The best STEM toys for little learners

It’s never too early to introduce children to the wonders of science, tech, engineering and math. They’ll have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning!

STEM Toys for kids

In a world that’s evolving at an increasingly fast pace, a growing number of educators and parents are highlighting the importance of STEM education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – subjects that equip young minds with the ability to think critically, make sense of complex information and solve difficult problems. These skills are essential for young people to be successful in our modern society.

STEM toys can introduce young children to these important concepts from a young age in a fun and engaging manner. But how can you tell STEM toys that are truly beneficial apart from second-rate versions made by companies who are just trying to make a buck?

According to a report released by market-research firm Technavio, educational toys can be divided into three categories: academic, cognitive thinking and motor skills. Good academic toys include math and science kits, as well as language-learning toys. Cognitive-thinking toys include puzzles, activity sets and construction sets. And examples of toys that build motor skills are workbench sets, building blocks and shape stackers.

The most important thing to look for when choosing a STEM toy is that it requires children to think, interact or manipulate ideas. They should be actively engaged in learning rather than being passive observers. Here are 12 of our favorite STEM toys.

KORXX Form Stacking Blocks

Stacking and building possibilities are endless with this 28-piece block set. The well-adhering cork surface and beveled edges make them suitable for even the youngest of tots. From 12 months.

Moon Picnic My Weather Station

Moon Picnic My Weather Station Toy

Move the weather meter, slide the thermometer and turn the dials to learn all about the weather. Ages 3 and up.

Primo Toys Cubetto Playset

The Cubetto Playset teaches kids about coding without the use of computers or screens. It includes an interface board, 16 blocks, a world map and an educational story book. Ages 3 to 6.

Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit

Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit

The Electro Dough Kit is fun for the whole family! Follow the recipe to make your own conductive dough, create simple circuits, and watch your creations buzz and light up. Ages 4 and up.

Wise Elk Dragon’s Castle

Wise Elk Dragons Castle Brick Construction Set

Build a multi-colored brick castle with five watch towers on your own or as part of a team. When you’re done, put the castle in water for 30 minutes to dissolve the glue and start all over again! Ages 5 and up.

Arckit Mini Angle

Arckit Mini Angle

Arckit is a freeform architectural modelling system. Your aspiring architect can click-and-connect the 85+ modular components to create a vast array of structures. Ages 6 and up.

Copernicus Crystal Growing Kits

Copernicus Crystal Growing Kit in Saguaro Cactus

Copernicus Crystal Growing Kit in Cherry Tree

Little eyes will light up with wonder as they watch the colorful micro-crystals grow on the paper form of the Saguaro Cactus or the Cherry Tree. Ages 6 and up.

Copernicus Natural Disasters Science Kit

Copernicus Natural Disasters Science Kit

Unleash a series of powerful natural disasters within the safety of your own home. The kit contains everything you need to create a snow blizzard, an erupting volcano and a whirling tornado. Ages 8 and up.

Tech Will Save Us Thirsty Plant Kit

Tech Will Save Us Thirsty Plant Kit

This cutting-edge watering set allows children to build a solar-powered moisture sensor that will let them know when their plant needs water. Ages 8 and up.
Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Kit

Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Kit

Big kids will learn all about how wireless electricity works as they make their very own wireless bike lights that flash as they ride. Ages 8 and up.

Copernicus Robotic Arm

Copernicus Make A Robotic Arm Kit

Build your own Copernicus Robotic Arm from pre-cut wood pieces and plastic hydraulics in under an hour! Ages 12 and up.