Top 10 STEM Toys for 2016

Stem_10_Toys_2016 copyWondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What are the best Tech toys for 2016? The coolest STEM for the season? What to get your toys are best for toddlers or teens? What will be the most popular toys for Christmas? Then you have come to the right place!

Top STEM toys 2016

The Toy Insider released its top toy picks for Holiday 2016, and I got an exclusive sneak peek as a veteran of the Parent Panel. After looking at thousands of toys on the market for decades, they know what will be the holiday drivers for 2016 and here are your lists. Print it out and get shopping because some of these toys will probably be sold out soon! (Note, images and Amazon hyperlinks are affiliate.)

For the 2016 STEM picks, these are the top picks for toys that offer play, value and education in the area of science, technology, engineering and math! (Don’t forget to check out my posts on the most Popular Toys for 2016 and the Top 12 Tech Toys for the holiday season!)

Top STEM Toys for 2016

3Doodler Start (3Doodler)

  • With the new 3Doodler Start, kids can finally bring all of their wonderful and imaginative ideas to life in 3D.
  • This 3D printing pen extrudes an eco­friendly plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to literally draw in the air.
  • Specially designed to be clean and safe for kids, with no hot parts or messy resins or glues.
  • Easy to use thanks to one speed, one temperature, and no software or technical knowledge required – just turn it on, insert a strand and start doodling in 3D.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble

 

Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit (Alex Brands)

  • Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit gives kids supplies and instructions to conduct fizzy, foamy, color­changing chemistry experiments.
  • Conduct 10 awesome experiments with everything in the kit and some additional household materials.
  • Make ordinary powders fizz and foam, concoct a color changing mixture, a rolling wave, a color­changing eruption, a glow­in­the­dark
    test tube, and even mix your own to see what you can create.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $25.50
  • ● Available: Toys R Us, Target, Amazon, alexbrands.com

 

Barbie STEM Kit (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Thames & Kosmos partners with Mattel for a science kit featuring Barbie and Nikki.
  • This project kit includes plastic building pieces and science experiment materials, as well as a Barbie or Nikki doll, to create a complete experience based on the concept “You Dream It… You Make It!”
  • Kids will build a washing machine, rotating closet, and more, all compatible with the Barbie Dreamhouse. Plus, design fashions for
    Barbie to wear.
  • Learn about chromatics, engineering, and more.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $29.95
  • Available: Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Amazon.

Bloxels (Mattel)

  • Build your own video games with Bloxels!
  • Create and animate play spaces, characters and objects because you are the artist, fame designer, storyteller, programmer, publisher, and player.
  • The physical pieces in the Bloxels game set work with the free Bloxels Builder app to digitize your creations, put them on­screen and make them playable.
  • Each block represents a different element of the video game,
    so kids can place blocks on the grid, scan the grid into the app, and watch their
    video game level take shape!
  • Play levels created by other players online.
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Ages: 8+
  • Available: Amazon



Geckobot (Thames & Kosmos)

  • This wall­climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.
  • The battery­powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion, making the legs move in motions that mimic a real gecko.
  • A full­color manual guides through model building with step­by­step illustrated instructions and scientific information and explanations.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.95
  • Available: Toys R Us, Amazon, fatbraintoys.com

Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set (K’NEX)

  • Film the next big movie with Lily and her dog, Zoom, with the Director’s Cut Building Set.
  • Build the stage where the video shoot takes place. Once filming has ended, rebuild the stage into a theater to watch the final cut!
  • Have a mobile phone, or small tablet? Kids can film your own movie by building the device stand to hold your phone or tablet, and watch it back with your friends and family!
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Available: Toys R Us, Amazon



Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival (PlayMonster)

  • This STEM kit encourages girls to build and play while learning important engineering concepts.
  • Kids can use more than 145 snap­together pieces to create a ferris wheel, carousel, swings, and game tent.
  • Then, attach two motors to bring the rides to life.
  • Kids can also engage in imaginative play with the Bettina and Jenna dolls.
  • Learn all about intimidating STEM concepts, like physics, engineering, and more.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $44.99
  • Available: Amazon, fatbraintoys.com

Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)

  • The race is on to build hands­ on coding skills!
  • Kids can build a maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step­by­step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse.
  • Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese!
  • This deluxe set includes 30 double­sided coding cards, 10 double­sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and more.
  • Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands­on introduction to coding concepts.
  • Colby lights­up, makes sounds, and features two speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.
  • Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse, sold separately.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, fatbraintoys.com

Think & Learn Code­A­Pillar (Fisher­Price)

  • Preschoolers can arrange Code­A­Pillar’s easy­to­connect segments in endless combinations to send Code­a­Pillar on his path: forward, left, right, or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again.
  • Kids can configure Code­A­Pillar to make him reach the targets they set up throughout the room.
  • Kids will learn sequencing, programming, and more building blocks of coding.
  • Ages: 3-­6
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Amazon

VEX Robotics Zip Flyer (Hexbug)

  • Ready, set, take to the sky! The VEX Robotics Zip Flyer is a re­envisioned take on airborne adventures.
  • This robotic gadget is capable of shooting propellers more than 30 feet in the air once kids build the structure using snap­together pieces.
  • Pull the zip­cord stick to release, the faster you pull, the higher they’ll go.
  • The excitement doesn’t stop there, the VEX Robotics Zip Flyer can be built for both handheld and
    tabletop action; two ways to build, two ways to launch.
  • Once it’s up and running, this model is fun for hours. Includes 3 propeller flyers.
  • Challenge yourself and your friends, how far can you make your propellers
    travel?
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $12.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us

Don’t forget to check out all my toys reviews here and on the Parent Panel!

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