Educational Science Gifts for Middle School Kids

Middle school kids are a fun, unique sort, aren’t they? Caught between childhood and something greater, it can sometimes be difficult to buy gifts for them. But even for middle schoolers who quickly become star-struck with trendy clothes and high-dollar electronics, I’m still a big believer in giving at least a few educational gifts.

The middle school years are so special for science education. Whether your child is already a lover of science or not, there are so many wonderful topics to learn about now that they are old enough to really understand and young enough to have plenty of time for explorations. That’s why science gifts for middle school kids are my go-to for gifting.

Kiddos who love science will have opportunities to dig deeper and explore further with interest-based gifts. While the kiddos who don’t necessarily love science will at least be tempted by unique gifts that seem more like fun than learning. Either way, this giant list of educational science gifts for middle school kids should help you find a few ideas that will bring smiles and bless your homeschool through some sneaky learning.

Science Gifts for Middle Schoolers

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Science Gifts for Middle School Kids

As you browse the lists, think about ways that you can further the love of a certain topic AND ways you can introduce new, undiscovered topics. In our homeschool, I might use these kits and science supplies during our “regular” lessons or as afternoon and weekend free-time suggestions. I might do the activity with my children or allow them to enjoy it independently. All of these possibilities are taken into consideration as I decide what will really and truly be used before I buy it.

Science Gifts for Middle School Explorers

Exploring is one of the best gifts we can give our children. The ability to not only wonder what’s beyond their doorstep, but also the means to find out and the passion to keep pushing make for lifelong students who will never run out of things to learn. Try some of these exploration gifts to help further their travels, expand their world, or just enjoy the nifty things out there in the comfort of their rooms.

100X-2000X Microscopes for Kids Students Adults, with Microscope Slides Set, Phone Adapter, Powerful Biological Microscopes for School Laboratory Home EducationKanguru Glow in The Dark Constellation Blanket, Christmas Thanksgiving Blanket Gifts for Birthday Kids Women Girls Boy Best FriendSJSMARTGLOBE with Interactive APP & LED Illuminated Constellations at Night, US-Patented STEM Education 10Gskyer Telescope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refracting Telescope for Kids Beginners - Travel Telescope with Carry Bag, Phone Adapter and Wireless RemoteOrboot Earth by PlayShifu (App Based): Interactive AR Globe For Kids, STEM Toy Ages 4-10, Educational Gift For Boys & Girls (No Borders, No Names On Globe)The History of Space Travel Puzzle: Astronomical 500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle & Poster : Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults (Pop Chart Lab)Moon Lamp, LOGROTATE 16 Colors LED Night Light 3D Printing Moon Light with Stand & Remote/Touch Control and USB Rechargeable, Moon Light Lamps for kids friends Lover Birthday Gifts (Diameter 4.8 INCH)Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA (Outer Space Photo Book, Space Gifts for Men and Women, NASA Book)1080P 16MP Trail Camera, Hunting Camera with 120°Wide-Angle Motion Latest Sensor View 0.2s Trigger Time Trail Game Camera with 940nm No Glow and IP66 Waterproof 2.4” LCD 48pcs for Wildlife Monitoring12x42 HD Binoculars for Adults with Universal Phone Adapter - High Power Binoculars with Super Bright and Large View- Lightweight Waterproof Binoculars for Bird Watching Hunting Outdoor Sports Travel


Science Gifts for Middle School Chemists

Whether they’re mixing mud pies or magic potions in the kitchen, there’s nothing like the hands-on learning of chemistry. Give the kids tools to actually create something with their jumbles and blends and see their eyes light up at having a finished product to show off… or even enjoy!

Glee Gum All Natural DIY Chewing Gum Kit From Fair Trade Sugar, 30-50 Pieces, 1 PackIon: A Compound Building GameMake Your Own Chocolate KitFizz Boom Bath!: Learn to Make Your Own Bath Bombs, Body Scrubs, and More!Wink Chemist's Spice Rack, 14 Piece Chemistry Spice Rack SetCopernicus - Brew it Yourself - GingeraleBrew it Yourself Root Beer Kit | Copernicus Toys | For Ages 8 and Up | Make couple of gallons of fresh brewed soda pop | Safe & non toxic | Made in the USAPeriodic Table with real elements inside, Periodic Table with Real Elements, Element Sample, for Students Teachers Chemists Best Gifts Real Element Periodic Table 2021Version (Magnifying Glass | Bags | Cleaning Cloths )DIY Cocoa Butter Soap Making Kit - Learn How to Craft Custom Scented and Dyed Soap BarsSoap & Bath Bomb Making Kit - Make Your Own Unicorn Bath Bomb & Soap Set for Kids - DIY Kit with Natural Ingredients, Reusable Molds and Gift Bracelet - Educational Craft Kit for Girls


Science Gifts for Middle School STEM and Maker Kiddos

You can’t turn around these days without hearing buzz about STEM learning and how beneficial it is for growing minds. As kids reach middle school age, though, the appeal of stacking blocks tends to wear off, leaving it a bit more difficult to find STEM gifts they’ll love and learn from. I’ve rounded up some of the best gift ideas for tweens and teens who like to build, make, and engineer that will provide learning and entertainment for years to come.

