18 STEM Kits for Kids That Will Excite and Educate

STEM Kits for Kids - Coding, Building Toys, Programming, Chemistry Sets

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  • STEM kits are a great way to introduce kids to the world of science and technology and build their confidence up around complex concepts they’ll encounter when they’re older.

The Best STEM Kits for Kids That Will Make Them Obsessed with STEM

The problem is that there are so many choices out there for STEM kits that promise to engage kids while giving them a great introduction to concepts in STEM education, but many fall short of their promise because they’re either not well built and designed, have low replay and continuous play value or are not as educational as they are marketed.

Luckily, these are some innovative STEM kits and toys that seem to capture the attention spans of kids. These kits are gold.

Here’s a quick look at our favorites:

What We’re Looking for In A Great STEM Kit for Kids

  • Complete kits and projects that don’t require additional accessories. If they do, we’ve noted it in the description.
  • Kits that have higher replay and free play value.
  • Kits and toys that teach kids some core STEM concepts in a creative way.
  • Price and value of the kits.

Age Range from 5 – 15.

Most of the stem kits are best suited for kindergarten, elementary and middle school. Some may work for younger kids and toddlers if there is adult guidance.

Pricing

We compiled this based on a combination of kits we’ve tested ourselves, expert opinions, and feedback. We also factored the intrinsic educational value of what you’re getting relative to the price.

($ – $$$$)

 

Science Kits for Kids that feature the Natural Sciences

 

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

A mini chemistry and science lab kit for your home. From underwater volcanoes to creating jiggly crystals, kids will learn about the basics of acid and basic solutions through fun experimentation.

Learning Concepts: Chemical reactions
Pros: Items in the Kit Last a Long Time, Young Kid Friendly, Creative Activities, Easy Cleanup
Cons: Needs Guidance, Some Household Items Needed
Ages: 6+
Price: $

 

Mini Explorer Light-up Terrarium Kit

Build your own ecosystem and watch things grow. Teach your child how to care for a plant and create something completely customized. Great for kids of all ages, and comes with an LED light that makes this project look even more amazing at night.

Learning Concepts: Natural World. Plant Life.
Pros: Young Kid Friendly, Easy Setup, Can use as a nightlight.
Cons: Needs Guidance, Plants may take a while to grow
Ages: 4+
Price: $

 

4M Crystal Growing Experiment

Grow colorful crystals.

Learning Concepts: Natural World.
Pros: Beautiful and great for kids to display, Mix colors together to create new colors, Great value
Cons: Instructions have to be followed precisely for crystals to grow.
Ages: 10+
Price: $

 

Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game

It’s exactly like what it sounds, this combines a marble run with logic puzzles. It challenges kids of different levels.

Learning Concepts: Gravity, Physics
Pros: Different levels of difficulty, Entertaining even for young adults, High replay value
Cons: Pieces need to be put in exact spots firmly
Ages: 8+
Price: $

 

Technology and Engineering Kits and STEM Projects

 

Coding Kits and Robotics Kits

Most of the ones in the coding and robotics category work well with kids of all ages, from kindergarten all the way to high school. If your child is a toddler or preschool aged, you’ll have to guide them through play.

 

Lego Boost Creative Toolbox

You build 5 different sets from this one Lego kit. Build Vernie the robot or any four of the other sets, then download the app onto a tablet and code what you want it to do.
Learning Concepts: Coding, Logic, and Problem-solving
Pros: Excellent review from parents, Very customizable, teaches coding with the app, high quality
Cons: Best for elementary school kids and older, App is only iPad compatible
Ages: 7-12
Price: $$$

 

Osmo Genius Kit

Osmo Genius is a learning kit that features five games that work with either the Fire tablet or an iPad. The kit comes with physical pieces and materials to combine learning experience. Words, Masterpiece, Numbers, Newton and Tangram.

Learning Concepts: Numbers & Basic Math Concepts (in addition to Reading)
Pros: Excellent reviews from parents and kids, Intuitive
Cons: Best for younger kids, games can be repetitive, needs an iPad or Fire tablet
Ages: 5-9
Price: $$

 

Lego Mindstorms EV3 — Our Pick

For older kids who want to build robots and learn how to program. Comes with 17 different robotic designs.

Learning Concepts: Coding and engineering
Pros: Great customizability (You can incorporate other programming languages), Easy to follow instructions, Great tutorials and fan videos online, High-quality build, Great for adults too
Cons: Best for older kids, Expensive, Could have a better user interface
Ages: 10+
Price: $$$$

 

Sphero Bolt App-Enabled Robot

Sphero is a coding robot that focuses on more than just programming. It connects with the Sphero Edu app filled with STEAM activities.

Learning Concepts: Coding and programming
Pros: three ways to learn coding (draw, code blocks and java), Great tutorials and fan videos online, Compatible with many devices. Durable.
Cons: Best for older kids
Ages: 9+
Price: $$$

 

Anki Cozmo Robot — Our Pick

Learning Concepts: Coding and programming
Pros: Adorable robot pet, this thing has personality. It’s also durable. You can program Cozmo to do a multitude of things using the app. Easy to set-up.
Cons: May not be as educational as other coding toys on the market.
Ages: 8+
Price: $$$

 

Cubetto Playset Coding Toy (Screen Free) — Our Pick

Wooden robot programmable via the wooden control board. This is a great introduction to logic and sequences.

Learning Concepts: Coding and programming
Pros: No screens required. Hands-on wooden control board that programs a wooden robot.Suitable for young children. Durable. Innovative.
Cons: Price
Ages: 3+, Best for 4-5+
Price: $$$

 

DASH STEM Creativity Bundle

Robot with STEM creativity bundle that kids can use to learn to code.

Learning Concepts: Coding and programming
Pros: Highly configurable. Open-ended learning platform. Online community. Well-designed and constructed.
Cons: Best for older kids
Ages: 6+
Price: $$$

 

Electronics and Circuitry Kits

 

Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst STEM Kit — Our Pick

Review Coming Soon.

Snap Circuits Jr. & Snap Circuits Pro — Our Pick

Review Coming Soon.

 


Smart Circuits Game & Gadgets Electronics Lab

Review Coming Soon.

 

Building Kits

Engino Discovering STEM Newton’s Laws Inertia — Our Pick

Review Coming Soon.

 

Brickyard Building Blocks 163 Piece STEM Toys Kit

Review Coming Soon.

Math Kits

Lauri Educational Math Discovery Kit

Review Coming Soon.


Math for Love Tiny Polka Dot

Review Coming Soon.

For math skills, a great alternative to kits are illustrative math books that are full of activities and problem-solving challenges for kids. These we like better than any math kits, especially if you have younger children.

There’s Also Monthly STEM Kit Subscription Box

We’ve heard great things about the monthly STEM subscription box from Amazon.

However, most of the time sophisticated, high-quality toys and educational play value are not easily combined into one kit or toy.

That’s why it’s an excellent idea for you to teach STEM with along with books and activities as well. Make it a completely immersive experience for your kids.

Also, if you’re new to teaching STEM, take a look at our article on the one thing that sabotages STEM teaching.

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