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Best STEM Toys for Toddlers

Looking for some great holiday gifts for your preschooler to have fun with and learn at the same time? Look no further.

We have found some great STEM toys for 3 year olds! These toys focus on developing counting, building and creative skills at for a young learner. They make the perfect toy for a preschool or at home. 

10 Best STEM Toys for 3 to 4-Year-Olds for Fun Learning

1. Code & Go Mouse Set

Code & Go Mouse set is my favorite STEM toy for 4-year-olds! Kids will learn problem solving skills to help them “think like a programmer.” They “program” their mouse using the buttons on top of their mouse to help their mouse navigate around the maze. There’s different challenge cards, so they won’t get bored of this toy.

For 5-year-olds (or if you’re looking for something a little more advanced) we also love Learning Resource’s other beginner coding bot – Botley.

2. ETI 100 Piece Engineering & Construction Kit

This awesome construction kit will get your child’s imagination and engineering skills going! It’s designed for 3, 4, & 5-year-olds. I love K’Nex for older children, but this construction set is my favorite for this age group. The pieces are large enough, while still allowing them to work on fine-motor skills.  

3. Gears

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Gears! Gears! Gears! These colorful, spinning gears will build your child’s fine motor skills as they work to fit gears together. This 96-piece set is the winner of four awards and guaranteed to promote early STEM skills.

4. Kidnoculars

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These are plastic and durable binoculars designed for little ones! They are focus free, 2x Magnification and have a strap to go around the neck. Your child will enjoy looking at nature with these. Encourage them to go bird-watching! A great learning opportunity awaits!

5. Flower Power Studio

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This is a cool and colorful design studio for your little one, likely appealing to a young girl. It has a “power drill” and plates and bolts that can be made into designs. It encourages creativity and grows kids hand-eye coordination, patterning, and problem-solving. (PS. If you’re looking specifically for a STEM toy for girls check out this post.)

6. Marble Run by Mindware

This Marble Run is for ages 4 & up! It’s another one of my favorite building toys. Kids work on problem-solving as they build their marble run to make sure the marble ends at the bottom of their creation. You can find this at either Target or Amazon.

7. Number Train Building Set

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Now let’s dive into some math toys to put that “M” in STEM!

This is a great toy by LEGO DUPLO that teaches counting up to 10. It is fun, educational, and young ones can construct their own train in the correct order. It certainly fits the ‘M’ in STEM.

8. Melissa and Doug Stack and Count Parking Garage

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Another great counting game! Kids have to stack these different colored cars in the right order, numbered one to ten.

9. Pretend and Play Calculator Register

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It’s never too early to start getting your child comfortable with handling money as they grow older. They might not understand it right away, but it is good to have this as they grow older.

It includes 30 pretend US bills and 40 plastic coins. I know I used to love playing store, so this is a great way to combine play-time and learning. They will love the “cha-ching” sound their register makes when the cash drawer opens. 

10. Koala Crate 

This suggestion is a bit different from some of our favorite STEM toys above!

Consider a subscription box as a great gift. Children receive a new learning activity every single month! One of our favorites for 3 to 5 year-olds is Koala Crate.  These are hands-on activities in each box focus on different science themes, from oceans to doctor visits.

Do you have a favorite STEM toy for your toddler? Let us know in the comments below!

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