Science Kit for Kids
The 'S' in STEAM
Our science kits for kids allow them to build a strong basic foundation. Banyan Tree Kidz allows children in this age group to begin a hands-on discovery of science, chemistry, biology and more, with fun and immersive DIY projects. Your monthly box includes all the materials and inspiration for creating science and art projects such as creating northern lights in a jar, exploring the solar system, studying dinosaur fossils and more.
Our STEM based Science Kits for Kids
The Birthday Box - Special Edition
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Celebrate your special day with us! The Birthday Box makes the perfect gift for your little one.
The special edition Birthday Box includes an adorable book titled 'Cake' by children's book author Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. 'Cake' has been invited to his very first birthday party and he wants to dress up. He goes to town to find the perfect outfit for this special occasion. Excited and all dressed up Cake arrives at the party only to realize that maybe this isn't an event he wants to be invited to! This book is wonderfully illustrated and will leave you laughing at every turn. Young bakers will also make a real birthday cake and celebrate their special day with loves ones.
The Birthday Box also includes 2 STEAM learning kits, a bonus birthday card recipe, designed and inspired by the book 'Cake'. All supplies included.
+ Make an exciting Birthday Cake: Young bakers will make a faux cake and decorate it with confetti and buttercream slime.
+ Make Confetti Slime: Make Confetti Slime and learn the exciting science behind Slime.
+ Bake your own Cake: This box includes a special cake recipe that you will make with your little baker! So put on your chef hats and get ready to make a delicious Birthday Cake!
+ WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manual, 2 STEAM learning kits, 1 Cake recipe, fascinating keepsakes, and much more.
Space Edition: StarStruck Box
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Take an adventurous journey into the cosmos with America’s first professional female astronomer ‘Maria Mitchell’. A great addition to your library, ‘What Miss Mitchell Saw’ is written by Hailey Barrett and wonderfully illustrated by Diana Sudyka. Every night, Maria stood on her rooftop with a telescope and swept the sky. One day, she came across an unusual celestial object – a comet, a discovery that would change the field of astronomy forever!
This artistically illustrated book follows the story of a young girl from humble beginnings and her fascination with the night sky. Her passion leads her to discover a comet and paving the way for future female astronomers. Using lyrical text along with simplistic and enchanting artwork, the book explores the life and discoveries of Maria. ‘
INSIDE THE BOX...
READ AND LEARN: ‘What Miss Mitchell Saw’ is the perfect book for budding astronomers and space lovers everywhere
BUILD AND LAUNCH A COMET LAUNCHER: Learn about Comets and build your own comet launcher using Newton’s laws of physics.
CONSTRUCT A TELESCOPE: What is a telescope and how does it work? Construct your own exciting telescope and get ready to sweep the night sky
MAGICAL WAND READING POINTER: Design a beautiful magical wand reading pointer that you can use to read your magical book of the month
WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manuals, 3 STEAM learning kits, all materials included, fascinating keepsakes, and hours of screen-free entertainment and learning.
Biology in a Box - Cell Exploration
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Young biologists, get ready to take a closer look at human cells and discover everything there is to know about them. This fun box includes a hard-cover children's book titled 'Cells: An Owner's Handbook' written by children's book author Caroyln Fisher. Join Ellie, the skin cell who lives on the backside of an adventurous dog, as she introduces young readers to the various cells which make up everything on the planet. The book is filled with fascinating facts about human cells. Kids learn a new skill of sewing while making a 'cell model' pillow and, become experts by knowing the vital organs in a human body. Enjoy hours of learning while having fun. (roughly suited for kids 7-8 years)
HANDS-ON LEARNING: Young biologist and future doctors study the structure of a cell and learn about vital organs of the body
READ AND LEARN: ‘Cells: An Owner’s Handbook’ is a great resource book with fascinating facts about the human body
MAKE A ‘CELL PILLOW MODEL’– learn an exciting new skill of sewing and build your own ‘cell’ pillow
VITAL ORGANS CHART- Play a fun game and learn how cells make up our vital body organs
WHAT’S INSIDE: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly learning manual, instruction manual, 2 STEAM learning kits, fascinating keepsakes and much more.
Space Edition: Moon Phase Box
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Discover the book, ‘Moon: A Peek-Through Picture book by children’s written by Britta Teckentrup. Young minds will be introduced to the concept of the Lunar Cycle and will learn about the different phases of the moon. How do different animals react to moonlight? How do the phases of the moon affect the tides? Why does the moon look different every night? The box includes 2 DIY STEAM activity kits. Kids make a Lunar calendar with different phases of the moon and also make a beautiful Moon Mobile which can be used to decorate their room. Young stargazers are sure to be engaged with this unique box. The goal is to teach little ones about the moon and its different phases. Hours of fun and learning with Storybook Science.
