Best STEM Toys for Kids Ages 5 to Teen

Katie Mitchell
Katie Mitchell
March 15, 2021 3 min read

Our children have a natural curiosity about the world - how do robotics work? What happens when we look inside our electronics? Give them a gift that helps them explore these questions! High-quality STEM toys and kits allow kids to learn, marvel, and problem-solve through play. It's awesome how much kiddos can learn this way!

Here you'll find a list of some of our favorite STEM toys and kits for kids ages 5 through teenager. These toys encourage exploration and learning in a variety of sciences, including engineering, chemistry, and robotics. Best of all, these STEM kits encourage independent playing and learning beyond the first time your kids open the box. 

You can also discover more gifts for science-loving kids, by shopping our STEM Toys Collection.

 

Thames and Kosmos Tumbling HedgehogFor the Teen Who Wants a Pet
Tumbling Hedgehog, Recommended for Ages 10+

Build a cute robotic pet hedgehog! With the 172 building pieces in this kit, assemble a real robot that looks like an adorable hedgehog. The robot has a built-in sound sensor and can react to different sounds. Play with it by making different sounds and watch it tumble, roll, spin, bristle its spines, and scurry around.

Snap Circuit BricFor the LEGO Fanatic
Snap Circuit Bric Structures, Recommended for Ages 8+

Give your kiddos the ability to bring their creations to life with Snap Circuit Bric. Add to LEGO and let their creations shine with lights or movement as they learn about electricity, circuitry, and mechanical engineering. Turn a standard toy into an interactive masterpiece of their own creation. Kids can wire their builds with sounds and 3-D circuits to invent just about anything (and make it go)! We love this toy to encourage budding engineers.

Snap Circuits Jr SelectFor the Young Engineer
Snap Circuits Jr., Recommended for Ages 8+

Snap Circuits Jr. allows for hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. This kit is perfect for giving your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. We also love that the real circuit components are color-coded, perfect for the youngest engineers. Snap Circuits Jr. has won dozens of industry awards, including Toy of the Year, ASTRA's Best Toy for Kids, and Good Housekeeping's Best Toy!

Sun Seeker Solar Rowboat KitFor the Sun Seeker
Solar Rowboat Kit, Recommended for Ages 14+

For the more advanced scientists: The Sun Seeker is one part model kit, one part science project, and all parts fun! Learn all about green energy power while you assemble and wire the row boat with solar panels. Find a sunny spot in the water, launch, and watch the row boat go! Bring it to the pool and the lake. The motor can be powered by the solar panels on the top or with batteries (not included) for play on cloudy days.

Super Duper Bubble Gum LabFor Avid Chewing Gum Fans
Super Duper Bubble Gum Lab, Recommended for Ages 6+

It’s time to have some yummy gummy fun with this awesome bubble gum making kit! Mix up your gum base and then sweeten it with sugar. Next, use the three included flavors to make your gum more delicious than ever.

Zivko the RobotFor the A.I. Enthusiast
Zivko the Robot, Recommended for Ages 10+

Zivko the Robot is an intelligent Hexiped robot. What a great introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Zivko has two function modes: Follow or Explore. In "Follow" mode, Zivko follows whoever approaches it, and acts like an obedient pet and follows you around. In "Explore" mode, Zivko can avoid obstacles and find a new route to explore. The little robot offers exciting sound and light effect. It develops its own emotions and gestures, just like your pets.


Kids First Robot SafariFor the Budding Zoologist
Kids First: Robot Safari, Recommended for Ages 5+

Build a series of adorable, motorized robotic animals with this introductory mechanical engineering kit for kids ages 5+. The illustrated 32-page storybook focuses on the adventures of the Omegas — the family of makers and engineers featured in other Kids First early engineering kits.

Remember how magnificent it was to learn the principles of chemistry, engineering, and math that make our world go 'round every day? With these STEM toys, kids will have a blast exploring these fields and learning how they play a part in everything we do.

If you discover science kits via this post that you would like to purchase, please buy through our locally-owned Colorado store. By doing so, you help to support our employees and families and allow us to continue providing you with wonderful, educational toys and games. We appreciate your support! Welcome to the BtB family!


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