I’ve gathered the best science resources for homeschool for an eclectic, and well rounded elementary science education. Read on to find books, activities, curriculum, and media resources that will excite and engage STEM enthusiasts and absent minded professors alike.
Disclosure: I have received some of the following products free in exchange for my honest review. I’m excited to share the resources we love with you, reader.
My son is passionate about science.
I’ll admit, I’m not the most science-minded individual.
I’d rather paint a flower than dissect one, so I’ve needed to find some resources to help me give him the best science education possible.
The following is a list of science tools that we absolutely love. These resources have inspired my son to dig deeper into science topics. Learning about science with the right tools is engaging and exciting!
7. Hands-On Science Toys
Learning through play is not just for toddlers! So much learning happens through hands-on experimentation and play. Science is a great subject to encourage play as you learn the steps to the scientific method.
- The hands-down favorite is Snap Circuits. These inspired an entire electricity unit study at our house, and he has been interested with playing with them for more than a year (unheard of in this house)!
- Magnetic Blocks are a fun and creative way to experiment with magnets. All three of my children, ages 2-6, love playing with these educational toys.
- I love the durable Nancy B. microscope. My son has taken this little guy out into the yard to examine rocks and leaves, and we’ve used it in our lessons frequently. We will have to replace this with a more powerful microscope when he is older, but it’s a wonderful tool to start with.
- The KidzLabz kits are super simple to use – which is awesome because we’re always trying to encourage independent learning! Each kit comes with several experiments, and makes for an entire afternoon of learning fun.
He’s using the KidzLabz Kitchen Science kit in this photo.
6. Hands on STEM Activities
I love incorporating STEM activities into our homeschool routine because they are FUN and teach more than just straight science. We are hitting other topics as well. (If you’re not familiar with STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.)
There are a slew of STEM activities, projects, and challenges online, but it can be difficult to find good ones – especially when you find yourself scrolling and scrolling through Pinterest and finding lots of dead links.
For that reason, I started creating seasonal STEM resources – lots of options with less searching. Check these out:
- Winter STEM Activities
- Valentine’s Day STEM Activities
- Halloween STEM Activities
- Thanksgiving STEM Activities
- Christmas STEM Activities
5. Online Unit Studies
Techie Homeschool Mom offers a variety of science unit studies online. These are my go-to resources when my son suddenly jumps up and says, “I want to learn about the solar system!” Because I know he means right NOW!
I don’t need to prepare anything to get him going. I just need to pop it on the laptop, and we learn side-by-side together (or he pushes me away when I start acting overly enthusiastic).
4. National Geographic
With a wealth of knowledge on their website, documentaries, YouTube channel, and huge variety of books covering almost every subject, National Geographic is one of our top favorite resources for science education.
I love how National Geographic makes science accessible for every age group. Nat Geo Kids’ resources start introducing real science concepts in preschool and will engage and excite you all the way through adulthood.
Epic! has thousands of STEM Books & videos on every subject – and carry a ton of National Geographic titles! I love that reading online encourages him to learn independently. See what Epic! has to offer >>> grab a free 30 day trial here
When I saw that my science-minded kiddo needed a little more structure to his days, I went looking for a comprehensive science program. Bookshark was the answer.
I’ve come to really value the open-and-go quality of this package. The books and materials for experiments are always on-hand, and the curriculum moves at a pace that keeps learning moving. No more hold-ups because mom forgot to pick up rubber bands. No more running to the dollar store in the middle of a lesson!
The literature based program has it all! Fun activities, experiments, and engaging readings planned for four days per week. Perfect for the in-depth exploration we want with the flexibility we need as a busy homeschool family.
My favorite part about Bookshark is that we read current, popular titles – like Magic School Bus and Usborne books. These fantastic books make reading about science fun. No stuffy textbooks!
2. Field Trips
We can look at videos and pictures all day, but there’s nothing like holding a real boa constrictor. And seeing the eclipse through those weird, dark glasses. And going on a nature walk and finding poop!
We’ve learned (and will continue to learn) about a huge variety of science topics from kitchen experiments to plant parts, but our very favorite experiences are the real-life ones happening at our local museums, parks, and nature center.
1. Library Card
Never underestimate the power of your library card and a friendly librarian.
I love online resources as much as the next mom, but you might notice Google is not on my top ten science resources. When my son asks me a science question it would be easy to tap it into the computer and see what comes up – too easy.
I tell him that all the answers he needs are at the library. If you catch us there (and if you know us, you will likely catch us there), you will find him carrying out a stack of encyclopedias and Magic Tree House Fact Trackers.
Get to know your librarians, and encourage your child to ask them for help! Be sure to check for free library classes in your area – sign up and go! And bring a cart – those encyclopedias get heavy!