Science Kits

A comprehensive library of bi-lingual resources that empower teachers to deliver great science lessons

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Include at least 5 hands-on experiments, they cater for Year 0-8 students, are easy to use – everything a teacher needs is in the kit, they include all consumables, bi-lingual student instructions and teacher manual, and are fully aligned to the NZ curriculum.

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The kits are great, easy to use and innovative.

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We equip thousands of teachers across Aotearoa to deliver engaging hands-on science lessons every week. Our kits cover the whole primary science curriculum and are a huge hit with students and teachers.


Our kits are developed with the help of science organisations like the MacDiarmid institute, MPI, AgResearch etc.

Local kit sponsorship pays for the purchase, maintenance, delivery and upkeep of each kit.

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Our bi-lingual science resource kits cover a vast range of relevant topics and include at least five hands-on experiments that cater for children in years 0-8. Everything a teacher needs, including consumables, are included in the kits.

3, 2, 1…Lift Off!

Rocket science anyone? We are on a mission to learn about the forces involved in rocket flight.

Students make and investigate a variety of rockets to explore lift, thrust, weight, and drag and their effect on rocket flight.

There is a strong ‘inquiry focus’ in this resource. A concept or idea is introduced at the start of an activity, with extension ideas and activities given for students to discuss and explore further.

A Load of Rubbish

We need to STOP, think, and realise that Earth’s finite resources are being used at an ever-increasing rate.  Does the way we live generate too much waste? Are we dealing with our discarded waste sustainably or is it filling and contaminating our environment? Should we be looking for inspiration from the natural world where there is no waste and processes work in cycles?

The activities in this kit focus on the 6 ‘R’s’ of resource management – rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repair.

Sustainable ways must be found to make, and remake, new products with a focus on designing out waste.

Big Blue Future

A marine ecosystem in a classroom? Absolutely. Who would have thought sea monkeys could be so fascinating?

What role do sea turtles have in maintaining the health of our oceans? Who is eating who? Why do fish come in so many different shapes and sizes? What does sustainable fishing mean? Bycatch and target species? What happens to human-created waste in the ocean?

This resource introduces students to how understanding the ocean is essential to protecting our planet.

Climate Change

Students and teachers alike will love the comprehensive introduction to this important topic. From Earth’s system ‘Jenga’ to ocean acidification, this kit covers it all. Key vocabulary is introduced, and students learn about the importance of plants as the ‘lungs’ of the Earth.

Thermometers in jars are used to simulate the greenhouse effect and there are some engaging activities to demonstrate the importance of water to our planet. A total of eight interactive activities will leave everyone better informed and empowered to care for our planet.

Dem Bones

10 small skeletons, a large skeleton on a stand, lots of X-Rays, and a rabbit skeleton can all be found in this box of treasures! Children will love discovering all the bones in their bodies as they examine skeletons, and images of Zac with his ‘see-through body’.

With a focus on form and function, they will explore individual bones and compare/contrast them with other species.

Covers the living world strand with strong links to literacy and a great context for awesome writing activities. Optional extension ideas include researching animals with exoskeletons and exploring joints.

Electric Future

Bright sparks will have fun exploring electricity, moving from making simple circuits using playdough, battery packs, and LED bulbs for L1 students, to making working torches and measuring brightness for L4.

Students see how a solar-powered car works and make a battery from salty water. Finally, they build their own anemometer to investigate the windiest place on the school grounds. The activities are sequential, each building on preceding learning, to build an understanding of electrical currents, conductivity, circuits, resistance, and insulation.

Enlighten Me

Five activities that explore everyday examples of phenomena surrounding light. Experiments using mirrors, lasers, prisms, and the colour wheel demonstrate refraction, reflection, diffraction, and the nature of the colour spectrum.

Students play with light, creating rainbows with prisms, making periscopes, and using lasers to discover how light can be bent. Students will develop collaborative skills and the use of scientific language to explain this aspect of the natural world.


From ‘fireworks’ in a test tube to changing the colour of a candle flame, children will love the exciting activities in this materials world box. There are many opportunities to predict, observe and explain natural phenomena, especially in the context of fire.

What is the fire triangle? What are the different zones in a candle flame and what is happening in each zone? What creates the colours in fireworks? All these questions are explored in a safe but engaging way. This kit is a great springboard for creative writing and art.


Bounce’, ‘flex’, ‘spring’ – what is elastic potential energy? Energy is in everything. It is the force that allows things to go, move and happen. Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot disappear. This resource ‘unpacks’ a difficult concept using familiar everyday items such as rubber bands, slingshots, catapults, springs and a variety of balls – tennis balls, table tennis balls, golf balls and bouncy rubber balls.

