Because I’m procrastinating from grading term papers on the “Identification of an Unknown Bacterium” and because it’s never to early to start loving microbes, here’s a few last minute gift ideas for kids :
I’ve given my son both of these books and we love them:
Great pictures and fun facts — appropriate for younger readers because its a picture book, but there’s enough science to keep an older elementary student engaged as well. It’s available on Amazon for $17.95 (click here) and has a companion website here.
This book has poems and pictures, so you can read it to younger kids, but my 9-year-old still liked it too. It’s available on Amazon for $23.85 (click here).
And of course, for the kid who loves stuffies, there’s always GIANT microbes!
Giant microbes are cute and cuddly, come in different sizes, and represent microbes from many different walks of life. You can get them at the Giant Microbes website (click here) and, of course, you can also find them on Amazon.com (search giant microbes). Some of my favorites are MRSA, Anabaena (called Algae on the site), and the Chicken Pox virus.
To help your kids keep their hands clean while they learn about microbes, you could get them some soap that looks like bacteria growing on a Petri dish.
These soaps are made by Cleaner Science (click here) and you can actually get different color combinations that represent specific bacteria growing on specialized agars (for that extra-geeky thrill). Unfortunately, though, it looks they’re sold out for now. Their dishes got posted on facebook by a well-known science blog and I think they got lots of traffic. They are taking orders and promise to post new stuff soon. I read a post on another blog that said Cleaner Science even makes some glow-in-the-dark soaps.
If anyone knows of other cool micro-themed gifts for kids, please let me know. I’m always on the lookout!
One final P.S. These books aren’t microbiology, but they are science, and my 9 year old loves them:
The Basher website is here (they have math, music, and English books too) but you can also find the books on Amazon.com. Personally, I’m looking forward to the release of Extreme Biology — I predict it will feature microbes as they are the champs at extreme living!