This 949-piece LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit lets you build 5 different robot models from a 4-legged walker to a bipedal wheeled robot that gives high-fives. What’s cool? You can program your robots to perform tricks — grabbing items, firing projectiles, avoiding obstacles, and playing various sports with a ball. The kit includes an Intelligent Hub block, 4 medium-angular motors, a color and light sensor, and a distance sensor. You can even create your own robots and combine it with your Lego Technic and System pieces. The app supports Scratch and Python programming languages, which allows for open-ended creativity. It’s a fantastic kit for those interested in tinkering with robotics and programming.
Snap Circuits is an excellent kit for boys fascinated with electronics. Instead of working with complicated circuits, he will build circuits by simply snapping together various components. Circuit design becomes as easy as putting Legos together. The kit encourages hands-on learning with more than 750 projects. He’ll build exciting projects such as an AM radio, burglar alarm, lie detector and much more. What’s best is you can mix this set with other Snap Circuits sets for the next level of fun!
Budding electrical engineers and even non-techies will enjoy learning about the importance of electricity with Snap Circuits My Home. Kids will learn with real, working 3D circuits by building a house-like structure with 7 color base grids. They’ll learn about power in their homes, how it works, and how it travels and powers their home. We love how this teaches through hands-on learning with real working circuits.
Always race to those candy claw machines at the arcades? Now you can build your own arcade-like claw machine with no electricity or batteries. The best part? After you build it, it really works! Adjust the claw and score some sweet treats! Kids will learn about hydraulics, levers, gears, belts, linkages, end effectors and more — all while having fun. Aspiring engineers will even learn how it all works.
Kids can engage in learning that’s fun with the Butterfly Garden Home School Edition. This STEM kit lets you watch caterpillars change into butterflies! Over the course of 3 weeks, parents and kids can actually see their caterpillars transform into butterflies. It’s an engaging and fun way to learn through play.
Wish you could make your own videogames? With the Pixicade Mobile Game Maker, now you can bring your fantasies to reality. You can actually create and play your own video games! It transforms your drawings into real, playable video games. How cool?! It’s simple: draw out your game, take a photo, and play and share with friends. You can even set a goal for your game. Kids will be amazing seeing their creations come to life on a tablet or phone. The best part? It’s fun for the whole family and makes family game night more lively.
Inspire your child’s imagination with the Circuit Explorer Deluxe Base Station STEM kit. Build a Deluxe Base Station with Towers, Spinning Diner Sign, Planetarium with color-changing dome light, Voice Synthesizer Station with 10 space sounds, Communication Station with rotating Radar Dish, a Powered Space Rover and a freewheeling Space Rover both with light-up headlights. Connect the vehicle’s circuits to see the pieces light up. Kids will learn the fundamentals of circuitry, while having fun by experimenting with light, motion, and sound.
With 133-pieces, kids can build 3 self-powered robots: a motorized robot, racecar, and countdown timer. After building them, wind them up and watch ’em go! The best part? No batteries are required. Winding the spiral spring powers the gear train to bring your robots to life. Kids will learn about gears and how they translate into motion while building cool wind-up robots. It’s a fun STEM kit to learn about kinetic and potential energy.
The Raspberry Pi family expands with the Raspberry Pi 400, a personal computer built into a keyboard. It brings back fond memories of the Commodore 64. If you’re looking for a full desktop replacement, note there are performance, RAM (4GB), and storage limitations. It’s perfect for light web browsing, email, social media, coding, watching YouTube, creating documents, and simple gaming. It’s a great first personal computer for young tech learners.
This arcade building sets features 30 snap modules to complete over 200 projects! With a programmable word fan, dual LED display, and a pre-programmed picaxe micro-controller, explore virtually endless possibilities. Budding engineers will have fun while learning the basics of electricity, engineering, and circuitry.
Let’s get VERTICAL! Build your own thrilling, action-packed marble runs with GraviTrax Pro Vertical Starter Set. With 153-pieces — including height tile towers, balconies, walls and high-speed tracks — literally take your tracks to new heights! It’s a super fun way to experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics.
The Smartivity Music Machine is a STEM toy that actually lets kids build their own working mechanical xylophone. After building it, you can actually use it to play music. How cool?! Kids will learn the mechanics behind music creation, learn how different notes form tunes, and the open-ended nature even lets kids compose their own music by moving the pegs on the different slots on the barrel and cranking it.
