A Spot-On Gift Guide Of STEM Toys For Kids

The possibilities are endless with this design driven toy that comes with motors, various shapes, and multiple connectors.

“STEM learning” may be a widely discussed topic within education and children’s media, but the discussion doesn’t necessarily make it easier to determinewhich products help teach STEM concepts. Therefore, instead of attempting to tackle the entire world of STEM education, Purdue University narrowed down their findings to a segment they’re already experts in, engineering. 

As a leader in engineering education, Purdue aims to help gift givers with their Engineering Gift Guide, a comprehensive list of toys, games, books and apps to encourage engineering thinking and design for girls and boys ages 2 and up.

These toys, which have been rated on their ability to teach problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, are meant to inspire your young one to reach new heights and think outside of the box.

If you’re looking forcreative gifts for kids that aren’t exactly toys, check out our favorite gifts from Purdue’s Engineering Gift Guide below:



Even 2+ year olds can develop some serious beginner coding and programming skills from the Bee-Bot robot.

Magik Play Starter Kit

Not only does this starter kit get your kid thinking creatively, but it helps with spatial reasoning according to Purdue. 

Q-bitz Jr.

If you thought basic engineering skills couldn't be learned at a young age, think again. This STEM game is great for engineering design process.

1-2-3 Build It! Car - Plane - Boat

There are three ways to have fun with this problem-solving game.

Better Builders Reflections

This 29-piece set will have your child thinking of creative ways to become a better builder.


Roller Coaster Challenge

This combination game of both critical and logical thinking is perfect for the 5+ year old in your life.

Gravity's Edge by MindWare

Gravity's edge is a fun mixture of both applicable math and science.

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers

This activity book will not only inspire your future engineer but carries a strong message of girl power.

GeoSmart StarShip

This colorful StarShip will help your child develop a keen eye for design.

IO Blocks Minis

With 250 pieces to build from, these IO blocks will help with creative thinking and spatial reasoning.


Electronic Motors Catalyst

The possibilities are endless with this design driven toy that comes with motors, various shapes, and multiple connectors.

Coding Jam

Create and layer melodies, drum beats, and more while building original compositions with fun characters from different worlds.

CODE Robot Repair

In this programming logic game you’ll use problem solving to reactivate a set of robots so they can get back to doing important things for the planet. 

Color Cube Sodoku

Sodoku is quite challenging, but this game is all about perseverance, even when the going gets tough.

Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers

If your child ever wondered how bridges and skyscrapers are built, get them this structural engineering set that applies both mathematics and the sciences.


Marbleocity Dragon Coaster

Build your own working roller coaster model made of real wood using critical thinking and spatial reasoning.

CoDrone Pro

This fun and educational drone helps with computational thinking and engineering design process.

RoKit Smart

This robotics kit can be transformed into 11 different types of robots, perfect for a beginner.

130-in-1 Electronic Playground

This electronics trainer with 130 experiments is a problem-solving classic.

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Merge Cube

This award-winning AR toy is the world's first holographic object you can hold in the palm of your hand. For less than $20, let your kid experience another dimension with the merge cube.

Garden Tool Kit

These garden tools for kids feature a STEM early learning guide to help them learn about nature and animals. On top of that, it encourages them to explore the great outdoors. 

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

This robot kit for kids is a fun introduction to robotic programming.

Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light

This time-teaching educational game teaches time-telling concepts for all skill levels.


MyEduCrate delivers educational themed items to motivate and engage your 6-11 year old child's growing mind. Each box will include learning challenges, hands on learning materials, resources selected by certified teachers, and non-fiction readers.

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

This adorable scooper lets your kid learn the skills needed to operate a small business by running their own ice cream cart. 

Tickets To Their Favorite Show

Whether it be a Broadway show to one of their favorite childhood movies or tickets to see their favorite musician, being able to watch your child react and get excited over an unforgettable performance is priceless. Check out the lineup of kids' performances on Minimaster

GeoSmart Lunar Rover

GeoSmart's STEM-focused magnetic construction allows kids to learn with GeoMagnetic play. 

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Slide one of the 20 realistic microscope slides into the Talking Microscope and take a look while listening to cool facts about what you’re looking at. 

Mind Blowing Science Kit

Get your young scientist exploring and learning the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools. 

Jigsaw Puzzle

Get their minds moving with jigsaw puzzles that force them to think strategically while also working with some beautiful imagery. 


Keep them occupied for hours with over 100 brain-teasing puzzles.

LEGO Chain Reactions

Design and build 10 amazing moving machines with this chain reactions kit. 

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

This complete droid kit comes with everything kids need to create and control their own droid.

LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift

Children of all ages benefit from building and seeing the fruits of their labor. 

Kings Bobble Bitz Creation Station

Make jewelry pieces, window clings, and more with the Creation Station.


These learning toys have been selling out everywhere, but luckily eBay still has a bunch in stock. While this may just look like a lifeless toy, these interactive Fingerlings respond to sound, touch, and movement. 

Roarin' Tyler

This adorable yet smart tiger pet responds to movements and roars with 100+ sound and motion combinations. Unlike other plush toys, furReal pets aren't intended to be merely watched or collected; they're designed to be played with, lived with, and loved.


You can't go wrong with this classic, strategic game.


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