2015 Best Kids’ Science Toys

 
Girl with magnifying glassWhen it comes to toys that are interesting and fun, it would be hard to beat the list of the top 10 science toys this year. These are some of the best choices for young ones to “stretch their imaginations” and combine having a bunch of fun with learning.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best science toys for kids for the spring and summer months of 2015, based on consumer popularity combined with above average ratings. The ten picks are organized into a list, and ranked from #1 to 10.

For shoppers: For each of the science toys for kids listed on this page, one or more trusted online resources are provided to purchase it online. Merchants are hand-reviewed for low pricing, product availability and trusted reputation for safe and secure shopping. Consumer review links are also provided for each toy, where possible.

What’s Here:

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
2. Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden
3. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
4. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313)
5. Thames and Kosmos Biology TK2 Scope
6. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
7. Elenco Snap Circuits Lights
8. LightUp Edison Kit
9. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only
10. Snap Circuits SC-300

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

Ages: 8 and up

List Price: $34.99
Current Price: $20.99
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In the #1 “best of” position among science toys for kids in 2015 is Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

What do you get when you pair science-minded kiddos with 30 snap-together circuits? Over 100 awesome DIY projects to get youngsters thinking, creating, and imagining. Flashing lights, sensors, volumes – kids can build *almost* anything with a collection of simple circuits.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit : Opened Box - Not Used

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-3-2015 8:34:00 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit BOX OPENED NEVER PLAYED WITH

$15.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jun-2-2015 13:54:17 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr SC100 Kit Electronics Elenco Projects Educational SC Toy

$7.95
End Date: Thursday Jun-25-2015 9:14:56 PDT
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2. Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

Ages: 4-10

List Price: $19.99
Current Price: $12.16
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A many-a-time returning favorite among the top ten science toys – Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden.

Butterflies are fascinating – no doubt about it. From their wings to their antennas, these flapping insects are beautiful, and most kids are interested to learn how butterflies become…well…butterflies. This collapsible habitat comes with a voucher for butterfly larvae, and special food to nourish caterpillars until they cocoon. Release beautiful butterflies!

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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden your child will love watching the caterpillars

$21.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-27-2015 12:39:13 PDT
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NEW Butterfly Insect Lore Live Garden Educational Science Toy Kids FREE Shipping

$16.12
End Date: Saturday Jun-27-2015 3:52:26 PDT
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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Educational Science Kit Bug Habitat Fun Grow

$21.50
End Date: Friday Jun-26-2015 9:33:41 PDT
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3. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Ages: 4-8

List Price: $22.00
Current Price: $15.15
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is also a consistent favorite among science toys for children over the past several years.

Exploring is the trademark of an excellent scientist – and this Mind Blowing Science Kit is all about imagining, creating, and experimenting. With detailed instructions, kids can create color-changing volcanoes, test tube sunsets, jiggling “cave” crystals, and dozens more super-cool projects.

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My First Mind Blowing Science Kit Use Basic Tool Chemical Reaction Volcano Cryst

$23.63
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2015 8:25:38 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$18.50
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2015 12:07:54 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$22.34
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2015 9:58:49 PDT
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4. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313)

Ages: 10-15

List Price: $349.99
Current Price: $349.95
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Making its way to 4th place among the top 10 science toys 2015 – LEGO Mindstorms EV3.

Inclusive of building instructions for five amazing robots – the EV3 set features interactive motors, remote controls, delicate sensors, and 550 elements that snap, fold, and slide together. A downloadable program ensures each robot is super-intelligent and capable of simple commands.

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LEGO Mindstorms 31313 EV3 Robotics Robot 100% COMPLETE FREE US Shipping

$298.99
End Date: Friday Jun-26-2015 13:57:46 PDT
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New Lego Mindstorms EV3 Intelligent Brick 31313/45544/45500

$129.99
End Date: Wednesday Jun-3-2015 12:03:08 PDT
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2013 Lego MindStorms Robot Set EV3 31313 MindStorm Robotics Technic NEW

$350.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-2-2015 14:19:21 PDT
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5. Thames and Kosmos Biology TK2 Scope

Ages: 8 and up

List Price: $129.95
Current Price: $91.78
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Thames and Kosmos Biology TK2 Scope is a new addition to this year’s list of the best science toys for kids.

One of my favorites from this short list – science-minded tykes will learn how to prepare, explore, and examine microscopic organisms. The microscope is powerful, ranging from 40x, to 100x to 400x magnification. There are also over 20 accessories, including slides, strong optical lenses, and bright LED lights on both sides.