With over 125 STEM-based projects and over 45 parts, budding engineers can explore alternative ‘green’ energy. Build an array of electrical circuits employing green energy sources. Parts include a geared motor, snap wires, rechargeable battery, liquid holder, wind fan, solar cell, capacitor, and instructions. The best part? It’s easy to assemble without any glue or tools. Simply snap them together. Aspiring engineers will have fun through hands-on learning of alternative energy.
Teach your kids electronics and coding with Nibble DIY Game Console. This STEM kit lets kids build their own working handheld game console. It comes preloaded with 4 games: Bonk (Pong), Invaderz (Space Invaders), Snake and SpaceRocks. You can even program your own games in Arduino, CircuitBlocks, or Python. The best part? No coding or electronics experience is required. Build your console in as little as 2 hours. Kids will be having so much fun that they won’t even know they’re learning.
Wish you could have snow any time of the year? With the Snow Much Fun! Mega Frozen Science Lab now you can make your own snow — creating snowmen, igloos, 3 snowball sizes, oozing slush, rainbow-colored snowcones, and more. Watch in amazement as the water-absorbing polymers transform into frozen creations. Let the snow fun begin! It’s a fantastic STEM kit that makes learning science fun!
Teens can build their very own mini catapult with the VEX Mini Catapult set. What’s cool? It actually launches things a good distance away with an adjustable arm. It’s great for experimenting with real-world physics like trajectory motion.
Fascinated by mechanics? LEGO Gearbots lets builders build 8 physics-driven kinetic creatures using LEGO technic bricks and papercraft. Young builders will learn about axels, cams, cranks, and how mechanical engineers use them in everyday machines! It’s perfect for aspiring mechanical engineers or LEGO fans alike.
A shape shifting toy? Using the power of magnets, this shape shifting toy was invented by Andreas Hoenigschmid, a sand artist. This might look like a boring 3-inch box but it can be folded and shaped into 70 geometric shapes. Simply twist and turn and it magically transforms into a new shape. You can even combine more than one of them together.
The Mega Cyborg Hand is a great STEM learning kit for kids. With this awesome kit, kids can assemble a hydraulic hand, fill the piston tubes with water, and adjust it to fit their own hand. How cool is that?! Without motors or electricity, this mechanical hand simulates human hand motion. Beginning at age 7, kids can enjoy this kit with their parent’s help. You’ll feel like a real cyborg out of a movie.
With the Crayola Space Science Kit, kids learn about planets, stars, eclipses, and meteors as they create their own solar systems. Twenty different experiments are included in the package, some of which require common household items. Kids will paint the different planets, mounting the models on a 3-foot poster.
Gyrobot is a STEM experiment kit from Thames & Kosmos that allows kids to experience an amazing tightrope-walk. You’ll be mesmerized as it stays balanced on a tightrope with a spinning gyroscope. You’ll learn the science of gyroscopes while having a blast.
Doodlematic is an innovative mobile game maker that lets you transform your drawings into video games. It’s as simple as draw your game, snap its picture, and play your game on your phone or tablet. It merges the digital and physical worlds. You can make simple or more sophisticated games. You’re only limited by your imagination. DoodleMatic lets kids create and customize their own memorable magical worlds. What amazing worlds will you create?
Snap Circuits Arcade allows your 11 year old to build more than 200 fun projects, using simple snap together circuit components. The cool part is that you can build and play more than 20 games. Kids will have fun while being exposed to STEM concepts. He’ll even learn some selector programming. It’s a fantastic set for learning the fundamentals of electricity, circuitry and engineering.
Does he come home only to see that his baby brother has gone through all his stuff? The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit allows your 11 year old boy to set up different booby traps in his room. With 8 different creations to get him started, he will build different circuits together using simple magnetic snap together components. It’s a good way to tell his brother to keep his hands off his stuff.
Dash the robot is an awesome robot that kids will love. Dash can perform a variety of actions and your 11 year old boy can even program him. Don’t worry the programming is simple. The more time you spend playing with Dash, the more you’ll realize just how cool it is. The ability to expand his functionality with Dot is a welcome addition. It’s a great intro to coding.
The Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack includes one of the smallest smart robots. Don’t let his small size fool you. He may be small but packs a ton of fun. He plays more than 20 games and even has some challenges for kids. There is even a block-based programming language to explore.
This water rocket kit is the most popular and best-selling rocket kit. He’ll be WOWed and amazed that with only the included bottle, some water, and a pump, you can get the rocket to blast off. It’s real science in motion! Prepare to be blown away!
