Parents and others who nurture the minds of children can be instrumental on setting the children in their lives on productive career paths. Although not every child will grow up to be a scientist, all children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and about how things work that will serve them well if they are encouraged to explore it no matter what career direction they decide on as adults. Many of us have fond childhood memories of long afternoons spent exploring our universe with student microscopes and other scientific types of learning tools. If you are looking for an appropriate gift for the aspiring scientist in your circle of family and friends, following are five suggestions that can provide you with inspiration.
Mind Blowing Science Kit
Children as young as four years old can begin to explore the realm of chemistry with this beginning science kit from Scientific Explorer. Kids can create underwater volcanoes and make grapes change colors, and parents can relax while their children are entertained for hours.
Children ask this question more than any other, and Katherine Ripley’s “Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science and the World Around You” answers many of the questions that children frequently ask. With colorful illustrations by Scot Ripley, this book belongs in every home library.
The Nature Treasury
Children born with a fascination for nature, and the “The Nature Treasury: A First Look at the Natural World” helps develop and nurture their interest. This is also a great gift for parents whose curious children constantly bombard them with questions about the natural world that they don’t have ready answers to. The lush illustrations will entrance both children and adults.
Life in the Undergrowth
Older children will love Life in the Undergrowth by GreatSchools Staff. This five-part BBC series provides an in-depth and inspiring look into the world of insects. Aspiring entomologists as well as the simply curious will spend hours in front of their television screens exploring an entirely and enchanting world.
Perfect Perfume Laboratory
Children can explore their creative impulses by making their own scents using the Perfect Perfume Laboratory by Wild Science. The kit contains essential oils that can be processed and filtered into actual perfume and provides information about how to create other natural scents from vegetative materials such as flower petals and herbs. This gift combines art and science and is appropriate for children of all ages.