Top 10 Best Selling STEM Toys For Girls

Top 10 Best STEM Toys For Girls November 2015

STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside school. And what engages kids outside of school? TOYS, of course! Toys that can help kids develop STEM knowledge and skills to increase their readiness for college, careers and life! The S.T.E.M. movement is perhaps one of the most important trends in toys in decades. STEM is actually an acronym for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH. It’s these skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centric world.

1. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit 6. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing
2. ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge 7. Magformers Intelligent Magnetic Construction Set for Brain Development, 62 Piece
3. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit 8. Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit
4. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot 9. Ozobot Bit 2.0


Learning Resources Gears1. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit

List Price: $39.99
Price: $33.99
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  • Parts are all interchangeable
  • Endless combinations and designs
  • Includes Set of 116

How can you make two cascading flower streams that are the same height? How can you build horizontally and keep the structure sound? These are all practical engineering problems that children face and solve while letting their creativity shine and building a garden overflowing with beauty. Children can experiment with symmetry, patterns, and choice making. They can see how their design decisions are put into motion with the cause and effect action of manually spinning the gears. Assembling the garden bed in endless combinations, determining how and what to build, constructing, testing, and tweaking are all STEM-related activities. Add the included stickers to the gears, butterflies, and more to showcase your green-thumb talent. And with the design element of this set, arts & design are as much a part of the planning as the science behind it. For ages 4+.

Whether you like a very orderly garden with matching flowers arranged in regular patterns or wild flowers growing everywhere, this set has what you need to make your garden complete.

116-piece set includes 40 gears in seven colors, 3 crown gears, 19 axels, 6 connectors, 16 pillars, 2 cranks, 6 square interconnecting bases, 2 octagonal bases, 3 large flowers, 3 medium flowers, 6 flower centers, 4 stems, 2 butterflies, 2 bees, 2 ladybugs, and 1 sheet of stickers.

ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge12. ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge

List Price: $50.00
Price: $34.94
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  • 175 pieces to design and build cool, wacky creations
  • Solve challenges, such as hitting targets and making balls bounce
  • Build a catapult, zip line, trampoline and more
  • Includes 4 wheels, a ball, 24 rubber bands, 2 foam play pads, string, challenge cards and 5 instruction guides
  • Recommended for children 8 years of age and older

ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge gives you the tools you need to design and build creations to solve challenges, such as hitting targets and making balls bounce. Dream up ingenious solutions for each test. Learn and apply science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) principles. Comes with 175 classic ZOOB pieces, plus wheels with axles and rubber tires, a high-bounce ball 24 rubber bands, 2 foam play pads, string, 26 ZOOB challenges plus 9 Bonus challenges, 5 instruction guides to build 40 creations. ZOOB is not like any other building set – the pieces include gears, axels and joints that snap, click, and pop together! With rotating, spinning and extendable parts you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at. Create monsters—or vehicles—or monsters that turn into vehicles! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination! Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.

ZOOB is an award-winning building set with a difference—the pieces move after you put them together, so you can play with your creations, instead of just looking at them. Although we provide instructions and suggestions for models to build, the best part of playing with ZOOB is exploring, inventing, and discovering how you can build and deciding what you want to create! ZOOB is a member of the ALEX Brands family of products. Visit for more information on Alex Brands and our best-selling line of educational and entertaining products for kids.

Snap Circuits Jr13. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

List Price: $34.99
Price: $20.99
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#1 Best Sellerin Physics Science Kits

  • Awards: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products
  • Valuable component to a rounded STEM curriculum
  • Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts
  • Electrical components provide children ages 8+ with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits
  • Clear and concise illustrated manual included and available online

Create Working Electronic Circuits Snap Circuits Jr (SC-100) comes with over 30 components to create 101 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker, snap together easily on the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with. They’ll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manual includes large color illustrations and simple directions for each project. The projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, and a light police siren. With these projects, children will experiment with things like electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and the transformation of circuit sounds into other sounds. Includes: Plastic snap-grid, 32 electrical components, and 1 project manual.Recommended for children 8 and older.

OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot4. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

List Price: $38.99
Price: $24.10
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  • This solar powered robot can be transformed into 14 different robot modes
  • Powered by the sun – no batteries required
  • Two levels of building skill levels so the beginner and experienced robot builder will be equally engaged
  • Excellent addition to a home-school curriculum
  • OWI products are made in Taiwan – Include 4 color packaging in English
  • This solar powered robot can be transformed into 14 different robot modes
  • Powered by the sun – no batteries required
  • Two levels of building skill levels so the beginner and experienced robot builder will be equally engaged
  • Excellent addition to a home-school curriculum
  • OWI products are made in Taiwan – Include 4 color packaging in English

The solar powered robot can be transformed into 14 different robot modes that include a multitude of comical and functional movements. Easily change from a wagging-tail dog – running beetle – walking crab – surfer – speedster – zombie chaser and more. The robot kit provides unique accessories and parts that make robot move on land or water or both. With alternative energy playing such a pivotal role, there is no better time than now to start children on the path to learning basic concepts behind these technologies. Fortunately, all the 14-in-1 robots are powered by the sun, so no batteries required. The robot moves in direct sunlight and allows children to create and use their infinite imagination. There are two levels in building robot version. Level One includes: Turtle-bot, Beetle-bot, Quadru-bot, Boat-bot, Walker-bot, Dog-bot and Wheel-bot. After children explore entry level designs, they can challenge their manipulative skills with Level Two projects: Roly Poly-bot, Auto-bot, Slither-bot, Surf-bot, Zombie-bot, Crab-bot and Row-bot. Additional features include: adjustable polarity on the solar panel to change direction of motor rotation, retractable robot head which can be quickly stored in the upper body, the robot head can be installed in the front, top or rear of the gearbox and transparent housing to see the movements of the gears. As we all say, “”Our children are the future””. And if anything is certain about that future, it is that renewable energy sources and green technologies will play a major role in our children’s lives. With 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot Kit, let them learn about their future and have fun at the same time.

ScienceWiz5. ScienceWiz / Inventions Kit

List Price: $22.99
Price: $15.85
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  • Build a motor, a telegraph, a light-flashing generator and a real radio with this award winning kit
  • Step-by-step 3D directions and the use of everyday materials brings clarity to how things work
  • Winner of the Scientific American Young Reader’s Book Award and a Creative Child Magazine Top Choice
  • Includes a 48 page book and materials for your creations
  • For ages 8 to 80 – everyone will enjoy this great kit

With Inventions, discover the “why” as well as the “how” common electronic components work through the use of everyday materials. Each project contributes to the understanding of how things work. The book has beautiful step-by-step, highly visual instructions and child appropriate materials, included in this kit, encourage independent learning through play, and lead a child successfully through each invention. Although Inventions is designed for children 8 years and up, this title has had an extraordinary history and following. It has been used at MIT to mentor high school students in physics. It has been used at U.C. Berkeley to mentor women in science. It has been used similarly at other institutions including Fermi Lab and the University of Texas at Austin. Inventions received a rave review from the Women’s Society of the IEEE. They used Inventions for camp programs for elementary school students. The review boasted: “The projects actually WORK”….even for large groups where individualized attention is not possible. Inventions is compelling to children. Inventions is the recipient of over 15 unsolicited awards.

Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing6. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing

List Price: $39.95
Price: $32.49
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#1 Best Sellerin Kids’ Rock Tumblers

  • Learn about the structure and geometry of crystals
  • Grow dozens of dazzling crystals
  • Mold fun plaster shapes and use dyes to grow a rainbow of custom colors
  • Over 1 million kits sold world-wide
  • New 2012 Item – includes 32-page full-color manual

Grow dozens of dazzling crystals and conduct 15 illuminating experiments with this classic science kit. Experiment with four chemically different crystals each with different properties, including potassium alum crystals that form regular octahedrons, rapidly growing sodium sulfate crystals, long needle-shaped sodium acetate crystals, and plaster which is made from gypsum crystals. Mold fun plaster shapes, including stars, lightning bolts, dolphins, and pyramids, and grow layers of crystals on them. Use dyes to form colored crystals, and mix the dyes to grow a rainbow of custom colored crystals. Display your crystal creations in a clear treasure chest with a locking lid. Mold your own geode — a hollow rock with crystals growing inside — and create a beautiful crystal cavern inside. Experiment with growing crystals rapidly and slowly, and observe how that affects the crystal structures. See if you can grow one giant crystal, and many small crystals on the surface of a rock. Measure how the crystallization of solids out of a solution, and the dissolution of crystals back into solution, affect the temperature of the solution. Learn about the energy of crystallization. Investigate solutions, crystallization, and the chemistry of crystal growing. Learn about the structures and geometries of different crystal shapes. This kit is thoroughly tested and safe: Over one million units of this kit have sold worldwide. A full-color, 32-page experiment manual guides your experiments in crystal chemistry and Earth science.

