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


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit


Ages: 8 and up

In the #1 “best of” position among science toys for kids in 2015 is Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

List Price: $34.99 USD
New From: $20.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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 Electronics Discovery Kit

$12.50 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Aug-4-2015 11:34:22 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr Kits model SC 100

$15.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-5-2015 12:51:52 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit BOX OPENED NEVER PLAYED WITH

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2. Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden


Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden


Ages: 4-10

A many-a-time returning favorite among the top ten science toys – Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden.

List Price: $19.99 USD
New From: $11.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $9.97 USD In Stock
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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LIVE BUTTERFLY GARDEN W/ MAIL-IN CERTIFICATE FOR CATERPILLARS - INSECT LORE

$10.99
End Date: Sunday Aug-30-2015 7:15:41 PDT
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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden

$17.61
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 18:48:46 PDT
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Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden Standard Packaging

$19.98
End Date: Thursday Aug-27-2015 6:59:39 PDT
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3. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit


Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit


Ages: 4-8

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is also a consistent favorite among science toys for children over the past several years.

List Price: $22.00 USD
New From: $15.35 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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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New Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit. Free Shiping.

$19.94
End Date: Sunday Aug-30-2015 3:37:22 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

$18.65
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 8:07:22 PDT
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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, Free Shipping, New

$18.16
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 0:38:00 PDT
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4. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313)


LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313


Ages: 10-15

Making its way to 4th place among the top 10 science toys 2015 – LEGO Mindstorms EV3.

List Price: $349.99 USD
New From: $345.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $286.96 USD In Stock
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 Robotics Construction System 31313 Robot Set w Bluetooth NEW

$449.99
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 20:50:24 PDT
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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 (31313)

$279.00
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 20:32:56 PDT
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LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 31313 Robotics Robot Building Set NEW NIB

$349.99
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 14:41:29 PDT
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5. Thames and Kosmos Biology TK2 Scope


Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope


Ages: 8 and up

Thames and Kosmos Biology TK2 Scope is a new addition to this year’s list of the best science toys for kids.

List Price: $129.95 USD
New From: $90.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $79.07 USD In Stock
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

$49.99
End Date: Sunday Aug-23-2015 14:15:01 PDT
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Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

$111.58
End Date: Wednesday Aug-19-2015 20:22:55 PDT
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Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

$151.55
End Date: Sunday Aug-16-2015 16:09:48 PDT
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6. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot


OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot


Ages: 8-15

And next up in line – OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot.

List Price: $38.99 USD
New From: $16.50 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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 build your own solar robot Level 1 OWI-MSK615 NIP

$23.00
End Date: Sunday Aug-30-2015 5:48:49 PDT
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NEW OWI 14-In-1 Educational Solar Robot Kit OWI-MSK615 NIB

$21.89
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 21:13:43 PDT
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OWI-MSK615 ROBOT KITS 14 in 1 Solar Robot Kit

$21.99
End Date: Wednesday Aug-26-2015 6:56:16 PDT
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7. Elenco Snap Circuits Lights


Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit


Ages: 8-15

Another great toy from Elenco makes it to the “best of” science toys in 2015 – Snap Circuits Lights.

List Price: $79.99 USD
New From: $50.12 USD In Stock
Used from: $41.10 USD In Stock
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 LEARNING KIT, Electronics & Science EDUCATIONAL SET

$22.50 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jul-31-2015 20:48:37 PDT
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NEW ~ Elenco SNAP CIRCUITS SCL-175 ~ LIGHTS ~ Children SCIENCE Electricity KIT

$75.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-18-2015 20:52:22 PDT
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School Supplies Children Elenco Electronics Science Snap Circuits Lights

$94.99
End Date: Friday Aug-14-2015 5:44:47 PDT
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8. LightUp Edison Kit


LightUp Edison Kit - Learn electronics


Ages: 5-15

More on electricity! 8th among the top kids’ science toys this year is the LightUp Edison Kit.

List Price: $49.99 USD
New From: $45.15 USD In Stock
Used from: $33.69 USD In Stock
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: Friday Aug-21-2015 18:46:02 PDT
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Lightup Edison Electricity Kit-Learn By Making-For Boys and Girls 5 and up!

$29.99
End Date: Thursday Aug-6-2015 21:30:03 PDT
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LightUp Edison Kit Learn Electronics

$50.00
End Date: Tuesday Aug-18-2015 16:05:37 PDT
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9. Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only


Scientific Explorer Magic Science For Wizards Only


Ages: 6-10

At #9 on the list – Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only.

List Price: $22.00 USD
New From: $12.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock
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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POOF Slinky TPOO-24 Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit

$37.98
End Date: Thursday Aug-27-2015 23:57:55 PDT
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Magic Science For Wizards Only by Scientific Explorer

$25.49
End Date: Thursday Aug-27-2015 14:32:39 PDT
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Magic Science for Wizards Only kit! NEW/Unopened, 10 magical activities,age 6

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10. Snap Circuits SC-300


Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit


Ages: 8 and up

And the final item among the ten best science toys for kids in 2015 – Snap Circuits SC-300 from Elenco.

List Price: $64.99 USD
New From: $43.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $36.07 USD In Stock
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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NEW Snap Circuits SC 300 Electric Science Best Educational Toys Childrens Mind

$59.90
End Date: Saturday Aug-29-2015 6:32:41 PDT
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Elenco Electronic Snap Circuits Build Over 300 Projects Set

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-5-2015 14:52:10 PDT
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Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

$48.48
End Date: Friday Aug-28-2015 14:26:26 PDT
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 04/22/15.

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