The 14 Best STEM Toys for Girls in 2020

Help her learn about coding, chemistry, electronics and more

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Our Top Picks
"This interactive and programmable robot can express hundreds of emotions."
"This toy introduces basic engineering concepts in a toddler-friendly way."
"This set supports critical thinking and fine motor skills, all while teaching kids about gears."
"Your future director will adore this camera that shoots HD video and has built-in editing software."
"This kit teaches kids about electrical circuits with more than 100 exciting projects."
"For kids who love animals, they’ll absolutely love molding their own shark, alligator, and chameleon."
"This box is full of surprise pieces that let kids use their imagination to build figures and robots."
"For kids who are into robotics, there’s no better STEM toy than this."
"This cool toy makes it easy for kids to create 3D parts for bugs."
"This award-winning STEM toy includes more than 19 fun experiments that teaches kids about essential chemistry concepts."

Whether you know a little girl who loves coding, math, chemistry, or biology or you're hoping to spark a deeper interest in these areas, a fun way to learn is to pick up a STEM-themed toy. We researched the best STEM toys for girls, rounding up a list of robots to teach coding, chemistry sets for running experiments, building kits to learn engineering basics, and more.

Here, the best STEM toys for girls fo all ages:

Anki Cozmo

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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.

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