We might like to play the same game during the holidays… Guess which toy the kids will play with the most after everything has been ripped open and the house is a disaster. That’s the criteria we used in selecting this year’s Top 25 Holiday Gift Ideas from SteveSpanglerScience.com. If you’re looking for a toy or gift that makes the person receiving it say, “This is so cool!”, you can’t go wrong with anything on the list.
Fun Fly Stick Fun Fly Stick
It’s an ingenious, battery-operated static electricity generator that allows you to float cool tinsel shapes on a cloud of electrons. Bring the family over for Christmas, pull that tinsel off the tree and get ready for the applause… it doesn’t get much better than this. Oh, and if you don’t want to tear apart the Christmas decorations, the Fun Fly Stick comes with five tinsel shapes that are ready to fly. $27.95

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Insta-Snow Insta-Snow
Insta-Snow® is the original “Instant Snow Powder” that turns ordinary water into a white fluffy substance that looks like real snow! You won’t believe your eyes. Just add water to the mysterious white powder and in seconds the transformation begins. No matter where you live, you can have a white Christmas this year! Starting at $4.95

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Geyser Tube Geyser Tube
The only thing better than a white Christmas is a wet Christmas! The Geyser Tube™ is a loading tube for the now famous Diet Coke geyser powered by MENTOS®. If you’ve ever tried doing the experiment, you know how difficult it can be to drop the MENTOS® into the bottle before the reaction takes off… and you’re soaking wet. The Geyser Tube will give you a perfect launch every time with room to stand back. $4.95
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Moon Sand Moon Sand
It’s like no other sand you’ve ever touched. Moon Sand looks and feels like regular sand yet it can be molded into any shape – almost like dough. Crumble the sand between your fingers and it returns to its original condition. Even more amazing, Moon Sand never hardens and never dries out. Trust us, you have to touch it to believe it, but you won’t be able to take your hands away from it. Starting at $19.95

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Reflector Telescope Erupting Volcano Model
There’s nothing like an erupting volcano to get kids “fired up” about earth science! This large plastic model makes volcano demonstrations easy AND mess-free… and is sure to be the hit of any holiday. This kit even includes an easy-to-make lava recipe to keep all your guests entertained at the holiday parties. $34.95

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SuperStructs Airzooka
Airzooka is a “fun gun” that blasts a harmless ball of air up to 6 meters (20 ft), while unsuspecting victims wonder why their hair is messed up or their wrapping paper scatters! Learn all about the science of force and motion while you liven up the holiday parties by playing tricks on your family and friends. $19.95

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Blizzard in a Bucket Blizzard in a Bucket
Just add water to a scoop of Instant Snow powder to create an eruption of snow. Watch Insta-Snow grow as it expands 100 times its original size. Use the bucket and shovel to measure, scoop, and explore the snow. You just can’t stop touching it! Mold the fluffy flakes into a snow ball and freeze it. Insta Snow, the instant snow, is safe, non-toxic, and full of amazement. Just spritz with water to re-hydrate the snow! This Insta Snow kit is perfect for your young scientists this holiday season. $14.95

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Beaker Doll Beaker Doll
And now a word from Beaker…”Meep meep meep-meep-meep me me me meep meep and meep-moop.” If you don’t speak Beaker speak, he said “PLEASE buy me and get me out of Spangler’s warehouse. These people are nuts! They take me on trips, put me through the x-ray scanner and make me watch Steve’s stupid TV show. Get me out of here!” Beaker is the lovable character from the Muppet Show and he’s a must for sticking out of the top of stockings… or anywhere else you can fit him. Beaker will do anything for science, including surviving the experiments of his boss – no matter how much it hurts! $19.95
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Chem C3000 CHEM C3000
You’re looking at the ultimate chemistry set! CHEM C3000 includes all of the components from the CHEM C2000 kit, plus more than 40 additional tools and chemicals, and over 100 additional experiments, for a total of more than 360 experiments. CHEM C3000 has a similar hands-on approach to teaching chemistry as our other CHEM sets, but also teaches more advanced topics such as chemical equations, atomic structures and the periodic table. And, let’s face it… a chemistry set is the classic holiday gift. $224.95

