Presents which inspire children to take an interest in our natural world is a fantastic way not only to educate, but also to excite young minds
The earth which we inhabit provides an astonishing plethora of wonder, awe and curiosity. Science and adventure go hand-in-hand and fascination in the natural world is often favoured by our younger generation. Natural curiosities found amongst children means fuelling their desires can often lead to a discovery of talent and passion in subjects such as geography, astronomy or engineering.
The giving and receiving of gifts can often be a huge source of inspiration and encouragement, especially for our younger generation. Presents which excite the imagination can be starter kits for future careers waiting to be forged. And it seems that interest in the scientific and natural world is ever increasing. According to a study undertaken in May 2018, the largest increase in GSCE entries since the previous year were seen in separate science subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst Geography saw an increase of over 10,000 entries from that of 2017*.
Presents which inspire children to take an interest in our natural world is a fantastic way not only to educate, but also to excite young minds. Letting them play, make and investigate is a wonderful way to encourage youngsters to discover more and think big. Perhaps they dream of travelling to space, discovering a new plant or animal species or inventing a world-changing piece of equipment. Whatever their aspirations, high street retailer Ryman Stationery offer a huge range of scientific gifts to allow your child to explore and create this Christmas. Who knows where it might lead or how high they might soar.
Explorers, Geographers and Zoologists
For explorers-to-be, the Oregon Scientific Interactive Augmented Reality Smartglobe Exploration (£99.99) will make a perfect present. Navigate the globe and explore the solar system, all from the comfort of your own home in both a fun and educational way. Suitable for children aged 5 and up, they won’t even realise they are learning with 30 interactive activities for them to play.
For little ones who long to become the next David Attenborough, this Ryman Illuminated Zoo Animals Globe 25cm (£19.99) is the perfect addition to their bedroom or study. A classic rotating globe, showing countries, continents and oceans with their native animals, your children can discover where their favourite zoo animals originate from. A Christmas necessity for naturalists in the making.
For the older ecologists in your life, this stunning Wild and Wolf Gentlemen’s Hardware Silver Globe Light 10 Inch (£89.99) will make a beautiful addition to their office or university bedroom desk. Acting as both a traditional globe and contemporary lamp, this will serve as a visual delight for lovers of Mother Earth.
Astronauts and Astronomers
Got a Galileo in the family? Treat them to this Celestron First Scope (£49.99), the ideal solution for encouraging your stargazer to look up. Both lightweight and compact, it’s makes an perfect companion for outdoor activities or trips away and allows users to explore outer space from home or away. No astronomy tower required.
Who said globes were all about Earth? This gorgeous Nova Rico Stellare Stars Illuminated Globe 30cm (£79.99) is a wonderful way to introduce young astronauts to our solar system and outer space. Capturing constellation patterns with their scientific and astrological names, which light up when the lamp is illuminated. Move aside Tim Peake!
Inventors and Engineers
For budding engineers, the Knex Beginner Fun Building Set Assorted (£6.99 available online] is a perfect present to introduce little ones to designing and building. Suitable for ages 5-10, this set includes 10 different designs to alight the imagination and let their inner inventor come out to play.
Chemistry experiments needn’t necessarily mean Bunsen burners and potassium. The Elmers Make Your Own Slime Starter Pack (£14.99) is a child-friendly kit that includes everything required to make your own slime, without any harmful chemicals required. Allowing children to produce materials from scratch is a wonderful way to encourage their creativity but also a hands-on way to get messy and have fun whilst simultaneously learning about ingredients and the concoctions that can be created.
The Source 12 in 1 Solar Hydraulic Construction Kit (£19.99) is a fantastic present for children who love to use their hands and build objects. Create your own working robots which are self-powered by solar panels or water-filled hydraulics. It’s the ideal scientific gift for up-and-coming architects.
*Source – Ofqual Entries for GSCE, AS and A Level Summer 2018 Exam Series Report https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/...
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