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Encourage STEM Learning with Smithsonian’s Science Lab and Jellyfish tank

**This is a Collaboration with Smithsonian products. I received samples to help facilitate my review. I was in no way required to express a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

 I like to encourage my son by learn through his play. Anyone else? I feel like during the Pandemic we had to seek out creative ways to learn. Whenever I can find a “toy” that encourages STEM learning, I like to share it. The Holidays are right around the corner so, I am sharing TWO different gift ideas. We were lucky to get a few samples to help give you our thoughts on each.

Smithsonian Mega Science Lab: 

Excavate bones to assemble into a model dinosaur. 

Erupt a mini volcano. 

Observe the process of crystal formation. 

Assemble your own weather station. 

Six amazing STEM adventures that are safe and easy to do! Ages 10+

Jellyfish Tank:

Watch a simulated bloom of jellyfish “swim!” A colorful, mesmerizing and educational addition to any room. 

Great for a desktop, tabletop, bookshelf or nightstand! 

Learn about amazing and unusual jellyfish – their size, what they eat, how and why they sting and more! 

Measures 9” high and 2 ¾” wide LED light requires 3 “AA” batteries (not included)

If you have kids who are venturing into the STEM learning these are both great options! Don’t just take my word for it. You can read some Target reviews here: 

Link to Mega Science Lab white boxMega Science Lab black boxJellyfish Tank.

From personal use we found them to set up easily. For the Jelly Fish tank it now sits on my son’s Virtual learning desk. To help with his attention focus. Seems almost contradictory but it truly helps. When he gets “bored”, instead of fidgeting he simply looks at the jellies swimming while listening to the lessons. 

Do you have any STEM learning kits for your children??

What STEM learning resources do you find beneficial for your kids?



  1. Pam
    October 22, 2020 / 1:23 pm

    This looks like so much fun! We have some of the Smithsonian products that we have used in homeschooling. They're great.

  2. Tammy
    October 22, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    My son would love this and it looks like so much fun.

  3. AiringMyLaundry
    October 22, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    How cool! I can almost bet my kids would love this. I might pick it up for Christmas!

  4. Ben
    October 22, 2020 / 4:23 pm

    These are so awesome! STEM is the future, and our kids need to be excited about it. These are the perfect things to help get them eager to immerse themselves in STEM.

  5. Sarah Bailey
    October 22, 2020 / 6:38 pm

    This is such an awesome idea, I love that it helps encourage STEM learning while offering something really interesting to look at.

  6. Heather
    October 22, 2020 / 11:03 pm

    This tank looks so cool! I might need to add this to my Christmas shopping list.

  7. Brandy Ellen
    October 23, 2020 / 12:06 am

    This is really neat and awesome! As a homeschooling mome, I'm thinking my middle school boy will love this idea so much and we can use it as part of our ocean life studies.

  8. Nikki Wayne
    October 23, 2020 / 9:38 am

    So sad we don't have Target in our area. But this is so cute,it looks great beside a computer.

  9. Rose Ann Sales
    October 23, 2020 / 11:10 am

    Jelly fishes are so so cute. If I'm able to buy one I would definitely put it where kids can see it.

  10. Diffusing the Tension
    October 23, 2020 / 12:38 pm

    This sounds so fun! My littles ones love things like this, so I will have to check this out.

  11. Gust si Aroma
    October 23, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    wow! This sounds like an awesome way to spend time for kids and learn a lot of new things!

  12. Gervin Khan
    October 23, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Wow, this is so cool and I am pretty sure that my kids will love this, will get one for them.

  13. Beth
    October 23, 2020 / 8:26 pm

    These look like great gift ideas! I'm looking forward to when my granddaughter is old enough to enjoy things like them!

  14. monicazyoung
    October 24, 2020 / 2:44 am

    Those are great, I love giving my son toys that are not only fun but also good for learning

  15. Kita Bryant
    October 29, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    I have heard awesome things about this. I would love to try it with my kids.