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7 STEM Gift Ideas for Kids That Are Out of This World

In the quest for the perfect present, venturing into the land of STEM gift ideas for kids is like embarking on a thrilling treasure hunt through the labyrinth of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Picture this: a place where robots dance, stars are born in bedroom planetariums, and dinosaurs roam the earth once more, all from the comfort of your living room. These aren’t just gifts; they’re golden tickets to a world where curiosity meets creativity, and learning feels more like playtime and less like homework.

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If you’re looking to inspire the next generation of Einsteins and Curies without resorting to the old-school textbook approach, you’re in the right spot. Let’s dive into the toy box of the future, where every item has the power to spark a lifelong passion for discovery.

STEM Gift Ideas for Kids

Two of our boys are already showing interest in engineering. Our oldest son, after watching a Rube Goldberg machine on Youtube – he has been on a mission to create various versions of his own.

Stem Gift Ideas for Kids

While I love his creativity and desire learn how to see this chain of items react – if he could just find the say love with maybe toys and not household items, that would be fabulous.

Here’s a large collection of toys that help foster STEM skills and hopefully help cultivate a love for your child to learn more through play.

App Controlled Robots

I saw these app controlled robots at CES 2014, and I thought “GET OUT OF HERE! MY SON SO NEEDS THIS!” Sphero has created (so far) 2 amazing products that will get your kids playing and learning.

These robots are controlled through an app on your smart phone. And to make this an even cooler tech gift for you kid, these robots can teach your kids to code.

App Controlled Robots

Ollie Robot by Sphero

The Ollie robot by Sphero rolls at speeds of up to 14 mph and connects instantly to your device via Bluetooth LE with a range of up to 100 feet. Turn on a dime with the included Nubby Tires or take them off to drift like a street racer.

ollie robot stem toy

Powered by USB charging, Ollie glows in millions of colors and is ready to roll out.
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Ollie is an app-controlled robot that is built for speed, doing tricks and having fun while learning STEM. This robot can drive up to 14MPR. It can crash, jump, spin and drift. Thanks to Ollie’s durable shell, it can handle almost anything your kid puts this robot thru!

By using the Sphero Edu app with Ollie – your kid will be able to program using Scratch blocks and writing Javascript.

Ollie comes with 2 blue nubby tires and 2 prime hubs that allow it to drive on all terrain.

With USB charging, Ollie can play for an hour. It connects thru Bluetooth and has a 100 feet range.

Sphero Mini 

The latest addition to the Sphero line of STEM robots is the Sphero Mini. With the Sphero Mini app – your kids will enjoy playing and learning! This little robot is packed with big features. The Sphero Mini is the size of a ping-pong ball. Drive, play addicting games and get the ball rolling by just using your face! 

sphero stem toy gift idea

This little robot provides hour of fun! The Sphero mini is a small programmable robot. It comes equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and colorful LED lights.

Help your child learn to code with the free Sphero EDU app. The app and Sphero allows you to create and customize games and code your Sphero Mini. You do this by drawing on your screen, using drag and drop coding blocks or writing Javascript.

Sphero helps inspire a new generation of inventors and change makers through hands-on applied learning of coding, science, music and the arts.


GoldieBlox hit the scene last year, with a goal to get girls building.

goldieblox stem toy gift idea

Goldie Blox and The Builder’s Survival Kit – With more than 190 pieces, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit offers hours of fun and endless possibilities.

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Magna-Tiles and Magformers

The boys received a huge set of Magna-Tiles last year for Christmas from my in-laws and these toys are still played with every single day. We have 3 boys, ages 3, 4 and 9-years-old and each will spend hours building with these things.

Sure, we’ve lost several (which means, THIS is what my toddlers’ big Christmas gift will be!) – but I can’t stress enough how durable Magna-Tiles are. Magformers are similar to Magna-tiles – read our Magformer Review.

Magnatile  STEM Gift Idea

We all hear about magnets and babies or toddlers and how dangerous they are, but these things have been thrown off the balcony from the second story and survived the fall. We have never had a magnet come loose.

Our boys LOVE building towers, and LOVE swiping and destroying the towers that they build. So these blocks go FLYING and we’ve never had one break.

To make any large structures – you will need at least 100 Magna-Tiles, but the smaller packs work as well.

Snap Circuits

Another one of our kid’s favorite on our STEM gift ideas list is Snap Circuits (available on Amazon).

We love visiting Science museums and during a visit our boys discovered Snap Circuits. The idea is that you snap together circuits in an effort to make something happen. Snap Circuits are recommended for ages 2nd grade and up.

Imagine a world where you can conjure up over 500 experiments with just 76 magical pieces, transforming your living room into a science lab that even Merlin would approve of.

snap circuits stem gift

This isn’t just any trick up the sleeve; it’s Snap Circuits, the wizardry of the modern age where kids can build everything from a digital voice recorder to a screaming fan, all without the need for a wand—or soldering iron, for that matter.

With components that snap together with the ease of clicking LEGO bricks, these kits make electrical engineering a breeze, and there’s not a single tool required. It’s like having a science fair in a box, but without the panic of a last-minute project.

And let’s not forget, this kit isn’t just fun and games; it’s an award-winning way to dive into the realms of STEM, making it a perfect gift for the aspiring young wizard in your life. Designed for apprentices aged 8 and up, Snap Circuits bring the mysteries of electrical circuits into the light, proving that yes, science can indeed be as exciting as magic. 

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Science Kits

Next in our guide to the BEST STEM Gifts for Kids, we have science kits! These are great gifts that kids will love and make a great alternative to screen time. Get the kids experimenting! These also make great family activities. 

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View our list of Science Kits for Kids!

As our expedition to unearth the ultimate STEM gift ideas for kids comes to a close, remember that the magic of these presents isn’t just in their ability to entertain but in their power to ignite a spark of curiosity that could light the way to a lifetime of exploration and invention.

Whether your young scientist has just constructed their first circuit or unearthed a dinosaur fossil in the backyard, the journey is just beginning. So, go ahead, share the joy of these discoveries with others; post those triumphant moments on social media, tag us, and let the world see the bright future these young minds are building.

After all, today’s playful experiment could be the first step toward tomorrow’s groundbreaking invention. Who knows? Maybe the kid unwrapping a STEM gift today will be the one wrapping up solutions to the world’s biggest challenges tomorrow.

Lara Sun

Sunday 2nd of October 2016

I've always been looking for great STEM toys.

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