Kids are getting smarter and smarter these days. And with the holidays just around the corner, you’ll need to find the perfect gifts to build on that thirst for knowledge.
We reviewed thousands of Amazon products to create a list of the top science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) gifts for kids. Using this list, you’ll get to see the smile on their face the moment the wrapping paper comes off!
How we determined the best STEM gifts for kids on Amazon
At Jungle Scout, we’re constantly diving into Amazon data and trends to power our tools for Amazon sellers.
Using our Keyword Scout tool, we started our holiday search for “gifts for kids.” We quickly discovered that that particular phrase actually had less than half the search volume that “STEM gifts” did (22,488 monthly searches vs 45,546 monthly searches, respectively).
So, we decided to dive into STEM and science-related gifts for kids to find the hottest products trending this holiday season. We also removed any duplicate products from the list, as well as products that had average rankings of less than 4 out of 5 stars.
This is what we found.
Part marble run, part logic tool, part STEM toy — ThinkFun’s crazy best-selling Gravity Maze contains 60 three-dimensional challenges to test the brains of boys and girls ages 8 and up.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 1,516
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (1,701 ratings)
Beep beep bop boop. If your kids need practice preparing for Roko’s Basilisk, look no further than this awesome little guy. This sturdy, durable, DIY robot has 12 different modes and two levels of complexity.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 141
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (97 ratings)
Move over, LEGO. This safe, easy-to-use, highly-rated set of building discs is perfect for kids ages 5 and up. It comes with a booklet for ideas, too.
At a Prime price of $13.98, that’s less than $0.03 per disc!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 109
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (1,791 ratings)
4 – Straw Constructor 300-Piece Building Set by Rainbow ToyFrog
Amazon’s choice for “STEM Toys,” this colorful set of straws with connectors allows your brainy kids to build all sorts of cool designs. From castles to obstacle courses to geometric shapes, anything is possible.
Plus, you can choose between a set of 300 pieces, and a larger kit of 800.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 59
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (193 ratings)
Have any faulty wires, or a plug that doesn’t work anymore? Don’t want to spend $200 on an electrician? No worries. Get the kid one of these, train ‘em up, and within a few weeks, they’ll be doing all your electrical work for the cost of a bowl of cereal and free rent. (Joking, of course!)
But seriously, this kit features 100 electronic products to help get your super-intelligent kids (those ages 8 and up) interested in electrical engineering.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 615
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (6,001 ratings)
Brightly colored gears, widgets, and tools make up this STEM block building set. For ages 3 and up, this set helps everyone from early developers learning shapes and colors to older kids who want to build things.
Disclaimer: After using this, your kid might become so smart they build a robot that chases after your cat. You’ve been warned, Mr. Whiskers.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 15
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 (63 ratings)
From cars to helicopters to robots, this 5-in-1 motorized construction kit gives your kids everything they need to feed their appetite for engineering and technology concepts.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 30
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (96 ratings)
All right. The secret is out. Jobs in computer science pay pretty well and are in high demand. But duh, you already knew that. So teach your kid to code! Then, when they become the next Mark Zuckerberg, you can remind them that their passion started with this little guy: Botley the Coding Robot.
Start picking out your mansion now!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 86
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (334 ratings)
Another variation on the “bars and doo-dads for building stuff” kit, this 500 piece set will be a huge hit with your kids ages 3 and up. However, it probably won’t be a hit with your vacuum cleaner when you discover lost bits in the carpet.
Still, better than stepping on a LEGO!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 15
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (54 ratings)
Another cool building kit design for kids ages 3 and up, the IQ Build Stem construction kit comes with 164 pieces for your smart girl or guy to build whatever their hearts desire.
Not to mention, it comes with ebooks filled plenty of nifty projects.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 176
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (554 ratings)
Who says that engineering fans get to have all the fun with building blocks? Victostar changes up the mold a little with a 98-piece set that lets kids create their own “garden”.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 13
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (12 ratings)
12 – Light-Up Terrarium Kit by Dan and Marcie
Bet you thought it was going to be a building kit, didn’t you? Well, no! It’s not! This time, it’s something living and it’s pretty darn cool. It’s a garden in a jar!
And the best part? It won’t leave colorful plastic pieces all over the place that your dog will end up eating.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 141
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (860 ratings)
I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, look! It’s a LEGO Transformer.” Well, I have news for you. That’s not a Transformer (because that’s a trademark of Hasbro) and that’s not LEGO (which are a trademark of, uh… LEGO). It’s the PANLOS Robot Stem Toy Engineering Robot with 573 pieces.
Here’s a tip from a parent with a kid who loves LEGO (that-other-brand-from-Denmark): buy a plastic crate to store the pieces in!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 58
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (127 ratings)
After 14-some building kits you probably forgot about LEGO. Well, here they are in all their plastic piece glory! While the rating is strangely lower than some of the off-brand products above, something tells me that LEGO’s high-quality items can be found within this cool package/book (and 220 daily sales tends to agree).
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 220
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (1,270 ratings)
ThinkFun appears again on the list with another award winning toy design: the Roller Coaster challenge. ThinkFun claims an eye-popping 50 million sales worldwide with this one.
Good golly, that’s a lot of roller coaster building folks out there!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 87
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (277 ratings)
In the works of HP Lovecraft, the Mi-Go (pronounced Mee-Go) are a race of plant/insect creatures from Pluto who capture humans and perform experiments on their brains. And now, here we have a toy kit called “MEIGO” that’s meant to encourage brain development in toddlers?
Not today, fungi from Yuggoth. Not today.
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 7
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (50 ratings)
Here we are, at the bottom of this list for STEM gifts for kids. And here we are, left with a building block set for a remote control robot. One wonders: Are we teaching our kids to create the robo-rulers that will eventually take over the world? Are we destined to live as the organic power sources for the machines just like in the Matrix?
Oh well! At least our kids will know how to take them apart if they do!
Average Daily Amazon Sales: 70
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (97 ratings)
What STEM products do you recommend for the holidays?
The future looks promising with all these genius-building toy kits. What other cool STEM toys do you swear by as holiday gifts for the youngsters? Let us know down in the comments below!
And if you’re still looking for presents for the adults in your life, check out these other great gift ideas.