Gravitational potential, chemical potential energy and kinetic energy are also introduced. There is a strong ‘inquiry focus’ in this resource. A concept or idea is introduced at the start of an activity, with extension ideas and activities given for students to discuss and explore further.

Float my Boat

Will it float? Why does it sink? What is “flinking”? By experimenting with a variety of objects, recording their observations, and making predictions, students will find the answers to these questions.

Concepts of buoyancy, density and displacement are also introduced. Students can calculate the density of solids and compare the density of liquids, as well as exploring the relationship between volume, mass, and density.

Food for Thought

“Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it!” – Alton Brown.

Each ingredient in a product formula or recipe adds different functionally. Adding or removing an ingredient can alter the structure, texture, colour, and taste of food. Why do jellies wobble? What is curdled milk? Is popcorn really a seed? Why does heat make corn kernels pop? What is gluten? What does it look like? What does it feel like? What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda? How do you add or remove moisture from food? The activities in this kit allow students to explore the answers to these, and many more questions in a hands-on engaging way. Lots of mess, but lots of fun too!

Fossil Fuels

What is energy and where does it come from? What is fuel? Where does the energy in fossil fuels come from? Students explore these questions through a series of activities involving careful examination of several fuel samples, hands-on fossil fuel chemistry and creating a model to visualise the formation of crude oil.

The impact of oil spills on the environment is also introduced. Students evaluate the effectiveness of a selection of materials and techniques used to contain and clean up oil spills on land and in the water.

Hot Stuff

What is energy? Energy is in everything. Energy is how things change and move. It takes energy to drive a car, cook food and play rugby.

Heat energy is the focus of the student activities in this resource, although the many different forms of energy are also introduced.

Why is my white t-shirt cooler than my black one? How does the pot on the stove get hot enough to cook food? Why does my jacket keep me warm? Why do I get hot after running around the playground? Where does heat energy come from? How can we detect it?

Invasion Busters

How do scientists prepare for, manage, and minimise the risk of invasive species? New Zealand has a large variety of unique plants and animals, and we need to protect them.

This kit introduces students to some key biosecurity concepts in an engaging hands-on way.

They sort and identify a selection of seed samples, observe a variety of stink bugs, make traps to catch insects and model insect population growth. The kit culminates in the invasion busters board game where groups play a collaborative game that simulates New Zealand’s biosecurity system.


Dirt, water, and bugs! Students learn how to assess soil health, then use coloured sugar to demonstrate how water moves substances through soil and how leaching can occur.

The third activity introduces students to insect classification, through a mihi for an insect they have found in the local environment.

A plant identification activity follows, with species in a measured area identified, counted, and recorded. Students assess the health of a stream catchment, studying the geography of the stream, mapping it and investigating the variety of species it supports.

Magnetic Madness

Do opposites attract? Students experiment to explore the properties of magnets, magnetic fields, how compasses work, and the phenomenon of magnetism.

Using magnets, paperclips, and iron filings, they discover magnetic poles and how magnetism can be used to manipulate metal items.

Following on from exploration of magnets, students see how compasses demonstrate the magnetic pull of earth’s poles. They make a compass, and as an extension, discuss cardinal and ordinal points.

May the Force be With You

No less than six activities here, with a focus on force, friction, mass, and weight. Students will explore everyday examples of forces using pulling, balancing and friction activities.

The older children can explore the effects of friction, mass, gravity and weight on the motion of a toy car as it moves down a ramp.

Lots of links to numeracy, especially measurement of force, time and distance. Gravity is also explored with extension links to earth and space science.

Measurement Matters

How tall? How much? How heavy? What time did you wake up this morning? What size is your shirt? Are you feeling unwell? What is your temperature? Why is measurement important? Measurement provides a standard for everyday things and processes.

It is everywhere playing a vital, and often unexpected role, in our daily lives. In a series of hands-on ‘real world’ activities, students explore using standard versus non-standard units of measure, are introduced to the difference between accuracy and precision, learn how to take accurate measurements and the importance of calibrating measuring devices.


Ten digital microscopes – hook them up to your laptops or desktop computers (windows or Mac is fine) via the USB link and explore the world at 50 or 200 times magnification.

The scopes are illuminated by LED lights and can capture images for use in projects. A great collaborative way to use a microscope. Safe to use outdoors as well. (Do not work with iPads, sorry).

Mighty Microbes

Do you know that there are a vast number of minute living things called microbes that inhabit the world with us?

