The Best STEM Toys and Gifts for Kids

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Are you shopping for the best STEM toys and gifts for your kids this holiday season? Here you’ll find what’s new and recommended for 2020 as well as the best classic STEM ideas for kids.

Discover robots, building blocks, science kits, circuitry, math games, and much more!

This is the best list of science, technology, engineering, and math toys and gifts curated by a teacher for parents who want double-duty gifts that are both fun and educational.

2020 STEM Gifts for Kids

First, let’s look at the newest STEM toys for kids to hit the market in 2020. These amazing educational gifts give children a big value.

STEM Gifts for kids
Code n’ Learn Kinderbot
ages 3 – 6
If you’re looking for a toy that teaches early math concepts, reasoning, problem-solving, and beginning coding, check out this interactive STEM toy! Kids use the buttons to code a path, press play, and watch him go. Concepts include shapes, colors, early math, following directions, and problem-solving!

LEGO Duplo
LEGO DUPLO Town Fire Station Kit
ages 2+
Invite your young children to build and play with this building kit that will provide hours of imaginative fun!


Fisher-Price® Linkimals™

ages 1+
An interactive sloth that claps its hands and bobs its head along to fun lights, songs, and music. Press the buttons on its feet for songs and phrases about the alphabet, numbers, opposites, and colors, plus colorful lights.


LeapFrog Go With Me ABC
ages 3 – 6
How fun is this!? It’s a STEM and literacy toy! Growing learners choose from seven different activities while learning and practicing phonics and letter writing. Open to find 26 letters, a write and erase board, and a variety of games including letter names and sounds, writing, reading, drawing, and animals. Includes 26 letter pieces that can be plugged into the interactive letter spaces to explore the letters of the alphabet. In one mode, kids follow along while Mr. Pencil introduces letter writing. It’s interactive, educational, and fun. (ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLUE/GREEN.)

Magformers Police STEM gift
Magformers Police Set
ages 3+
Follow the directions in the booklet to build 20 police concepts includinga police station, a car, an armored truck, and more. OR use your imagination and the Magformers to make your own creations.

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Educational Insights Design and Drill Space Circuits
ages 5+
We highly recommend this STEM gift for kids. (Even my husband loves this toy! And he’s well above the recommended age range.) Mini engineers get to complete 20 space-themed missions by creating circuits. With over 50 pieces, kids learn engineering and problem-solving skills as they learn to light, spin simple motors, add momentary buttons and switches, and more. Plus the working power drill to build and repair circuits is THE BEST!!

 


Pigeon Math
by Asia Citro, illustrated by Richard Watson
ages 4+
Hilarious! Addition and subtraction never felt so fun!! An increasingly exasperated narrator TRYING to tell the story about ten pigeons can’t quite do it because the birds come and go, plus there’s a cat, and well, it makes for some great silliness and inviting math opportunities. Use the pictures to help answer the math equations. Visual support, goofy humor, and plenty of kid-appeal make this a 100% must-own, must-read STEM picture book.

 


Think Gizmos Take Apart Car
ages 3+
Kids use the 30 parts including an engine battery and a toy drill battery to build and take apart this racecar. When the engine is turned on, this STEM toy car gives off realistic sounds and lights. 


Zoob Builders Zoob Bot
ages 6+
Build your own robot with motorized wheels and light-up eyes! 
You’ll get ZOOB pieces, wheels, gears, axles, a motor, tires, and joints that snap, click, and pop together. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. We love our ZOOBS and highly recommend this STEM kit.


Dig It Up! The Big Egg
ages 4+
Kids will love this enormous 7″ egg with 7 dinosaurs hidden inside! First, soak the egg in water, then chisel away the sedimentary material. An excavation guidebook is included to learn more about each dinosaur.


Playstix
ages 4+
Playstix interlock with a snap-and-lock feature and are color-coded to make building easy. This kit includes 150 Playsitx and an idea booklet with instructions and examples of things you can build.


Glow In The Dark Solar System Poster
Don’t you love this educational space map of the planets and their moons in our solar system? 


Alien Slime Lab
ages 6+
Get messy as you mix up batches of unidentified “alien” slime and conduct tests on them to analyze and investigate their special properties. Real science and playful science fiction come together in this wacky, activity-filled kit! For example, conduct viscosity tests on the slime, dissect it with tweezers and a plastic scalpel, cut out a brain shape, Stamp it with an alien head, and add eyes to your Alien slime! (Non-toxic.)
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Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
ages 6+
Learn about polymers and color mixing in a yummy activity making delicious gummies — unicorn, cloud, and rainbow-shaped in a spectrum of flavors and colors.
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Almanac 2020
ages 8+
All-new content and interviews with renowned National Geographic explorers will help you learn about what’s going on in the world! Filled with photos, facts, crafts, features on animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, plus games, activities, jokes, quizzes, comics. This is an exciting, fun-to-read tome of information.


LEGO 3 in 1 Creator Robot Explorer 

ages 7 – 12
The best thing about these 3 in 1 kits is, well, kids get to build three different things from one set of blocks! This 2019 kit offers directions to make a robot dog, robot bird, and robot explorer. (Sorry, it’s not a real robot. Scroll down for that!)

