A great STEM toy spurs the imagination and keeps your learners entertained.
Learning never needs to feel like a chore. And these toys are certainly going to impress even the hardest to please!
Looking for the perfect gift to buy your nine-year-old for the holidays or their birthday? Well, we’ve searched for educational toys and games that are STEM related and applicable to what your 4th-5th grade student is learning in school. Improve their math skills, science knowledge, and challenge them with puzzles, robots, and some games!
BEST STEM TOY OF 2017: Cozmo
Say hello to your new favorite robot! Cozmo has got personality, that’s for certain. But besides being cute (and scaring the dog), Cozmo is great to get the imagination of your young programmers stirring. Read more reviews here
BEST TOY TO LEARN PROGRAMMING: Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Fits the ‘T’ in STEM! A very cool advanced little robot that you can connect to your smartphone. This is a great technological toy for eight-year-olds to advance their coding skills and more. This is fun! Design paths for Dash, watch him move around, and make noises. Even more importantly, this is a stepping stone for your child’s programming skills. Read more reviews here on Amazon
BEST TOY FOR BUILDERS: KEVA Brain Builders Game
This is perfect for the elementary school-aged student. It challenges them to think outside the box and create 3D constructions. This is fits the ‘E’ in STEM and gives kids the opportunity to problem solve. They can begin developing simple architectural skills to turn a drawing into reality!
BEST TOY FOR PROBLEM SOLVING: Gravity Maze
Definitely a Must-Have! This toy is exactly what your nine-year-old needs to build on their critical thinking skills. These towers are visually stimulating and challenge kids to use their logic for the maze that carries the marble to the Target Tower. What is great about this toy is that you receive 60 challenges with levels going from beginner to expert. You can buy this best-seller at a reasonable price on Amazon and it is well worth the purchase.
BEST ADVENTURE + EDUCATION TOY: MudWatt
A fascinating STEM kit that teaches kids about renewable energy. You grow your own living fuel cell from mud. That’s right. Mud! This is perfect for kids at this age to teach them curriculum related to energy and microbial growth. The best part is that kids can track their MudWatt’s growth on the corresponding App for smartphones and tablets.
BEST TOY FOR BIOLOGY: SmartLab Squishy Human Body
This is a fun and educational toy for kids this age learning about anatomy and the human body. Kids can learn about the different organs and their functions in the body. It comes with an educational book to teach about digestion, but kids also get a look at other body systems such as the skeletal, muscular, circulatory system, etc.
BEST GAME FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Brain Quest Smart Game
An entertaining multi-player game that challenges kids with trivia questions from multiple subjects including the science and math in STEM. For 2-4 players ranging from age 6-12. Each question is by age, so there are no unfair advantages. This isn’t exclusively STEM. It covers art, reading, and geography too! But its one of the best educational games out there! Read more reviews here.
BEST TOY FOR ENGINEERING: Snap Circuits Jr.
Best toy for electrical engineering, that is! The Snap Circuits Jr. is a great STEM toy for young kids starting to learn about circuits and how electricity works. It includes 101 projects in an easy-to-read guide book with diagrams. Beginning with a basic light switch circuit, your child will love putting together these projects. This hands-on learning experience will teach them about currents and how switches work. Projects make fun alarm sounds, music, lights, a fan that spins, and can even turn into a “flying saucer!” It also includes projects that are multi-player games, such as a race game that utilizes electricity to spin a pointer. Snapping together these pieces on the board is a fun accomplishment for anyone!
This is a great kit that I recommend starting with (it’s one of the most affordable on Amazon), but there are a variety of Snap Circuits sets.
BEST MATH GAME: Math for Love Prime Club
This is a math board game designed for kids at this age. Roll the dice and pick up prime cards. Remember what a prime number is? (Clue: It can only be divided by 1 and itself.) This is great practice for kids to do their mathematical operations while competing and having fun!
BEST PROGRAMMING GAME: Code Master Programming Logic Game
While Dash Robot is my go-to for learning programming, sometimes its also important to take a step back from technology and simply master the thinking process and login behind programming. This is the perfect game for kids at this age to work on their coding skills if they see a future in technology. Kids have the option to play this game alone or work with others. It is a great way to improve their logic skills by starting with the basics and building upon that. There are 10 maps with 60 levels. Get ready to be challenged!
BEST SCIENCE KIT: Green Science Weather Station Kit
Inspire a future meteorologist with this gift. Set it up in the backyard and start reporting on the weather. Perfect too for the kids that are natural performers. What’s more fun than learning about the weather and then giving the family their evening weather report?
BEST TOY FOR PARTIES: Lip Balm Boutique
This kit is pretty self-explanatory. Make some delicious lip balm! It comes with a recipe book, but you can get creative with the flavors you combine. Its natural beeswax and the lip balm that’s made is nice. Save the containers! It is easy enough to buy more wax at a local craft shop and make some more on your own.