6 New Science and Discovery Kits for Kids

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Smartphone Science Lab

Smartphone Science Lab turns a phone into a combination camera and microscope. Kids can use the kit’s components to collect specimens and take super close-up photographs in the field with the microscope attachment and then share or save the images. The set comes with photographic filters and a book of suggested experiments. The resulting images are very impressive—little investigators can see every vein on a leaf or extreme details on the wings of a fly. The biggest drawback is that an expensive Smartphone is required—everything in this set is just an enhancement to the phone. Information sharing is encouraged, so parents and teachers should use caution with younger children.

(SmartLab; $10; ages 8+)