Best STEM Toys and Games Ages 6 Mos to 99 Years!
STEMLearning toys do more than sit there and entertain—they stimulate and teach kids by introducing them to basic coding concepts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). They help kids develop a wide range of skills, from critical thinking and problem-solving to the basics of engineering and the scientific method.
Writing for Stanford University’s Development and Research in Early Math Education, Alissa A. Lange, Ph.D., shares that even preschool-age children show focus, engagement, and enjoyment while playing and participating in age-appropriate STEM learning activities.
Providing open-ended, imaginative, fun opportunities, STEM toys introduce new ideas, reinforce foundational concepts, and stoke kids’ curiosity and creativity.
I love these toys and games for kids of all ages (as young as 6 months) because they’re fun—especially Rush Hour!—but simultaneously stimulate learning through creativity and mind-challenging play. Kids won’t want to put these down.
Stunning Chemistry Science Set
This National Geographic STEM science and chemistry kit gives kids the chance to experience the scientific process in a hands-on way, just like a real scientist! There are so many activities and experiments to try that they’ll be busy for hours, exploring the fascinating world of chemistry.
Age: 8 – 99 years
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards
Pattern Blocks and Boards inspire kids to explore shapes and colors in a hands-on way as they fill wooden backgrounds with sturdy wooden pieces! Follow one of 10 design templates or create your own mosaic using the 120 colorful wooden tiles in 6 different shapes. Matching and mosaics—what a gorgeous way for kids 3 and older to develop their fine motor skills!
Age: 3 – 6 years
Stacks of Circles Stacking Ring
As the original developmental toy company for the past 30 years, Sassy Developmental Toys has worked together with developmental experts and educators to create a line of toys specifically designed to encourage STEM learning in babies. While it may not be a science experiment or a traditional math problem, babies have their own version of STEM. Science, technology, engineering, and math come in the form of curiosity, exploration and play!
Age: 6 – 24 months
Lalaboom Montessori Shapes and Colors Construction Game and Learning Toy
Big, colorful beads and delightful characters are uniquely designed to grow with your child and embody the principles of the Montessori method, inviting children to learn at their own pace through experimentation, imagination, and play.
Age: 10 months – 3 years
Schleich Dinosaurs, 32-Piece Playset with Camp Station and Erupting Volcano
A fiery new playset is erupting into the Schleich Dinosaurs play world! Molten lava, volcanic ash, giant rocks, and hours of imaginative play are bursting from the Volcano Expedition Base Camp playset. Exploding with action-packed play functions—glowing lava, cool vapor, realistic tremors, and a ground-shaking eruption. Batteries required (not included).
Age: 4 – 12 years
Crime Catchers Science Kit
Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit is a safe and fun educational science kit that will have you following clues and gathering evidence by matching fingerprints, testing powders and liquids, and decoding secret messages like a crime scene investigator.
Age: 8 – 15 years
Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Magnetic Building Tiles For Creative Play
Magna-tiles are the original 3D magnetic building tiles by Valtech since 1997. Each tile edge is magnetized so you can connect them to build anything you can imagine. If you can click it, you can create it! Not only are Magna-Tiles fun, but they also help develop fine motor skills as kids stack, build, count, match, and click, together their creations.
Age: 3 – 99 years
Big smiles, eyes wide—both Baby and Rovee’s faces will light up with joy (and color) as a years-long friendship begins. The Fisher-Price Rollin’ Rovee activity toy is an interactive friend that keeps playtime exciting as your baby grows from infant to toddler to preschooler. Each of its four interactive play modes is filled with music and fun activities encouraging little bodies to move.
Age: 6 mos. – 5 years
Drop and Go Dump Truck
This dump truck is as interactive as it is adorable. Drop a colorful rock into the top of this cheerful toy and watch it tumble into the bucket. Colorful buttons teach tools and colors.
Age: 6 mos.+
Sassy Whimsical Wheel
Capture baby’s attention with the spinning wheels and bright colors of the Whimsical Wheel! Stimulates visual tracking and strengthens fine motor skills. Frustration-free play. Adorbs!
Age: 6 mos.+
Sit to Stand Learning Walker
This beautiful interactive learning baby walker has a removable play panel. An early learning center, it encourages creativity; wheels work on carpeted and hard floors. This adorable walker features two colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters, and 3 light-up buttons that develop motor skills. Pretend telephone handset and mechanical elements enhance role-play fun; 2 AA batteries are included. Over 70 sing-along songs, music, sound effects, and fun phrases.
