Young people, especially 9 and 10 year olds, find Science and technology fascinating. We’ve all been asked by a child to explain how something works, and it’s really important to encourage this love for learning. To help you do this, we’ve selected our very best STEM toys for tweens with enquiring minds.
What exactly are STEM Toys?
S.T.E.M. is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM toys allow kids to experiment with these ideas and concepts in order to develop their skills – and they are super fun too!
How did we choose them?
Every STEM toy on our list is kid tested and approved, and all of the toys we recommend are high quality and from top brands. Our toys are age-appropriate and categorized accordingly, so there is no guessing whether or not they are above or below the child’s skill or interest level.
STEM is a big concept but but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Having fun while learning is important for all kids, but especially in the 9-10 age range, where foundational learning starts and pivotal choices are made about children’s interests.
So here is our guide to the best toys for kids ages 9 and 10 who love STEM in all its forms:
- Interactive Glow T-shirt
- Ultralight Airplanes
- Hydraulic Cyborg Hand – Build Kit
- Archi.Tech Smart House
- Detector Challenge – Innovative 35 Piece Kit
- GeoSafari SeaScope – See Underwater
- Edible Chemistry Kit – 16 yummy experiments!
- Explore STEM with Marie Curie – Fun Science Experiments
Mixing technology with style, these epic Glow T-shirts are guaranteed to impress any 9–10 year old. Complete with a UV laser pen, this smart interactive t-shirt will glow in the dark for five minutes for each seperate design and will then completely disappear, allowing you to draw again and again! A unique gift that will spark endless creativity!
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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.
Build an awesome, functional cyborg hand using this DIY kit. Using the 203 pieces and the easy-to-follow full-color manual, assemble the hand, then use hydraulic power to make it move. Simply fill the piston tubes with water and fit the cyborg hand over your own hand like a glove, and watch it simulate your movements – no batteries required! Challenge yourself to pick up items with the mechanical fingers. A super cool way for 9 and 10-year-olds to learn about robotics, hydraulics and pneumatics.
This is another fantastic gift idea for a tech loving almost-tween. Build your own electronic smart house using this super-cool kit – complete with 20 electronic experiments. Inspire the future architect to design structures with amazing features such as pulley-operated trap doors, an elevator or even a house-to-house tramway! This is THE ultimate STEM project!
Build your own ingenious metal detectors based on basic circuitry principles with this clever 35-piece set from Explore Science. Build a handheld metal detector with lights and adjustable sensitivity, then test with various metal objects. Create a mini security check station that can scan objects, just like at the airport. Fantastic!
Water-resistant extendable seascope with 5X magnification and a built-in torch and ruler. Investigate everything from sea stars to kelp beds in 5X magnification, then use the 6in ruler to measure the size of your specimens. Illuminate dark water discoveries with the built-in LED torch and record the water temperature with the handy thermometer. Discover a secret world – truly fascinating.
For a fun, interactive way to learn about chemistry, this tasty set will go down a treat. Kids can conduct 16 edible experiments such as making color changing foaming jelly, fizzy drinks and polymer pudding. Using the easy-to-follow instructions, put on your lab coat and start experimenting!
An immersive hands-on learning experience that captivates young scientists with four multi-step activities. Young scientists can make their own glow-in-the-dark slime, create an x-ray, scan the skeletal sytsme and construct a radium atom. This intriguing kit includes all the materials and a detailed guide, learning about Marie Curie and her many contributions to the fields of chemistry and physics. Fun learning through experimentation – fascinating.
Speaking of STEM for kids, 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!!!
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