Amazon’s Best Craft & Science Kits For Kids – Options for All Budgets!

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Keep your child’s brain stimulated with these cool science kits for kids!

thames and kosmos STEM kit

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Tired of hearing, “I’m bored!” come out of your child’s mouth? Squash your kid’s boredom with a fun science project or craft! From excavating gemstones to chemistry projects, Amazon has no shortage of great science kits for kids! They also have plenty of great arts and crafts projects too.

We put a list together of some of the best kits to buy and included several that are loved by a member of our Hip2Save team!


Here’s our list of favorite science kits for kids:


1. Magic School Bus activities make learning fun!

Recommended for 5 years and older. 

The Magic School Bus Human Body kit

Magic School Bus Stem Kits – $18.80 (regularly $24.99+)

You’ll never break tradition with these 6 Magic School Bus STEM kits. You’ll feel like you’re the one back in elementary school! From discovering germs to learning about weather, space, and chemistry, your child will have a great jump start on their science abilities.

“We love the Magic School Bus kits! I used them when we did homeschool for my daughter and I always felt like she was learning a lot while having so much fun with these kits! My favorites were the one about germs, the chemistry lab, and the weather lab.” – Jami, product reviewer


2. Dig for gemstones with this National Geographic science kit.

Recommended for ages 8 years and older. 

science kits for kids - national geographic gemstone excavation kit

This one little kit will provide your child (and you!) with hours of fun! It comes with an extra large dig brick filled with 20 neat gemstones and fossils inside! To dig out the items, the kit comes with an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass. Your child will have so much fun using the colorful guide to learn about the items they find.

I bought this for my nephew when he was younger and it is hands down one of the more fun science kits we’ve ever used. Not only did we learn about gemstones and fossils, but we made a great memory too. I recommend this set to everyone with kids!


3. Dinosaur fanatics will LOVE Dig It Up! Kits.

Age recommendations vary by kit. Most start at 4 and older.

bones in clay science kit for kids with dig up tools

Dig It Up! Kits – $19.49+

Nice weather is a great excuse to get the kids outside and do some discovering. In fact, that’s probably the only place you’ll want to do this dino dig up because it can make a little bit of a mess! Your kid can be their very own Paleontologist and it will be sure to keep them entertained for a good chunk of time.

“I loved buying these Dig It Up! kits for my boys – they always had so much fun with these when they were younger and super into dinosaurs. I actually think at 8 and 9 years old now, they would still have a lot of fun digging up a dino again.”  Sara, Hip2Save team 


4. Curious kids will enjoy the Thames & Kosmos Stem Kits.

Age recommendations vary by kit, but start at and older.

opening purple box full of colorful toy pieces to game

This company provides science for all ages – starting at just 3 years old! From STEM experiment kits to toys to board games and even magic kits, they’ll be learning and having endless amounts of fun! Choose between topics like robotics, chemistry, earth science, engineering, astronomy, and more!

Thames & Kosmos kits are great STEM-geared kits and although they can be a lot more costly than other activities, they’re really cool and totally worth it! They’re great quality and great for older kids.” – Stacy, Hip2Save team 


5. Get Bill Nye’s kit to learn right from the “Science Guy.”

Recommended for ages 8 – 12 years.

Best science kits for kids - Abacus Brands Bill Nye Science Kit

Bill Nye’s Virtual Reality Science Kit – $64.99 (regularly $69.99)

While higher priced on our list, this cool science kit for kids includes 30 step-by-step science projects for your kid to tackle. The set includes most of what you need for experiments including beakers, measuring cups, and even baking soda. There are over 185 virtual reality experiences included and your child will receive a set of VR goggles that are compatible with your smartphone.

“Our 2nd and 4th graders love it. This is not our first “science kit” for kids, but it is by far the best. From the VR interaction with Bill Nye to the premium items included, this was a big hit with our children. With virtual learning and science in particular tough for them this year, this kit really helped bring some excitement back to learning from home. Thanks, Bill!”Bryan, product reviewer


Here’s our list of favorite craft kits for kids:


1. Create full-color images with this Paint By Sticker book.

Recommended for 5 years and older. 

Various sticker books laying on a black blanket in the grass

Masterpieces are just a few stickers away! Kids will love and learn new shapes with these fun sticker books to bring artwork to life! Each one includes everything you need to make ten sticker paintings on sturdy card stock. Plus, all the pages are perforated—making it easy to tear out each finished work to frame and share!

“Our whole family loves these books, and has so much fun with them! They even make them for adults, which can be a fun and soothing thing to do.” – Jenna, Hip2Save team


2. A latch hook rug kit provides hours of fun.

Recommended for 6 years and older.

best craft kits for kids - latch hook rug unicorn

Latch hook rug kits are a great gateway into crafting (It’s how I got started!). There are so many styles and patterns to try. Not only are they fun to do, but your child will have a creation they get to keep, like this unicorn rug. It can even be hung up on the wall when finished. The set includes yarn, a latch hook tool, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

“Exactly what you expect. Easy to do and age-appropriate. Everything included arrived in good condition and our daughter loved the unicorn design.” – David, product reviewer


3. Need craft supplies? Try this Kid Made Modern set!

Recommended for 8 years and older. 

This huge box crafted by in-house designers contains over 1,000 innovative pieces that will be the cornerstone of any craft collection in your home – the options are endless! We especially love this company because each and every piece is painstakingly tested to ensure its safety and environmental friendliness. Plus, you can ensure you’ll be buying a product that’s great for the environment since they use corn-based materials and non-coated cardboard rather than harmful plastics.

“My daughter has one of these and it’s awesome! It includes so many pieces for crafts. We’ve had a lot of the Kid Made Modern kits and every single one has been great.” – Chelsey, Hip2Save team 


4. Get crafty with the ever-popular Spirograph set.

Recommended for 8 years and older. 

girl coloring on white paper with spirograph kit on table

Spirograph Design Set $19.94

Another classic we couldn’t keep off this list, the spirograph is great for any kid (or adult) that loves to draw and get creative on paper. Included in each collectible metal tin are 7 wheels, 1 ring, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 2 pens, a 10-page guidebook, and design paper.

“This is a tried and true classic activity to get out at our house! I feel like you can never go wrong with a spirograph and all the creative fun they provide.” – Stacy, Hip2Save team 


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About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.


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