Discover more than 20 fantastic chemistry kits! From edible candy chemistry kits to monthly chemistry kits like MEL science, this is the ultimate list of the best chemistry kits for kids.
I always did well in school as a kid with straight A’s frequently found on my report cards.
But, that didn’t mean I loved every subject.
For whatever reason, science was a subject I just never took much of a personal interest in. Here and there I found things fun and fascinating, but I never, ever desired to pursue a science-related field.
As we homeschool now, and I am responsible for exposing my children to the world they live in, teaching science is one of the subjects they need to learn…. from me.
But, HOW can I make it more exciting and accessible to them? How can I teach them things I don’t actually understand myself or find super exciting so that maybe they’ll want to go into a STEM-field someday?
The answer? Great science curriculums, obviously. ??
And to supplement those curriculums, we watch numerous science videos on Youtube and from the library, and we use various boxed science kits whenever possible.
I have previously written posts about the best monthly science kits for kids, and even the best science board games for kids. I thought I’d explore my options (and share my findings) with you about chemistry science kits for kids.
These chemistry kits range from full-on chemistry lab kits to edible chemistry kits. Some are monthly subscription boxes still, but they offer chemistry-specific subscriptions or boxes.
I did not retain all that much from my high school chemistry class, so I’m hoping that my kids will better understand chemistry and science more than me!
Enjoy the list and let me know if you know of other great chemistry kits and sets and boxes out there for kids. Be sure to see my list of monthly STEM boxes for kids too.
Chemistry Lab Sets
If you simply want a chemistry kit with a load of experiments and all the test tubes and equipment required, you should look into one of the following two big chemistry lab sets:
With CHEM C1000 from Thames & Kosmos, you can conduct 125 scientific experiments using real chemicals, real lab equipment, and real science as you get a crash course in chemistry.
Retails at $69.99 or less on Amazon .
With CHEM C2000 from Thames & Kosmos, you can conduct 250 experiments and go beyond the basics as you conduct real experiments, gather data, and make discoveries.
This kit also introduces alcohol burners for experiments that require heat. You deal with combustion, electrochemical reactions, and more.
Chemistry Kits for Kids
The following chemistry kits for kids cover a variety of chemistry topics.
Below this section, I will discuss chemistry kits specifically from MEL Science, Steve Spangler, Kiwi Co and some fun food chemistry kits!
MEL Chemistry Kits
MEL Science is a monthly chemistry kit that is delivered to your door each month.
Each kit contains 2-3 experiments and contains all the equipment and supplies needed to conduct the experiments, with enough chemical reagents for at least 2 attempts. Your first month’s starter kit includes:
- Borosilicate glass beaker and flash
- Virtual Reality headset
- Macro lens
- Smartphone/tablet stand
- Safety glasses and a tray
- Solid fuel stove (burner)
With your MEL Science subscription, you’ll get access to over 25 different VR lessons to help your child really get immersed in the science of their experiments and learn (and not just have fun playing with chemicals).
MEL Chemistry kits are $34.90/month with free shipping, and your first starter kit is included in that price. However, you can use promo code FAGANS for 25% off your first month!Get a FREE Trial Experiment! Just pay $0.99 shipping! Offer ends Feb. 28, 2021!
Your first package will arrive within 2 weeks of registration. You can cancel, pause, and resume your subscription at any time.
They recommend your child be 10 years or older, however, with proper adult supervision, children as young as 6 could enjoy and learn from the experiments.
You cannot currently buy individual MEL experiment sets, but here are just a few of the 30 different chemistry sets for kids they have:
- Iodine Diffusion
- Rocket Science
- Zinc-Carbon Battery
- Thermal Effects
- Chemistry & Electricity
- Sulfur and Nitrogen Dioxides
- Hydrogen and Chlorine
Our family received starter kit and experiment box Chemistry of Monsters and my 9-year-olds loved it (one more than the other). We also received the MEL Kids Crystal box and it was so perfect for my 4 and 6-year-old children to do together with me. The VR really brought the science to life for them too.