Magformers Intelligent Magnetic7. Magformers Intelligent Magnetic Construction Set for Brain Development, 62 Piece

List Price: $99.99
Price: $69.99
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  • ABS plastic magnets conform to CE, ASTM and EN71
  • You can create a variety of models with the pentagon added.
  • 62 pieces total: 20 triangles, 30 squares and 12 pentagons.
  • Instant connection! Instant fun!

You’ll enjoy more colorful, magical, and powerful magnets in this larger version of the basic set. The 62 Piece Set contains 30 squares, 20 triangles, and adds building diversity with 12 pentagons. A wonderful set for the novice builder who’s ready to leap into creativity. This set is truly easy and simple to use right out of the box. Only the best materials are used, High Quality ABS Plastic and 1/3″ rare-earth NEODYMIUM magnet on side of the shape.

MAGFORMERS are easy to use and never frustrating. The patented intelligently designed MAGFORMERS magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Building with MAGFORMERS engages mathematical and scientific thought, deductive reasoning, and requires use of spatial awareness. Manipulating the powerful, colorful MAGFORMERS magnets IS educational, but despite being an educational experience, play is magical and FUN!

More Shapes, More Models, More Variety, and Definitely More Fun! The 62 piece set is perfect for everyone. A great choice if you’re looking for a bigger challenge, and a novice builder will quickly and easily learn to manipulate the simple touch/connect magnets and start building like a pro. With so many colorful pieces you can “Build the ball”, build a house, build a building, make a simple cube, a simple pyramid, a cute and colorful snail and our favorite the turtle! This is the basic set and MORE. The 62 Piece set 2x more pieces than the classic set, PLUS we’ve added an exciting new shape; the Pentagon! The Pentagon will take your building designs to the next level. Your only limit is your imagination.

Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit8. Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit

Price: $44.00

  • Builds confidence in science during the time when interest in STEM subjects is most vulnerable.
  • Key scientific concepts: molecules and molecular motion, chemical reactions, temperature in chemistry.
  • Each kit contains over 20 items, including real lab equipment and enough chemical reagents for many hours of fun.
  • The lab notebook outlines 19 different fun and surprising experiments, and girls have plenty of opportunity (and reagents!) to design their own experiments.
  • A Parents’ Choice GOLD Award Winner, makes a great STEM gift, and aligns with Next Generation Science Standards

At Yellow Scope, we believe girls want REAL science. They don’t need to be tricked into liking science through beauty and spa products. Research shows that girls learn best when projects are open-ended and allow for creativity, so we designed our Foundation Chemistry Kit to engage both the scientific and creative minds of girls. Through exciting and rigorous hands-on experiments, girls learn about key concepts in chemistry: chemical reactions, molecular motion, and the effect of temperature. Girls have plenty of opportunity (and reagents!) to design their own experiments. – CHANGE HER WORLD, ONE AFTERNOON AT A TIME – Each kit contains over 20 items, including real lab equipment and enough reagents for many hours of experimental fun. The lab notebook outlines 19 different fun and surprising experiments. We encourage girls to design and carry out additional experiments of their very own. Girls can revisit the kit over many different sessions – asking new questions, changing variables… With girls’ imaginations, there are no limits to the fun they can have. — IN THE KIT — • Lab notebook – which is a lot more than just a lab notebook – it’s a sketchpad, a reference guide, a doodle book, and an instruction manual. It’s a place for girls to learn, experiment, wonder, design and create. • Safety goggles • Three beakers • Thermometer • Timer • Stirring rod • Candle • Citric acid • Sodium bicarbonate • Three colored dyes • Citric acid / sodium bicarbonate tablets • THINK LIKE A GIRL mini pencil • Chalk cloth/lab mat • Chalk • Colored pencils • Pencil sharpener • Collectible chemistry badge. Yellow Scope is a company in Portland, Oregon that makes science kits for girls. It was started by scientists Marcie Colledge, PhD and Kelly McCollum, MPH to get REAL science into the hands of girls. Be curious. Be creative. Stick with it. (We were curious. We were creative. We stuck with it… And we won a GOLD Parents’ Choice Award!)

