The expansion of technology has increased the need for parents and teachers alike to start focusing on STEM toys. There is a wide range of STEM toys for children of all ages and today I am going to share the things that topped our list for the Ultimate STEM Gift Guide. These toys and gifts would be perfect for any child who is in love with science, technology, engineering, and math. They may even spark an interest in the child who “hates” school. ;)
The Ultimate Stem Gift Guide
My kids love Magformers sets! The building possibilities are numerous, and they provide for hours of fun!
I love that my youngest can have Magformer sets in her favorite colors!
Smart Car Kit
I gifted this smart car kit, from Elegoo, to my husband for his birthday for him and our son to put together. Apparently, the fact that it has a UNO R3 controller board is pretty good. B was impressed.
I can't wait to see him and Z put this together over the next few weeks.
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Yellow Scope’s Science Kits
Yellow Scope offers a Four Pack Bundle of science kits that includes the following kits:
- Foundation Chemistry: Beakers & Bubbles
- Acids, Bases & pH: Cabbage Chemistry
- Paper Chromatography: The Art & Science of Color
- DNA & Traits: From Codes to Creatures
These kits are perfect for supplementing learning with hands-on experiments.
Recon Rover 6.0
ReCon Rover 6.0, from Mindware, can be programmed to roll any direction, talk, record messages, dance and even make deliveries! Set up the Ultimate Obstacle Course, measure it out—a sneaky way to build geometry know-how—and then use the LCD keypad screen to program Rover’s route.
Rubik's Build It Solve It
Rubik's Build It Solve It comes with all the parts necessary to build your own Rubik's cube. It even includes some spare parts and a handy storage tray. Improve your understanding of how this fascinating puzzle functions from the inside out.
Brackitz Bugz Play Park
The Brackitz Bugz Playpark has 47 pieces including a motorized vibrating bug and directions for building over 20 play parks and obstacles. Use code THATBALDCHICK to save 15% on your purchase at brackitz.com. The code may be used once per email for all products and good until the end of the year.
My Little Veterinarian Kit
Believe it or not, not all STEM learning is about building and bots. This My Little Veterinarian Kit is perfect for starting your animal loving child on a journey toward STEM learning and offers a wondrous array of fun and exciting activities through which children explore the world of medicine, science, health and pet care taking.
Botley the Coding Robot
Botley™ the Coding Robot is ready to use right out of the box and introduces children as young as five to the world of coding in a fun and straightforward way—all without the use of a smartphone or tablet. Advanced features will grow with kids offering challenges for many years to come.
Brackitz Educational 320 Piece Set
The 320 piece Brackitz Educational Set is designed with classrooms in mind, and is ideal for homeschoolers like me. It includes 75 long planks, 75 short planks, 60 4 way connectors, 60 3 way connectors, 50 motion connnectors, and a full teacher activity guide! And it all comes in a durable, stackable, and safe storage bin with handles and wheels! Be sure to use code THATBALDCHICK to save 15% on your purchase at brackitz.com. The code may be used once per email for all products and good until the end of the year.
Science Expeditions from Little Passports
The Science Expeditions from Little Passports is a subscription box service that encourages kids to solve real-life scientific mysteries every month through science experiments, hands-on STEM activities and more! Each monthly box includes a 16-page comic book with glossary and bonus activities for kids to solve a new mystery each month with Sam & Sofia. The boxes feature hands-on science experiments, achievement badges for each monthly theme, and access to bonus online videos and science content. As an added bonus, the first month includes a Science Case and Lab Notebook to keep track of what you learn. Send your kids on a science adventure with the Science Expeditions monthly science kits!
Lego Chain Reactions
Teach your bricks new tricks and build 10 different moving machines. This set comes with 33 LEGO pieces, instructions for 10 modules, 6 plastic balls, string, paper ramps and other components.
Steve Spangler Science
Steve Spangler Science is a subscription box service for kids ages 5-12. From playing with their food to making slime, kids are sure to love this box! Parents will love that they can get this one as low as $9.99 a month!
Take Apart Dinosaurs
This set of six dinosaurs comes with the tools to take them apart and put them back together again. Comes with 2 Trex dinosaurs, 2 Ceratops dinosaurs, and 2 brontosaurus as well as a wrench and screwdriver each. You could easily split this pack up amongst the kiddos.
Emido Building Blocks
With 120+ pieces colorful Plum shape blocks. These building toy can be combined into arbitrary shape, flowers, animals, cars, worlds and more.
Fisher Price Think & Learn Code A Pillar
Kids connect the segments to make Code-a-pillar go forward, left, right or wherever they choose!
Peradix DIY Soft Building Sticks
360° flexible and twist-able soft sticks. Kids can create so many creative constructions with sticks, such as butterflies, lorries, flowers, deck chairs, tables, and so on, and the sticks can be recovered and reused to create any other different shape after first use
Playgro Shape Sorting Flower Puzzle
Toddlers can benefit from STEM toys, too. Sort, Match and Stack with the Playgro Shape Sorting Flower Puzzle! Encourage your baby to recognize various shapes and their sizes by practicing developing trial and error, mental prediction and problem solving skills. Engage your inquisitive young one with the cute flower character, which acts as the central piece of this 22 piece sorting puzzle.
Educational Insights Design & Drill Robot
Little engineers will love the all-new Design & Drill Robot-the perfect introduction to STEM learning. Preschoolers can snap together their robot’s arms and then practice drilling multicolored bolts with the kid-friendly screwdriver to secure their masterpiece. Kids can customize their rockin’ robot with colorful, decorative stickers, and then it’s ready for play!
Conduct Dough Lights
Mold the soft, squishy dough into fun objects by following pattern cards. Once the design is complete, position the LED lights to make the creation glow. Includes battery-powered design station, ready-to-use conductive dough and non-conductive clay, 8 custom engineered LED lights, 8 pattern cards with 16 designs, dough cutter and instructions.
Laser maze requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target.
Groovy Lab in a Box
Groovy Lab in a Box is a box subscription service that sends boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiments for ages 8+.
Learning Resources Playground Engineering Design Stem Set
Let her build the playground of her dreams and build her engineering confidence.
Learn about specific heat and temperature, crystallization, measurements and conversions, volume, and weight while making rock candy, chocolates, gummy bears, wintergreen candies, and more.
The Snap Circuits kits are perfect for kids. This one includes the parts and instructions to build a Radio, Doorbell, burglar alarm and more.
Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
This kit comes with everything kids need to create and control their own Droid – right down to the battery – plus stickers and extra accessories.
Wowwee Chip Robot Dog
This fun little robotic dog has tons of personality. He'll even catch a ball and dance!
Osmo Genius Kit
Turns core subjects, like math (Numbers) and spelling (Words), into fearless fun. Encourages visual thinking (Tangram), problem solving (Newton), and creative drawing skills (Masterpiece). Requires iPad to play.
Barbie Crystal Geology Science Kit
Explore the geological science of crystals, rocks, and minerals as you excavate real mineral specimens and then create your own dazzling jewelry.
Story Dealer Game
The Story Dealer Game is new on the paying field, but is sure to become a fast favorite. With it, kids can integrate the fun of story telling with themes of science, technology, engineering, art, and math!
STEM toys will enhance creativity, imagination and the brilliant mind of a child. The Ultimate STEM Gift Guide is just a sampling of the amazing STEM gifts that STEM are the perfect gift this holiday season because they help encourage a love of fun and learning combined. Be sure to check out my STEM Stocking Stuffers post, as well!
***originally published in 2017, this list is periodically updated with new and fun STEM gift ideas (and to remove outdated links)!***