S.T.E.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – our guide to the best toys for kids ages 9 and 10 who love STEM in all its forms.
Science and technology is fascinating to children. How do we know? Because we’ve all been asked by a child how something works, and stumbled when that child wasn’t satisfied with even the 7th level of answers.
That’s why it’s really important to encourage this love for learning by providing them with quality educational toys they can fully engage with. STEM toys that allow kids to experiment with ideas and concepts in order to develop their skills are very useful, but they have to be fun, too! Which is why our guide to the best STEM toys for 9-10 year olds features:
- Meccano Rally Car
- Salt Water Engine Car
- 4-in-1 Robot Kit
- Zoob Creepy Glow Creatures
- Ultralight Airplanes
- Laser Chess
- Squishy Human Body
Budding engineers can hit the road with this stylish 159 piece set and build any one of 10 different model rally racers at a time. This makes a brilliant gift for a 9-10 year old girl or boy. For an authentic building experience, each set comes with metal nuts and bolts, with tools included, as well as an easy-to-understand instruction guide. Near middle-schoolers will love the exciting, mechanical wonders of Meccano.
The only thing more exciting for a 9-10 year old than flying their own personal drone is flying the one they built themselves. Build 3 different drone configurations from this kit, with 3 speed settings, directional LED lights, and a protective rail guard. The 40 main body pieces allow for rapid customization, and arrange the 85 bonus pieces into a car or a plane to attach to your fully operational drone. It’s controlled by the long-range RC transmitter, for STEM fun anywhere they want!
Kiko is a cool and colorful STEM project that your 9-10 year old will really engage with. The kit comes with an easy-to-follow instruction manual and takes one to two hours to finish constructing. Standing over 6” tall, Kiko the robot walks on six legs and has two interactive modes. With fun sounds and effects, and LED eyes, he’s the winning combination: very satisfying to build and great fun to play with!
This is another fantastic gift idea for a tech loving almost-tween. Build your own salt water powered V8 engine car – simply add a few drops of salt water and watch it go! This innovative car assembly kit demonstrates a new form of clean energy. The special fuelled cell 4×4 car is powered from a chemical reaction with saline, metal and water. Adding literally just a few drops of salt water will start the engine running. A fun gift for car lovers and kit builders; educational…but also very cool. Like an eco-friendly greaser.
With this project, your 9-10 year old can build four different robots, all with multi-functional movements. Create one of the four fun robots with various modes and different functions powered by the DC motor. There’s the Walking Robot with its safe, gear driven walk and bobble head, and the Running Bug with six creepy legs. How about the Rolling Beast and the Power Trailer? It comes with easy assembly parts — no glue or soldering required. Hours of mechanical fun in one kit!
Zoobs are a fun and fascinating STEM toy for near-graduates! In this kit, your child can make hanging, sticking, glowing scary creatures with snap together pieces. This scary set has 65 specially colored interlocking pieces, with glow-in-the-dark parts, suction cups and string. The instructions show you how to make 9 hair-raising critters including spiders, scorpions and crabs. Form joints that rotate, axles that spin, limbs that extend and more, with this unique movable 3D modelling system from Zoob. It’s a great start for design engineers of the future.
Aerospace engineering is a wide and fascinating STEM discipline, so why not start your little ones young? Building model airplanes has been popular since the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk, and now your STEM student can follow in their footsteps with this fun and easy kit.
Even the hardest working young engineers need to take a break, and what better way than with a game that seamlessly mixes strategy and technology? Reflect the laser off the mirrored pieces to eliminate pieces from play. Practice logic and spatial relations in friendly competition, and keep those brain muscles working!
A must have for future doctors, this 12″ high model of a human skeleton has removable squishy organs as well as representative skeletal, vascular, and muscular systems, so you can literally see how it all works. Use the included forceps and tweezers to remove 12 different bones and muscles as well as 9 vital organs. Perform your own (fake miniature) surgery!
And what a future that will look like, huh? With these choices of best STEM toys for children ages 9 and 10, it looks just a little brighter.
STEM is a big concept — sometimes we think kids won’t be able to understand the complexities involved, but that just isn’t true! Especially at the 9-10 age range, where foundational learning starts and pivotal choices are made about children’s interests. Parents and family members can start with our short list of the best STEM toys for children ages 9 and 10.
Speaking of children’s interests, here are a few of our favorite science and math jokes to get a little smile or a big eye-roll:
Q: How can you make the number seven even?
A: Take the ‘s’ out.
I just saw my math teacher with some graph paper. He must be plotting something.
Q: Why is a math book depressed.
A: Because it’s got so many problems.
Teen 1: Did you hear oxygen and magnesium go together?
Teen 2: OMG!!!
Happy STEM-ing, from the Wicked Uncle Science and Math Team!
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