 


Playmobil Mars Space Station
ages 6+
We are big Playmobil fans in our house — and love the looks of this cool space station for astronauts.

 


Gumball Machine Maker
ages 6 – 12
We were so thrilled to try this STEM kit. Kids get to build a gumball machine that’s part marble run, part roller coaster, part pinball machine! Each segment of track teaches a different lesson in mechanical physics, exploring topics such as simple machines, force, motion, momentum, gravity, Newton’s laws, energy transfer, and more. Track segments are modular and can be easily moved around to create an almost limitless number of different gumball machines. As they roll down the tracks, the gumballs perform cool stunts via a pulley lift, pendulum, funnel, trampoline, pinball launcher, domino slide, and more!
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LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace
ages 6+
Just in time for the 2nd movie! Frozen fans can build Elsa’s ice palace with a revolving staircase and sliding bridge. This kit comes with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Marshmallow, and 4 Swogie minifigures.


STAR WARS LEGO Millennium Falcon
ages 9+
This is a must-own for Star Wars and LEGO fans. Finn, Chewbacca, Lando, C-3PO, D-O, BB8, and Boolio minifigures come with this detailed Millennium Falcon model set.


Mabot B: Programmable Robots

Ages 6+
Use the modular components to create your own robots with unique functions like moving and sensing the surroundings.


LEGO Friends Olivia’s Mission Vehicle
age 6 – 12
Build a cool truck for rescue missions and you’ll get a rooftop control center, secret compartment, computer, 5 mini-dolls, and more!


LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut
ages 8+
Who doesn’t love Buckbeak the Hippogriff? You’ll get Buckbeak plus Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Executioner, and the Minister of Magic and a really cool hut kit!


LEGO Space Mars Research Shuttle
ages 5+
Build your own space shuttle!


LEGO Wrecked Shrimp Boat (Interactive Augmented Reality Playset)
ages 7+
Build their very own nautically-inspired shrimp boat that can split into two for hours of fun. A tablet or mobile phone is required to get the full interactive play experience, but not included. Compatible with selected iOS and Android devices.

All-Time Favorite STEM Gifts for Kids

Classic STEM gifts like these continue to impress parents and kids alike with their educational value and high-interest, fun-factor!

LEGO DUPLO My First Bricks STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
LEGO DUPLO First Bricks
ages 18 months +
Get your youngest engineer learners building with these larger sized blocks. 

The Coolest STEM Gifts for Kids Qbitz
Q-Bitz Jr
Ages 3+
With this math-focused STEM game, kids use the cubes to match the patterns on the cards and develop visual-spatial skills, pattern identification, problem-solving, and hand-eye coordination.
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HAPA Number Maze Magnetic STEM Toy
Ages 3+
Don’t you love the aesthetics of this mathematical learning toy? Kids use the magnetic pen to move the balls around the maze, matching the colored balls to the animals and the number of slots for each animal. Plus, it’s great fine motor skills practice, too.

Super Sorting Pie

ages 3+
Even though it’s meant for young learners, my kids played with this toy until they were late elementary school! It’s great for math concepts like patterns, sorting, and numbers, and makes for lots of fun if you open up a pretend restaurant, too.

Design & Drill BrightWorks STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
Design & Drill BrightWorks

ages 3+
This STEM / STEAM toy is the total package with technology, engineering, art, and math! Follow the 12 included patterns or create your own design. Insert the translucent bolts, use the kid-friendly power drill to drill them in, and watch as your illuminated creation comes to life.

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Mini Motor Math Activity Set

ages 4+
Count, add, subtract, pattern, and more using mini rubber cars and numbered tracks. Not only does this hands-on game practice math skills, but it also reinforces fine motor movements and hand-eye coordination.

Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit
ages 3+
Budding engineers will love to design 10 different models of airplanes using the 73 colorful, chunky building pieces with simple assembly instructions.

LEGO Classic Large Brick Box STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
LEGO Brick Box
ages 4+
This is a must-own STEM gift for all kids. You’ll get 790 pieces of LEGOS from which you can build and create using your own imagination.


The Coolest STEM Gifts for Kids GEARS
Gears, Gears, Gears Robot Factory
Ages 4 – 7
My kids and their friends love this gears kit SO MUCH. Parents, you’ll love to see how the gears inspire creativity through building and engineering. See my full review here.

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Modarri 3 Vehicle Car Kit
ages 8+
Do you know a budding engineer who would like to build their own cars? Build and swap 36 parts in this pack 12 per car allowing for over 1 million combinations.


ZOOB 250-Piece Set

Ages 6+
ZOOBs are colorful snap-together plastic gears, axels, and joint pieces. They’re not electronic; they’re totally battery-free. AND WE LOVE THEM!  Without a doubt, ZOOBs are one of our most-played with, favorite open-ended toys that have lasted for years of childhood! (If you can’t tell, we highly recommend them.)


