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As a homeschooling mom, I can tell you that my kids are more interested and engaged in science lessons when they are doing activities that are fun and exciting. That’s why I love to get educational toys when we are considering gifts for the kids.
STEAM/STEM projects offer lessons that are engaging and exciting, and learning becomes fun! With so many options out there to help learn about the sciences, choosing toys and tools for my home has to be a selective process.
Top Picks for STEAM and STEM Educational Toys
Below you will find our top picks for toys that are both fun and educational. Kids will not only love to play with these kits, but they may enjoy learning along the way as well!
Air-Walker Gravity-Defying Wall-Walking Robot Science Experiment Kit
Not only is this robotic model kit fun to build, your kids will also learn about the physics of air pressure and suction. Kids can build five different models for a hands on experience that brings physics and engineering to life!
Find it here: Robotic Science Experiment Kit on Amazon
Magformers Amazing Construction 50-piece Tile Building STEM Toy
My youngest son (4 yrs) loves building with these magnetic tiles. With a step-by-step idea booklet it gives him practice in following instructions and his imagination can bloom from there!
This toy is STEM.org approved and is perfect for brain development, critical thinking, and can be educational in so may ways.
Find it here: Magformers Construction Building Kit on Amazon
smART Pixelator by Flycatcher Toys
It wouldn’t be STEAM if we didn’t incorporate the arts into all of that science, technology, engineering, and math. The smART Pixelator is so much more than just creating art, it is designing/engineering, creativity, math, and the list goes on!
Kids can create 2D and 3D projects with the instructions included, or design their own by using the smART Pixelator App.
See how it works in this fun video:
Find it here: smART Pixelator on Amazon
Gravity Maze by ThinkFun
Our family has been really into Rube Goldberg machines lately and this toy is a great way to get started thinking about how to build one of your own!
The ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run was a 2015 Toy of the Year award winner, but we think it’s still a great toy today.
Grab one here: Gravity Maze on Amazon
Grow N’ Glow Terrarium
Grow your own habitat with this fun kit. It comes with everything you need for two full plant life cycles. You can also decorate your terrarium to make it unique to you.
This kit by Creativity for Kids is the perfect STEAM activity that mixes science and art.
Get your kit here: Grow N’ Glow on Amazon
Want to take the creativity even further?
Check out my list of the Top Ten Fort Building Kits.
Kids absolutely LOVE to build forts, and these kits are the perfect thing to add to your toy box or gift list!