In middle school, he will be using the microscope to explore cells. Surprise your 11 year old boy who has an interest in science with his own microscope. It’s perfect for encouraging scientific discovery and exploration. The battery-powered microscope features three magnifications up to 400x. Get ready for limitless fun!
The Orion Telescope is a great beginning scope for those fascinated with astronomy and exploration. Setup is very easy and he’ll learn so much about astronomy. It has great magnification to see planets, the Moon, and more. Plus, the EZ Finder makes positioning easy. Great value and out of the box experience for the price.
Does he love inventing his own stuff? Makey Makey is a creative invention kit that allows boys to create a variety of things. It’s so simple yet offers a surprising amount of versatility in your designs. Best of all? You don’t need to be a programming guru. From banana pianos to videogame controllers – the possibilities are endless! What will you create?
Would your 11 year boy be interested in building his own speaker? The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube allows him to just that. He’ll gain hands-on experience in this intriguing and interesting project. Plus, he can personalize his speaker with lights and a variety of covers. He’ll have fun building this speaker plus learn a ton about speaker design and components.
Powered by the Rasperberry Pi, Piper is a computer kit that allows 11 year old boys to assemble their own computer. Boys will be exposed to engineering and programming in a fun way. The coolest part? It includes a Rasperberry Pi Edition of Minecraft so kids can tinker with hardware components and tackle various challenges.
Is your 11 year old boy into Minecraft? This modding course features more than 30 hours worth of interactive lessons through video presentations. Boys will be exposed to real Java programming as they mod Minecraft. The best part? After he’s done creating it, he can share his mod with friends.
If he is interested in electronics, just about every 11 year old boy should learn how to solder. It’s a great skill to learn because he will learn how circuits work by making hands-on mistakes. Elenco makes great soldering kits for beginners that are sure to spark his interest. This one comes with a soldering iron and a practice circuit board along with a lesson plan that walks him through the whole process.
This amazing set includes Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit. It’s a fascinating kit for learning about computers and even coding. It’s really fun to tinker with it. Who would think you could pack so much power into a credit card sized chip? Simply amazing! The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.
Does your child ever wish they could have superpowers? Now kids can create their own cool high-tech Iron Man gauntlet and have fun adventures with it. The coolest part? The fun doesn’t stop there. Get creative and create your own gear and powers. You can create night vision, speed trackers, light powers and more.
Love playing with snow? You don’t need to wait for winter snow to play with snow with Insta-Snow Powder. How does it work? Simply add water and watch the magic take place right before your very eyes. The coolest part? It looks just like real snow and makes 2 gallons.
Want to make a touchscreen computer? The Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids make their own tablet. What’s cool is that you can build it yourself with the included step-by-step guide. There are over 100 creative challenges and you’ll even learn to code. You can make art, games, music, and even hack Minecraft. It’s the perfect gift for budding techies.
Experience endless creative fun and possibilites with Sphero Bolt. It’s a next-generation app-enabled robotic ball. Featuring advanced sensors, an LED matrix, and infrared communication, kids can create and customize games, discover a range of activities, or simply drive and play. The best part? Kids will have so much fun they’ll forget their learning.
The Labo Variety Kit allows kids to create 5 creative projects from an RC car, fishing rod, working piano and more. It encourages kids to make, play, and discover. The coolest part? Once you master how it works, you can explore creating your own Labo projects. The Labo kit requires a Nintendo Switch console.
Want your kids to learn coding in a fun, magical way? The Harry Potter Coding Kit from Kano lets kids build a wand, learn to code, and make magic! There are over 70 creative challenges for kids to engage with. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. What’s cool? Wave your coding wand to see the magical effects on-screen. Play on tablets and computers. Who’s ready for fun?
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 allows you to build 5 different robots. LEGO’s made this set fun, easy to get into, and brought a lot of functionality to its bricks. The faster processor and added memory translate into a better play experience for kids. The models are full of personality and it’s amazing to see your LEGO creations come to life. There’s even a basic programming component to code behaviors. Even after all of these years, it’s still one of the best robotics sets.
Experience the power of gravity with GraviTrax. It takes your marble run experience to a whole new level. What’s cool? You can build your own tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism and kinetics. With an optional app, you can test your runs in a digital AR world. It’s endless fun with limitless track building possibilities.
LEGO Boost is a top contender for Toy of the Year honors thanks to its brilliant innovation and design. Build five different models from a robot to a working guitar and a cat. Lego Boost allows kids to bring their Legos to life with simple programming – adding personality, sound, and even motion. The set includes over 840 pieces. And the best part is you can combine with your own pieces to create your own designs.