The Coolest STEM Gifts for Kids
Hape’s Stacking Music Set 
Ages 4 – 15
Sing along with this musical marble run! It includes xylophone keys built into different pieces so you can make music as the marbles roll down the raceways.

STEM gifts for children
Balance Beans 
ages 5+
We think this STEM math and science game is AWESOME. It’s a one-player game that gets us to balance the seesaw, learning physics and logic at the same time.

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LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder 
ages 7+
If you haven’t seen these Speed Champions kits, you’re in for a treat. Not only are they reasonably priced (around $20), the model options are super cool! You might also like the McLaren, LaFerrari, or CorvetteZ06. Isn’t this a GREAT gift idea!?


Even Steven’s Odd

ages 7+
Even Steven’s Odd is a fast-paced, dice-rolling game that you and your family will love! Designed to make learning addition and subtraction fun, Even Steven’s Odd allows each player to choose an easy or difficult card then race to win.

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Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build Invent Create Discover by Jack Challoner
ages 6+
This book stands out of the crowd because it’s so beautifully designed and written. Yes, we’ve seen lemon batteries in a ton of other books but I really like the way this book presents the information so that a kid could pick up the book and do the experiment themselves as well as learn the science behind the project. A great choice.


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Jump-In 
Ages 7+
Don’t you LOVE the looks of this adorable 1 player game? Kids help the rabbits find safety by jumping over mushrooms and sliding foxes into their homes. This game includes 60 challenges requiring planning and logic. (We love this game!)

Clumsy Thief STEAM / STEM Gifts for Smart Kids
Clumsy Thief

ages 8+
We play this fun and funny math game all the time. Add this to your family game night for giggles and math practice. You won’t regret it!


Make your own soap

Klutz Make Your Own Soap
ages 6+
Learn soap making basics (chemistry) in this Klutz kit. You’ll be melting to molding plus adding fragrance and glitter in designs like a cat, a fish, a cupcake, a star, and more.

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Dr. Eureka!
ages 8+
My kids love this game so much. Try to solve the formula on each challenge card using your 3 test tubes using the 6 colored balls. BUT don’t touch the balls with your hands or you’ll be out! The first one done wins the card; the first person to get five cards wins. Read my full review here.

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Gravity Maze
ages 8+
Get your kids hooked on an engaging game requiring problem-solving, thinking, and visual-spatial strategy! The goal of the 1-player Gravity Maze game is to figure out how to build a working marble run using the colored translucent plastic towers. We love and highly recommend this game!


Nintendo Switch
ages 7+
The Nintendo Switch is a fun, compact, and portable gaming system that kids absolutely love.


The Coolest STEM Gifts for Kids 2019
KLUTZ LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit
Ages 8+
This 80-page book will help kids learn to make stop motion animation and regular movies. Set the stage with any of the six included background settings and thirty-six LEGO elements like a pizza, banana, baseball cap, six mini-figure heads, and more!

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Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit

ages 8+
Over 200 projects will teach kids about electronics and develop analytical skills with snap-together electrical circuits.

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Miposaur
Ages 8+
Want an intelligent robot dinosaur that responds to you? Whether it’s with your hands, his Trackball, or with an app, MiPosaur is smart enough to take on your every command- and mischievous enough not to! Train, tame and game with multiple game modes within the Trackball and free app, available on iOS or Android devices.


iPad Pro + Apple Pencil

Both the Pro and the Apple Pencil have been much-used gifts for both my girls. They’re loving the pencil for drawing apps and think the functionality of the Pro is so much better than their old iPads.


SPRK+ Robot from Sphero
Ages 8+
Your kids can do so much with Sphero’s new app-enabled robot that inspires not just coding but also learning STEM / STEAM topics in creative ways. SPRK+ from Sphero caught my kids’ attention from the get-go and held it as they began to explore the various learning possibilities with it. Read my full review here.

Alexa Dot
ages 12+
The Alexa Dot was our successful compromise with our daughter who still wanted to listen to her music in her room but wasn’t allowed to have screen time in her bedroom. Now it’s become a favorite way to play music for both our girls. It’s voice-controlled and you can use it as an alarm, speaker, timer, and more.
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Cozmo
Ages 8+
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. This high-quality learning toy remains a hot gift for any gift-giving season. I bet this will become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.

TOMOLOO Hoverboard with LED Lights
ages 8+
This self-balancing electric scooter is a HOT gift right now! This highly-rated model offers 5 LED lights with Bluetooth music and unique tires.

Audio Gaming Chair
We first saw these chairs at our neighbor’s house– they are pretty cool, right? Listen to music, watch TV, read, play video games, or just relax. It’s got 4 speakers plus wireless receivers and transmitters and is compatible with most gaming devices.

XBox One S

Get the latest in disc-free gaming with digital games. This newly-released bundle includes your Xbox One S plus Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Fortnight.

GoPro Hero
Ready to start making movies with this touch-screen, waterproof camera? Who do you know that would want this gift? Because I know a bunch of boys who want this for Christmas.

Apple Watch
Built-in cellular lets you do it all on your watch — even while you’re away from your phone. It’s an amazing mini-computer on your wrist.
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