If you want gifts for kids that will inspire both fun and learning, STEM toys and games are perfect. STEM toys and games teach kids while they play. Focused on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM toys and games help to prepare your child to be competitive in these fields.
This list of 25 STEM gifts for kids provides fun and educational toys and games for kids of all ages. You’re certain to find the perfect STEM gift for your child among those listed here.
LittleBits is a fun, interactive and truly hands-on way to use self discovery to make projects work! They have projects for kids around age 8 and up (they have to be able to follow basic directions, and read directions too) to really create useful projects. Choose a project your child will enjoy making, make space for the project and really – that may be all you need to do – because these are truly hands on projects that need problem-solving, judgment, a little bit of patience, and then create a huge smile when your child is successful in “turning on the light” or making a fan blow. **Read my full review of LittleBits Premium Invention Kit here!**
Even if you’re not a member of the Steve Spangler Science Club, you can buy these individual STEM kits. Each theme-based kit comes with the science tools and resources needed to conduct more than a dozen experiments and take-it-further challenges that combine the perfect mix of critical thinking, tinkering and fun.
Dash is a real robot for children ages 8 and up that is responsive to its world; your child can bring it to life with our free apps available on iOS and Android. Dash comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps. Read my review HERE.
Lego was ahead of its time by teaching engineering lessons to kids through play long before parents had heard of STEM toys. That’s why this LEGO craft kit is number one on the list. Help your little one learn how machines work with this best-selling kit.
WEDGiTS was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award. WEDGiTS is a great STEM toy for younger children between the ages of 3-10. This building block set allows kids to build 3-D sculptures and structures. It encourages imaginative construction and teaches spatial thinking.
Coding is an essential skill for children growing up in a technology-driven world. The Code Master Programming Logic Game teaches programming alongside important skills like reasoning, logic and sequence.
Spark your child’s love of science with this science kit. It’s perfect for kids who are 6 and older, although some parental supervision may be necessary. This science kit uses opened ended toys to help your child learn basic science concepts.
Do you have a budding geologist in your home? This fun rock and mineral collection game will spark your little one’s inner geological genius. The ROCK ON! Geology Game comes with rock and mineral specimens that will teach your child as they explore.
Snap circuit toys are some of the best STEM learning toys available for children today. Children receive the satisfaction of making electrical things work by combining the correct circuits on the board. Snap Circuits is a best-selling STEM toy.
Get your kids tech-literate with this fun robot. Ozobot teaches children coding and programming. Ozobot is small, but big on fun and learning.
Three Sticks is a math game that teaches children geometry in a fun and practical way. It’s best for ages 8 and up. Three Sticks helps children learn to think creatively while learning geometric possibilities.
Your budding engineer will love the 25 experiments in this awesome Intro to Engineering Kit. It offers step-by-step instructions for making hands-on engineering and building projects. It’s recommend for children over the age of eight.
What kid doesn’t love a microscope for checking out the seemingly invisible world around them? This microscope and activity journal allows children explore the microscopic world and record their findings. Best for ages 8-11.
Will your child build the car of future generations? This automobile engineer kit will give them a step up on learning the physics of vehicle design. This STEM-related kit helps kids to build fine motor skills, science and math skills, visual-spatial skills, and reasoning and concept development skills. It was even a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner.
Here’s another circuit toy to add to your child’s gift list. The SmartLab Toys Smart Circuit game lets children power an electronic drum kit, a motion sensor alarm and more. This toy teaches how electrical circuits work while providing your child with hours of fun.
The Marble Run toy is a classic. It teaches physics and design concepts to children while they play. The see-through plastic material makes it easy for children to see what’s happening inside of the toy as the marble runs down the path they’ve created.
If your child enjoys tangram puzzles, they will love this Klikko Vehicles building set. It teaches concepts like multiplication, fractions, area and volume. This STEM toy is great for visual learners between the ages of 5-12.
The Tronex electronics kit is like a snap circuit board, but a little more advanced. Your child will interact with light, sound, touch and magnetic controls to experiment with things like a rain indicator and even an FM radio receiver.
If your child is interested in animation, this is a must-have gift. The HUE Animation Studio has a camera with a mic. It allows your child to recreate scenes from popular animated movies and to create their own animated productions. This toy is the winner of the Parent’s Choice Awards, the Dad’s Choice Award and the Mom’s Choice Awards.
Here’s another programmable robot that kids will love to learn with. Although Sparki is advanced enough for kids who have a passion for programming, it’s also design with beginners in mind.
The solar system is fascinating for many children. This motorized solar system model gives children an up-close visual reference for the size, rotation and planetary paths of our solar system. It also makes a cool display piece to impress their friends.
K’NEX building sets are an old educational toy favorite. This set teaches engineering and physics concepts while your children play. Children will practice spatial skills, learn eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills while using their imagination to build the structures, vehicles and designs of their dreams.
This science experiment kit is a must-have for the curious child who loved science. The experiments your child can do with the Ultimate Secret Formula Lab will teach them concepts in chemistry, fluid dynamics and pressure. Your child can use common kitchen ingredients in addition to the chemicals included in the kit.
This project kit includes a Barbie or Nikki doll, plastic building pieces, and science experiment materials to create seven models. Each model is built to “Barbie-scale” and is compatible with the original Barbie Dreamhouse.
The Project MC2 Ultimate Lab Kit allows kids to conduct their own experiments at home or on the go, just like the girls from Project Mc2. Comes with a real working microscope with 4x power and 15+ different experiments.
No matter which STEM gifts you chose for the kids on your gift list you’re certain to bring a smile to their face with one from this list. It’s never too early for children to get a start on important science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Help them expand their creativity and learn while they play with these great STEM gifts for kids.
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