Top 10 STEM Toys 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Best Kids’ STEM Toys

Little boy working in science labIn the past few years, there has been a massive surge in popularity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) toys for kids – and I couldn’t be happier about it. The best way for children to learn is to work in subjects hands-on, and when it’s fun to do it makes learning these subjects much easier. 🙂

Along with the popularity surge, there has also been a huge increase in the number of different toys from different brands – making it a bit tough to pick and choose which STEM toys might be the best for a particular boy or girl – which is why I created this list and keep it updated yearly.

What’s here: On this page is a top 10 list of the best STEM toys for kids through the Christmas holiday season of 2016 and into 2017, based on a couple of factors – primarily popularity, then filtering through the toys with the highest consumer ratings. The picks on the list are for kids of various ages – including the tots.

For shoppers: For each of the STEM toys for kids listed on this page, one or more shopping resources is researched and recommended to buy it online. Merchants for each item are hand-picked based on low pricing, product availability and trusted reputation for safe and convenient shopping. Product review links are also provided where available.

What’s Here:

1. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar
2. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone
3. SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
4. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
5. Kano Computer Kit
6. Fat Brain Toys Dado Cubes
7. Geode Explorer Science Kit
8. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set
9. Edu Science Glow in the Dark Ultimate 3D Planets Set
10. Fat Brain Toys Reptangles

1. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

Price: $38.17
You save: $0.78 (2 %)
100 new from $38.1718 used from $31.30

Ages: 3 – 6

In the #1 spot among the top 10 STEM toys for 2016-2017 is one for the little ones – the Think & Learn Code-a-pillarfrom Fisher-Price.

The Code-a-Pillar is on a mission, or several, to targets around your home. Kiddos tech-savviness and quick thinking to connect the bug’s segments, activating different codes that make the pillar move in unique ways. Lots-a lights, sounds, and cool effects.

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

$38.99
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 9:34:00 PDT
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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

$20.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Mar-30-2017 5:29:39 PDT
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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar *Open Box item*

$33.59
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 12:10:02 PDT
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2. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Price: $49.95
62 new from $45.003 used from $43.46

Ages: 8 and up

For those young creators, 2nd among the best STEM toys for kids this year is Makey Makey , An Invention Kit for Everyone.

Makey Makey. Simple, awesome name for a cool and creative concept. For little inventors, this set uses the usual, everyday stuff to make wow-worthy, extraordinary devices. Use bananas, touchpads, cups, and more to connect with the interwebs, apps, and games.

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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$40.48
End Date: Monday Apr-24-2017 15:27:17 PDT
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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$36.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 6:54:36 PDT
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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$49.95
End Date: Saturday Apr-8-2017 10:57:35 PDT
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3. SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

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

Ages: 8 and up

Third up on the list – SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body.

Some kiddos might be totally grossed out by the Squishy Human. But many will love exploring the squishy insides of the human body replica. Everything that is in your body is included in this lifelike lesson in our internal anatomy.

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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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SmartLab Toys Squishy Human VISIBLE Body PARTS KIT MEDICAL TOOLS HOME SCHOOL '08

$7.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-2-2017 16:57:38 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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4. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Price: $24.99
6 new from $24.990 used

Ages: 8 and up

The OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot is a long-term favorite, and also makes it to the “best of” STEM toys for 2016 and into 2017.

One of my favorites. The Solar Robot is the same robot made in 14 different ways. Powered entirely by the sunshine, this bot reaches two levels of builders. And beginners can increase their skills by inventing and building new robots.

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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
End Date: Wednesday Apr-19-2017 3:52:48 PDT
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5. Kano Computer Kit

Price: $149.99
9 new from $132.000 used

Ages: 6 and up

Marking the next position of the top kids’ STEM toys this year – Kano Computer Kit.

I love that the instructions to the Kano Computer Kit states, “for anyone from 6 to 106.” Because everyone can be inventive, imaginative, and tech-savvy. This kit is a computer that anyone can make. And, afterwards, there are games, apps, and computing challenges that build confidence, tech-savviness, and skill levels.

