One of the beauties of homeschooling is that the ability to allow your child to explore areas of interest. If you have a child that is interested in building, electronics, or robotics, you’ll want toys and games that encourage your child to learn and explore science, technology, engineering and math. STEM toys and games encourage delight directed learning. This list of toys and games is by no means exhaustive, but it is some of the best STEM toys and Games for your homeschool that are on the market!
Whether you’re an engaged parent or you homeschool, you’ll love watching them learn.
The Best STEM Toys and Games for Your Homeschool
Learning through play is the best way to learn, right? We love games in our house. Here are some of the best STEM toys and best STEM games for your homeschool, or your home, whichever may be the case. Learning through play is the best way to learn, right?
Gear Play Sets
If your kid likes the cogs and gears, these gear playsets are FUNtastic. Building toys are great for eye-hand coordination, enhance STEM learning, and are perfect for children exploring a love of building.
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set81 Piece Funny Bricks Gear Building Toy Set – Interlocking Learning Blocks – Motorized Spinning GearsLearning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building KitLearning Resources Gears Pet Playland Assorted Building SetLearning Resources Gears Sweet Shop Assorted Building SetLearning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Gizmos Building SetLearning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Wacky WigglersLearning Resources Gears! Spinning Space Gears Building Kit
Zoob builderz Sets
Zoobz Builderz kits are for your little builders and engineers. These sets allow your child to click and pop pieces together to form fantastic pieces, and some are robotic or remote controlled. Engineering toys are STEM learning at it’s finest!
ZOOB BuilderZ ZOOB BotZOOB BuiderZ Creepy Glow CreaturesZOOB BuilderZ Inventor’s KitZOOB BuidlerZ Z-BricksZOOB RacerZ Fastback Monster TrucksZOOB BuilderZ RC Mover KitZOOB BuilderZ Glow DinosZOOB BuilderZ Sparkle 60 Piece Kit
Math games are a great way to build, or brush up, math skills without the kiddos realizing their learning. Here are some of our faves!
Full of Bull is the latest from Semper Smart Games, this dice bluffing and mental math game helps kids strengthen analytical skills, social & emotional intelligence, and algebraic thinking. Plus, the dice rolling cup and dry-erase bidding puck double as a convenient game container for fun on-the-go!
Learn all about the Electoral College with this fun Election Night Game! Players battle for critical electoral votes as they sharpen their U.S geography and political system knowledge. The double-sided game board includes addition and multiplication game versions for varying levels of complexity based on player skill level.
Who doesn’t love monsters and pizza?! This vibrant card game is full of bright colors and silly creatures, but here’s the kicker – it also doubles as studying! Blobby’s Pizza is a strategic pizza-eating contest teaches fractions, decimals, and percentages (and even how to tip!) as they eat their way to a delicious victory.
Back with a brand new look, this award-winning PlaySmart Dice Deluxe Edition STEM dice game uses a uniquely numbered dice system with dozens of games ranging from simple to complex. At home or on the go, playing just a few minutes a day sharpens math skills and masters essential building blocks for higher academic achievement.
Magformers Sets promote imaginative play in a whole new way. These sets allow your child to build and create with magnetic tiles that connect every time they play or build. Most sets are compatible with all other Magformers shapes, which means your child can create an entire village of projects. Some sets include wheels for moving creations. These are perfect for travel and on the go play and learning because the pieces stick together!
Magformers Creator Carnival Set (46-pieces)MAGFORMERS Space Episode Set (55 Piece)Magformers My First Ice World Set (30-pieces)Magformers Hi-Tech Walking Robot Set (45-pieces)MAGFORMERS Village Set (110 Piece)MAGFORMERS Sweet House Set (64 Piece)MAGFORMERS Princess Castle Set (78 Piece)Magformers Vehicles Dynamic Wheel Set (79-piece)Magformers Vehicle R/C Cruiser Set (52-pieces)MAGFORMERS Space Wow Set (22 Piece)Magformers XL Cruisers Emergency Set (33-pieces)Magformers XL Cruisers Construction Set (37-pieces)
The Gravity Maze
Maze toys are so fun and the Gravity Maze is no exception to the rule. It includes 60 different challenges that will help your child learn to problem solve and plan. It is perfect for the kids above the age of 8.
Circuit Maze is a super fun game for boys and girls ages 8 and up. It uses real circuits and pieces to create a fun gameplay and stealth learning experience Comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty from beginner to expert, requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.
In this game, there are special colors and codes with the help of which your children will have to navigate. Robot toys will allow your children to learn the programming skills. This board game is for 2-5 players, ages 4 and up.
Quercetti Marble Runs
Quercetti Marble Runs feature real glass marbles, high-quality slides, bridges, columns, reels, double entrance funnels, as well as Quercetti exclusive alternators and large double spirals. Kids will love building, rebuilding, and planning new sets, having fun and learning in the process.
Quercetti Skyrail Mini Rail Rollercoaster – 150 Pc Marble Run with 26 Feet of Track – Building Fun Incorporates Principles of Physics (Made in Italy)Quercetti Super Marble Run – Italian Made – 213 Pieces – for Ages 8 and UpQuercetti Migoga Marble Run with Elevator – 150 Piece Building Set with Spirals, Funnel and Hand Crank for Ages 5 and Up (Made in Italy)Quercetti Skyrail Ottovolante Maxi Playset
4M Green Science
4M Green Science projects are perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in robotics and green science. Select from a wide range of 4M educational toys including science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more.
4M Soda Can Robug4M Solar Rover Kit4M Trash Robot Kit4M Green Science Dynamo TorchScienceLAB 4M Green Science – Dynamo Circuit Electricity Kit4M Tin Can Edge Detector Science Kit4M Green Science Potato Clock4M Kidz Labs Green Science Enviro BatteryScienceLAB 4M Green Science – Tin Can Calculator Kit4M Solar Science Kit
Zingo Word Builder
Zingo Word Builder, from ThinkFun Games helps even the littles develops critica thinking skills while building vocabulary and learning spelling patterns. Two levels of play support both early and more advanced readers.
Another fun STEM subscription is the Brick Loot box. There are custom kits with Lego bricks in every box.
Math Dice and Math Dice Chase help build mental math and problem solving skills through fun gameplay. With Math Dice, you can add, subtract, or add and subtract – use whatever equation you need to hit your target number. With Math Dice Chase it’s a race to multiply numbers together.
Zing Zanimation Studio
Have a kid that loves flip books and stop motion animation? Zing’s StikBot Zanimation Studio is sure to provide HOURS of animating fun!
Dog Crimes has 40 challenge cards, each of which presents a canine crime and a series of clues to help you identify the culprit. It’s a fun way to get your kiddos to consider clues and develop deductive reasoning.
Big Boggle and Super Big Boggle
I remember having so much fun playing Boggle! Now with Winning Moves Big Boggle and Super Big Boggle, the fun is even grander! Start the timer, each player searches the letters to make words of FOUR letters or more. When you find a word, write it down. Words are formed from adjoining letters.
Pay Day is great for social interaction and a game that parents and children can play on a relatively even level. The goal is to have the most money at the end of the game. This is a great way to sneak math into the day!
BrainSpin is a game with 54 cards in the deck. Each card has an image on it. Players write down everything they see based on the card in play. As long as you can convince the other players, it plays! What a fun way to stimulate abstract thinking!
While your child can explore science, technology, engineering, and math in boring old textbooks, these toys and games will spark a love for learning and keep it aflame.
***This article was originally published in 2017 and is updated periodically to add the newest stem toys and newest stem games on the market that your family is sure to love***