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Physics Solar Workshop Physics Solar Workshop
This premier solar power workshop delves deeply into the principals of alternative energy resources. This kit contains everything you need to build 12 different solar powered projects and conduct 30 experiments. Aspiring scientists will learn exactly how solar cells transform light into electric energy. Each project demonstrates how gears convert and transform power for different needs. The pieces in this kit are even compatible with the other Physics kits by Thames and Kosmos. Developed with Greenpeace® in Germany, this is the ultimate “Smart Toy” for the holidays. $59.95

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H-Racer Hydrogen Car H-Racer Hydrogen Car
When this sleek little car came racing through the office, we knew Steve had found a new favorite toy! The H-Racer is the smallest and coolest hydrogen fuel cell car in the world, and we can’t stop playing with it. The car uses a fuel cell and on-board hydrogen storage system to power itself… no batteries required. In fact, the H-Racer may just be the prototype for a cleaner, oil free future and is a great way to teach children—and adults alike—about the importance and functionality of alternative fuel resources. $119.95

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Roller Coaster Science Kit Roller Coaster Science Kit
Roller coasters are fun to ride but they are even more fun to design! This Miniature Roller Coaster Kit is a physically accurate representation of a real-world roller coaster. This set includes over 300 pieces and detailed instructions to build dozens of configurations. It’s a great family holiday activity and a creative way to teach beginning physics to young scientists. $169.95

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Chem C500 CHEM C500
If the CHEM C3000 is a little too advanced for your young scientists, the CHEM C500 is the perfect alternative. This introductory chemistry kit teaches about seven central areas of chemistry and includes 30 experiments for children to explore. Uncover the colorful effects of discovering acids and bases, perform exciting tricks for your friends and so much more! This is the perfect kit for scientists who are just a little too young for a more advanced chemistry kit. $34.95

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Snap Circuit Kits Snap Circuit Kits
These amazing electricity kits were voted one of the 100 Best Children’s Toys by Dr. Toy and we love all of them! Choose from the Snap Circuit Junior, Deluxe or Rover… or combine them all for even more fun! If you are looking for a “Smart Toy” for the holidays that your kids are sure to love, you’ve found the right toy with the Snap Circuit Kits. Starting at $31.95

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Power House YUCK! Science Kit
Add that special “EWWWW!” factor to the holidays with this exciting Yuck! Kit. From the specimen jar in which the product is packaged to the secret formulas for making realistic looking snot, vomit and other gross things, this kit screams fun. Learn the science secrets behind the gooey formulas while you make worm guts, barf, yuck crystals and more. Use the Petri dish and growing nutrient to discover the most disgusting place in your house… the television remote! This Spangler created kit guarantees hours of gross fun and a few screams of “Yuck!” along the way. $19.95
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Airzooka Airzooka
The Airzooka is a “fun gun” that blasts a harmless ball of air up to 6 meters (20 ft), while unsuspecting victims wonder why their hair is messed up or their papers scatter! Learn all about the science of force and motion while you play tricks on your family and friends. Airzooka comes with a pop-up sight so you can practice your aim. They’ll never know what gust of wind hit them! $19.95

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Frigits Frigits
For anyone who loves our Marble Run Vortex, Frigits are the newest craze! Set up your own marble maze right on the refrigerator, or any other magnetic surface. Be careful to set the pieces at just the right angles, though, or you’ll end up with a floor full of marbles! Perfect for stimulating creativity, reasoning-skills and motor skills, Frigits are a great educational toy for the holidays. $21.95

