Children are natural-born scientists. They love taking things apart to explore how they work and observing the world around them. By the time they’re eight, children are on a mission to dig out facts and question everything. And as any parent of an eight-year-old will tell you, it seems like the questions never stop!
Your curious eight-year-old is taking giant leaps forward in physical, emotional and mental development. It’s the perfect chance to channel their curiosity by giving them challenging STEM toys and activities that inspire discovery and prompt questioning. Take a closer look at our best science toys for eight-year-olds and why not wrap up a few for your young scientist.
- GeoSafari® Motorised Solar System
- Squishy Water Beads Science Lab
- GeoSafari® Vega 360 Telescope
- GeoSafari® SeaScope®
- GeoSafari® MicroPro™ 95-Piece Microscope Set
- Head-to-Toe Human Body Science Lab
We’re on a mission to interplanetary learning expeditions! Our GeoSafari® Motorised Solar System lets young astronomers experience the wonder of owning their own planetarium. This model features the sun and eight planets and allows kids to see how the planets revolve around our sun. The super cool solar system’s sun lights up and even converts into a constellation night light that shines stellar patterns onto its surroundings.
This fun STEM kit uses slippery, squishy water beads to introduce inquisitive young scientists to the phases of matter through interactive hands-on learning. It contains a full colour storybook with experiments and all the supplies kids need to make a mesmerising mesh stress ball, calming mood tube and light-up scented mini mood lamp. Following the experiments introduces kids to scientific method including deduction and reasoning.
Kids love looking up at the night sky. Our GeoSafari Vega 360 Telescope is a real working scientific tool that gives kids aged eight and up a way to explore the natural wonders of Earth, from the craters of the moon to more earthly discoveries including birds and wildlife.
This powerful telescope for land and sky exploration is a refractor telescope (refractors were the first kind of telescopes invented) and works by collecting light through a large objective lens and directing it through the telescope to the eyepiece for magnification.
It lets curious young astronomers see up close images at magnificatiosn of 20x, 40x and 80x, is lightweight, portable and comes with a tabletop tripod with easy-to-use mount.
It’s easy to get started with Stargazing. Follow this how-to guide on our blog.
Dive into an underwater world of discovery – without getting wet! GeoSafari® SeaScope® is an easy-to-use aquatic magnifier that allows young marine biologists in the making to take a closer look into the worlds of streams, ponds, lakes and rockpools. This sturdy plastic science tool allows kids to view at 5x magnification and includes a build-in LED torch to illuminate what’s going on below the surface. It also features a ruler and a thermometer so they can record observations about what they find.
Whoa! If you’re looking for the ultimate in up-close scientific tools, then the GeoSafari® MicroPro™ 95-Piece Microscope Set is it. Young scientists can investigate everything from crystals to cells using a real working microscope with power settings from 50x to 600x. The built-in light and focusing help deliver clear, bright images of the kit’s professionally prepared slides. Once kids get the hang of things, they can prepare their own slides for examination.
Is your child curious about the human body and investigation? This engaging kit includes an illustrated storybook and activities that teach children about the heart, blood, eyesight and fingerprints. The set includes a real working child-friendly stethoscope and a fingerprint kit that lets them see their own fingerprints up close.
Check out more of our fun scientific toys for all ages. Shop here now.
Main Image: Getty Images