The 20 Best STEM Toys of 2019

Let them learn while they play

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Our Top Picks

Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit at Amazon

"It includes more than 30 pieces that you snap together, creating real electrical circuits without any soldering or tools."

Anki Cosmo at Amazon

"This adorable little robot, which teaches users all about coding."

Ozobot Bit Coding Robot at Amazon

"There are two different ways to play with this robot: using markers to draw out commands for him, or with the programming editor."

Magna-Tiles, Clear Colors, 100-Piece Set at Amazon

"This building set encourages open-ended play while kids work on spatial and tactile skills."

GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank at Amazon

"Kids will help GoldieBlox figure out how to build a dunk tank to give her dog a bath."

4M Water Rocket Kit at Amazon

"Everything kids need to create their very own water rocket using a plastic soda bottle."

Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit at Amazon

"Solve two exciting mysteries by matching fingerprints, learning about DNA, testing powders, and decoding secret messages."

Osmo Genius Kit at Amazon

"Teaches concepts like problem-solving, spelling, counting, and creative drawing."

Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy at Amazon

"Teaches children ages 3 to 6 coding basics, as each segment of the bug is programmed to turn the critter in a different direction."

Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game at Amazon

"Kids ages 8 to 13 can build their own video game."

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    Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit

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    Snap Circuits

    Excellent

    Kids can complete more than 100 electronics projects with the Snap Circuits Jr. Kit. It includes more than 30 pieces that you snap together, creating real electrical circuits without any soldering or tools. This kit is best for kids ages 8 and up, and if they love it, you can expand it with one of the several upgrade kits.

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    Anki Cosmo

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    Anzi 

    Excellent

    Adults and kids alike will be impressed with this adorable little robot, which teaches users all about coding. Cozmo is great for kids 8 and up, and the personable little robot plays games with his included blocks. Children can also learn real coding skills with the associated app, starting out in the Sandbox, then progressing to real Python code.

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    Ozobot Bit Coding Robot

    Bit Coding Robot (White)

    Courtesy of Amazon

    The best STEM toys teach children science, technology, engineering, and math skills in a fun and immersive way. This toy perfect for children ages 6 will have them learning real coding skills with Bit, the coding robot. There are two different ways to play with this cool robot: using markers to draw out commands for him, or with the OzoBlockly programming editor, which lets kids write real code. It’s the perfect way to introduce children to this valuable skill.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best robot toys.

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    Magna-Tiles, Clear Colors, 100-Piece Set

    Magna Tiles

    CLEAR Colors 

    Excellent

    This highly-rated building set is designed for kids 3 and up, and they’ll use the magnetic pieces to build all sorts of amazing structures. This set comes with 100 pieces in different shapes, sizes, and colors, which encourage open-ended play while kids work on spatial and tactile skills.

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    GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank

    Goldie Blox

    Goldie Blox

    The GoldieBlox series of toys is the perfect way to get young girls (ages 4+) interested in engineering! With this particular set, kids will help GoldieBlox figure out how to build a dunk tank to give her dog a bath. It comes with a storybook to keep things interesting, as well as additional build ideas. 

    Take a peek at some of the other best STEM toys for girls you can buy.

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    4M Water Rocket Kit

    Water Rocket

     4M

    What boy doesn’t love rockets?! This kit includes everything kids need to create their very own water rocket using a plastic soda bottle, and the final product can be launched up to 90 feet in the air.

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    Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit

    Scientific Explorer

     Scientific Explorer

    For young scientists, this spy-themed kit will be the ultimate present. They’ll be able to solve two exciting mysteries by matching fingerprints, learning about DNA, testing powders, and decoding secret messages. It’s best for kids 8 and up, and the kit includes all the ingredients needed to complete eight activities.

    Check out our other reviews of the best toys for 8-year-old boys available on the market today.