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Find It Deluxe Find It Deluxe
Find It Deluxe is the ultimate edition of this addictive learning game. Combining elements from two Find It best selling tubes, the deluxe edition contains 84 different items to find within the tiny plastic pellets. The deluxe edition is also set up as a game for two or more players. Draw cards from the deck, start the timer, and race your way to victory by finding the most items on your cards in the tube. The only trick is, to find these items, you have to twist, shake, turn, spin, and search the durable tube! Find It Deluxe is perfect for the whole family and is a great treat for those holiday gatherings. $32.95

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Stomp Rocket Ultra Stomp Rocket Ultra
Perfect for shooting down those pesky holiday visitors or for teaching the power of air pressure, the Ultra Stomp Rockets are sure to thrill and amaze. Just assemble the base, stomp on the launcher and watch as the uniquely shaped rockets fly up to 61 meters (200 feet). You won’t believe the power of air! This ultra kit even includes a four rocket bonus for even more stomping fun. $14.95

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Clear Spheres Clear Spheres
Place these tiny, solid spheres in water, and in just a little while you will have your own Clear Spheres. These superabsorbent spheres are the newest craze around the Spangler Science offices! What starts out as a 3mm pebble, quickly becomes an approximately 20mm ball of jelly! Similar to our Water Jelly Crystals, these spheres absorb a lot of water, plus they maintain their spherical shape when they are done growing. Want colored Clear Spheres? Just add our True Colors Color Mixing tablets to the water and you’ll have your own colored Clear Spheres. We’ll even provide one of our popular Mini-mixing Trays to perform amazing feats of color mixing with our Splash of Color experiment! $9.95

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Water Cubes Water Cubes
Can’t get enough Water Jelly Crystals? Crazy for Clear Spheres? Well, our never-tiring Polymer-ologists have searched high and low to bring you the newest polymer sensation… Polymer Cubes. This tiny, squishy cubes grow over 195 times their original size when you plop them in water and they help make the connection between math and science with a unique look at geometric shapes. We’ll even throw in a Cube Growing Sheet to help you track the growth of your cubes… from tiny to tremendous. Once you “grow” these water-filled cubes, you won’t be able to put them down! $14.95

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Test Tube Adventures Six Test Tube Experiments in a Rack
With six great science experiments each packed in a large plastic test tube, this is the perfect gift for your young scientist. Experiment with a growing alligator, ooey gooey jelly crystals, bubbling potions, magic sand that stays dry under water, color-changing beads, polymer plants, a test tube rainbow and erupting snow! Each test tube is a stand alone experiment with easy to understand instructions and simple science explanations. $15.95

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Brock Microscope Brock Microscope
The name Brock is synonymous with ruggedness, simplicity and high quality and this microscope is the perfect holiday gift for aspiring scientists. The traditional focusing knobs have been replaced by Brock’s friction focusing mechanism which makes viewing objects fast and easy. The new fine adjustment ramp helps you focus in on the most intricate details. There are no batteries or bulbs to replace or mirrors to break. This microscope comes with a standard 4x objective lens with a 5x eyepiece to give you 20x of magnification power. $145.95

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Solar Racers Solar Racers
These sun powered micro vehicles use real solar cells to convert sunlight into kinetic energy. Just take the cars outside after the holiday feast and place them in the sun. You can actually feel the car start to move the moment the sunlight touches the solar panel. Place the cars on the track and let ’em rip! The whole family will have fun racing these solar powered cars! $29.95

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Perfume Science Perfume Science
Follow your nose on a fragrant journey through the science, history and art of making perfumes. Design your own perfumes and learn how perfumes are meticulously composed. Train your nose to recognize the components of complex scents. Your young cosmetologists will love finding this holiday gift… and you might even get a bottle of perfume for yourself! $64.95

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  1. Abby
    Abby says:

    I lived in Australia for a while and i would have loved to receive the instant snow i think it is a great gift idea. It would have been amazing to have snow on the windowsills and 40 degrees of sunshine!

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