Looking for a gift that teaches while it entertains? We've got you covered with a roundup of some of our favorite STEM toys to help spark the natural curiosity of children.
Pi-KAA! With 10 sounds, light-up cheeks, and moving ears, this Pikachu is surprisingly durable. Just be sure to switch it from ‘demo’ to ‘on’ to hear all the sounds. Read more
Create your own video games! Most everything can be done with just the free app, but most kids seem to really enjoy the physical gamekit. Read more
Cute, sassy, and sometimes hisses at people when she’s left on. Kids love her, though. Read more
The new face of terror is cuter than previously anticipated. Read more
Hyper little pup may be best for younger kids. Also, won’t fart like a real dog. Read more
Breathes, naps, and barks just like a real pup, so long as you don’t get a defective one. Read more
Record music videos with yourself or friends. Easy to use, but the app may need more time to earn tokens than users initially thought. Read more
Curious, sassy, and incredibly engaging, this little robot will melt your heart in unexpected ways. Read more
Adorable baby dragon breathes a fine mist that looks like fire. Better for younger children, as it doesn't do much else. Read more
With no app or other device needed, Hatchimals break out of their shell to become interactive pets that grow through three different stages. Read more
Even though Kelly was replaced by Chelsea in 2011, the Club 5 Bunch sets are still a good find at garage sales or online. Charming, and much more realistic body shape than older sister, Barbie. Read more
Crawl inside to spin and roll inside this sturdy, well made giant top. A favorite for sensory play! Read more
Twist 'em to push up more crayon. Easy to use, and no more peeled paper labels or broken crayons. Read more
A brightly colored, patterned, and textured ring stacking toy for babies and toddlers. Each ring has a button that makes a different animal sound. Read more
Very visually appealing, these huge kernels are as great for playing pretend as they are for counting into the numbered bowls. Read more
Unfortunately, this toy is no longer being produced. We are still looking for the best alternative. Read more
A simple thoughtful plastic swing for young kids up to 50 pounds. Read more
A game where children have to match letters, numbers, shapes and colors to find six bouncy balls and unlock the treasure chest. Read more
A very cheap version of an old favorite. Read on to see our link to a better version that is just like the beloved vintage classic. Read more
Unfortunately, this toy is no longer being produced by Little Tikes. We are still looking for the best alternative. Read more
Practice sentence structure and parts of speech in this game with over 500 playing cards with a variety of funny words. Read more
We question the quality of this version since it doesn't seem to stand up to the heavy-handed artists that older versions typically saw. We list an alternative in our review. Read more
An interactive, talking globe that children can use to quiz themselves with over 10,000 geography questions. Read more
A baby mobile with vibrant colors, a canopy, a mirror, and five detachable stuffed animals that can be played with separately. Read more
Build tall, strong towers with overhangs and bridges. Beloved for decades, this amazing construction set brand is soon to be gone. Read more
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