The Best Science Toys for Kids

By Rebecca / January 16, 2017
Best Science Toys for Kids

Science and other educational toys allow children to expand their minds and discover their imaginations. Children usually learn better when they can have hands-on experience, their attention is retained and they are engaged when they find their educational experiences to be interesting and enjoyable.

Science toys for kids foster an appreciation and love for the concepts of STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) These educational toys, when used from a young age, can harbor a passion for careers in these scientific fields for when they are older. Currently, there are said to be more men in these fields of work than women. All of these toys are suitable for boys and girls of all ages to enjoy. I have compiled a list of the top Science educational toys for boys and girls from toddler age to preschool, and finally up to grade school level.

Best Science Toys for Toddlers

Boon Pipes Water Pipes Bath Toy

The Water Pipes Bath Toy can be used individually or together to create a chain for water to pour through. It includes suction cups so it can be attached to the wall and has five different pipes with unique shapes and functions. All pieces are BPA-free and safe for children.

  • To Play:

The child can place the pipes on the wall while taking a bath and they can pour water through the pipes to watch what happens. The pipes can be fitted together so that the water can flow through all of them. The best part for parents is that the water all stays in the bathtub and does not end up all over the floor.

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12 months and up

Skills

Teaches the basics of fluids, vacuums, and propellers


Animal Planet Grow Eggs-Hatch and Grow Dinosaurs

The Animal Planet Grow Eggs toy contains three different eggs that hatch and grow dinosaurs right out of their shells. Your child will think it is like magic when they sit and watch their eggs hatch and see what comes out. Three different eggs hatch and grow into three different animals. They will reveal a Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, or Spinosaurus.

  • To Play:

Place the eggs in water and they will begin to crack within 24 hours and will finally start to hatch within the next 36 to 48 hours. Once hatched, the children can take the dinosaurs out to play, or they can place them back into the water to continue to watch them grow. Make sure you replace the water each day before they hatch. The animals can grow five to ten times their original size. Each egg includes an educational fact card about each different dinosaur.

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3+ years

Skills

Teaches them patience and responsibility and educates them on the process of hatching an egg and educational facts about dinosaurs


Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

The GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope can view anything up to eight times magnification. It has two extra-large eyepieces that are suitable for your toddler, and they are not required to close one eye to be able to see anything. It is a fully-functional microscope that they can use to examine all sorts of different objects without the use of slides. It also has a big knob that makes it easy for little hands to adjust the focus.

  • To Play:

Gather small objects that you think your toddler may be interested in examining more closely such as leaves or rocks. Place the object under the microscope and have your child view it and adjust the focus knob as needed to get a better focus and a clear image. Adult supervision is required, especially when examining smaller objects that may prove to be a choking hazard for smaller children. This microscope also includes a LED light that enhances the viewing, a non-skid feed, and even a sample tray.

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3 years and up

Skills

Encourages exploration and discovery, helps acquire core competencies that are important in a young child’s development


SainSmart Jr. Kids Bug Catchers Nature Exploration Tool

This Bug Catchers Nature Exploration Tool allows your toddler to catch bugs by pressing a button and then they can view the captive bug with the included microscope. It has a convenient carrying handle that makes it easier for the child to tote it around outside and to the park and this tool does not harm the bugs at all.

  • To Play:

Let your child run around the yard to catch bugs such as butterflies and moths. They simply press the button to open the lid to catch the bug and press the button again once the bug is caught. They can then view the bug and release it unharmed when they are done observing and then move on to the next.

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3 years and up

Skills

Encourages exploration, observation, and discovery                        


Best Pre-K Science Toys

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

The Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set includes perfectly sized tools that support little hands and small scientific investigations. It features durable pieces that have measurement markings, as well as activity cards that introduce processing skills, living and nonliving things, physical science, senses, and a lot more. The packaging the set comes in is environmentally friendly and easy to recycle.

  • To Play:

The set includes a beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, goggles, a 6” test tube and stands, two smaller test tubes and stands, an activity guide, and ten double-sided activity cards. There are instructions for the various easy-to-do scientific experiments and introduces your child to the wonderful elements of science while keeping them engaged and having fun.

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4 years and up

Skills

Gain an understanding of basic science safety practices, learn how to use their five senses, build a common vocabulary, and observe, test, and discover science


Roylco R5910 Animal X-Ray Set

The Animal X-Ray set features real x-rays that are printed onto a durable and long-lasting plastic. You can see the x-rays with the use of an overhead, window, or light table and they feature 13 different species and an activity guide that educates your child on the skeletal system.

