don't I have a linen closet, you ask?

Because I stock my linen closet with science and homeschooling supplies - call it the hazards of the job.

It won't always be that way - one day my babies will graduate and I will ball as I put the towels and sheets back into the linen closet, but that's not what this post is about.

This post is about filling a shelf {or a closet} with science supplies.

In this month's homeschool science tip, I shared my number one tip for experiments - have the supplies you need on hand - and I suggested that you keep a science supply cabinet.

But what should you stock that cabinet with? Here are 100 ideas to get you started!

100 Useful items for a science supply cabinet

  1. 6-volt light bulb
  2. Alligator clips
  3. Aluminum pans
  4. Aquarium Tubing
  5. Balloons (Round, Tube-shaped, and with a globe on it)
  6. Bandana / Blindfold
  7. Batteries (6-volt, 9-volt, and D-cell)
  8. Beads
  9. Beady eyes
  10. Beans
  11. Bird Seed
  12. Blank Notebooks
  13. Blue Gel Glue
  14. Borax
  15. Bottle caps
  16. Bouncy balls
  17. Bubbles
  18. Buttons
  19. Candles
  20. Carbon Paper
  21. CDs
  22. Chalk
  23. Chocolate bars
  24. Chopsticks
  25. Clothespins
  26. Coffee Filters
  27. Colored Pencils
  28. Combs
  29. Compass
  30. Copper wire (Bare and Insulated)
  31. Corks
  32. Cotton balls
  33. Cups (Clear Plastic and Paper)
  34. Curling Ribbon
  35. Detergent (Powdered)
  36. Dimes
  37. Dissection Kit Tools
  38. Dowel Rods
  39. Dryer Sheets
  40. Epsom Salts
  41. Erasers
  42. Eye droppers
  43. Felt Squares
  44. Flashlights (Mini and Full Size)
  45. Foam balls
  46. Foil muffin cups
  47. Food coloring
  48. Forks
  49. Funnels
  50. Glitter
  51. Gloves
  52. Golf balls
  53. Hydrogen Peroxide
  54. Iodine swabs
  55. Iron nails
  56. Jars with lids (Plastic and Glass)
  57. Liquid Bluing
  58. Magnets (Bar, Horseshoe, and Neodymium)
  59. Magnifying Glasses
  60. Marbles
  61. Matches
  62. Measuring tapes
  63. Mentos
  64. Mirrors
  65. Mist bottle
  66. Modeling Clay
  67. Needles
  68. Paper clips
  69. Pebbles
  70. Pens
  71. Pencils
  72. Pennies
  73. Permanent Markers
  74. pH paper
  75. Pins
  76. Ping-pong balls
  77. Pipe Cleaners
  78. Plaster of Paris
  79. Plastic Baggies (Large and Small)
  80. Rock Salt
  81. Rubber bands
  82. Rubbing Alcohol
  83. Safety Glasses
  84. Slides with Cover Slips
  85. Sponges
  86. Spoons
  87. Steel Wool
  88. Straws
  89. String
  90. Suction Cups
  91. Tape
  92. Tennis balls
  93. Thermometers (Instant and Student)
  94. Test Tubes
  95. Toothpicks
  96. Tweezers
  97. Wooden Spools
  98. Wool
  99. Yarn
  100. Yeast

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4 Responses

Paige Hudson
Paige Hudson

January 26, 2017

Jamie, you are welcome!

Jaime Shores
Jaime Shores

January 23, 2017

Thank you for this list. It’s a great idea to have a well stocked supply of frequently used experiment items. It never fails that I’m missing something come experiment day.

Paige Hudson
Paige Hudson

January 18, 2017

Oh, Jamee, I’m so glad that you find it useful! And you are not alone – they say the best tips come from our own experiences :-)!

Jamee Block
Jamee Block

January 18, 2017

I love this list! There have been numerous times that I have wanted to complete an experiment with the kids, but lack of supplies made it difficult!

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