+HANDS-ON LEARNING: Focus on the ‘E’ and ‘S’ in STEAM education with this fascinating space activity box.
+READ AND LEARN: Learn all about the unique 8 moon phases and how it affects the earth with the magical book titled ‘Moon: A Peek-Through Picture book’ by children’s book author Britta Teckentrup.
+MAKE A LUNAR CALENDAR: have a blast while making a Lunar Cycle calendar using model magic clay.
+CONSTRUCT A MOON MOBILE: Introduce engineering to young innovators as they paint and build a moon mobile made up of different phases of the moon.
+WHAT’S INCLUDED: Hardcover children’s book, kid-friendly teaching resources, easy to follow instruction manuals, 2 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK moon phase cutouts, 2 STEAM learning kits with all materials included, enchanting keepsakes, and much more.
Best Science Kit for Kids
Importance of Science in Early Child Hood
Science education through engaging hands-on activities gives children opportunities to learn problem-solving skills, perseverance, analytical skills and overall cognitive development. Children are inclined to explore and continue experimentation from the very beginning. There is overwhelming data and research that suggests that by the age of 7, a child will either develop curiosity and interest in the subject of science or they will have a negative attitude towards science. This is all the more reason to get children exposed to science education from the start so that their love and affinity for the subject stays with them as they get older.
Encouraging their natural curiosity and tapping into their natural predisposition of exploration and learning through play, early childhood educators and parents can teach kids how things work around them, how to think and how to learn. Introduce scientific terms that are age appropriate and encourage children to expand their creativity and literacy skills to build on their knowledge of science activities.
It is about the process: The process is more important than the results. Sometimes parents get worried about the progress of their child and start comparing their milestones with their peers, siblings or distant-family members however, the most important thing to remember when introducing science activities at an early age is that there is no ‘right’ way to learn or teach. Milestones are just guidelines and must not be taken as a set standard that children need to meet. This does not indicate academic success in the future. The main goal is to foster their natural curiosity and promote investigative skills along with the habit of just thinking. It is exceptionally valuable for children to gain scientific knowledge through creative play.
Be Adventurous to discovery:: In today’s highly digitalized world, parents and educators might find it difficult to get the children off the screen. Planning educational science-specific activities for children is one way to introduce science into their life. There are several other ways in which daily scientific discovery opportunities can exist. If a child shows interest in bees for example, buy them a book which talks about the function and importance of bees in our ecosystem, take them on a tour with a beekeeper, make a delicious delicacy out of honey, make and decorate beeswax candles, invite bees to your outdoor garden for pollination. The list is endless. Encourage them to ask questions, and ask them the right questions. Despite their tender age, you might be surprised how much children can grasp and learn at a quick silver pace up until the age of 7.
Learning through play: Children love getting physical and their favourite pastime when they are toddlers is exploration through touch. The messier the activity, the better for the child. Whether they are dripping their hands in pots of paint or scribbling on a piece of paper with a sharpie, they are constantly absorbing and learning. What does the texture of paint feel like? Which colour looks better to draw beautiful flowers, how long should I cut the string? Keeping science activities short and varied, will keep children entertained and interested. Giving children time to explore is important. Trial and error is the name of the game. They love to try things, and making mistakes during their experimentation is almost vital. If an experiment goes wrong, it can open up to endless opportunities and wonderful Eureka moments.
Scientific record-keeping: Is an important skill that children can easily be taught and it must be encouraged. When they show an interest in a specific bird or tree, ask them to draw their observations or take photos, perhaps they would like to doodle or write down the colour of the changing trees?. If they love space, encourage them to star-gaze and perhaps they can draw the shape of the moon over a period of a week so they can track the different phases of the moon . Conversations like why the moon looks different every night? What does a galaxy look like? Why do stars appear to be twinkling; are great ways to instil the love of science in young minds.
It might seem daunting for parents to come up with science activity ideas frequently, not to mention the cost associated with providing plenty of resources. This is not the case. Going for long walks as a family, camping outdoors, hiking, watching the sunset or sunrise, bird-watching, taking a tour of your local museum, visiting a neighbourhood library; these activities not only expand a child’s sense of adventure and wonder but also gets children thinking while they are absorbing all the information around them.
We must take advantage of their innate curiosity at an early age and encourage their enthusiasm for science and innovation. Why is the moon round? Why is the sun so bright? Why are the sun and moon following me? You do not have to know all the answers to your child’s constant chatter and questions. Parents can find the answers to these questions together. It is all part of their scientific discovery and science education.