10 Best STEM Toys for Kids
for February 2024

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Stem toys are educational toys that teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math. Unlike electronic toys, which teach kids about technology, stem toys teach them about science.

Stem toys are great for kids ages 3 to 10, but adults can also enjoy them. Stem toys help kids develop critical thinking skills, problem solving, and curiosity. While STEM toys are beneficial for kids, they also teach adults about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), which is important for career and life success.

In the MOOZ Themes Reviews Lab, we test stem toys for performance, such as how easy they are to set up, how durable they are, and how fun they are to play with. We also evaluate how easy they are to clean and whether they're safe for young kids.

Here are our picks for the best stem toys of 2022:

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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Kids Microscope, Preschool Science Toy, Featuring Bindi Irwin, Gift for Boys & Girls, STEM & Science Toy, Ages 4+

Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking Jr. Kids Microscope

by Educational Insights

ONLY TALKING MICROSCOPE FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Introduce children to a real scientific toy that is easy to use and fun to learn with this educational toy for kids

The GeoSafari Jr. Talking Kids Microscope is an impressive specimen of educational toy technology. The unit is well-designed, featuring an adjustable focus dial, a clear 1.25-inch eyepiece, and a sturdy, adjustable stand. It also has a solid feel, with nice weight and no buzzing or rattling. The microscope comes with 60 high-resolution images, and kids can look at individual objects, or zoom out to get an overview of the animal kingdom. There is a 30-second timer, so kids don't keep examining the objects indefinitely, and they can easily cycle through the images using the small circular buttons on the side of the microscope. The images are bright, colorful, and sharp, and the text is easy to read. The microscope also offers two different modes of play: fact mode, which presents facts about each image, and quiz mode, which asks questions about the images. There are two modes of play: fact mode, which presents facts about each image, and quiz mode, which asks questions about the images.

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Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys -190 Pieces DIY Building Science Experiment Kit for Kids Aged 8-10 and Older,Solar Powered by The Sun

Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys -190 Pieces DIY Science Building Experiment Kit for Kids Aged 8-10 and Older

by Sillbird

Ideal gift : All pieces are sturdy and durable, which are made of premium quality harmless and non-toxic ABS plastic. Great gift for birthday| |Children's Day| Christmas| Chanukah| Easter| STEM| summer camp activities| back to school.

Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys -190 Pieces DIY Building Science Experiment Kit for Kids Aged 8-10 and Older,Solar Powered by The Sun offers your child practical experiences of working with green technology, let them learn about renewable energy sources and have fun doing it with. This is a great way for your child to get started in robotics toy. This robot toys will teach children how to engineer a robot that uses solar power, while help to develop manual dexterity, problem solving skills, improve logical thinking, self-confidence and promotes the importance of teamwork & collaboration. It is also a perfect toy to encourage learning of mechanics and engineering in young children,enhance your children's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills. DIY for CREATION: Improve your child's imagination and creativity by challenging them to build their own robots with 190 easy-build pieces parts & accessories. We include guide for 12 robot designs in details from level 1 to level 2, easy to build as guide step by step.It's fit for boys and girls aged 8-10 and older, great robot toys encourage your child to learn through play.

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SNAEN Science Kit with 30 Science Lab Experiments,DIY STEM Educational Learning Scientific Tools for 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Years Old Boys Girls Kids Toys Gift

SNAEN Science Kit with Science 30 Lab Experiments

by JUYUE

Complete 47-pieces Science Test Kit - We provide safe and durable scientific tools for 30 experiments, including 1 goggles, 8 bottles of chemical materials, 4 large test tubes with scales, 5 measuring spoons, 7 measuring cups, 1 funnel, 3 droppers, 6 balloons, 1 table tennis, 1 candle, etc. (Water and oil are not included)

This professional scientific guidance card kit contains 30 colorful experiment instruction cards (both sides), clearly showing the steps and scientific principles of 30 experiments, guiding your little scientist from simple to challenging step by step, enhancing the confidence of children. This STEM educational toy is suitable for boys and girls over 3 years old,and a great gift for Christmas/birthday/school events.It stimulates children's scientific interest through fun scientific experiments, improves hands-on and thinking skills, and makes them focus on the fun of exploration and discovery.