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Kano Computer Kit - Make a Computer/Learn to Code PI 3 Model B

$100.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-18-2017 5:09:15 PDT
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Kano Computer Kit

$181.95
End Date: Sunday Apr-23-2017 12:33:06 PDT
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Kano Computer Kit 1000G-02

$98.99
End Date: Saturday Apr-8-2017 17:08:04 PDT
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6. Fat Brain Toys Dado Cubes

Price: $28.95
8 new from $22.500 used

Ages: 3 and up

Another for the little ones comes in 6th of the top ten STEM toys this year with Dado Cubes from Fat Brain.

Dado Cubes are colorful originals that enhance the possibilities of what kiddos can build with the usual building blocks. The blocks are 3D with slits that interlock with other cubes. Stack them into towers that might seem impossible. Then, when playtime is over, nest them one colorful cube into another.

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Dado Cubes 10 pcs Fat Brain Toy Company

$9.95
End Date: Tuesday Apr-4-2017 11:37:07 PDT
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Fat Brain Toys Dado Cubes

$35.41
End Date: Thursday Apr-13-2017 0:33:49 PDT
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DADO Cubes NRFB 2006 Fat Brain Educational Plastic Building Toys

$9.89
End Date: Tuesday Apr-18-2017 20:48:39 PDT
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7. Geode Explorer Science Kit

Ages: 6 and up

The Geode Explorer Science Kit also hits one of the spots among the 2016-2017 best STEM toys.

I love this! For geologists-to-be, or kiddos who simply love pretty rocks and what might be inside, this set tells little scientists to break open pint-sized “boulders.” There are beautiful and amazing crystal combinations inside. Perfect for a curious classroom.

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Set of 7 Discover with Dr. Cool Explorer Geode Science Kit Buy New

$30.64
End Date: Saturday Apr-1-2017 8:50:05 PDT
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Geode Explorer Science Kit – Crack Open 7 Amazing Rocks and Find Crystals

$28.64
End Date: Monday Apr-10-2017 2:02:46 PDT
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Geode Explorer Science Kit – Crack Open 7 Amazing Rocks and Find Crystals!

$29.99
End Date: Monday Apr-3-2017 14:41:40 PDT
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8. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set

Ages: 3 and up

A returning favorite from last year, Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set from Learning Resources hits the 8th spot of the STEM toys for kids this year.

Probably my number one favorite on the entire list. Gears! Gears! Gears! is all about…you guessed it. Gears! These colorful cogs and wheels fit together, steampunk style, to create new, interesting structures. Includes flat plates to act as hold-everything bases.

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Gears! Gears! Gears! 260 Pieces Super Set & A Lot More Motor Learning Resources

$58.99
End Date: Friday Mar-31-2017 9:57:29 PDT
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Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set - 150 Piece Building Toy

$19.96
End Date: Tuesday Apr-11-2017 11:46:13 PDT
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Learning Resources Gears 81-Piece Super Building Set Invites kids Discover NEW

$13.61
End Date: Wednesday Apr-5-2017 16:34:44 PDT
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9. Edu Science Glow in the Dark Ultimate 3D Planets Set

Ages: 5 and up

Next up – Edu Science Glow in the Dark Ultimate 3D Planets Set.

WOW to the max! I love this! This set is a glow-in-the-dark replica of our solar system. And kids get to connect, create, and hang it from their bedroom ceiling. To accentuate the planets, this set comes with lots of sticky, glow-in-the-dark stars.

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Edu Science - Glow in the Dark 35 Piece Ultimate 3D Planets Set

$19.99
End Date: Friday Apr-7-2017 20:59:10 PDT
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10. Fat Brain Toys Reptangles

Price: $27.95
60 new from $24.950 used

Ages: 6 and up

The final pick of this year’s best kids’ STEM toys is another from Fat Brain Toys, with Reptangles.

STEM toys are all about stimulation and interaction while exploring imagination, creativity, and curiosity. In other words, something like Fat Brain Toys. Specifically, the Reptangles are colorful blocks that kiddos snap together into cubic, reptile replicas, like turtles and alligators.

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Reptangles Turtles That Snap 24 pc NEW Geometry Fat Brain Toy

$32.99
End Date: Wednesday Mar-29-2017 21:29:44 PDT
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Fat Brain Toys Kids Reptangles Toy

$32.25
End Date: Wednesday Apr-26-2017 17:12:41 PDT
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Fat Brain Reptangles Turtles that Snap Building Blocks Learning 21 Pieces

$17.98
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/01/16.

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