This page offers out-of-the-box, creative options for inspiring right-brained children to learn about science. Click on the image for a link to the product. Longer reviews will have its own tab. I would love to hear your recommendations by using the comments section at the bottom of the page!
GEMS: Great Explorations in Math and Science
By Lawrence Hall of Science
University of California, Berkeley
GEMS science, put out by the people at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, is the best thing I’ve ever done — not only for my RB dd, but for my own very LB self! See the full review here. ~Karen
Just ran across an interesting website with free materials. ~Julia
ScienceWiz Kits have been great for my artist/builder son. He’s used the Electricity, Inventions, Light, and Physics set. ~Michele
All of my right-brained children enjoyed this series of books (and the videos!) particularly from ages 5 to 13. My artist son probably looked through most of the ones we had in the collection at the time. It was his primary, if not only, science source of information. At 14, he happened to take the science part of the standardized test and scored in the 99th percentile, if that says anything. ~Cindy
Out of this World
by Jessica at Balancing Everything
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This seemed like a straightforward way to talk about each of the planets, with lots of links to enhance each exploration, but more importantly, experiments or hands-on ways to get a grasp of each individual planet. I remember wanting more when I was younger when we studied planets in school, and all the teacher could give me to do was give an oral report. This is better. ~Cindy
We have an inventor too. This is our favorite website. It has kits, science things, etc. For Christmas when DS was 3, he received the plastic test tubes, pipettes, beakers, graduated cylinders, and corresponding scrub brushes. He would sit for hours with water and food dye making his own colors. He also mixes different spices together to make his own flavors. If they smell reasonable, we cook chicken in the spices so he can see how his invention goes. He also studies chemistry by mixing oils, syrups, vinegars, water, food colorings, and spices together. He’s learned about viscosity, density, soluble vs insoluble, etc. Be careful about mixing household chems together though – some of that can be dangerous.
We bought the magnetic kit for him to explore magnets. He’s also received the snap electrical kit and has learned tremendous amounts about electricity. This year, he has asked for all the alternative energy kits. He wants to figure out new ways to make energy without using fossil fuels.
For the most part, the prices are the lowest I can find. I do comparison shopping on Amazon to verify though. There has only been 1 or 2 things cheaper on Amazon. Like you, we let DS explore broken appliances, etc. He has his own tool set as well. ~Caren