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    Osmo Genius Kit

    Osmo's Genius Kit

     OSMO

    The Osmo Genius Kit is an incredibly unique set of learning games that kids ages 6 to 10 can play on their iPads. There are five hands-on learning games included, each of which includes physical game pieces and teaches concepts like problem-solving, spelling, counting, and creative drawing.

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    Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

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    Fisher Price 

    You’re never too young to start learning STEM skills! This adorable caterpillar-inspired toy teaches children ages 3 to 6 coding basics, as each segment of the bug is programmed to turn the critter in a different direction. Kids can rearrange the pieces to send the toy on unique paths, learning as they have a blast!

    Check out our guide to the best gifts for toddlers you can buy today.

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    Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game

    BLOXELS

     BLOXELS

    For those kids who love video games, why not give them the tools to make their very own game? With the Bloxels kit, kids ages 8 to 13 can build real game settings using the game board and colored blocks, then play with their creations in the Bloxels Builder app.

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    STEM Club Toy Subscription

    STEM club

    STEM club

    Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving, and with the STEM Club Toy Subscription, kids will get fun new gifts in the mail for several months. You can choose from three age ranges, as well as how often you want boxes delivered, and Amazon will ship handpicked toys to improve STEM skills.

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    Hape Dynamo Kid's Wooden Domino Set

    Kid's Dominio

    HAPE

     

    This set puts a fun twist on a classic childhood activity. The Hape Dynamo Kid’s Wooden Domino Set includes more than 100 pieces that kids can line up and knock down creating a domino effect. There are even special features, such as a bridge, bell, and other various tricks.

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    Tactbit Cubes

    TACTBIT DIY Tetris Night Light, 7 Colors Stackable Tangram Puzzle

     Courtesy of Amazon

    These light-up blocks will unleash anyone’s creative spirit. The cubes are magnetic, so they snap together, and contains LED lights that change color when the block is twisted. Even adults will want to play with these awesome toys!

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    ThinkFun Gravity Maze

    Gravity Maze

    Thinkfun

    Gravity Maze is a super fun logic game that kids will want to play again and again. It comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty, where you have to build mazes for marbles to roll down. It’s won a number of awards, including Toy of the Year, and makes a great gift for children 8 and up.

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    Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

    Swam Game

    Learning Resources

    Children 5 and up can learn early math skills with the fun Sum Swamp Game. On each turn, kids have to roll two number dice and a special die covered in math symbols, then complete the equation to move around the game board. 

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    4M Crystal Growing Experiment

    Crystal Growing Kit

    4M 

    This fun science experiment yields dazzling results. WIth the crystal-growing kit, children 10 and up can grow a variety of cool crystals, all while learning about science and geology. The kit even includes display domes so they can keep the resulting creations.

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    Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

    Microscope Toy

    Educational Insights 

    Every budding scientist needs a microscope, and this one is designed especially for kids ages 3 and up. It magnifies items up to 8x and has a variety of kid-friendly features, such as a chunky focusing knob and extra-large eyepieces.

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    Sphero Sprk+ App-Enabled Robot

    SPRK+

    Sphero

     

    Here’s another awesome robot that will get kids excited about programming. With Sphero Sprk+, kids will complete hands-on activities to drive and command the app-connected ball, which can travel at up to 4.5 MPH.

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    Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit

    catapult

    Pathfinders 

    Children will learn all about physics as they build a miniature replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s catapult. All the pieces are precut, and the instructions are easy to read, making this kit an ideal present for children 12 and older. 

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    Kinetic Sand: The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand

    Kinetic Sand

    Kinetic Sand

     

    This sand isn’t anything like the stuff you find at the beach. Kinetic Sand stimulates kid’s creative and sensory skills, as it oozes and melts through your fingers, yet holds its shape when pressed together. It will keep kids ages 3 and up engaged for hours—and it’s fun for adults, too.

Our Process

Our writers spent 10 hours researching and testing the most popular STEM toys on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.