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Whether you are looking for a gift for a girl who already loves science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or you want to help them delve into STEM, a toy geared toward these interests is a great way to combine education and play.
From robots to building kits to chemistry sets, there are tons of options out there designed with STEM principles that'll encourage girls to explore the world and use their imagination.
Here, the best STEM toys for girls of all ages.
Cozmo is a little robot with a big personality. He’s powered by artificial intelligence, so he can express hundreds of emotions and even recognize you. Young girls will love playing games like Quick Tap and Keepaway with their robotic pal, and they can use Cozmo’s Code Lab, which comes with both beginner and intermediate programs, to dive into the world of programming.
"His reactions are eerily close to the way humans display emotion, and it makes him so fun to interact with. My daughter wouldn’t put him down."—Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
Guidecraft Grippies Builders
Little girls are never too young to start learning about STEM concepts! The award-winning Guidecraft Grippies Builders set is an open-ended activity for toddlers 18 months and older. The 20-piece set comes with a variety of oversized soft plastic rods and balls with four unique textures. The pieces snap together using magnets, allowing toddlers to create a huge variety of shapes as they engage in a little tactile exploration.
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build & Bloom Building Set
This set comes with 117 colorful pieces shaped like gears, cranks, flowers, garden critters, stems, and more. The parts are all interchangeable, so young girls can create complex garden designs then use the cranks to put their creativity in motion. Buyers love that there are endless ways to put this set together, and many note young girls love learning about mechanical concepts as they create fun, colorful garden designs.
VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam
For the kids who are a bit too small for an expensive camera, this VTech camera is a great option for creative kids. It’s durable, features a wrist strap for easy carrying, and a handy tripod stand. The camera shoots HD video and even has built-in editing capabilities. Kids will get a kick out of the more than 20 animated backgrounds.
Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit
The Snap Circuits kit includes more than 30 pieces that easily snap together—no soldering necessary. Kids ages 8 and up can use this kit to create real, working electrical circuits, completing projects like powering a flashing light or a siren. The manual includes instructions for more than 100 projects, and parents say it’s the perfect balance of fun and challenging.
Crayola Build A Beast Craft Kits
This toy is great for kids who love animals or those who just love building. Instead of a set of blocks, the kit allows kids to essentially build, and mold, animals. The kit comes with three animal frames (shark, chameleon, and alligator) and they have to connect the parts and use the clay to mold the figures. The animals’ tails even wiggle and shake.
HEXBUG JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit
Life is full of surprises and so is this Hexbug Junkbot. The dumpster comes full of a range of mysterious parts and kids have to assemble them to create their own mini motorized bots or figures. Parents will love watching kids get creative and flex their imagination using the more than 50 pieces in the box.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
This STEM activity bundle will teach young girls to code with the help of the cute blue Dash robot. The Dash Robot responds to voice commands, and there are several included challenge cards that will teach kids how to program the robot using concepts like loops, events, conditions, and sequences. The open-ended learning platform makes learning to code easy and accessible, and this kit even comes with a catapult launcher that snaps onto the robot.
3Doodler Start Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set
If she’s old enough to hold a pen or pencil, then this will be a great gift. The 3Doodler operates like a pen but instead of ink, it creates fun appendages like wings and legs for the included bug molds. Kids can get really creative with colors and designs to create the bug of their dreams. The creepy crawlers even have motors and can buzz and move about.
YELLOW SCOPE Foundation Chemistry Kit
This chemistry kit is specifically designed for ages 8 to 12. The Foundation Chemistry Kit includes real lab equipment—everything girls need to learn about chemical reactions, molecular motion, and more. The lab notebook also contains fun facts, quizzes, and room for kids to create their own experiments! The kit keeps young girls busy for hours and that the supplies are high-quality and worth the price.
Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set
The Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot will introduce young girls to coding concepts without the need for a smartphone or other device. The 77-piece set includes a remote programmer that you use to control the robot, as well as 40 coding cards, obstacle-building pieces, a starter guide, and more. Kids will learn about concepts like looping commands as they drive Botley around using the screen-free remote.
Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad
What’s unique about the Osmo Genius Kit is it combines on-screen activities with physical puzzle and game pieces, helping kids exercise both spatial and visual problem-solving skills. The games teach math, spelling, drawing, and more. Plus, it’s a great way to encourage kids to make screen time more educational—while still being fun.
Tech Will Save Us Synth Kit
This is one cool toy for kids 12 and up. The kit contains everything to build three working synthesizers in about an hour and then they can be used to create beats. The synths can be taken apart and reassembled numerous times to make different sounds. Purchase of the kit also provides free access to Club Make, which has hundreds of hours of digital projects and content.
Spin Master Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid 2 x 2 Game
Challenging games and puzzles can build skills and encourage curiosity. The Rubik’s Perplexus combines two games so kids have to wind the steel ball through the maze. Along the way there are 200 challenge barriers that make the task more difficult, but so satisfying when they finally solve it.
What to Look for in STEM Toys for Girls
It’s important to make sure that the toy or activity that you are considering is geared toward your child’s age. If it is too simple, they could get bored. A toy that is above their level could discourage them from STEM. Look for a toy that will challenge her mind and allow her to experience the pride of creating, achieving, and exploring.
STEM toys are great for all children, regardless of gender. “Girls and boys both love STEM,” says Chuck English, Virginia STEM Coordinator at the Science Museum of Virginia. “They have the same interests and there’s no need to meet a certain marketing pallet. Make sure we’re open and inviting to everyone."
Always follow the safety instructions included with a STEM toy. Many of our favorite STEM toys include small pieces, chemicals, or mechanical parts that could pose a safety hazard, especially for young children. If you are unsure, keep the toy or activity for times that you can supervise and play together.
STEM toys and activities are a great way to incorporate learning into your play. Look for a toy that teaches your child about something new or allows them to explore problems to create their own solutions. Building toys, chemistry sets, and other interactive toys are a great way to do this.
One of the principles of STEM is to allow children to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math. Toys that allow for open-ended play get kids to use their imaginations and can offer hours of fun, coming up with a different path every time.