2016 Best Kids’ Science Toys

 
Little boy exploring natureWhen 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 kids’ science toys for the spring and summer months of 2016, 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. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
2. Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden
3. Animal Planet Shark Attack
4. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone
5. Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
6. Be Amazing! Toys Giant Wright Flyer
7. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
8. Sea Monkeys Magicquarium
9. Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Kit
10. LEGO Education DUPLO Tech Machines Set

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1. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Ages: 8 – 15

At the #1 spot of the top 10 science toys 2016 is the OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot.

Powered with lots-a sunshine. The OWI robot is a 14 in 1 solar machine with two levels of buildable fun—beginner and experienced. There are wheels, panels, shifters, and heaps of other cool gadgets to make each transformative robot unique.

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2. Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

Ages: 4 and up

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden is a long-term favorite, and comes in next among the best science toys for kids this year.

I love the Butterfly Garden because it gives kids and adults an up-close glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of nature. Inclusive of a send-in voucher, kids can get 5-10 caterpillars. Over time, the caterpillars become beautiful butterflies.

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3. Animal Planet Shark Attack

Ages: 3 and up

Third in line on the list – Animal Planet Shark Attack.

Courtesy of Animal Planet. The Shark Attack set comes with a Great White Shark and Tiger Shark. Scaled down to pint-size, of course. There is also a scuba diver with his air tank, camera, and safety cage for underwater observations.

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4. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Ages: 8 and up

Wonderful! Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone also makes its place among the best science toys for 2016.

Truthfully, the average person never looks at a banana as a video game touchpad. Until now, that is. This Invention Kit plugs into a Mac or Windows, giving your personal computer the power to transform everyday objects into tech-savvy gadgets.

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5. Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium

Ages: 6 and up

I love this brand – the Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium is another popular science toy on the list from Creativity for Kids.

Wow-worthy, indeed. This terrarium is a fun little garden for kids who love exploring and learning about nature. There are star-shaped air vents on the lid, and 45 glow-in-the-dark stickers for nighttime décor. Includes a portable water reserve for plants.

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6. Be Amazing! Toys Giant Wright Flyer

Ages: 6 and up

Also managing a place among the best kids’ science toys this year – Be Amazing! Toys Giant Wright Flyer.

Born and raised in North Carolina, I know all about the Wright Brothers and their amazing efforts in high-flying with the first-ever airplanes. This large-scale replica flies as far as the Wrights’ first plane flew—120 feet. Includes demonstration video.

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7. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Ages: 4 and up

Many, many kiddos have found out how much fun this is – Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit returns to the 2016 list of the top science toys for kids.

Science is both a constant and ever-changing element in our world. You imagine, hypothesize, experiment, and go back to the proverbial lab a million times until you prove something. For first-time science-lovers, this set-up provides color-changing projects to experiment with.

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8. Sea Monkeys Magicquarium

Ages: 6 and up

This one brings back some memories! The Sea Monkeys Magicquarium comes in 8th on the list.

I had so many Sea Monkeys when I was a kid. Unfortunately, the last batch was knocked into the bathroom sink. Bummer. For more careful kiddos than myself, this little aquarium comes with instant-life eggs and food for Sea Monkeys.

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9. Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Kit

Ages: 8 and up

A wonderful twist on the original Snap Circuits sets – Green Alternative Energy Kit comes in at #9 of the top ten science toys for 2016.

Eco-friendliness ranks high on my list of important stuff, right alongside nature. This Snap Circuits set-up teaches kids about alternative “green” energy. They can snap together the circuits, creating “go green” projects (over 125) with 100 pages of experiment ideas.

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10. LEGO Education DUPLO Tech Machines Set

Ages: 3 and up

And – the final addition to this year’s list – LEGO Education DUPLO Tech Machines Set.

I am all for DUPLO LEGOs because toddlers have so much fun with them. These are chunkier and bigger, which means a better, easier gasp, especially for a set-up that encourages kids to build tech-savvy machines. Includes all required components.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 04/27/16.

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