Ozobot Bit 2.0 (Titanium Black)9. Ozobot Bit 2.0 (Titanium Black)

Price: $59.95

  • Proud winner of many awards including Kapi’s Best Robot toy at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.
  • Easy start up – Step 1: Pick up paper & markers to draw coded mazes – Step 2: Go to to fully program Ozobot. It’s quick and simple to drag & drop blocks of codes.
  • Hours of extra fun for boys and girls when you download A – the free Ozobot’s website activities and B – the IOS & Android Ozobot Apps to play interactive games for every level.
  • Create challenges and DIY activities, or even design your own games to share with all your friends and the amazing Ozobot community.
  • Need off/on screen time learning? We have teacher recommended, free programming & STEM inspired lesson plans, fit for different ages and levels.

Expand your child’s horizons with the help ofOzobot Bit, the tiny Robot. There is no end to the possibilities, as your child creates a different landscape of adventures, games and coding with Ozobot Bit. Imagine, a learning toy that opens the doors of computer science, STEM Education, robotics and coding, making your child one step ahead of the learning curve in school and in life.

Living in an evolving digital world, we know “screen time” is a daily reality. Smart Toys are an incredible way to stimulate kids minds and open them up to the wonders of technology. Why not teach our kids to be not just the users of technology, but to be the makers of it? Parents and teachers can help make learning fun for kids of all ages with their own personal robot, an adorable, yet educational, learning toy. Ozobot Bit, the tiny robot connects with your child’s ever evolving imagination – building confidence through competitive play and interactive games.

Starting with color markers, Ozobot takes kids on a fun and mesmerizing experience through creative drawing, problem solving and group challenges by coloring code commands in the form of basic color combinations.

Ozobot Bit’s ability to learn your programs, and then play them back is a big game changer to how young minds play and learn. OzoBlockly – a web-based visual editor – offers five step up modes from icon-based to loops, logic and equation blocks to appeal to young kids and even to challenge the seasoned programmers.

Measuring slightly over an inch, Ozobot Bit is one of the world’s smallest smart robot toys.What does it do? Ozobot can see colors, follow lines and detect intersections on shapes you draw on paper and a digital screen. Twin micro-motors and a friction drivetrain deliver quiet and precise movements, while Ozobot‘s sensors scan the surface for color variances – thus interpreting an actual code, created by your child. Ozobot Bit’s built-in LiPo battery provides quick recharge via a micro-USB port and delivers over an hour of continuous action on a single charge.
Now that’s a smart toy.


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Price: $69.99
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  • Investigate everything from cells to crystals with this mega microscope set. Includes all the tools kids need to create their own specimen slides!
  • Set of 98 pieces is perfect for safe and fun science experiments at home or in the classroom. Real science tools – up to 900x magnification.
  • Metal microscope offers 50x, 150x, 300x, 450x, and 900x magnifications with rotating 3-lens turret design and 2 magnifying all-glass eyepieces.
  • Includes 6 specimen vials, 5 prepared slides, scalpel, spatula, measuring rod, stirring rod, tweezers, test tube with cap, Petri dish, and pipette.
  • Also includes built-in color wheel; camera adapter; magnifying glass; and projection/drawing device for viewing and tracing.
  • Magnifications: 50x, 150x, 300x, 450x, and 900x
  • Glass lenses and die-cast metal body
  • Two eye pieces
  • Power settings from 50x to 900x
  • Also includes deluxe storage case, projector and color wheel

Young scientists can investigate the hidden wonders of the microscopic world with the Geo Vision MicroPro Elite. It is perfect for individual or classroom use. This has glass optics and power settings from 50x to 900x which provides superior precision viewing. The 98-piece kit has professionally prepared slides and everything you need to make your own specimen slides. There is also a camera mount which helps you to photograph your findings and a projection/drawing device to display images for tracing or group viewing. The Geo Vision MicroPro Elite is appropriate for learning at any age. It requires 2 AA batteries for light (not included).

Includes die-cast metal microscope with rotating 3-lens turret design; 2 magnifying, all-glass eyepieces (10x and 30x); projection/drawing device for viewing and tracing; camera adapter; 5 prepared slides; 18 blank slides; lab supplies; and 24-page instruction and activity guide.

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