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25 of the Best STEM Toys

This list of 25 of the best STEM toys has been slowly created over the past couple of years as I purchase new items for my Morning Tubs.  I have become obsessed with finding new educational toys for my students that allows them to have fun and be creative.  When students become interested in one of the items, I like to send a picture to parents to use as ideas for Christmas or birthday gifts.  I thought that this list may come in particularly handy as you look to buy presents for your own children or for your classroom.

25 of the best S.T.E.M. toys for kids

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1. Zoob Builderz

These blocks are really durable, and I love how they connect like joints to allow my students creations to be moveable.

2. Bristle Blocks

The bristles on these blocks interlock anywhere, so there are more options in how they can be hooked together.

3. Learning Resources Gears
My students love figuring out ways to make the gears move.

4. Kanoodle

This is one of my new favorite toys.  Not only is it great for the classroom, but I have to say, it is really addicting to play for adults as well!  It would be perfect for kids on a road trip or to keep them busy at an appointment.

5. Roller Coaster Challenge

This is a recent purchase that I am so excited about putting into my Morning Tubs.  

6. Playstix

These are similar to a soft version of Lincoln Logs.

7. Code & Go Robot Mouse

This has been a huge hit in my classroom this year.  The students love programming the mouse to make it move through the maze.

8. Emido Building Blocks

I love how these interlock with each other on all sides.

9. Picasso Tiles

These are very durable for being plastic tiles with magnetic sides.  I actually need to order another set of these because there were not quite enough for a group of 4 students.

10. Quadpro Magnetic Blocks

These were one of my first purchases for Morning Tubs, and they are still a favorite among my students.

11. Rainbow Flakes

These are so much fun!  Over time, a couple of the flakes have broken, but they are still usable.

12. Goobi Construction Set

My students love using these blocks.

13. Block Buddies

These blocks come with cards that have pictures for the students to create items with the blocks.

14. Legos

Legos are always a popular toy.

15. Marble Runs

This see-through marble run allows the students to follow the marble all the way through the maze.

16. Keva Brain Builders

These wooden planks come with pictures of structures for the kids to build.

17. Topple

My students love playing this game and trying not to make the pieces topple over.

18. Emido Block Bars

These pieces were a little hard to snap together for some of my students, but they eventually got the hang of it.  I would not recommend these for really young kids though.

19. Let’s Go Code

This is a great way to introduce coding without a computer.  The pieces go on the floor and the children can step on them to follow the code.

20. Snap Circuts


This includes over 100 different projects.  Some of them are easier than others.

21. Q-Ba-Maze 2.0

This is one that my own kids got last year as a Christmas present.  You can make some really cool marble mazes with this.

22. Gravity Maze

This is another marble maze, but it involves a logic puzzle as well.  You have to build a path to get your marble to the target.

23. Chain Reactions

This is perfect for teaching about simple machines and chain reactions.

24. Qwirkle

This is a great game for 2-4 players.

25. Ozobot Bit Coding Robot

This programmable robot comes with 20 games and activities.

Do you have any Must-Have STEM toys that you would add to the list?

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  1. For Christmas, I gave my students the pieces needed to make marshmallow shooters. I gave them plastic tubing cut into varying lengths and pieces of pvc pipe fittings. Before the day was up, they were combining sets and experimenting to find different configurations to make bigger and better marshmallow shooters. They LOVED it, and I loved watching them take their gift to a different level. Next year I’ll have a box of pieces in the classroom for them to experiment with. However, I’ll give them marbles instead of marshmallows so they can make marble runs.

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