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Brickyard Building Blocks STEM Toys - Educational Building Toys for Kids Ages 4-8 with 163 Pieces, Tools, Design Guide and Toy Storage Box for Kids

Brickyard Building Blocks STEM Toys

by DynaMax Creations LLC

LEARN & PLAY - Let your kid's creativity and imagination run wild! These STEM toys are ideal for a 4 year old, but provide educational fun for all ages

The Brickyard Building Blocks STEM Toys are a new kind of building toy. They combine the creativity of Lego with the engineering of Meccano, and that's because each brick has a screw hole, so you can add wheels, axles, rods, gears, and more. The Brickyard Building Blocks come in 163 pieces, enough for up to 4 / 6 kids to play at once. The set has enough bricks, wrenches, moveable wheels, nuts, and bolts to build 16 models, including 8 designs and 8 variations. The designs are simple and fun, and there are instructions built into the packaging, so it's easy to get started. The set comes with 2 design books (one for beginners, one for experienced builders). The Brickyard Building Blocks come with a tool storage case, so kids can store their toys away when they're done. The storage case fits the 163 pieces, 2 design books, and 2 screwdrivers. The Brickyard Building Blocks are non-toxic, and Phthalate, Lead, Cadmium, and BPA-free. They're bright and colorful, so they're easy for kids to see, and they're unstructured, so kids can play with them for hours. The Brickyard Building Blocks may prove to be even more fun for kids than Lego, which can be overwhelming and complicated. The Brickyard Building Blocks may be slightly more expensive than Lego, but they're also more open-ended and open-ended play is beneficial to kids' development.

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STEM Robot Building Kits for Kids- Remote Control Engineering Science Educational Learning Science Building Toys for Kids Age 8-12

GP TOYS STEM Robot Building Kits for Kids- Remote Control Science Engineering Educational Learning Science Building Toys for Kids Age 8-12

by GP TOYS

Rechargeable Robotics Building Kits: This robot toy adopts the USB charging design. Charge for 120 minutes and drive for about 40 minutes. The remote controller needs 2*AAA batteries (not included).

STEM Robot Building Kits for Kids- Remote Control Engineering Science Educational Learning Science Building Toys for Kids Age 8-12 are a great robot building kit for 10 year old boys. The kids can easily assemble the robot within 2 hours, and drive the coding robot all over the house, exercise brain and hands-on skills. The robot toys for boys age 8-12 are kids' favorite toys, your kids can enhance their intelligence, logical thinking, spatial thinking, and creativity. The robot toys for boys age 8-12, you can enjoy the happy childhood with your kids.

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4M 5576 Table Top Robot - DIY Robotics Stem Toys, Engineering Edge Detector Gift for Kids & Teens, Boys & Girls (Packaging May Vary)

4M 5576 Table Top Robot

by Toysmith

Includes components, accessories and easy-to-follow instructions. You will need a small cross Head screwdriver and 1 AA battery (not included)

This tabletop robot kit from 4M is a simple, fun way for kids to learn STEM concepts. The kit includes everything you need to build and program your own scuttling crab-like robot, including a 4-inch-long, 1- inch-wide chassis (with 4 motors and 2 gears), 8 building pieces (including 2 wheels and 2 climbing claws), 2 controller boards, a USB cable, a power adapter, and 16 plastic screws. The kit also comes with 16 pages of assembly instructions, and 4M's website has lots of photos and videos to help kids understand the process. The instructions aren't as detailed as we'd like, but kids should be able to follow them without a problem. Once assembled, the robot can move in either direction, and it can also climb up objects. Kids can program the robot using 4M's website, where they can also download additional programs, apps, and games. 4M also sells several add-on kits, including a 2.5- inch-long, 0.5-inch-wide chassis (for smaller robots), a 2.5-inch-wide chassis (for bigger robots), and a 1-inch-wide chassis (for smaller robots). The 2.5-inch-wide chassis costs $20, the 2.5-inch-wide chassis costs $24, and the 1-inch-wide chassis costs $20.

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CIRO 12-in-1 Solar Robot Toys, STEM Education Activities Kits for Kids 8-12, 190 Pieces Building Sets

CIRO 12-in-1 Solar Robot Toys

by CIRO

Satisfactory Service: CIRO offers a wide range of toys and kits from STEM to crafts. We highly value customer feedback and provide 90-day free return policy.

