Retailing for under £7 each, these simple science kits make experiments fun, fast, easy, and inexpensive.

  • Erupt a small model of a volcano with a chemical reaction to learn about how real volcanoes occur. Non-toxic chemicals.
  • Mould a cool-looking dinosaur skeleton fossil in a plaster rock form. Discover how and why fossilised dinosaurs are found around the world.
  • Experiment with a spinning top and a gyroscope to learn about the physics of motion, forces, and gravity. Make the gyroscope balance on a tabletop and on a string.
  • Collect and analyse fingerprints to learn about scientific investigation. Use black powder to dust for fingerprints and look for genetic traits.
  • Pan for fake gold from inside a block of plaster “dirt.” Learn the techniques of panning for gold and about the precious element itself.
  • Make wobbly gelatin beads by dripping sodium alginate into a solution containing calcium ions. Learn how massive chains of polymers make these fun squishy orbs possible.
  • Experiment with safe materials from your kitchen, such as sugar, salt, water, baking soda, and vinegar, to learn about ten of the most important topics in chemistry.
  • Grow a beautiful crystal geode, a hollow rock with crystals inside it, by first moulding a plaster shell and then filling it with a crystal-forming solution. Learn about geological crystal formations.
  • Preserve flowers and leaves that you collect with this specially designed press device. Use your pressed specimens for crafts. Learn about the botanical structure of plants.
  • Grow a fuzzy crystal polar bear and a fluffy crystal penguin with a fast-growing, non-toxic solution. Learn why crystals form.