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 BOX OPENED NEVER PLAYED WITH

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NEW Snap Circuits Jr Scientist Kit Experiment Lab Projects Engineering

$29.99
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Snap Circuits Jr Scientist Kit Experiment Lab Projects Complete Engineering

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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 Waterproof Butterfly Garden Kit Educational Science Kids Toy

$19.49
End Date: Saturday Aug-1-2015 13:38:28 PDT
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New Insect Lore Live Waterproof Butterfly Garden Educational Science Toy Kits.

$16.35
End Date: Friday Jul-31-2015 14:07:14 PDT
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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden, Standard Packaging

$18.39
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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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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$22.17
End Date: Friday Jul-31-2015 9:31:12 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$18.42
End Date: Thursday Jul-30-2015 8:07:03 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$19.16
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2015 17:26:29 PDT
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4. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313)

Ages: 10-15

List Price: $349.99
Current Price: $342.46
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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 EV3 31313 with Book/Storage

$300.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jul-9-2015 13:06:28 PDT
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BRAND NEW SEALED - LEGO - Mindstorms EV3 (31313)

$295.99
End Date: Saturday Aug-1-2015 10:07:48 PDT
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LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 BUILDING SET 31313 - FREE SHIPPING

$349.99
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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 TK2 Scope Microscope and Biology Kit 636815 New

$39.90
End Date: Wednesday Jul-29-2015 22:49:10 PDT
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Thames And Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

$124.38
End Date: Monday Jul-27-2015 19:02:23 PDT
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Thames & Kosmos TK2 Scope - Microscope and Biology Kit

$119.99
End Date: Friday Jul-24-2015 15:56:56 PDT
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6. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Ages: 8-15

List Price: $38.99
Current Price: $14.75
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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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OWI-MSK615 ROBOT KITS 14 in 1 Solar Robot Kit

$65.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-1-2015 9:36:12 PDT
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Robotikits 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot OWI-MSK615

$10.00 (0 Bids)
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OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

$33.08
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7. Elenco Snap Circuits Lights

Ages: 8-15

List Price: $79.99
Current Price: $49.99
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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

$69.48
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NEW ~ Elenco SNAP CIRCUITS SCL-175 ~ LIGHTS ~ Children SCIENCE Electricity KIT

$75.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-19-2015 20:37:56 PDT
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New Elenco Snap Circuits Lights Educational Electricity Circuits Toy Music Kit

$96.48
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8. LightUp Edison Kit

Ages: 5-15

List Price: $49.99
Current Price: $45.95
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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: Wednesday Jul-22-2015 16:35:13 PDT
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LightUp Edison Kit Learn Electronics

$50.00
End Date: Sunday Jul-19-2015 16:05:37 PDT
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LightUp Edison Kit Learn Electronics

$68.59
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9. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only

Ages: 6-10

List Price: $22.00
Current Price: $13.45
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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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Magic Science For Wizards Only by Scientific Explorer

$25.49
End Date: Tuesday Jul-28-2015 12:07:00 PDT
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POOF-Slinky - Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit, 6 and up

$10.00
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Magic Science For Wizards Only Kit

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10. Snap Circuits SC-300

Ages: 8 and up

List Price: $64.99
Current Price: $44.99
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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 Science Electronic Experiment Kit Replacement Parts

$5.00
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Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 Build 300 Projects Read Description

$16.99
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Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit, Standard Packaging

$60.39
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 04/22/15.

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