CIRO 12-in-1 Solar Robot Toys, STEM Education Activities Kits for Kids 8-12, 190 Pieces Building Sets
The 12-in-1 solar robot toys are an excellent STEM toy that can teach children the basics of robotics. The robot kit includes 190 pieces, including 72 moving parts, 26 connecting parts, 10 chassis plates, 10 wheels, 4 shafts, and 4 batteries. The instructions are easy to follow and the building process takes 45 minutes to complete. Once the robot is built, children could complete different tasks, such as crawling, rolling, and floating, by powering with solar energy. The robot toys are made of non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials, which make it safe for children. The solar robot toys are a great gift for boys and girls who are interested in STEM and robotics.

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Nxone STEM Toys 195 PCS Building Toys Educational Toys for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Construction Building Blocks Toy Building Sets Kids Toys Creative Activities Games with Storage Box

Nxone STEM Toys 195 PCS Building Toys Educational Toys for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 8 7 9 10 Construction Building Blocks Toy Building Sets Kids Toys Creative Activities Games with Storage Box

by NXONE

Additional value - Our STEM educational toys are equipped with a newly upgraded electric drill which can lock the screws better between blocks. It also comes with a portable storage box which can improve children's organizational abilities. Meanwhile, with a detailed instruction booklet of model example, children can easily build a varity of shapes to get sense of achievement. Older kids can realize their imaginations and creativities through STEM toy's building blocks and modules.

The Nxone STEM toys for boys and girls, 195 pieces with kid-safe electric drill, is a high quality, durable, and safe construction toy set, which is excellent for developing your children's science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) skills, creativity, imagination, hand-eye coordination, cognitive competence, operational and logical thinking ability. The 195 pieces toy building set comes with 195 pieces of blocks, a storage box and an electric drill. With this building set, your children can practice their skill and intelligence and enhance their creativity and imagination. Moreover, it is a perfect toy for building construction skills, promoting hand-eye coordination and cognitive competence. Nxone STEM toy set contains 195 pieces of blocks, a storage box and an electric drill, which brings more fun for boys and girls. The storage box is 9.3x18x10.6 inches, large enough for storing and carrying. The electric drill is kid-safe.

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Crystal Growing Kit for Kids - Science Experiments for Boys and Girls Ages 6-12 Year Old Girl Gifts - Boy Toys STEM Crafts Activities, DIY Projects - Gift for Kids Age 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Dan&Darci Crystal Growing for Kit Kids

by Dan&Darci

A fun and educational gift for all ages: It's not often that a science project can be fun and engaging, but this kit achieves both! It fascinates children as soon as they pull it out of the box and is a perfect STEM project. It fosters a love for science and crystallography in a fun and exciting way.

Growing crystals is a fun project for kids, and this kit makes it easy. The crystals are colorful and sparkly, and kids can learn a ton about crystals through this fun project. The crystal growing process itself is fairly simple, but it helps to have good instructions and a kit like this makes it easy to follow. The kit comes with everything you need, including display, crystals, crystals starter, mixing stick, tweezers, growing cups, and 12-page instruction book. The crystals themselves grow fairly quickly, but it's a little hard to tell exactly how much time is left, so I would have liked to have seen a way to track progress. The crystals are also fairly delicate, so be careful when handling them. The crystals are packaged in the provided bags, but there's not really any way to reseal them, so it wouldn't hurt to put them in resealable bags for storage.

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Lekebaby Dinosaur Toys for 3 4 5 6 7 Year Old Boys, Take Apart Dinosaur Toys for Kids 3-5 STEM Construction Building Toys, Dinosaur Toys Birthday Gifts Boys Girls

Lekebaby Dinosaur Toys for 3 4 6 5 7 Year Old Boys

by Seasing

Sturdy and Safe - Made of durable ABS plastic, non-toxic and lead/BPA/phthalate free. no burrs, no odor, perfect size for small hands to grip, easy to wash to keep germs away. Note: take apart toy contains small parts, please guide your children to use it correctly

Lekebaby is a relative newcomer to the toy industry, so they're building a brand. That said, their dinosaur toys are well-made, colorful, and feature great details. Our testers liked that the pieces easily fit together, and the dinosaur toys are flexible enough that they move easily. Our testers also liked that Lekebaby includes a 4-screwdriver set, which makes it easier to build the dinosaur toys. Our only complaints were that the dinosaur toys are fragile, so they're best for older kids. Also, the dinosaur toys aren't as sturdy as they look, so they're best for posing rather than playing. That said, our testers loved the dinosaur toys, and we think they'll make a great gift for any child who loves dinosaurs.

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