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Top science gifts for the curious kid

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Butterfly Garden box

Live Butterfly Garden

Ages 4 and up

How many toys come with a mail-in voucher for larvae? Not enough, in our opinion. The award-winning Live Butterfly Garden kit includes an easily assembled mesh habitat and feeding supplies (bring your own sugar and water). Once the larvae arrive in the mail, your child will have a front-row seat over the next three weeks as they grow, form chrysalides, and finally become beautiful painted lady butterflies — which should then be released. An excellent and memorable intro to biology.

Bottom line: Raising butterflies encourages curiosity and wonder.

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