This amazing set includes the Raspberry Pi 4 B Basic 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? Now it’s 3x more powerful than its predecessor and everything has been overhauled from the CPU and memory to the multimedia, display output (dual 4K), and more. Simply amazing! It’s a super powerful mini PC. The best part? Since it can be programmed, the creative possibilities are virtually endless. It’s the perfect gift for budding creators.
Sure you can learn about metamorphosis in a textbook, but somehow watching the whole process unfold before your eyes is even more exhilarating. This kit from Insect Lore comes with 10 live caterpillars. Over the course of a few weeks, kids will watch these caterpillars change into chrysalis and then transform in beautiful butterflies. Seeing is believing! It’s truly a magical experience.
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.
Want to plant your own garden? This Paint & Plant Flower Growing Kit lets kids get creative while planting their own beautiful garden. The kit includes everything you need to get started. The full kit includes a Tin Planter, plastic liner, soil, 3 seed packets, 6-color paint strip, 2 paint brushes, paint palette, 3 wooden plant markers, shovel, and watering bottle. Simply add water and watch your seeds sprout over time. Just be careful not to over water. It’s a wonderful craft and STEM project that delivers awesome educational value.
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.
A Toy of the Year winner, Gravity Maze is a game of logic and marble run in one fantastic package. Using spatial skills and planning, you’ll need to solve 60 challenges with various difficulty levels. Marbles will be falling and you have to guide them through the path to the target. Fantastic brain-building game providing endless fun.
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?
Want to grow your own Terrarium? The Grow ‘n Glow Terraium allows kids to grow their very own terrarium. You get a complete set including everything you need to get started. What’s cool? Simply add water and add your glow-in-the-dark stickers to see it illuminate in the dark. Kids will have hours of fun with this kit merging science and art.
With this fun STEM kit, kids can learn about the wonders of science and chemical reactions by growing their own crystals and using them to decorate and build their own UFO-inspired terrarium. Simply add hot water and watch the magic take place in as little as 24 hours. What’s cool? It actually lights up and glows and all the hard work of making a terrarium is done for you.
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?
Previously a successful TV plug-and-play product, EyeClops from Jakks Pacific is launching a new version this year. This time it’s a self-standing microscope and it magnifies objects up to 800 times. It’s perfect for encouraging exploration and observation for young scientists ready to explore nature and the world around them.
Want to dig up real fossils? The Mega Fossil Dig Kit from National Geographic lets kids excavate 15 real fossils, including dinosaurs, sharks, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites and more! What’s great? You’ll even get the real tools like a chisel, brush, and magnifying glass. An included learning guide helps young ones quickly identify specimens. It’s a great gift for budding paleontologists and archeologists. What will you discover?
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.
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.
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 Makey Makey, your teen can flex his creativity by turning anything into an input device for his computer. The device plugs into the computer and you can connect just about anything to it. Turn play dough into a joystick or a banana into a piano. What will you create?
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.
The Crayola Paper Flower Science Kit is a fun STEAM kit that teaches kids the physics of how flowers take in water from the Earth. Kids will create 12 beautiful colorful paper flowers to learn the science of water wicking. It’s fascinating to watch the color travel all the way up to the petals of the beautiful flowers. This kit encourages experimentation and learning about color mixing while creating different designs with the re-wicking flowers and ink additions.
Combining physical and digital play, the award-winning Osmo Genius Kit is one of the best additions to your iPad. Kids will learn everything from math and problem-solving to spelling and creativity. Five hands-on games are included: Words, Tangram, Masterpiece, Numbers, and Newton. Who’s ready for some learning fun?! Get ready to transform your tablet into a hands-on learning tool.
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!
Ready for play beyond the screen? Get ready to solve mysteries around the world with Osmo Detective Agency. Players will explore the world, learn about cities and cultures, develop observation skills, and critically think to solve clues and mysteries. Can you solve the mystery? A compatible tablet and Osmo Base are required to play.
The Magic Adventures Globe lets kids explore new places, languages, and cultures through a video screen that plays BBC videos. What’s cool? It’s educational while making learning fun for kids. Shhh! Kids will be having too much fun to know they’re learning!
Want a fun new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? The upcoming Labo Vehicle Kit will allow kids to build their own Toy-Con Car steering wheel and control their kart of choice in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The included pedal can be used for drifting and revving up your engine at the beginning of races to get a boost start. Honking the horn will allow players to throw an item. If that wasn’t enough fun, you can also build a Toy-Con submarine and plane.
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.
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.
Transform your tablet into hands-on learning adventures with Osmo Coding Starter Kit. It’s a great introduction to coding for kids. Kids learn the basic of coding — including sequencing, looping, and problem-solving. Combining physical blocks, educational games, and your iPad, it helps kids learn the fundamentals of coding in a fun way. Kids will be going on fun adventures, making music, and learning to code. Since it feels like a video game, kids are naturally more engaged — having fun while learning.
With Osmo Super Studio, you’ll learn to draw your favorite Disney Princess characters like Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel. What’s cool? You can make your very own Disney Princess show and watch your drawings come to life thanks to Osmo. A tablet and Osmo Base are required to play. It’s a wonderful set for inspiring creativity.
Transform your tablet into a creative tool with Osmo Creative Starter Kit. Packed with hands-on games for learning, this kit makes learning fun for kids. Kids learn drawing, listening, speed of drawing, visual thinking, problem-solving, physics, creative problem-solving and fine motor skills. With the Monster app, your drawings will come to life on the iPad. Newton teaches physics in a fun way. Since the Osmo Base is included, you just need a compatible iPad. Draw, create, and imagine through play!
