Biology is the science of living things. More than just dissecting frogs, learning about biology includes exploring and understanding hundreds of the species of plants and animals that inhabit Earth. Biology is a fairly easily accessible science as well, great for kids who want to explore a branch of science. Because the science of biology can be seen around us every day, in the park or on the playground, the opportunities to utilize what one has learned in biology are endless. This is one of the main reasons children tend to enjoy biology more than the other sciences – they get to go outside, and play in the dirt.
An amazing demonstration of the sheer variety of life is the Resurrection Plant. This kit allows kids to grow their very own Rose of Jericho, a plant that essentially “dies” and lays dormant for years but comes back to life in mere hours. In the wild these plants dry up into a ball which allows them to roll around until they find water. They can stay in the dormant state for up to 50 years. The kit includes the resurrection plant, a clear display dish, some lava rocks from New Mexico, and an informative booklet explaining how the plant works.
The Antworks Space Age Ant Farm combines cutting edge technology with a child’s classic. This is your standard ant farm, except for one very big difference. Instead of dirt, the ants live in a space age blue gel that was developed by NASA. The blue gooey substance contains all the nutrients morel kit review that the ants need to live, resulting in a completely closed self-maintaining environment. The gel is great for observing the ants as well, as it doesn’t end up getting the glass dirty like sand does. Included in the kit is a magnifying glass and tool for catching ants.
If ants seem a little small, why not try a hermit crab? The Hermit Crab Cover from Uncle Milton makes caring for your very own hermit crab a simple and informative experience. The habitat includes sand, plants and even a hideaway rock. Included is an instruction booklet that explains how to take care of hermit crabs and ensure they live a long and healthy life. It also contains many interesting facts on the species. Don’t worry, catching hermit crabs is not a necessity for this environment. Included in the set are two coupons to have live hermit crabs mailed directly to your door for free.
Triops are a fascinating creature that has remained essentially unchanged for over 180 million years. For this reason they are often referred to as “dinosaur shrimp”. With the Prehistoric Sea Creatures Kit from Smithsonian children can raise their own triops and see what the underwater world might have looked like in the age of dinosaurs. Included with the habitat are the triops eggs, which hatch within 48 hours and grow to about 1-3″.