Can learning be fun? Absolutely! If you’re in search of some wicked educational toys and games for kids aged 9, 10, 11 or 12, you’ve come to the right place. From STEM to storytelling, we’ve covered all of the bases! Here’s our ultimate list of the top 10 educational gifts for tweens.
Creativity in cube form!
Writer’s block? Not anymore! Budding writers and storytellers will love this awesome, educational game. Tweens can dream up plotlines from the nine cubes, featuring 54 images. This means there are over 10 million different story combinations to let your imagination run wild! Who knows, this could be the inspiration for the next great American novel or screenplay!
Elementary, my dear Watson…
Hmm, who ate all the cookies? Who last touched the iPad? Mysteries like these call for an investigation! Collect fingerprints from friends and family and file them away in your own personal fingerprint database. Examine the prints with a magnifying glass and use the brush, dusting powder, and dusting pad to play fingerprint development games. Amateur detectives, this one’s for you!
Super sweet fun!
Know an aspiring Willy Wonka? They’ll be sweet on this cool chemistry kit! Make rock candy and mold chocolates with help from the 48-page illustrated guide. Explore heat while boiling sugar, and explore the mysteries of triboluminescence with wintergreen candies. Share the fruits of your labor with lucky friends and family. The kit comes with all the tools you need, including metal molds, a candy thermometer, and a dipping fork.
Rock and roll…
Geology lesson, anyone? This fantastic science kit lets you grow glow-in-the-dark crystals of all different shapes, sizes, and colors! The instruction booklet contains 12 fascinating experiments to try. Get crystals to form on a granite rock, or even grow a crystal cloud inside of a rainbow. When you’ve finished your experiments, you can use the locking display boxes to show off your creations.
A pocket-sized marvel
Technology-savvy tweens? They’ll have a blast with this awesome, smartphone-sized drone. Watch it whiz through the sky, recording photos and videos of the wonderful world below. The drone features a 720P HD swivel camera, as well as auto-hover, triple speed, and NetGen stabilizer features. The WiFi connects directly to your smartphone and works with both Android and iOS devices. High-flying fun!
Action, education, entertainment!
Adventure awaits! This full HD action video camera with a 120-degree wide-angle and a waterproof case lets you record your travels, near and far. Attach the camera to your handlebars or helmet with a variety of mounts, including a frame mount, a pole mount, flat adhesive mounts, velcro straps, and more. Press record and take this show on the road!
Small robots, big science
This 26-piece mini robotics kit is a fabulous and fun STEM toy. Design and construct 15 marvelous motorized machines that walk, crawl, roll, and spin. Become an expert engineer through experimenting with tiny gears, axles, movement, and balance. This kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of design inspiration to spur young imaginations into high gear.
Perfect for aspiring filmmakers, this kit lets you build a mini-movie set with super cool mix-and-match Lego characters and props. Use your mini actors to plot and script up to ten mini-movies. Download the app with a phone or tablet, work out the best camera and lighting angles, and then start directing. Draw inspiration from the 78-page booklet, which features a story template and a paper clapperboard. Lights, camera, Lego!