National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books for Tiny Wonderers

For older children, stimulating interest in the sciences can be difficult, as by those ages the topics become intimidating and a chore. As with most things, its best to get started early, by exposing children to topics with wide appeal that lead towards STEM. Space, animals, and dinosaurs, are all things we are frequently fascinated with as children and it is often these things that drive us to explore the world through books and knowledge. The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series is a great way to get children reading and learning about all sorts of things. Watch as they wow you with facts ranging from dinosaurs to black holes!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $9.79 Hardcover (Amazon)

As a parent, those questions about why something is this or that are often the ones that can stump you. Why is sky blue? Why do planes fly when they are so big? Maybe you know the answer, but sometimes it can be difficult to explain to a young one. The Big Book of Why tackles many of these questions in a way that is easy to digest for young children. Who knows, odds are there will be something to learn for even adults within these pages!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of How (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $10.00 Hardcover (Amazon)

Like the Big Book of Why, the Big Book of How takes on the question of how things work, and with children there are many! Knowledge is power, and empowering children with knowing how things work can inspire confidence in both their schoolwork and life, as it takes out some of the world’s uncertainty. Written to be engaging and funny, kids will be looking over this one over and over.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $9.52 Hardcover (Amazon)

On this Earth, few things are as mysterious as the ocean, and this book helps dispel some of these mysteries by shedding light on the expansive environments that make up the ocean waters. Learning about both well-known and obscure creatures will rouse any child’s curiosity about this exciting world!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $9.52 Hardcover (Amazon)

For those with a passion for animals, they might want to begin with Big Book of Animals! With information on several animals from all walks of life, these books are informative and easy to read, and this instance makes a great entry into the series.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $12.61 Hardcover (Amazon)

How many of us spent time outdoors searching for ladybugs and roly polys? For those with an interest in the creepy and crawly, check out the Big Book of Bugs!

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)1
Price*: $9.77 Hardcover (Amazon)

Learning about the universe can be humbling and also inherently magical, as some concepts, such as the size of some planets, distances between galaxies, and how far comets travel can be mind-boggling. This book helps make some of these concepts accessible and fun. After going through the Big Book of Space, your child will be the acting astronomer in your household!

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
Price*: $9.22 Hardcover (Amazon)

Back when I was a child, I couldn’t get enough of dinosaurs. And if this book were around, it’d definitely be a part of my collection! The Big Book of Dinosaurs will teach children about many dinosaurs, including teaching you how to pronounce some of those difficult names (I sure had difficulty with some of those names). A great gift for any young dinosaur fanatic.


The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works

A beautiful 462 paged book full of information about the universe around us. The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works is the perfect guide for the kid that has to know it all!

Scientist Comments: I’ve been an avid reader of National Geographic my whole life. I used to get my hands on each issue by stealing them from my father’s collection. I’d devour the knowledge on each page and even took notes on index cards for “lectures” I would give to my stuffed-toy audience. I am so happy that National Geographic is going strong and putting out quality books that I can now share with my own kids, as well as students that I meet during outreach events.

This book covers multiple facets of science ranging from chemistry and biology to ecology and ethology. It’s important to expose kids to all areas of science to allow them to learn, explore, and develop their own interest in STEM. This book is particularly useful to have on-hand to answer those tough questions younger kids often ask that can stump you.

I highly recommend The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works for kids ages 10+.

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Best Crystal Growing Kits for All Ages

Crystals are amongst the most visually striking structures in the natural world, and with good reason! Crystals are in essence a purified substance that has self-assembled into one giant molecular structure. Diamonds are carbon crystals, and water crystals we call ice. Many crystals form when extremely hot water full of dissolved minerals cool, which then leads to the minerals becoming solids again. During this step, they assemble into a regular repeating pattern, which partly explains why crystals often have dramatic and almost hand-sculpted geometry.

We hope with these products you and your family will learn about the chemistry and geology behind crystals and the structures they make, and what they tell you about where they are found.


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National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes and Explore Crystals Science Kit

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While most people might not find rocks exciting, the gorgeous crystal crusts of geodes almost always inspire wonder. Geodes, which can be formed in volcanic eruptions when gas pockets are filled with minerals and water, are fascinating windows to the geological world. Often you find geodes already halved letting you see the crystals inside, but in this kit you will be the first to lay eyes on the treasures within 10 geodes! Bring your family together and discover wonderous space within these unknown treasures! Included is a guide which will teach you about geode formation, where they were sourced and the types of crystals you can observe in them.


4M Crystal Growing Experiment

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Crystal Growing Experimental Kit

If you want a kit with several colorful crystals to grow, you can’t go wrong with this one. With material to make up to 7 different crystals, you can have a load of fun learning about how crystals are formed with this kit. As an added bonus, each crystal is grown in its own display case, making them double great as great decor. This science kit contains all the materials needed to perform seven different crystal growth demonstrations.

Also available in a 3-crystal kit 4M Crystal Growing Kit, Price: $9.09 (Amazon)


Mega Crystal Growing Lab – 8 Colors to Grow with Night Light Display Stand!

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Mega Crystal Growing Lab

The products offered by National Geographic are often just as informative as they are fun. This kid allows you to grow crystals in up to 8 colors, and also includes actual gemstones (which are themselves crystals), giving you examples of colorful crystals found in nature. It even comes with light-up display to illuminate your crystals. Makes a great gift for youth interested in geology, as it also gives them a head start on a mineral/rock collection!


The Magic School Bus Growing Crazy Crystals Science Kit

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The Magic School Bus Growing Crazy Crystals Kit

This Magic School Bus themed kit allows young investigators to learn about the crystals that pass unnoticed all around us, such as salt and sugar crystals. Kids will be able to track crystal growth in true experimental fashion, grow crystals in artistic shapes and structure, and even create a geode! For those who enjoy practical variety, this kit is sure to entertain a broad range of interests


Space Age Crystal Growing Kit: 4 Crystals (Quartz, Emerald, Amethyst)
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Space Age Crystal Growing Kit

Those of us who looked for pretty rocks as kids often found rocks of quartz, which often looked like jewels. In this kit, you have the chance to grow your own quartz crystals, in addition to false emerald and amethyst crystals. Up to 4-inch crystals can be grown with this kit, making them a nice option for those interested in growing larger crystals. The kit comes with all the necessary materials for up to 4 crystals.

4M KidzLabs Crystal Science Kit

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This kit from KidzLabs will allow you to grow up to three different crystals, each grown in a uniquely fun way! Like growing crystals on a paper tree to make a crystal tree! A fun way to grow crystals with kids as young as 10.

Glow in the Dark Crystal Growing Science Kit

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Glow in the Dark Crystal Growing Kit

Some of the most impressive crystals on earth are found in the darkness caves. But imagine that darkness was illuminated by glowing crystals? Imagine no more! With this kit, you combine the concepts of phosphorescence with crystallization to create glow-in-the-dark crystals. Complete with materials to explain the process of crystal formation and the glow-in-the-dark effects of phosphorescence, this kit is a nice mixture of fun and education, while providing a unique and novel end-result that is sure to be enjoyed for many dark nights.