These kits are amazing and are a great way for kids to really learn about chemistry and science every single month! Perfect for homeschoolers like me!
Sign up for MEL Science Chemistry kits here. Don’t forget to use FAGANS for 25% off your first month!
For kids ages 8+, this chemistry kit includes 25 experiments and 24 lab tools that helps your child learn the basics of combustion science and chemical reactions. This kit includes explosive sounds, rockets, and geysers, so it’s sure to be a hit!
It retails for around $30. Get it here.
Hand2mind Fizz! Chemistry Science kit for kids ages 8+.
Learn more about crystals, foam, fire extinguishers, and more with this kit. Plus, you’ll even learn how to use chemistry to do magic tricks.
Retails for around $30. Get it here.
Playz STEM A+ Chemistry Junior Experiments and Reactions Science Lab is for kids ages 8+ and includes 32 experiments, a 36-page laboratory guide, and 27+ scientific tools.
Kids will use chemistry to do magic tricks, constuct a homemade fire extinguisher, grow crystals, creat live foam monsters, make secret hidden messages with invisible ink, and more.
Retails for around $60 but can get it cheaper from Amazon.
Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids Ages 7+.
This kit includes more than 50 science experiments like erupting volcanos, glow worms, sticky slime, watercolor ice, rubber goo, bouncing colored bubbles, colorful quicksand, and more!
They also have an arctic version of this.
The Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab for kids ages 5+.
Young scientists learn about bases, volcanoes, slime, surface tension, bubbles, and more with this STEM kit. Everything but common household items are supplied in this kit.
Chemistry Kits by Kiwi Crate
You can subscribe to their various educational subscription boxes for kids with different boxes for different ages and interests for a low monthly fee of $19.99/month (less for longer subscriptions) with free shipping.
If, however, you don’t want a subscription, but want individual science kits, like their many chemistry kits, then you can buy them directly from the Kiwi Co Store for prices ranging from $17.95-$44.95 per kit (less if you buy multi-packs).
I recently received two of their Kiwi chemistry kits for kids.
My family received this kit for free to review and it was a lot of fun.
It was very similar to the Christmas science experiment I got from them last year and is perfect and easy enough (with adult supervision) for kids as young as 4 years old to help with, as my 4-year-old loved it!
My kids enjoyed checking on their fall scene every day to see how it was progressing.
My family received this kit for free to review and we definitely enjoyed this one far more than the previous one!
This kit has a lot of learning – color mixing, chemical reactions, and scientific method – and a lot of different equipment pieces, which my kids all adored. This kit is probably best for kids ages 6+ simply because there is a lot going on, but my 4-year-old did help some with scooping the color mixtures.
Spray bottles, beakers, colors, trays, mixing spoons, etc. were included in this kit and loved by all of my kids.
I really loved that they used the chemical reactions to create unique watercolor art to put into cards too!
This kit retails for $26.95 in the Kiwi Co store. Get it here.
With this chemistry kit from Kiwi Co, you craft and customize two kinds of colorful, crystal-inspired soaps! This kit will have children exploring mineral science, colorful ombre geodes, and chemical reactions.
This one retails for $24.95 in the Kiwi Co store and is great for kids ages 9+. Get it here.
Designed for kids ages 9+, this chemistry kit explored polymers and fluorescence, as well as employed traditional dot art. Your child will get to make two kinds of slime with this hands-on kit, one of which is black chalkboard slime that they can doodle on with the included chalkboard markers.
This kit retails for $22.95 in the Kiwi Co Store. Get it here.
In this fire lab chemistry kit, your 14+ year olds will make a colorful flame lamp, and complete 7 combustion experiments that explore the chemistry of oxidation, the flame test, and light energy.
This chemistry kit looks super fun, and perhaps that’s because it’s geared for older kids ages 14+ and things glow in the dark!
This kit teaches about cold light and invisible light as kids complete fluorescein experiments, zinc sulfide experiments, and luminol reaction experiments.
