I’m just going to come right out and tell you what not to get. I’ve been doing some STEM activities with the boys and a few of the products I picked up were incredibly disappointing. But I’m also going to share the ones that I recommend over and over again since they hold up over time and teach fundamentals of math and science.
3 STEM Toys I would not Waste Money On
- DO NOT GET: Discovery Kids Extreme Weather by Horizon Group USA – This set comes with a volcano, but I’ve got other suggestions that come with a volcano and so much more for the same price. Not recommended.
- DO NOT GET: Discovery Crystal Aquarium by Horizon Group USA – the photos and box make you think it’s a large kit. It’s not. It’s quite small. The only way for a young child to participate is to break up the rocks with a hammer. The chemical in the water is pretty toxic but it can easily spill out from the top of the small tank. The growth of the crystals is not that impressive and it looks terrible when it dries. Not recommended.
- DO NOT GET: Discovery Propulsion Rocket by Horizon Group USA – We bought a shorter rocket – very similar. The rocket is fun to decorate but the launching mechanism does not work. When you put it on the launching pad there is a loud pop and the rocket might go one or two feet but it basically pops off and topples over. Not recommended.
Phew. Now that that’s out of the way, here are the STEM Toys I LOVE! My Kids LOVE and we keep going back to time and again. Some of these have been so beneficial that when they reached the end of their useful life, I bought them AGAIN.
If you would like to introduce your children to some amazing STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) these are some fabulous tools for introducing them to science – things like observation, natural laws, and deductive reasoning. It’s also great for math, technology and engineering – basic concepts.
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.
My Favorite 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. My seven year old invented his own sound machine using the circuits and this toy. I am thrilled at his excitement over science!
Snap Circuits Sound – Project Builder:
Range Starts: I’ve seen it as low as $58.08 (normally $84.99) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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: I’ve seen it as low as $54.24 (normally $79.99) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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: I’ve seen it as low as$40.99 (normally $59.95) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
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.
I’ve seen it as low as: $69.99 (normally $99.99) – – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
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!
I’ve seen it as low as: $23.99 – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
With four fun experiments this is an unbelievable value for the price. It includes a volcano and it includes experiments to create bouncy balls and wiggly bugs. My boys played for hours with the wiggly balls and squirmy creations. Highly recommend. I WOULD buy this twice – I like it that much!
- Concoct a lava flow with Volcano Blast! Volcano Blast: 2 Dinosaurs (2 in.), volcano (4.5 in.), 1 spoon, 2 activator powders (1.4 oz. citric acid, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), 1 pipette and easy instructions for each set.
- Mix, mold and jiggle Gelly Wiggle Bugs! Gelly Wiggle Bugs: 2 bug molds, 1 stir stick, beaker, 3 jiggly gel powder (0.53 oz. gelatin), laminated paper and easy instructions.
- Just add crystal liquid to create Dazzle Dino Crystals! Dazzle Dino Crystals: 1 paper dinosaur, 2 paper trees, crystal liquid (0.7 oz. water, monopotassium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate).
- Layer, soak and bounce Ball Blast Bouncers! The kits include Ball Blast Bouncers: 3 ball molds, 9 packets of ball powder (0.4 oz. polyvinyl alcohol, glycerin, butylated hydroxytoluene) and easy instructions.
Range Starts: $16.99 (normally $19.99) – – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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) – – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price
- 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
Range Starts: $15.25 (seen as high as $19.99) – add this to your cart now and check it early on the morning of Black Friday for the BEST price. My favorite experiment is the lemon that conducts electricity. I like this pack so much – I have bought it twice.
- Six exciting experiments that use common household ingredients
- Generate electricity using a lemon, launch a rocket with vinegar, write secret missions and more
- Convert your average kitchen into a science lab
STEM on Amazon
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My Favorite STEM Christmas Gifts for Kids
I hope this list of My Favorite 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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