Age: 9 mos.+
Turn and Learn Driver
Your little ones will love this! It encourages imaginative play with a traffic light, a signal lever that triggers fun sounds and music, a gear shifter that pushes and introduces opposites …
Age: 6 mos.+
Dinosaur Toys Set
We adore these dinosaurs! A great gift for preschool boys or girls. The Dinosaur Toys Playset includes four dinosaurs, all on wheels. Encourages imaginative play. So darn cute, too!
Age: 2 – 4 years
Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy
This mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes is a perfect baby teething toy. Newborn toy award winner! … including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award. BPA free.
Age: Birth – 2 years
LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone
There’s some magnetic attraction between babies and mobile phones. Have you noticed this? Now you can separate little ones from your phone without stifling their curiosity by giving them their own smartphone! This cute “phone” from the folks at LeapFrog mimics the real thing with more than 15 phone activities, a music button to sing along to tunes about counting and phone manners. Skills to learn: numbers, pretend play, social interaction, and conversational skills, as well.
Age: 18 months – 3 years
Mega Bloks Big Building Bag
Set includes 80 building blocks for hours of play. Blocks are big and easy for little fingers to assemble. The STEM toy Encourages hands-on exploration as children imagine and create.
Age: 12 months – 5 years
Pretend Teaching Cash Register
This working register encourages imaginative play using basic math and early money skills. This realistic toy will give children endless hours of fun, pretending, playing, and developing math skills!
Age: 3 to 8 years
Little Apps Tablet
With its color-changing screen, letter buttons, and piano keyboard, this kid-size toy tablet keeps little ones busily learning for hours on end. Includes 12 learning activities with progressive learning levels. And if that’s not enough, check out just how adorable it is!
Age: 2 to 5 years
Robot Turtles Game
This board game stealthily teaches youngsters programming fundamentals. Kids quickly learn to write programs with playing cards. Ingenious! This learning toy is perfect for 2 to 5 players.
Bit Coding Robot
Meet Bit, a pocket-sized, basic Bot for building early steam skills—beginner coding). Arrives assembled and ready to play with two ways to code: using markers to draw out commands for him or with the programming editor. Super fun!
My First Pogo Stick
This pogo stick offers hours of healthy, bouncy fun. Crafted from durable foam, this is an ideal first pogo stick for kids; each jump makes a fun squeaky sound destined to delight or … other 😂. But really, Pogo sticks make great active toys for kids because they help train hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills; Give your kid a headstart in life with a toddler pogo stick crafted to improve balance.
Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Building Block
Colorful, lightweight, soft foam blocks bring a new way for even the youngest curious ones to build and create. Designed to stimulate the imagination, the blocks are magnetized and designed to click together almost magically and then rotate 360-degrees. Watch kids of all ages light up as they’re able to make animals, sculptures, towers, and more—from simple to complex.
Age: 18 mos.+
Hexbug JunkBots Kit
Imagine an industrial dumpster packed with robot parts. That’s what Hexbug Junkbots Industrial Dumpster Assortment Kit is all about, and boy, do the kids love this!
From unboxing the mystery behind which Hexbug lies within to discover that this kit contains parts to make four Hexbug bots, this toy will inspire and stimulate critical thinking in ways the kids will not notice. Why? Because it’s just so much fun!
Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen Playset
Two-sided, garden-to-kitchen playset with 30+ play pieces, colorful lights, music, and learning content for fresh pretend play. Smart Stages learning content changes as the baby grows. Teaches […]
Age: 18 mos.+
Blues Clues You Dance-Along Blue Plush
This adorable plush, interactive toy that is sure to delight the little ones who watch Blue’s Clues show. Blue can move her head, ear, and paws along with the music, and the guitar included in this toy becomes the remote control! How cute is that?!
Fisher Price Code and Learn Kinderbot
With the Fisher-Price Code ‘n Learn Kinderbot, preschoolers enter different codes to control their robot friend’s movements. This interactive learning toy comes to life with lights and phrases, offering coding challenges that teach about early math concepts, colors, shapes, and more. There are three ways to play, a cool secret code book, and four machine accessories to expand the play for your junior engineer! Inspiring little learners to be big thinkers. Teaches early math concepts, colors, letters and more through exciting coding challenges. Reasoning & Problem Solving: Kids can practice their coding and problem-solving skills as they figure out how to “program” paths for their robot. Engineering & Building: As kids try out different experiments with the robot and the simple machine accessories, they’re practicing engineering and building skills—just like a real engineer.
