Top 10 Science Toys 2016-2017

in Educational Toys and Games, Specialty Toys for Kids

2016-2017 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 through the Christmas holidays of 2016 and into 2017, 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. Be Amazing Brain Tickling Science Kit
2. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
3. Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
4. Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal
5. K’NEX Education – DNA, Replication, and Transcription Set
6. SmartLab Squishy Human Body
7. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
8. Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit
9. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Kit
10. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only

1. Be Amazing Brain Tickling Science Kit

Price: $20.38
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Ages: 8 – 15

The #1 pick of the 2016-2017 top 10 science toys for kids is the Be Amazing Brain Tickling Science Kit.

I am a sucker for a creative brand name. So, of course, I love the Be Amazing collection of scientific toys. The Brain Tickling Kit teaches kids to question and prove everything—from how to make quicksand to smoke-ring cannons.

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Be Amazing Brain Tickling Science Kit

$25.32
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$24.29
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Be Amazing! Brain Tickling Science Experiment Kit

$24.95
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2. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Price: $24.99
6 new from $24.990 used

Ages: 8 and up

A strong returning favorite marks the 2nd of the best science toys for 2016 and into 2017.

The Solar Robot has been a fan favorite for well over a year. And I am lovin’ how many kiddos are interested in being inventive and creative. This robot is actually 14-in-1, but all with solar-powered charge for near-nonstop interaction.

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owi 14-in-1 solar robot

$12.50
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 11:51:31 PDT
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Robotikits 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot OWI-MSK615 New UNUSED

$18.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 18:48:49 PDT
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NEW OWI 14 in 1 Solar Robot FREE SHIPPING

$95.17
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3. Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Price: $18.23
You save: $3.76 (17 %)
60 new from $13.990 used

Ages: 7 – 15

My personal favorite among this year’s best kids’ science toys is Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions.

What happens when you knock over a line of dominos? Or, what spark causes a light bulb to blink on in a split second? LEGO and Klutz brands combine in this crafty set to teach kids about DIY chain reactions.

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Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit Design Build Moving Machines

$19.99
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Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

$22.39
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Lego Chain Reactions by Pat Murphy and Klutz Labs Scientists Staff (2015,...

$19.99
End Date: Friday Apr-14-2017 5:06:23 PDT
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4. Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Ages: 8 – 11

Next up on the list – Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal.

One of my favorites. This real-working microscope is perfect for little science whizzes. With any microscope, you explore and examine different things that leave behind microscopic traces. So, this set includes all of the accessories, like pre-loaded bacteria slides, a ZOOM function in wow-worthy magnifications, and specimen bottles with swabs.

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Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

$17.95
End Date: Friday Apr-28-2017 12:03:10 PDT
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Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal CL71

$13.99
End Date: Wednesday Apr-26-2017 13:48:34 PDT
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Nancy B's Science Club Cone Experience Science Microscope And Activity Journal

$24.45
End Date: Saturday Apr-15-2017 12:50:40 PDT
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5. K’NEX Education – DNA, Replication, and Transcription Set

Price: $38.34
You save: $16.66 (30 %)
7 new from $38.344 used from $31.98

Ages: 8 – 12

Wow! Love this one – the K’NEX Education – DNA, Replication, and Transcription Set also makes it to the “best of” list of kids’ science toys this year.

I have always been fascinated by DNA strands. So, this set is for kids who, like me, want to learn more about DNA and RNA through building and creating their own. It is a hands-on learning experience, common in tons of modern classrooms. Includes a cool and comprehensive instructional video.

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K'NEX Education - DNA, Replication, and Transcription Set

$47.14
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DNA Replication & Transcription K'NEX Education STEM Building Construction KNEX

$54.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-8-2017 8:24:54 PDT
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K’NEX Education – DNA Replication and Transcription Set – 525 Pieces – Ages 10+

$46.21
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6. SmartLab Squishy Human Body

Price: $27.90
27 new from $24.993 used from $22.88

Ages: 8 and up

Hitting 6th on our list for 2016 and into 2017 – SmartLab Squishy Human Body.

Educational and lots-a good science-minded fun. This realistic human body is a squishy presentation that kiddos can literally sink their fingers into. It might sound gross, but for non-squeamish youngsters, it is a fascinating learning experience. Includes kid-friendly anatomy book.

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Smartlab Toys Squishy Human Body

$22.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-8-2017 12:31:02 PDT
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NEW SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body Take a tour of the Body From the Inside Out

$29.95
End Date: Monday Apr-24-2017 20:03:45 PDT
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SmartLab Toys Squishy Human VISIBLE Body PARTS KIT MEDICAL TOOLS HOME SCHOOL '08

$19.95
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7. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Price: $16.74
You save: $7.25 (30 %)
33 new from $13.990 used

Ages: 4 and up

A huge hit among science toys for boys and girls for quite a while now – Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit.

The Mind Blowing Science Kit is a 20-piece set that kids can use to explore the inner workings of some cool science projects. They can learn about chemical reactions with ingredients that allow them to create color-changing volcanos and jiggly gems.

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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit Fast Free Shipping

$17.99
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POOF-Slinky - Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, (11)

$19.76
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit by Scientific Explorer

$30.33
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8. Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

Price: $39.00
You save: $10.99 (22 %)
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Ages: 8 and up

Wonder Workshop Dot was a big hit with kids last year, and returns for the 2016-2017 list of top science toys.

Dot is an interactive robot with heaps of great adventures in store. She comes with a downloadable app, perfect for most Android and Apple smartphones or tablets. Instead of creating or building a toy, Dot is the toy. She transforms into tons of cool devices, like a rambunctious alarm clock.

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Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit NEW

$58.48
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Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit

$63.44
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$42.49
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9. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Kit

Ages: 8 and up

Making it to #9 on the list – Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

Snap Circuits are some of the most classic science toys because kids never get tired of how creative they are. Perfect for the STEM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.) curriculum, this set features 30 snap-together circuits. And when they snap together, they create over 100 different reactions, like a burglar alarm.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit Standard Packaging

$23.86
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$18.99
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2010 SNAP CIRCUITS JR by Elenco MODEL SC-100 Electronics Kit COMPLETE w Instruct

$8.00
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10. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only

Price: $10.84
You save: $13.15 (55 %)
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Ages: 6 and up

The final item on this year’s list of the top ten science toys is Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only.

To someone like me who is a big fan of Harry Potter and all things magic, this Science for Wizards kit totally induces lots of excitement. For centuries, magic and speculation explained most things. But this “magic” kit shows the science behind what was once considered impossible without a wizard.

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Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only New

$12.70
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Scientific Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only - 9 Activities

$10.95
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Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only

$13.29
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/01/16.

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