  • To Play:

Each x-ray measures 8x10 inches, and the images are printed onto a clear and heavy duty plastic. Simply hold the x-ray up to light so that you can see the printed skeletal image on the card. The set also comes with an idea and activity guide that helps walk your child through the skeletal system of each species. It is perfect to spark your child’s interest in science and even medicine and educates them while they have fun looking at all of the different x-rays that are included. They can even teach their parents as they go!

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4 years and up

Skills

Encourages scientific exploration and discovery and educates a child on the skeletal system                                                                                               


Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit

The Mind Blowing Science Kit is a number one best seller kit on Amazon and is based on nationally-recognized great explorations in the Math and Science program at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. It is an introduction to the scientific exploration of chemistry and allows your child to conduct experiments while learning interesting facts.

  • To Play:

This kit includes everything your child will need to conduct their interesting experiments. The kit includes red cabbage juice powder, citric acid, color tablets, polyacrylamide crystals, a pipette, small and medium scoops, and three plastic cups. Each experiment should be done on a flat surface that can be easily cleaned in case there are any spills.

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4 years and up (with adult supervision)

Skills

Learn the basics about basic and acidic solution, learn how to follow basic instructions, and learn the basics of chemical reactions


Learning Resources Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit

The Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit allows your child to mix and match gears to create their spinning flower garden. All of the parts are interchangeable which gives the child endless combinations and designs for their gardens.

  • To Play:

This set comes with 116 pieces and includes colorful gears, flowers, butterflies, bees, ladybugs, wiggly stems, bases and so much more. They can put the pieces together; however, they can create and build as many combinations as their imaginations allow.

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4 years and up

Skills

Effective problem solving, cause and effect action, building and construction basics, builds self-confidence and fine motor skills


Best Science Toys for Grade School Kids

Thames and Kosmos Magnetic Science

The Magnetic Science Kit lets your child experiment with magnets of all shapes and sizes and even allows them to build their electromagnet. This kit teaches your child about magnetic poles and magnetic fields and how magnets react under different conditions and circumstances.

  • To Play:

The Magnetic Science Kit allows your child to perform 33 different games and experiments and it comes with a 60-page full-color manual to walk them through all of the different things they can do and build. They are also able to explore the invisible force of magnetism and learn about floating rings and electromagnetic fields.

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8 to 15 years

Skills

Learn how magnets behave and react, learn how to follow instructions, and learn about compasses


Thames and Kosmos Kids First Chemistry Set Science Kit

The First Chemistry Science Kit allows your child to conduct 25 different hands-on experiments safely using simple chemistry. They will learn how to identify different chemicals and discover the invisible gas carbon dioxide and see what its visible effects are.

  • To Play:

This kit includes a 48-page full-color instruction manual and experiment guide, and all of the experiments are specifically designed for younger elementary school-aged children. It uses various common kitchen, bathroom, and laundry substances to discover different reactions, and learn about heat, evaporation, and crystallization.

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8 to 15 years

Skills

Develop critical thinking skills, cause and effect, and learn about different chemicals and reactions


Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

The Lights Electronics Discovery Kit is a great hands-on introduction to the world of electronics by allowing your child to create real working circuits and devices. There is even the option to plug in your iPhone or Android phone to test and see how your circuits react. Snap Circuits has received many awards and boasts off carrying some of the best STEM toys for children that are available.

  • To Play:

This kit lets your child make over 175 different projects and has over 55 color-coded circuit components. All of the pieces easily snap together, and the instructions are easy to follow due to the conveniently color-coded circuit components. The pieces are also numbered for another level of easy identification. This kit does not require the use of any tools or soldering. It also features an infrared detector, strobe light, color changing LED, glow in the dark fans, a strobe integrated circuit, and fiber optic communication.

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8 years and up

Skills

Build on skills and complexity, learn how to follow step-by-step instructions, learn the basics of how electronics work


Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of Science

The Big Bag of Science is an excellent STEM toy that teaches your children while keeping them engaged and entertained at the same time. This kit integrates concepts that are taught as separate subjects to help you apply them to real life situations.

  • To Play:

This kit includes a step-by-step instruction guide for each experiment and includes over 70 different activities that your child can enjoy. Along with the instruction guide, there is a lab booklet, test tubes, geyser tube, magnifying glass, papers, different types of powder and goo, insta-snow powder, and much more to explore and discover.

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8 to 14 years

Skills

Learn about different scientific processes, learn how to follow instructions, learn the basics of physics, chemistry, geology, and biology


STEM toys are the perfect addition to any household or classroom and are always fun and educational. They are useful learning aids that are sure to keep the focus and attention of the child while helping them retain information that they find to be fun and interesting. Next time you have to make a decision between that new video game or new robotics set, think twice before you walk past an educational toy wrapped in the idea of fun. Happy Learning!