Stand out from the crowd with a non-toy gift for kids: DIY Science Kit! This budget-friendly gift is easy to assemble and will wow the whole party.
Be the hit of the party with this non-toy gift for kids: DIY Science Kit
We’ve all seen it before: a child tears through gifts on a birthday or holiday, the packages all get opened, chaos ensues, and the pile ends up in the closet.
Don’t bring that gift. 🤣
Instead, curate this easy, cost-effective science kit that kids will play with for hours once the other toys are broken, missing, and forgotten about.
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Hours of open-ended fun in this non-toy gift for kids: DIY Science Kit
With materials like baking soda & vinegar, cornstarch, and paper towels, creativity is at the recipient’s fingertips.
Kids will be invited to make gooey, ooey, awesome oobleck, colorful baking soda & vinegar explosions, and tie-dye towels.
Oh, and the best part? You can get all the supplies from one trip to Target or somewhere similar.
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There are two ways to go about this:
IDEA 1 – RECOMMENDED: Include the materials listed below and attach the FREE downloadable gift letter to attach with your gift. This way, when the child + family open the gift, they’ll know exactly what to do with the materials.
IDEA 2 – Create a DIY Science Kit based on the supplies you love the most. Make sure to create a letter explaining what to do with the supplies so people aren’t confused.
Note: For option 1, you can choose how many of each item to include. I’ll share the quantity I have shown, but you could include more or less of various supplies for different budget sizes.
For example, I included five bottles of vinegar, but you could include two.
- 1 three-pound bag of baking soda = $3.19
- Food coloring = $3.69
- 5 bottles vinegar (5 @ $0.69 each) = $3.45
- 3 boxes of cornstarch (3 @ $1.99) = $5.97
- 1 roll of paper towels = $0.89
- Box of spoons = $3.69
- Plastic cups = $3.29
- Plastic storage bin = $3.75
This 3.5 pound bag will make kids’ eyeballs fill with hearts! There’s the perfect amount for lots and lots of science fun.
The Robin to baking soda’s Batman – vinegar is one of the best science experiment materials ever. It’s stinky, makes things bubble, and feels magical – just what kids want.
This + water makes for a classic science experiment: oobleck. No matter how many times you make it, it’s a mesmerizing science project.
Roll of Paper Towels
Paper towels are helpful for cleaning, but they shine in the kit for DIY tie-dye towels. Kids will learn a lot about color theory when mixing colors, plus no two pieces are exactly the same!
These are small bit mighty and are used in all three of the projects! You could gift the entire box, but you could also just as easily throw a handful of spoons in and save the others for more science kits (which also brings your budget down).
Clear Plastic Cups
Just like the spoons, all three projects can use the clear plastic cups! Sometimes when I gift a DIY Science Kit I include the whole pack, and other times I include a shorter stack. You can’t really go wrong either way.
Color brings all three experiments to life!
Not only is the bin functional for storage, but it’s actually used for the science experiments to contain the mess. Additionally, I love spending $3.75 on a bin that can be used over and over instead of on a gift bag that gets used once and thrown away.
Throw all the goodness into the plastic storage bin, add the free gift letter, and sit back and relax knowing you have the most incredible gift EVER.
Note: if all of your supplies don’t fit in the bin (I Tetris-ed my heart out and couldn’t get it all to fit), stick part of it on top of the bin and tie it with the ribbon.
I tied the paper towels to the top of the box, and I actually love it because it will get people talking!
What are the projects included in the kit?
When the materials mentioned above are included, kids have what they need to make:
- Tie-Dye Towels
- Colorful, Ooey, Gooey Oobleck
- Baking Soda & Vinegar Explosions
The bin that the materials are gifted in is used for the projects, too.
What to get for a child with everything?
Something like this.
It’s unique, hands-on, engaging, educational, and really, really fun.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about three other kids showing up to the same party with the exact same toy as you. (Well, unless they follow Friends Art Lab, but there’s no such thing as too many science kits!)
How do I get the free letter?
It’s at the bottom of the post (just a few scrolls away!).
You’ll get it delivered right away and it’s ready print off and attach.
(Plus, it’s super cute!)
This non-toy gift for kids: DIY Science Kit is going to be your new go-to
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Say ta-ta to giving the same old boring gift and hello to upgrading to this incredible gift of science and joy!