Kids love science from astronomy to zoology there are many things you can do to foster your child’s love of all things scientific. If your child loves to mix things up and watch model volcanoes explode with red colored vinegar then you might consider getting your son or daughter a chemistry set for use at home.
Not all chemistry sets are made the same. Some are better for younger children while others are more advanced for kids ages 12 and up. It depends on the kind of chemistry your kids want to engage in or their level of educational knowledge.
Simple chemistry sets have larger tools to use with plastic beakers for pouring liquids. For older children you will have more involvement with mixing, powders, liquids, and all sorts of fun coloring changing and litmus testing objects. Here is a basic guide for the best chemistry sets for children of all ages.
A basic chemistry set will have plastic containers for collecting samples or storing mild chemicals for use. Many liquids you will need to mix are usually household items like vinegar, water, or liquid soap that you use in the kitchen.
Elenco’s 120 chemistry set is just that. Plastic beakers and 120 activity cards allow you to have fun in the kitchen with mixing and pouring. For sale for $35 on Barnes and Noble’s website, this simple set will be fun for kids around the age of eight or older.
Nature’s Lab Plus has a very nice set for $55 with realistic test tubes, a scale, safety goggles, and you can order a text book with it that is great for homeschooled children. There is even an alcohol burner to use for children entering 7th or 8th Grade.
Litmus paper, test tubes, and a Celsius thermometer are included. The only thing missing from this set would be any nifty chemicals that go with the experiments. However the course should be easy enough to use household chemicals for whatever lessons you need.
Super High End
For ages 12 and up, Thames and Kosmos’ Chem C3000 chemistry set is a great set for $240 on Discover This. Realistic test tubes with rubber stoppers, litmus paper, and a real alcohol burner that you can make yourself will give you a realistic look at a real chemistry lab.
This set even has clamps for holding test tubes over the burner. There are many chemicals that come with this chemistry set and will definitely require adult supervision at all times until your child feels confident enough with the equipment.
There was a set produced by the Smithsonian that was a great and compact advanced chemistry set but it has been discontinued for the most part. Honorable mention goes to the Smithsonian XM5000 that you can still find in a few online stores for fifty dollars.