The 20 Best STEAM Toys for Kids of All Ages
Play is educational for kids — full stop. Any kind of play is how they learn about the world. And we as parents and caretakers want to make sure kids have a full arsenal of toys to help them explore — not just nurture a teddy bear or role-play with the help of their first Barbie doll, but also build like an architect or solve problems like a mini mathematician.
When people talk about STEAM toys, they mean toys that aid in learning about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. That may sound like everything in a traditional school curriculum, and it kind of is, but these educational toys can be balanced with other things that help with basic literacy and socio-emotional learning. In other words, STEAM isn’t so much about the ABCs and learning to share as it is about problem-solving, reasoning, and building brain pathways now to make things like computations, ordering, spatial reasoning, and coding easier when they’re older. It might sound novel, but you can start that when they’re babies!
Here are some favorite STEAM toys for kids from ages 6 months to 10 years, arranged baby-first and big-kid last. Many of these are classics that I used with my own two children, but a few are new. If you’re looking for more, we’ve also curated some STEAM-related kits in our list of Best Subscription Gifts for Kids, plus we have Science Gifts for Kids of All Ages.