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures is a culmination of what kids have been asking for for a long time. It takes ordinary bricks and you can mount your Snap Circuits onto them. The Bric-2-Snap adapters enable you to connect your Snap Circuits to the bricks so you can light up any structure you build. You can make your structure light up with a circuit or you can build something that moves like a racecar with ordinary bricks and a Snap Circuits photo transistor and watch it go by adding a light source. The set comes with 140 regular building bricks, 20 Snap Circuit pieces, and 75 Bric to Snap adapters.
Are you ready to create your own BattleBots?! Everybody’s been asking for it, and now you can finally build your own BattleBot. When you buy the kit, it comes with a basic chassis with armor and weapon attachment points. So choose your armor blades, choose your wheels, and choose from 1 of 3 weapons to attach on the top. Every weapon will be able to spin and move like its real-life counterpart.
Step into the ring for epic bot battle action! The Vex Boxing Bots are a cross between Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Segway. These buildable, self-balancing, boxing bots play to win. Your objective is to knock off your opponent’s bot’s head before they knock yours off using jabs and uppercuts. Control your bot with your smartphone and smash and bash your opponent until you’ve knocked their lights out. It’s win or go home with no-holds-barred action. What will it be? When you win, celebrate in style with an epic victory celebration. What’s not to love?
Bet your Nerf gun can’t do this! Unlike traditional Nerf blasters, kids can have fun learning engineering skills with the VEX Robotics Gatling Rapid Fire Motorized Dart Shooter. Not only can you build it, but you can actually blast away. How cool is that?! Assemble it with over 800 pieces and watch in amazement as you see your Gatling blaster come to life. The barrel actually rotates and it fires 8 rubber-tipped darts.
Get ready for a wild ride with BoomTrix! BoomTrix from Goliath Games brings innovation and fun to the table with an activity-based game where players can design their own trampoline course and showcase a variety of cool trick shots. The set includes trampolines, obstacles, and launch pads for creating your own original stunt courses. Your goal is to get the metal ball to the goal. The open-ended nature is perfect for allowing kids to express their creativity while developing spatial reasoning and learning STEM concepts. Who knew learning physics could be so much fun?
Designed for children and their families, Nintendo’s innovative Labo series expands with a new basic ‘virtual reality’ technology kit. This unique experience encourages both virtual and physical interactions among players by passing around their Toy-Con creations. Unlike traditional VR, it’s not designed to be a solo experience so there is no headstrap — you simply hold it to your head and pass it around to family members. With a design inspired by Google Cardboard, this complete combo VR Kit lets kids build their own VR headset and includes a VR headset, blaster, camera, bird, elephant, and wind pedal. Explore over 60 fun mini games in the VR Plaza that amplify the experience. Create 3D artwork with an elephant’s trunk, play a virtual drum kit, fly like a bird through a beautiful landscape, play bomb tennis, blast through an alien city, shoot photos of marine life as you explore an underwater world and so much more! The best part? The Toy-Con VR Garage now enables kids to make their own VR games! What will you create? A starter set will feature just the VR headset and blaster, and expansion packs will be sold separately. Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild will support the VR Kits. Now if only we could get a Dunk Hunt VR game.
Artie 3000 from Educational Insights is a Wi-Fi-enabled creative coding robot leveraging your child’s entire brain. The left side of the brain is for logic, math, and programming, while the right side is for creativity and art. Artie brilliantly mashes these two worlds together, thus becoming the creating art coding robot. Artie features a number of pre-loaded programs and it utilizes a simple, intuitive drag-and-drop coding interface on your PC or tablet to instruct Artie what to draw. What’s cool? Kids can also program their own coding steps, and he features 4 modes of play and comes with 4 washable colored markers. A convenient built-in simulation mode allows you to save ink and avoid mistakes by allowing you to see the end result before drawing. Additionally, a remote control feature enables you to use it like a remote control to draw. Unlike other ‘coding’ toys, kids will really learn to code line by line while having fun.
Specdrums are essentially app-enabled musical rings that play music through color. What’s cool? It can be color from the included Play Pad, household items, your clothes, or just about anything. Choose from over 100 instruments available through the app. Sound packs contain chords and instruments. For instance, open the Hip Hop sound pack and play different beats, sounds, and loops simply by tapping on various colors. Using an accelerometer, the rings can detect differences in color and motion. With innovative use of technology and ease of use, it’s perfect for introducing children to music. Unleash your inner creativity!