Make a working wooden Catapult Kit | Designed by Leonardo Da Vinci | Historical facts and easy instructions included | Copernicus Toys Curious Engineer KitPathfinders Leonardo Da Vinci Trebuchet EngineThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award WinnerThinkFun Domino Maze STEM Toy and Logic Game for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - Combines the Fun of Dominos With the Challenge of a PuzzleROKR Marble Run 3D Wooden Puzzles - Large Mechanical Model Kits for Adults Construction Set Gifts for Teens/Family (Marble Night City)LEGO Ideas International Space Station 21321 Building Kit, Adult Set for Display, Makes a Great Birthday Present (864 Pieces)LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection 21043 San Francisco Building Kit Includes Alcatraz Model, Golden Gate Bridge and Other San Francisco Architectural Landmarks (565 Pieces)LEGO Chain Reactions (Klutz Science/STEM Activity Kit), 9Snap Circuits R/C Snap Rover Electronics Exploration Kit | 23 Fun STEM Projects | 4-Color Project Manual | 30+ Snap Modules | Unlimited Fun,BlackSnap Circuits LightSnap Circuits “Arcade”, Electronics Exploration Kit, Stem Activities for Ages 8+, Multicolor (SCA-200)


Science Gifts for Middle School Coding

Who knew that we’d ever reach a point where young people wanted to do computer coding for fun? Fortunately, we’re learning more and more how beneficial being able to understand coding languages is. Whether it’s just to make some tweaks to their mom’s website or the precursor to a future career, coding is something that will never be a waste of time to learn – and with these gift ideas, it’ll definitely be a lot of fun!

Sphero SPRK+: App-Enabled Robot Ball with Programmable Sensors + LED Lights - STEM Educational Toy for Kids - Learn JavaScript, Scratch & SwiftMakeblock mBot Neo Coding Robot for Kids, Scratch and Python Programming, Metal Building Robot Kit, WiFi, IoT, AI Technology SupportPiper Computer Kit: Award-Winning Build-A-Computer Age 8+ STEAM Learning, with Raspberry Pi, Google Blockly, StoryMode, Games, Python, and Amazing Projects!Kano Computer Kit – A Computer Anyone Can MakeCanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter PRO Kit - 4GB RAMOSOYOO Robot Car Starter Kit for Arduino | STEM Remote Controlled App Educational Motorized Robotics for Building Programming Learning How to Code | IOT Mechanical DIY Coding for Kids Teens AdultsRobotic Arm Kit 6DOF Programming Robot Arm with Handle PC Software and APP Control with TutorialCreative Coding in Python: 30+ Programming Projects in Art, Games, and MoreUltimate Coding Kit 2 for Boys and Girls Aged 10,11,12,13,14 to Learn STEM Programming Skills with 100+ Free Online ProjectsSnap Circuits Code Journey, Build Your Circuit, Code Your Commands, and Drive, Bluetooth Controlled, STEM Building Toy for Ages 8 to 108Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks)ThinkFun Hacker Cybersecurity Coding Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 10 and Up


Science Gifts for Middle School Hobbies

Sometimes kids have different, quirky, fun, and interesting hobbies that don’t fall under the umbrella of what most would consider “typical”. I remember the year that the child of a dear friend became consumed with learning about various bacteria and diseases, for instance! I’ve found some offbeat gifts that are as educational as they are eccentric, perfect for the middle schooler with curious curiosities or for the kiddo looking for a new topic (or unit study) to dive into!

Playz Mars Greenhouse Cloning Kids Science Kit, Grow an Outer Space Indoor Garden with Multiple Kid STEM Science Experiments, Garden Kit for Kids, Toys for 8-12 Year Old Girls and Boys4M 4572 Clean Water Science - Climate Change, Global Warming, Lab - STEM Toys Educational Gift for Kids & Teens, Girls & BoysBounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal DetectorVision Scientific VAT107-DC 17 Parts Sexless Human Torso | Open Back Exposes Muscular Layers, Vertebral Volume, Nerve Branches |Neck Dissected Shows Muscular, Neural, Vascular and Glandular StructureAnatomic Brain Specimen Coasters (Set of 10 Pieces) - Heart Coaster Set Also Available4D Vision Orange Tabby Cat Skeleton & Anatomy Model KitHorse Anatomy (Dover Nature Coloring Book)Innovating Science - Kidneys and Blood Filtration KitKODAK Mobile Film Scanner - Fun Novelty Scanner Lets You Scan and Play with Old 35mm Films & Slides Using Your Smartphone Camera - Cardboard Platform & Eco-Friendly Toy LED BacklightCineStill Cs41 Color Simplified 2-Bath C-41 Quart Kit (24 Rolls)


Small Science Gifts With A Big Impact

Science gifts don’t have to take up an entire lab or make messes to be fun and educational. These gift ideas are perfect for stockings, party favors, road trips, or just because! Sure to keep the brain working, the hands busy, and the kids entertained.

Speed Cube Set, Puzzle Cube,9 Pack Magic Cubes Pyraminx Pyramid + 2x2 + 3x3 + 4x4 + Megaminx + Mirror + Mini 3x3 + Skewb + Fenghuolun Puzzle Cube Toy Gift for Kids & AdultsPractice Lock Intro Set - 7 Progressively Pinned KIK CylindersEducational Insights Kanoodle Cosmic Brain Logic Game for Kids, Teens & Adults, Critical Thinking & Brain Teaser Puzzles, Ages 7+Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket MicroscopeIllusion Cubes – Use 24 Double-Sided Hexagonal Tiles to Build Your Very Own Optical Illusions! 3D Virtual Cubes Play Tricks On What You See! 8 Levels / 120 Challenges IncludedPowerTRC 6SmartGames Color Code Cognitive Skill-Building Puzzle Game Featuring 100 Challenges for Ages 5 - AdultTheodore Gray's Completely Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home but Probably Shouldn't: The Complete and Updated EditionSWAROVSKI 10x25 CL Pocket Binoculars (Anthracite, Wild Nature Field Bag)


Middle schoolers are notoriously hard to please, but there’s no doubt that they’ll not only enjoy opening up any of these gift ideas, but they’ll also actually learn while using them! Science is far too fun and varied to keep it limited to school, so don’t be afraid to embrace all that science has to offer whenever a gift-giving occasion comes up!

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