If you would like to introduce your children to some amazing STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) tools, you’ll love this list of my Top 10 STEM Christmas Gifts for Kids.
Some of these things our family owns and others are on our wish list. With two young boys in our home and a daddy engineer as well as two grandparents who are engineers, STEM activities are highly encouraged within our family.
This list includes STEM tools to foster learning with gravity mazes, 3D puzzles, robots, science kits to teach molecular growth, gyros, the solar system, magnets, robots, geometry and more.
I hope this list gives readers some creative ideas for Christmas gift giving — and that these Black Friday deals are a money-saving bonus. All links are my affiliate links through Amazon. Thanks for your support and for being a fan!
*Prices subject to change without notice and are offered only for a limited time. Original discounts quoted the week of Black Friday. Even days later, many will be offered at reduced prices, but prices may have changed. Click the blue header link (toy name) or image to explore the STEM tool on Amazon.
My Top 10 STEM Tools for Kids
We have this Snap Circuits toy in a non-sound version and my five-year-old loves it. At age five, he needs guidance when using this project builder, so it’s great option for older kids too. We have our hearts set on expanding our Snap Circuits collection this year.
Snap Circuits Sound – Project Builder:
Range Starts: $58.08 (normally $84.99)
- Keyboard with optical Theremin
- Voice changer; Record voice or music and play it back at different speeds
- Sound energy demonstration and Color changing light
- Creates Echo effects
- Connect to your smart phone and analyze sounds with apps
- Explore both sound and electronics with this innovative kit
- Projects include, an Optical Theremin, Echo effects, Voice changer – Record voice or music
Another cool option for STEM development. With all the great features of Snap Circuits STEM toys, but this one glows in the dark!
Range Starts: $54.24 (normally $79.99)
- Be amazed at what your music can do with the new Snap Circuits Lights
- Color organ controlled by iPod or other MP3 player, voice or finger
- Enjoy your music as the lights change to the beat
- Plus many more Snap Circuits projects
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
- Another fun, educational product from the company that brings you Snap Circuits
This STEM toy is similar to Snap Circuits but may be better for smaller hands. All activities working with electrical currents (even at “battery-powered” levels) should be supervised.
Range Starts: $40.99 (normally $59.95)
Conduct more than 60 electrifying experiments with circuits and magnets to learn about electricity and magnetism. Build series and parallel circuits to light up a light bulb. Experiment with push buttons and on-off switches. The blocks are brightly colored, unique shaped, and easy to build with.
This construction set is wonderful for spatial development. It literally shows kids how the shapes fit together to create three dimensional forms using magnets. Perfect for brain development in the area of spatial awareness and early math skills. This 62 piece set is a middle-of the road set. You can purchase Magformers in larger 112 Piece Magformers “Challenger” Set or a 144 Piece Magformers “Smart” Set.
Range Starts: $69.99 (normally $99.99)
This set is so addicting you will forget you are doing math! Learn about patterns, addition & subtraction, shape recognition, division and 2D nets to 3D structures.
- ABS plastic magnets conform to CE, ASTM and EN71
- You can create a variety of models with the pentagon added.
- 62 pieces total: 20 triangles, 30 squares and 12 pentagons.
- Instant connection! Instant fun!
Range Starts: $16.99 (normally $19.99)
- Create a glow-in-the-dark mobile of the solar system measuring 29.5-inches across.
- The kit includes a full set of snap-together planets, hanging frame and string, two strips of paint, two glow paints and a paint brush.
- Full assembly and painting instructions are included, as well as a poster with fun solar system fact.
- The mobile is suitable for hanging in a bedroom, or used as a static display.
- Recommended for ages 8 years and up.
- Challenge your child’s imagination with 4M toys and kits.
- 4M educational toys cover a wide range of educational subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more.
- 4M offers a wide range of toys and kits to let you build a clock, crochet a placemat, or turn your room into a planetarium–all in the name of making learning fun.
Understanding the properties of gravity is the key to many science experiments. Teach kids about gravity with this amazing STEM tool. It also shows children how to create a puzzle in three dimensions as the pieces fit together to form a maze. *Contains small parts – I would not recommend this for children age 3 or under.
STEM: Gravity Maze
Range Starts: $24.99 (normally $29.99)
- Falling Marble Logic Game
- A marble run and logic puzzle all in one
- 60 challenges ranging from beginner to expert
- Builds spacial reasoning and planning skills
- Includes 1 game grid, 60 challenge cards, 9 towers, 1 target piece, 3 marbles
Tech children about the science of molecular growth.
Range Starts: $33.93 (normally $39.95)
- Learn about the structure and geometry of crystals
- Grow dozens of dazzling crystals
- Mold fun plaster shapes and use dyes to grow a rainbow of custom colors
- Over 1 million kits sold world-wide
- New 2012 Item – includes 32-page full-color manual
Have a robot lover in your home? We do. This fun STEM tool teaches kids about motion and robot assembly. More specifically, the science of gyroscopes.
Range Starts: $37.34 (normally $49.95)
- Learn all about “Gyroscopes”
- Build seven models
- A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations
The coolest STEM Tool ever – your personal robot. This is on our “wish” list. A robot you can assemble and program. For budding engineers – this STEM tool is a dream come true!
Range Starts: $129.99 (normally $179.99)
- The Meccano Meccanoid G15 Robot comes with over one thousand phrases and voice recognition to make your personal robot more like your best friend!
- Download the free app from Google Play or AppStore. Works with iOS and Android.
- Build, program and play with this fully-operational, 2-foot-tall android, powered by 6 motors for realistic movement.
- The Meccano Meccanoid G15 TM Personal Robot is for ages 10 and up. Batteries not included.
- Includes: 621 Parts, 1 Meccabrain, 1 LED Module, 2 Hand Tools, 4 Servos, 2 Rear Wheel Assembly, 2 Motor Gearbox Assembly, Instruction Sheet
It looks simple – but some of the bast tools and toys are. With easy snap-together parts, teach children how to assemble their own maze. Creating a puzzle from nothing takes imaginative thinking and problem solving skills.
Range Starts: $18.32 (normally $39.99)
- Includes maze board and base, 17 maze pieces, 4 balls (2 red, 2 blue), and 10 Activity Cards
- Endless combinations of designs provide multiple levels of play
- Board measures 10″L x 2″H
STEM on Amazon
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My top 10 STEM Christmas Gifts for Kids
I hope this list of My top 10 STEM Gift Ideas for Kids has been inspirational. With the growth in jobs for engineers and scientists – I think STEM is a great area of opportunity for kids!
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