Young Scientist Kits

Science Kits from the Young Scientist Kits.

Last year we left off at Kit 13 from the Young Scientist Kits and the kiddos are ready to get going on our packets for this year. I did not order the Young Scientist Kits again this year because we really didn't have great luck with the experiments last year. I loved the pre-packaged complete kits and how they were layed out and how well they explained everything. What I didn't like was that I think the actual products were very old and they rarely worked {unless I would use new materials from our home}.

Kits contain pre-sorted supply bags with all materials needed for experiments (except for some common household items) and large instruction manuals with a teacher section followed by student instructions given by “Celsius the Science Bug".

Here are the first 13 kits and what is contained in each kit. They have new packaging, so perhaps they have revamped the kits.


Kit 1: Recycling
Young Scientists are introduced to the 3 R s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) by
making mini-composters and different kinds of paper from old paper to
use as labels on recycling bins. These creative and fun experiments are a
great introduction to the world of science.


Kit 2: Scientific Measurements
Students learn about the importance of the metric
system by measuring and graphing expanding
foam capsules, melting ice towers, and growing
beans and wheat seeds. These exciting
experiments will get all Young Scientists hooked


Kit 3: Magnets
A great introduction to the science of magnetism. Young Scientists make
magnets dance and “magically” move cars while learning about attraction
versus repulsion, North versus South poles, and magnetic materials versus
non-magnetic materials. Students finish the kit by making their own

Kit 4: Weather
Students learn about the weather by making a wind vane
to study wind direction, a thermometer to study temperature,
a barometer to study change in air pressure, and a rain
gauge to measure rainfall. Young Scientists become
meteorologists by making their own weather station.

Kit 5: Solids, Liquids, and Gases
Young Scientists study the three phases of matter by
mixing solids and liquids to create gas, a bouncy ball,
and goop. These fun experiments will excite any
budding scientist.


Kit 6: Volcanoes
Students learn about the properties of volcanoes by
building a simple volcano and mixing the proper
chemicals to make it erupt. This will be an experiment
that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and

Kit 7: Minerals
In this kit Young Scientists become geologists and study the properties of
minerals by using the streak test, hardness test, acid test, and magnetic
test to identify five unknown minerals. A great introduction to real field

Kit 8: Crystals
Students learn about crystals by growing a salt rock garden, rock candy,
and string crystals. This kit is completed with a “bang” when Young
Scientists break open real geodes and find beautiful crystals inside.

Kit 9: Fossils
Young Scientists study fossils by making both cast and mold fossils of
bugs and by examining the enclosed plant fossil replica. This kit is a
great introduction to the fascinating field of paleontology.


Kit 10: Bacteria and Fungi
Young Scientists of all ages will be fascinated by growing bacteria and
fungi of all colors and textures in Petri dishes. They will discover how
antibiotics cure disease. Students finish the kit by “waking” the common
fungus called yeast.

Kit 11: Weight and Volume
In this kit, students learn about weight by making
and calibrating their own spring scale. Students then
learn about volume using a metric-calibrated
graduated cylinder. The concepts of weight and
volume are combined to study density by making a
peppercorn “magically” float.


Kit 12: Acids and Bases
Students learn about acids and bases by testing various substances with
pH and litmus paper. In addition, the effects of acids on various items
around us are studied (e.g. dirty coins and rain). This kit finishes with
some real copper plating. A great introduction to chemistry.