Looking for the perfect gift for an eight-year-old boy or girl who loves science? You’ve come to the right place! With some help from our expert panel of kids, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best fun STEM toys for 8 year olds. From experiment kits and engineering sets to clever robots, here are our top picks!
Best STEM Toys for 8-Year-Olds:
- Ultralight Airplanes – Build & Fly
- Explosive Science Kaboom – 14 Experiments
- BoomTrix Xtreme Trampoline Action – Multi Ball
- 100 in 1 STEM Lab – 56 piece set
- Chain Reactions Lego Kit – Moving Machines
- Archi.Tech Smart House – 62 Pieces
- Ultimate Spy Vault & Code Kit – Learn to Be a Spy
- T4 Transforming Solar Robot
1Ultralight Airplanes – Build & Fly, $21.95$21.95
Perfect for glider geeks!
This highly original STEM experiment set is sure to be a hit with eight-year-old kids! Use the pieces to build five different types of planes, including a biplane, triplane, and tandem wing plane. The set comes with full instructions, or kids can go off-script and build their own unique flying machine! Incredibly fun, as well as educational. Learn about how planes stay up in the air and experiment with wing positions and angles… The sky’s the limit!
2Explosive Science Kaboom – 14 Experiments, $26.99$26.99
14 wacky experiments
Little scientists will have hours of explosive fun with this 21-piece experiment kit. Head into the lab and get down to business with pipette droppers, green and red coloring, a candle, balloons, and more. Follow the simple, full-color instructions to build fun rockets, fizzy effervescent bombs, and pierce-proof balloons. A brilliantly fun (and funny) lab set for curious kids!
3BoomTrix Xtreme Trampoline Action – Multi Ball, $39.99$39.99
Extreme fun with tiny trampolines
Jump into STEM learning with this highly entertaining construction set! Build a wild course of launchers, trampolines, and obstacles and use them to bounce the metal balls to the finish line. Eight-year-olds will have loads of fun attempting to bounce their way to victory. Comes complete with five trampolines, three stunt walls, a stunt ring, a ramp tower, and more. An extremely clever and entertaining introduction to engineering and physics concepts!
4100 in 1 STEM Lab – 56 piece set, $43.95$43.95
Eight-year-old scientists can conduct 100 amazing STEM experiments with this incredible 56-piece set. Build four initial units, including the Maze Challenge, Flying Disc, Turbo Air, and Alarm System. From there, create a metal buzz wire game, launch spinning discs into the air, and more. All the while, kids will learn about basic circuit connections and have tons of STEM-themed fun. A fabulous gift for little inventors, engineers, and mad scientists!
5Chain Reactions Lego Kit – Moving Machines, $21.99$21.99
Let’s go with LEGO!
With this brilliant building kit, eight-year-olds can make amazing LEGO machines and structures that move, spin, pivot, drop, roll, and more. Make up to ten different designs with 30+ colorful LEGO elements, including ramps and six balls. Play, build and experiment while exploring kinetics and so much more. A wonderful building block to STEM success, and an inspired gift idea for little LEGO fanatics.
6Archi.Tech Smart House – 62 Pieces, $49.99$49.99
Eight-year-olds will love playing and learning with this creative architecture set! Construct a super cool house, then deck it out with electrical gadgets, including a speaker and flashing LED lights. The modular building system also enables you to build a treehouse with a pulley-operated trapdoor, a castle with a drawbridge and a moat, and more. This clever STEM set comes complete with a 32-page instruction and activity booklet. Get building!
7Ultimate Spy Vault & Code Kit – Learn to Be a Spy, $24.99$24.99
The ultimate spy kit
Eight-year-old spy kids, we’ve got the STEM toy for you! This sneaky set dives deep into the fun world of espionage. Build a spy vault to hide your most prized possessions, and make a pressure plate alarm to scare off intruders. You can even customize your vault for added security. This highly original set also comes with a 32-page spy book full of useful information like how to encode secret messages and investigate fingerprint clues with easy-to-find home ingredients. Next stop: the CIA!
8T4 Transforming Solar Robot, $22.95$22.95
Harness the power of the sun
With this solar-powered kit, kids can build four awesome little robots. Make a green robot with walking legs and moving wheels, a T-Rex and a Rhino Beetle with moving legs and opening jaws, and a vehicle with a turning drill and functioning wheels. A brilliant gift idea for budding designers and engineers, and the perfect beginners’ introduction to solar power technology. Rockin’ robots!
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