Why can’t we seem them? How small are they? Where are they found? Are they helpful or harmful? Could we survive without them?

This resource gives students insight into the diverse group of life forms that we unknowingly share our bodies with, and come into contact with, in lots of unexpected ways, every day of our lives.

Moo to You

What is a mammal? What is a ruminant? Do cows really eat just grass? How is grass turned into milk? Is cow’s milk the same as milk from humans, elephants, sheep, or whales? Why is milk a nutritious food source? What impact does the dairy industry have on the environment?

Students are introduced to how living things are classified, to grow their own pastures, to make silage, and participate in a lovely, messy hands-on activity that both explores and compares the stomachs and digestive processes of humans and cows. The composition of different types of mammalian milk are evaluated and compared and an on-line supermarket scavenger hunt illustrates the number and variety of milk products available for sale in our supermarkets.

Who thought cows could be this cool?

Mystery Box

This is the first of our resources specifically aimed at the Nature of Science – how scientists look at the world. Four activities that help students think like a scientist – ask good questions, distinguish between an observation and an inference. Some common science myths are dispelled, and the science inquiry process is introduced. Inquiry can lead to investigations: good investigation is a fair test with repeat trials and accurate record keeping, usually involving a range of numeracy skills. Lots of links to literacy.


Nanotechnology is the application of chemistry and physics at a very small scale. This box explores material science and introduces students to nanotech. NZ’s leading scientists from the MacDiarmid institute have joined forces with the HoS resource developers to bring you this exciting box. From polymerisation to crystallisation, hydrophobic surfaces to glow in the dark ‘worms’, this box will enthral and engage students of all ages. Properties of materials are not always predictable and the reactions in the beaker will generate lots of ooohs and aaahs from your young scientists.

Plants, Pests & Produce

This kit explores some of the science that supports our primary sector producers. Students identify and discuss the differences between pests and beneficial insects. The parts of a plant are discussed as well as the effects of pests on plant function. Students have fun doing “squirt science” as they explore droplet size and its effect on spray coverage and density and discuss its agricultural applications. Insect communication is explored using an innovative scent game and these concepts are investigated further with the set of pheromone traps.

Plants, Petals & Pollination

This box is bursting with equipment that helps students ‘see’ the structure of plants and flowers. Activities include germinating two varieties of bean seeds, linking plants to food through a simple matching activity and playing the ‘pollination game’. A digital microscope allows students to see parts of a plant that are very small but crucial in its survival. Numeracy and literacy links are very clear, and this is understandably a very popular box with kids of all ages.

Puzzle Box

Another resource specifically aimed at the Nature of Science – how scientists look at the world. Activities that help students think like a scientist – ask good questions, distinguish between an observation and an inference. Students use a range of senses to make observations and use scientific thinking in order to find explanations (inferences). They also appreciate that science is a way of explaining the world and that science knowledge changes over time.

Rock my World

Earth Science Rocks! There are four interactive activities in this box that all help students explore and describe natural features. Modelling the earth’s layers using plasticine, completing a tectonic plate puzzle and a liquefaction activity all help to clarify the implications of living on a tectonic plate boundary. Making a fossil to is also a hit with students and helps them visualise the age of the earth.

Simple Machines

Imagine how difficult it would be to live in a world without wheels, stairs, ramps, nails, screws, scissors, knives, doorknobs and doorhandles and pulleys. These are all examples of simple machines – tools that make work easier.

Equipment provided in this resource allows students to identify and explore the simple machines that they see and use in everyday life. The advantage of ‘fluid power’ is also covered with the introduction of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Soil Secrets

Mountains, valleys, hills, plateaus and plains are examples of natural and distinctive features that appear in landscapes. These landforms come into existence due to natural processess such as erosion, wind, rain and weather conditions such as ice and frost and natural events such as earthquakes and volcanoes. These same processes contribute to the break down of rocks and minerals and the formation of soil, the topmost and thinnest layer of the Earth’s crust. Soil performs many vital functions and without it, we could not survive.

This resource allows students to explore the texture and structure of soils as well as the importance of the relationship between soil and water. Lots of digging, mud pies, soaking wet sponges and hands-on fun!

Spaced Out

This engaging kit looks at our place in the solar system, the relationship between our star – the sun – and Earth and explores the components and scale of our solar system. Students make craters in ‘moon sand’ and investigate some modern applications of space travel. Finally, they can explore uses of satellite technology.