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Thames & Kosmos Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

$228.48
End Date: Friday Jun-19-2015 21:15:43 PDT
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Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

$123.21
End Date: Monday Jun-1-2015 0:49:52 PDT
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Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope, New

$108.72
End Date: Tuesday Jun-23-2015 21:29:52 PDT
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6. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Ages: 8-15

List Price: $38.99
Current Price: $20.48
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And next up in line – OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot.

The Solar Robot is a new favorite of mine because it teaches kids the importance of using natural resources in smart, eco-saving ways. These robots – and I say these because a single robot has 14 different variations – are solar-powered with two levels of building skill for eager beginners and experts.

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Robotikits 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot OWI-MSK615 New

$34.99
End Date: Thursday Jun-25-2015 19:15:20 PDT
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New OWI-MSK615 ROBOT KITS 14 in 1 Solar Robot Kit i8

$21.49
End Date: Saturday Jun-20-2015 12:24:16 PDT
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OWI 14-In-1 Solar Robot

$46.43
End Date: Saturday Jun-20-2015 10:23:38 PDT
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7. Elenco Snap Circuits Lights

Ages: 8-15

List Price: $79.99
Current Price: $48.46
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Another great toy from Elenco makes it to the “best of” science toys in 2015 – Snap Circuits Lights.

Another from the Snap Circuits collection – these light up! There are over 30 snap-together circuits, vibrant and neon colored. Kids can imagine and create a color-coded light show that they can control with music. Hook up an MP3 player or iPod and watch the pretty lights dance around the circuits.

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Elenco Snap Circuits Lights

$62.26
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2015 7:21:11 PDT
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Elenco Snap Circuits Lights SCL-175 ELENCO ELECTRONICS

$58.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2015 10:46:22 PDT
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Educational Toy Elenco Snap Circuits Lights Kit Projects Learning Science Fun

$99.99
End Date: Wednesday Jun-17-2015 21:21:06 PDT
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8. LightUp Edison Kit

Ages: 5-15

List Price: $49.99
Current Price: $45.15
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More on electricity! 8th among the top kids’ science toys this year is the LightUp Edison Kit.

Science is packed with STEM theories and concepts. Electric, circuits, mathematics, and engineering abound, offering kids the knowledge needed to imagine, create, and experiment with hundreds of unique projects. The gadgets are coded, making building easier, and the app downloads onto an iPad. A personalized guide can be individual-friendly customized.

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New LightUp Edison Kit - Learn electronics

$62.99
End Date: Monday Jun-22-2015 10:29:26 PDT
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LightUp Edison Kit Learn Electronics

$50.00
End Date: Friday Jun-19-2015 16:05:37 PDT
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Kids LightUp Edison Kit - Learn Electronics - w/ Interactive iOS Mobile App

$62.90
End Date: Tuesday Jun-2-2015 16:22:23 PDT
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9. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only

Ages: 6-10

List Price: $22.00
Current Price: $13.65
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At #9 on the list – Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only.

I marveled when Cinderella met her magical godmother – or when Harry Potter learned that he was descended from a line of awesome wizards. Magic has always been a ginormous part of my little fairytale world, and this kit brings out the science of magic. Includes color-changing spells and wizard potions.

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Scientifit Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only 21 Piece Set NEW

$24.99
End Date: Thursday Jun-25-2015 19:13:01 PDT
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Scientific Explorer - Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only - 9 Activities for Kids

$18.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday May-28-2015 15:40:25 PDT
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POOF-Slinky - Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit 9- Acti M9

$37.64
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2015 23:30:19 PDT
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10. Snap Circuits SC-300

Ages: 8 and up

List Price: $64.99
Current Price: $45.23
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And the final item among the ten best science toys for kids in 2015 – Snap Circuits SC-300 from Elenco.

Yet another Snap Circuits favorite, only bigger and better – this set features over 60 snap-together circuits, perfect for building more than 300 unique projects. Youngsters can discover the ins-and-outs of a radio, burglar alarm, doorbell, and dozens other cool gadgets.

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ELENCO SNAP CIRCUITS SC 300 VERY NICE LOOK

$35.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-25-2015 13:49:40 PDT
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Elenco SC300 Snap Circuits 300 experiments

$47.94
End Date: Thursday Jun-25-2015 7:34:04 PDT
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ELENCO ELECTRONICS SNAP CIRCUITS SC 300 ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY EXPERIMENTS KIT

$5.12 (4 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jun-1-2015 9:22:35 PDT
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 04/22/15.

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