A great way to save on the Kiwi chemistry kits is to just subscribe to their monthly box service. While not every month will be a chemistry kit, every month they will explore STEM-related activities.
Plus, you can always save 30% on your first month of a new subscription with code SHARE30.
Steve Spangler Chemistry Kits
Steve Spangler is the new Bill Nye (but so much better IMO) for our kids’ generation of science learning. He has dozens of amazing science videos and experiments for kids on his website.
Each of these monthly science boxes for kids is either $19.99/month or $29.99/month (or less if you buy a longer subscription) but include links to videos of him explaining the science and demonstrating how to do the experiment, along with other extensions and all the supplies to do it.
You may consider signing up for the Steve Spangler Science Club here. You can get $20 off your subscription with code SHARE20 or take 60% off your first box with code BOX60.
If not, he still offers plenty of individual science-related products, kits, experiments, and accessories in the Steve Spangler Science Store. Several of the following items are chemistry-specific kits he has in his store.
Bubbling Concoctions by Steve Spangler Science.
This chemistry set teaches your child about the science of acids and bases and polar and non-polar liquids.
Polymer Science Kit by Steve Spangler Science.
Explore the molecule-twisting, mind-bending chemistry behind polymers as you check out five different water-absorbing powders, crystals, and spheres in one pail.
It includes water gel, jelly marbles, Gravi-goo (goo that find a way to flow uphill), orbs, and insta-snow.
Retails for $49.99. Get it here.
This is a great introduction to the chemistry behind polymers as string slime is a long chain of molecules called a polymer. When the String Slime comes in contact with the Activator, it immediately changes from a liquid to a solid.
With a special dye added, they even glow under black light. This is a great Halloween slime or Halloween science experiment for kids to do too.
This slime kit is only $24.99. Get it here.
Edible Chemistry Kits: Food and Candy Chemistry Kits
Who doesn’t love that baking and cooking are a sort of chemistry as the chemical in compounds change as you combine ingredients and heat them up to see what happens!
See my posts about monthly baking kits for kids if you want yummy and affordable monthly food chemistry kits!
If you simply want individual, one-off edible chemistry kits, maybe some delicious (hopefully) candy chemistry kits, I found a few great options for you:
What a better way to learn about fermentation, a chemical change carried out by yeast or bacteria, then to ferment your own root beer! This edible chemistry kit will give you enough to brew 2 gallons of tasty old-fashioned root beer in just 3 days!
This kit is also found on Steve Spangler Science and retails for $26.99. Get it here.
Candy Chemistry by Thames & Kosmos
In this candy chemistry kit, kids will make rock candy, chocolates, gummy bears, wintergreen candies, and more. In the process, they’ll learn about specific heat and temperature, crystallization, measurements and conversions, volume, and weight.
The kit also contains colorful foils, cups, and wrappers to help you decorate your sweets.
This food chemistry kit for kids includes 40 experiments, 27+ tools and ingredients, and a 56-page activities and lab guide so your 8+ child can create various yummy treats like jelly candies, crystal rock candy, chocolates, and lollipops.
Plus, they will see how everything dissolves and test for sugar and more food-related science experiments.
Retails for $69.99 full-price but I have seen it go 50% off on Amazon. Get it the Playz Edible Candy kit
This edible chemistry kit is intended for kids ages 8+. It features experiments like using cabbage to make fizzy drinks. Plus, they’ll make color-changing foaming jelly, polymer pudding, and more.
Retails for just $18. Get it here.
The Scientific Explorer Ice Cream Science Kit is for kids ages 8+ (though I feel like it could be used for much younger ages).
This is basically a simple kit for making your own homemade ice cream, something I did with my 3-year-old preschoolers without a kit (just saying).
The advantage of the kit is they provide several different fun flavors and it’s less than $27 shipped.
However, if you want yummy science-focused ice cream making fun, I would look into the Playz Brain Freeze Science kit.
It includes 18 experiments so your child can make not just ice cream, but also make instant ice that melts, invert sugar crystals, brew tasty sorbets, whip up some slushies, and more.
I hope you enjoy all your science learning!!
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