Age: 3 – 6 years
Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition aka Baby Yoda
Inspired by the favorite character from The Mandalorian, is quite awesome. Touch the top of The Child Animatronic Edition’s head to activate sound effects inspired by The Mandalorian, including happy and excited, giggles and babbles, tired and sleeping, and Force effects sound. Certain to be Christmas 2020’s hot (read: hard to find) toy, if this fits your holiday budget, grab it now while you can.
LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Monster Burger Truck
Budding cooks can hop on board for a great building experience with the set. They can try their hand at running a food truck with this unique vehicle filled with loads of brick-built details like a giant hamburger on the roof, foldable steps, and a dog figure. Children get to explore 3 different build-and-play experiences in 1 with this LEGO Creator 3-in-1 set. They can make a monster burger truck, rebuild it into an off-roader or toy tractor pulling vehicle, or let their creativity loose and create whatever they want.
Age: 8 years +
Peek & Push: A Game of Memory and Coordination
Peek & Push is a 2-player strategy game that tests your memory. Create a set or run before your opponent does, and you win!
Age: 12 – 99
Mega Fossil Dig Kit
This item from National Geographic is so much fun (educational, too). Kids get to dig up REAL dinosaur fossils. These genuine fossils are millions of years old! Dig for dinosaurs, sharks, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more. Excavate incredible, real fossils using the included tools of the trade: a chisel, brush, and magnifying glass. This kit makes an excellent gift for boys and girls!
Age: 8 – 99 years
SLIMYSAND Stretchable Expandable Moldable Cloud Slime
Stretches like slime but molds like sand. Offers hours of cool sensory experience—a super satisfying gift for all ages. Honestly, I could play with this stuff all day!
Age: 5 years and up
Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set
Here’s the toy that will give kids ages 5 and up a much-needed screen break to teach the foundation of coding and give your favorite youngsters a jumpstart on developing their STEM skills. This Learning Resources Botley, the Coding Robot 2.0 Activity Set comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, six double-sided tiles, and 27 obstacle building pieces.
LEGO Super Mario Starter Course
NEW! for 2020, this interactive LEGO set takes the classic video game Mario Bros.to new heights as kids build their own obstacle courses with bricks and characters—then watch their creation come to life using the companion app.
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course Building Kit prompts LEGO-aficionado kids of all ages to create, construct, and solve problems at the intersection of their intellect and video game prowess.
HABA Little Friends Vacation Camper Play Set
This adorable interactive playset includes an all-terrain vehicle with momentum push-and-go motor and rear bench seat, a camper with detachable awning, 2 chairs, and exclusive Little Friends 4″ Boy Noah Figure.
HABA Little Friends Camping Play Set
Sleeping outdoors is lots of fun! HABA Little Friends set up their practical tent in a flash. They cuddle up in their cozy sleeping bags when it gets dark and gaze up at the stars.
Set includes 2 reversible sleeping bags, tent, campfire, and Little Friends girl Lea who stands 4″ tall and is made of soft, flexible plastic with metal wires inside that allow her to be posable.
Snap Circuits Classic Electronics Kit
Let your child have endless fun learning to build circuits with these colorful Electronic Snap Circuit—an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics. This kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. This fabulous STEM toy comes with over 60 pieces to create 305 different electronic projects—no soldering required.
Age: 8 and older
Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
As kids learn to program, they build key skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, sequencing, and programming fundamentals. Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for the Programmable Robot Mouse. Super fun!
Age: 5 to 15
Rush Hour Game
This is a traffic jam logic game. This single-player (at a time) game offers four levels of play—beginner to expert. It comes with forty mind-challenge cards with solutions, 16 cars and trucks, a traffic grid game board, and a storage bag that makes this toy portable. To play, set up the traffic challenge and then battle the gridlock to find a path for your red car to exit. This is really fun!
Dash Coding Robot
Dash is a real robot for children that is responsive to its world. Your child can bring it to life with free apps available on iOS and Android. Dash comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects. Comes fully assembled, no batteries are required; includes a USB charging cable. Dash robot offers an open-ended STEM learning platform that makes tech knowledge simple and accessible, helping kids grow into confident, creative architects.
Craft-tastic Learn to Sew Kit
With this kit, your little artist can learn various sewing skills and techniques to create 7 fun little crafts. Designed to promote motor skills, these crafts teach kids how to sew a running stitch, blanket stitch, whip stitch, and beginning embroidery. Techniques include using a measuring tape, handling pins, learning to sew on buttons and patches, using elastic, and stuff toys they’ve sewn themselves.
Age: 6 – 15 years
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