The ultimate STEM robotics experiment kit has arrived with the VEX IQ Robotics Construction Kit! With over 800 easy to connect pieces, kids can build 7 different motorized robots. The best part? No tools are required! What’s cool? You can control your creations with a companion smartphone app. While having fun building, budding engineers will learn robotics, science, and technology concepts.
Let’s get ready to rumble! Featuring the latest designs from Season 3 and the hardest hitting on the show, Bite Force and Blacksmith are the newest BattleBots entering the arena. Bite Force, the undisputed champion, features a fearsome spin drummer, while Blacksmith has a massive forged hammer ready to knock out the competition. Control these remote bots with the included IR remote control. Use the motorized weapons to break apart your opponent’s armor to win. After a fierce battle, reattach the armor and prepare for more epic battles. Pit Bit Force and Blacksmith up against champions of old and see who’ll come away the real champion!
With a hands-on approach, this book is a necessity for anyone who wants to get into electronics. All the concepts are explained through hands on experiments instead of just theory. It’s a wonderful approach to studying about the basics of electronics.
Stemming from a Kickstarter project and endorsed by Steve Wozniak, the Piper Computer Kit is a fantastic STEM kit. The kit includes everything you eight year old needs to build their own computer. Kids will be able to learn how it works and tinker around. The computer runs on Raspberry Pi 3 and is enclosed in a sturdy wooden case with an embedded LCD screen. What’s cool? There is even a special edition of Minecraft that kids can play. It’s all about crafting, coding, and creating. Version 2 features a build-it-yourself speaker and amplifier, 9″ higher-resolution display, and more coding challenges than ever. It’s a fantastic tool to inspire tomorrow’s creators.
ThinkFun’s Circuit Maze is an electric current logic game. It features 60 challenges ranging from beginner to advanced. Complete the circuit to light the beacons to win. Through this fun game, kids learn how circuits and electrical currents work, while developing logical reasoning and planning skills. Can you master all 60 challenges?
Sphero SPRK+ is a programmable robot that teaches through coding and play. It’s offers a great introduction to coding. It offers programmable sensors like a gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and colorful LED lights. Kids can learn to program in blocky, which is easy for kids to quickly pick up. It connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Kids will have fun while developing creativity and problem-solving skills. The best part? Sphero has found a way to make learning fun and exciting. It’s perfect for those who love tinkering and fantastic for inspiring the creators of tomorrow.
The 3Doodler Start Essentials set allows kids to doodle anything they can imagine in 3D from robots to the Golden Gate Bridge and more. You’re only limited by your imagination and, of course, the drawing material! It’s safe and easy — delivering endless fun! There are no hot parts, making it safe for kids. It’s perfect for STEM learning — sparking their imagination and creativity. What amazing 3D masterpieces will you dream up?
Learn about the wonders of earth science through 15 experiment activities including dueling water tornadoes, building an erupting volcano, growing a crystal, two geologic dig kits, and more with this Earth Science Kit from National Geographic. Not only is it fun, but you’ll gain an understanding of the science at work. It’s a fantastic science kit for your budding scientist that makes learning science fun.
With 5 sturdy bases, 15 exciting action pieces, and 45 clear smooth-run track pieces, you can build a variety of marble runs with this 80-piece kit. Then the thrills begin — race the marbles down the track. What’s cool? The glass marbles glow-in-the-dark! It’s a fun STEM kit teaching kids the physics of motion and aerodynamics. It’s sturdily constructed with good quality but most of all it’s fun!
Does your kid dream of making their very own computer? The Kano PC kit is one of the most popular STEM kits for kids enabling them to build a Surface-like Windows-based PC/tablet convertible with an 11.6-inch, 720P touchscreen display. The best part? Kano designed it so that anyone can build it by following the instructions, without any technical expertise. It offers simple LEGO-like assembly with pre-installed educational software and Windows 10 Home. It’s worth noting that it’s not a full PC build — the processor and RAM are pre-installed. Still, it’s well-designed and delivers an enjoyable building experience. We highly recommend Kano’s official mouse, as the trackpad is a bit small and finicky. Also, it doesn’t include a webcam — it’s sold separately. Another shortcoming is that the viewing angle can’t be changed like the Surface. Once you build your computer, you can surf the web, explore YouTube, create art, and even learn the basics of programming. Its battery life comes in at up to 9 hours. While it’s not perfect — designed for learning and creation, the Kano PC is perfect for inspiring the creators of tomorrow.