All of the fun homeschool science resources on this page have been tried and tested by real homeschoolers, they have been given the thumbs up from me and the kids.
I’m not talking about curriculums, work sheets and learning programmes, that’s not what I want to talk about here. The best homeschool science resources, I think, are the fun ones, the games, toys, books, kits and sets. To be perfect they must come with great instructions and ideas for projects, they help out a lot if Mum ( or Dad) maybe wasn’t a big science fan in school. I was a professional scientist, my knowledge needs topping up now and again, too.
Great Homeschool Science Resources
These are some of our favourites.
Electronics Circuit Set
This is a favourite of mine, particularly as it does double duty for science and technology ( making things and following instructions is technology, right?). This was the biggest, best, electronics circuit set I could find, after weeks of research. I ordered it from the US and even with the extra postage costs, I thought it was a good buy.
The components are tough and durable, as is the rigid storage box, this electronic circuit set will see the children right through to high school . It’s fun enough to be a toy as well as a homeschool science resource. My boys have been using it from the ages of 6 and 8, with a minimum of supervision, to help explain circuit diagrams initially and to make sure they don’t short circuit anything ( I find it’s best to let them build the circuit first from the instructions, before I check it and put the batteries in.)
The boys started out making simple series and parallel circuits with light bulbs and switches and progressed to making things with sirens and alarms and all sorts of fun stuff. The components snap together, so no messing about with wires and crocodile clips as we did in my day. Circuits were always my favourite thing in school, I’m getting a lot of fun out of this kit, too. Elenco Snap Circuits SC-750R Student Training Program is available from Amazon.
Science Board Game
We have had this game for a couple of years at home, it’s a science based trivia game. As with most games like this, players draw and read question cards for their opponents, improving reading skills as well as improving scientific knowledge. I particularly like that some questions involve interpreting data from graphs and charts, making this another multidisciplinary homeschool science resource. The tower set up particularly appeals to children, first player to the top answers a question to win. The suggested age range on the box is eight to ten years. I see no reason why younger children can’t play with reading assistance, if required.
Questions get harder as the player moves up the tiers. Examples of questions, “Which of these animals does not have a backbone?”
“Which body system helps you break down food and absorb nutrients?”
I’d say the questions are fairly easy, so the kids do stand a chance of beating Mum or Dad, they like that, they love to feel clever! Think Big Science Life Science Game is here.
Book of Science Experiments
We have this book at home, a collection of weird and wonderful science experiments that you can set up with normal household items. It’s so good my son actually flicks through it and says ” Can we do this one Mum?”.Weird Science: 40 Strange-Acting, Bizarre-Looking, and Barely Believable Activities for Kids is available here.
The Fun Way to Read About Science
I’ll come clean, I haven’t read any of the Horrible Science series of books yet. I’m basing my recommendation on how absolutely excellent the Horrible Histories and Horrible Geography books are. Both are good for children to read solo, for fun ( my 8-year-old loves them, but they’re good for children right up through high school) or as a read aloud to share. I will be buying these books soon, I’ll let you know what we think.
Titles in the box set of Horrible Science include Angry Animals, Blood, Bones and Body Bits, Chemical Chaos, Deadly Diseases and Fatal ForcesCheck out the Horrible Science Bulging Box of Books. Books are also available individually, such as Chemical Chaos (Horrible Science).
Learn All About Magnets
This is great, the children can learn everything they will need to know in junior school about magnets from this simple, inexpensive, magnet kit. The only thing I feel is missing is maybe some iron filings, but we managed to get some of those in a chemistry set. ( The National Geographic Chemistry Set, Amazon don’t list it at the moment). It’s loads of fun and contains all the bits for projects such as magnet propelled boats and carts as well as the amazing floating magnet trick. My children love this and often pull it out to play with on a rainy day. I think the best homeschool resources are the ones that are fun, where the children don’t realise they’re learning. Take a look at 4M Magnet Science Kit here.
I was unable to source the Electronics Set in Australia, I ordered that from Amazon and thought the price, including postage, offered very good value.
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So, homeschool science resources, they also make great Christmas or Birthday presents. Who’d have thought that learning about science at home could be so much fun? I’ll be adding to the list over time, I have lots more fun science ideas up my sleeve.