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.
Infused with a fun arctic twist, the Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab enables kids to explore color, texture, and temperature. This STEAM kit allows kids to conduct 50 educational, creative, and fun experiments. Look for fun, wintery themes: snow growing on trees and color-changing window cling snowflakes to name a few examples. What’s cool? Perform 15 experiments right out of the box with ample material and supplies included. Other experiments will require common household items. Kids will enjoy learning STEAM concepts while having open-ended fun.
Want to make your own gummy candy? Kids can make and enjoy their own gummy candies of unicorns, clouds, and rainbows . What’s interesting is kids will be having too much fun to know they’ll also be learning about the properties of natural polymers. It’s a fun kit for learning about the science behind these yummy treats and experimenting with gummies.
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.
Kids will be amazed at how cool science can be with this fun science kit from Scientific Explorer. Your little chemist will learn the differences between acids and bases, as s/he conducts 11 different mind-blowing science activities. With help of a parent, s/he will mix chemicals to create everything from a fizzing volcano to jiggly crystals. Are you ready to be blown away with science?
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.
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.
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.
Coding Critters are interactive pets that teach kids the basics of coding. With playsets, storybook coding adventures, and 2 interactive modes, kids also learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and STEM skills. The included 20-page storybook features several coding challenges to dive into. Each set comes with 2 figures, a structure, slide, and accessories to complete the coding challenges. Elegantly combining storytelling and role-playing themes with cute characters is a unique and fun take on early coding preparedness.
The Labo Robot Kit allows kids to get creative and make their very own Toy-Con robot suit. What’s cool? After building it, you can wear it and play as the robot in the game. You can demolish anything in your path and tackle various challenges to gain new abilities. Creators can explore new ways to play with their robot and even create their own projects.
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.
With the Crayola Liquid Science Lab, kids will perform 20 different water-based experiments. The set includes 15 ready-to-do out of the box experiments. The remaining experiments require common household items. Kids will have fun experiencing the wet and colorful world of liquids.
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!
STEM is huge right now. Botley is a colorful coding robot that is designed for teaching the youngest coders, as young as 5, how to program. There is no screen or app required. It comes with a variety of pieces. Kids will have to “code” Botley to navigate through a variety of obstacle courses. It teaches basic programming skills, such as loops and simple directional commands.
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.
The successor to Botley the Coding Robot, a Toy of the Year award-winner, is here with Botley 2.0. Botley 2.0 teaches the basics of coding and critical thinking without any screen. It features all-new functions and coding challenges. Young coders can build sequences up to 150 steps, explore Botley’s expanded personality traits, and use a built-in sensor to light up Botley in the dark.
Designed for kids ages 4-8, LeapStart Go is the newest member of the LeapStart family. Fully compatible with the complete LeapStart library as well as the new deluxe activity sets, the Go is a wireless and compact device for taking the learning fun on the go. Its built-in LCD screen provides an engaging audio and video experience. By reinforcing activity lessons, the video function promotes advanced learning. Complex content is now easier for kids to understand thanks to the screen. Discover a world of learning beyond the basics with the LeapFrog Go.
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.
Got a rising star? Not only does the Kidi Star Karaoke Machine for kids have the ability to reduce the voice of the lead singer, it fills the entire room with a cool disco light effect. The coolest part? The Kidi Star can connect to any MP3 player so you can sing along to any of your favorite tunes.
Available in three fun colors — red, blue, and purple, Novie is a cool new interactive robot pal that can learn. Train him to perform 12 incredible tricks ranging from beginner to advanced. What’s cool? Using simple gesture controls, you can train him and make him follow you. We love performing wheelies, spinning, and zipping around. This little robot pal even conveys emotion through his color-changing eyes.
The new HEXBUG Flash nano Playset features a built-in, colored LED light that illuminates the path underneath it as it races down the track. Kids can arrange the colorized track in different ways to build pathways for the bugs to explore. With so many possibilities, it’s endless fun!
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.
We’ve all seen basic globes before, but now the Geosafari Jr. Talking Globe steps into the 21st century with a smart globe offering an interactive learning experience. This interactive globe features the voice of Bindi Irwin and teaches kids about continents, countries, U.S. states, animals, and nature. Using the smart pen, kids press on a spot to hear fun facts, play quiz games, and more.
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 Circuit Explorer Mars Colony Rocket is a fun set for early STEM learners. It offers imaginative space sets and working circuit technology that’s perfect for kids to learn. Kids will have fun while learning what makes the pieces light up.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Stemming from a Kickstarter project and endorsed by Steve Wozniak, the Piper Computer Kit is a fantastic STEM kit. The kit includes everything your kid 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 for inspiring tomorrow’s creators.
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.
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.
DJI’s Robomaster S1 is an educational robot for kids that you build, program, and battle other robots with. Overall, it feels solid and well-built. It’d definitely not a kids’ toy. Although you can use virtual sticks in the app to control the robot like an RC vehicle, the separately sold Gamepad offers more precise controls. It is capable of recording 1080p video and shooting water beads through a turret. The coolest part? Kids can learn to program the robot in Scratch or Python. There are near limitless programming possibilities, making it a great value. While it won’t come cheap, the Robomaster S1 is an excellent introduction to the world of programming and robotics.
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.
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.
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!
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.