Super Sense

Jellybeans and smelly pots? Yes, it’s all here in a box that explores our senses. Students use their sense of smell to identify pairs of identical scents and try to identify what the scents are. In the ‘taste tests’ students are blindfolded and asked to identify one of four flavours of jellybean. This is harder than it sounds! Optical illusions look at the tricks our mind will play on what we think we see and lastly there is an experiment that measures the distance between touch receptors in our skin. Lots of real-life contexts as well as practical numeracy activities.

Sweet & Sour

Acid and base chemistry in the context of foods that students will be familiar with. Test tubes, indicators, colour change and fizzing will have your students engaged from go to whoa. The littlies make sherbet and experience chemical reactions in their mouth. Slightly older students can observe pH paper change colour with the variety of chemicals in their student kits. Staying with the indicator theme they can make their own colour changing liquid using the red cabbage. Neutralisation is explored using baking soda and vinegar.

Up, Up & Away

Fly, float or fall? The definition of flight is explored – and beware, this is harder than it sounds! Students discuss which objects fly and how. Paper planes are of course a must, but we introduce fair testing for the young ones – who can make the best plane? How do we define ‘best’? How can we measure that? Students also make a variety of ‘wings’ and test the best shape for creating lift. Finally, there is a technology challenge for the older students – can they make their pig fly? Great open-ended inquiry learning here.

Water Analysis

How healthy is your stream? Many schools have a body of water nearby and this kit provides all the equipment needed to test water quality. From pH, turbidity, nitrate, and flow to invertebrate (insect) guides and their use as ecological indicators of environmental health.

Weather Ready

Where is the air? Good question! Students will discover that the air is not ‘empty’ space – a crucial concept when trying to understand wind and clouds. This interactive kit will have the children constructing models to visualise cloud and rain formation and the movement of hot and cold air in the atmosphere. They also get to explore a tornado in a bottle and interpret simple weather maps.

What do you think?

This kit has been designed to enable teachers to see the science capabilities in action.  Thinking is a fundamental skill in science and this kit encourages students to think like scientists in a variety of contexts.  Science can often be magical and mysterious.  Students of all ages will enjoy trying to explain how a mystery tube works, where the rubber band in the ‘splink’ is located and why a rattle back insists on only spinning one way. Meet a range of exciting and colourful critters preserved in resin and get to have a closer look at how easy it is to miss what is going on around us.

This kit also explores some serious environmental issues and leads students to observe, formulate explanations and ask questions about the impact human activity has on the natural world and its resources.

What’s the Buzz?

Bumble bees like you’ve never seen them before! Students examine preserved bumblebees focusing on the structure and function of their body parts, they learn about the interesting lifecycle of the bumblebee, their preferred habitat, and compare and contrast the differences between bumblebees and honeybees. By exploring how we see colour they will investigate how flowers have evolved to attract bumblebees and other pollinators. Children observe and discuss the relationship between sound and vibration. And finally, the children will have the opportunity to construct their own bumblebee nest.


Forensic Science II. Building on the success of the ‘Who-Dunnit?’ kit, ESR have partnered with House of Science to bring you this exciting addition to the resource library. Activities include aerosols; ‘blood’ splatter; trace evidence and casting footprints. There is a Set of crime scene scenarios for students to solve using their new sleuthing skills.


Forensic science I. Forensics is hugely popular and so is this kit! Students learn four different forensic techniques: finger printing, handwriting analysis, fibre identification and white powder tests. Once these techniques are mastered, they can solve a crime using suspects’ police information and evidence collected from the crime scene for one of four crimes.

Who’s been There?

Imagine taking a sample from a river, or stream, and be able to identify all the living things that have passed through it. Sounds a bit ‘scifi’ doesn’t it?  But it is possible! DNA is found in every living thing and is shed as organisms pass through the environment. Each living thing can be identified by a unique pattern of DNA sequence called a DNA barcode.

Environmental DNA (eDNA) can be used as a conservation tool for monitoring both past and present biodiversity. In this kit students explore the composition and structure of DNA and explore its use as a biodiversity monitoring tool. There is also an opportunity to participate in a citizen science project that is monitoring New Zealand’s waterways so better decisions can be made about protecting the environment.

Wonderful Wai

Water, water everywhere! Five activities that thoroughly explore water as a solid, a liquid and a gas. Make ice balls using balloons and watch the children explore the effect of heat, salt and time on the melting process. Students explore surface tension of water droplets, a unique property of water and essential for so many life processes. Evaporation is explored using puddles and mirrors, and students make a model water cycle in a plastic bag. The last activity links social science as students explore freshwater allocation uses and discuss possible effects on natural ecology as a direct result of human interaction.

Please note, not all science kits are available at all branches.

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