Our Top Picks
"It includes more than 30 pieces that you snap together, creating real electrical circuits without any soldering or tools."
"This adorable little robot, which teaches users all about coding."
"There are two different ways to play with this robot: using markers to draw out commands for him, or with the programming editor."
"This building set encourages open-ended play while kids work on spatial and tactile skills."
"Kids will help GoldieBlox figure out how to build a dunk tank to give her dog a bath."
"Everything kids need to create their very own water rocket using a plastic soda bottle."
"Solve two exciting mysteries by matching fingerprints, learning about DNA, testing powders, and decoding secret messages."
"Teaches concepts like problem-solving, spelling, counting, and creative drawing."
"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 ages 8 to 13 can build their own video game."
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Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit
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.
"Our kids tinkered away for an hour straight after we opened the box, then later requested even more playtime—and there was plenty to do! Because kids can create their own designs after they’ve gone through all of the experiments, there’s more to do beyond the pages of the manual, which adds a lot of value to this kit."—Sarah Wassner Flynn, Product Tester
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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.
"It’s incredible that a robot the size of a palm can recognize faces and names, but be aware of what your kid names each person in the app. My daughter was sneaky and renamed her sisters using some mildly inappropriate words, and now we can’t get Cozmo to learn their real names."—Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
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Ozobot Bit Coding Robot
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.
"While right out of the box the Ozobot is ideal for a 6-year-old, you can beef up the gadget with additional visual programming simply by downloading a free corresponding app called Ozoblocky. The app allows the Ozobot to grow with your child, transforming them from a beginner coder to Google-ready engineers (ok maybe not quite that advanced)."—The Spruce Product Tester
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Magna-Tiles, Clear Colors, 100-Piece Set
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.
"The magnets snap together easily, making it effortless for younger kids who are still developing their motor skills."—Danielle Directo-Meston, Product TesterContinue to 5 of 20 below.
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GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank
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.
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Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit
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.
"Our 8-year-old tester was able to manipulate the materials without any adult assistance. It was a bit messy, but I’m of the school that if you’re not making a mess, you’re not having nearly enough fun."—The Spruce Product Tester
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Osmo Genius Kit
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.
"The Osmo Genius Kit combines digital learning with hands-on activities—the combination of which keeps tactile learners fully engaged. After observing our 7-year-old nephew playing a few games (and partaking in a few ourselves) we saw how he was able to build social, emotional, and spatial skills."—The Spruce Product TesterContinue to 9 of 20 below.
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Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy
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!
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Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game
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
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
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.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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ThinkFun Gravity Maze
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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4M Crystal Growing Experiment
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.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Kinetic Sand: The Original Moldable Sensory Play 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.