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3 DIY science gifts ideas you can easily make at home

November 26, 2018 2 min read

Do you have a budding scientist on your hands? One who can't get enough of science? 

Or do you want to encourage a love of science in your children? These three science gifts can help you meet the needs of your budding scientist or develop a wonder of science in your children. 

(Psst...If you are looking for science gifts to buy, take a look at our annual Cyber Monday Sale.)

Let's dig in...

3 DIY science gifts you can easily make at home

#1 - A Spy Kit

Add to your children's natural curiosity by creating a personalized spy kit that uses science! Here are a few ideas of what you can include:

  • A plastic spoon and marshmallows to use as a simple marshmallow catapult to help them create a diversion.
  • A small bottle of lemon juice, Q-tips, and paper to write secret messages that can be revealed with the heat of a candle.
  • A magnifying glass to help them inspect any clues.
  • A notebook to write down their observations
  • A pack of pipe cleaners or old glasses to create a disguise.
  • A jar of fingerprint dusting powder - you can make your own or buy some from Amazon.

#2 - A Jar of Crystals

If your budding scientist love chemistry or crystals, these jars are a perfect DIY gift. Here is how to make one:

  1. Get a pint-sized glass jar, a pencil, a string, and a paper clip. 
  2. Tie the paper clip to one end of the string and then wrap the other end of the string so that it hangs in the jar and the paper clip does not touch the bottom.
  3. Add the crystal powder. You can make borax crystals, salt crystals, or sugar crystals.
  4. Put the lid on the jar and tape the pencil with the string to the side.
  5. Add a note with the amount of water you need to add to the jar to make the crystals and you are ready to go!

#3 - A Nature Backpack

And finally, you can encourage your kiddos to get outside and learn about nature by making a custom nature backpack for them to enjoy. Here are a few ideas of what to put in the backpack:

  • A pencil
  • A sketchbook 
  • A camera
  • A bottle of bug repellant 
  • A bottle of sunscreen 
  • A ruler
  • A box of crayons or colored pencils
  • A palm-sized microscope or magnifying glass
  • A pair of gloves
  • Several plastic baggies
  • Hand sanitizer

Wrapping it Up

I trust your budding scientists will enjoy seeing one of these DIY science gifts under the tree for them this year!

If your budget allows for a non-homemade gift, we recommend taking a look at our annual Cyber Monday Sale. The 5 Sassafras Science novel set makes a great gift for readers, adventurers, and future scientists!



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