STEM is one of the fastest growing fields out there and there is a constant supply of good, high-paying jobs available.
The field is only going to grow more important as time goes on. If you want to get your child interested in the sciences early on, one of the best ways of doing so is by getting your child a STEM toy. Because girls are less likely to get interested in STEM on their own, there is a whole line of STEM toys for girls out there.
We are going to review five of them. If you want to know what the best one is, it’s the Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best STEM Toys For Girls 2019
STEM Toys For Girls Reviews:
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
A lot of STEM toys for girls can be a bit on the pricey side. This is understandable as a lot of them can be full of very expensive technical equipment. However, we figured that it would be best to start this review list by focusing on a stem toy that isn’t all that pricey.
The Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is actually quite an inexpensive option. In fact, it is basically as expensive as your average child’s board game. So, right off the bat, this is an extremely good budget option for getting your young one into STEM.
So, what exactly is it that this kit does?
Well, for starters, it has 20 different pieces that can be used to create various experiments. Because this is a STEM toy, the various components try their best to represent each of the four basic principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Your child can do experiments that teach them about math, about science, about how to build things, etc. It is a pretty effective teaching tool, especially when you consider the very low price of the kit. The featured experiment is a volcano that can spew different kinds of color-changing “acid.”
This is not only very fun to build, but it also teaches your little girl about chemical reactions, one of the most important scientific topics that they can learn about.
The main problem with this particular science kit and the main reason why we don’t think is the best overall STEM toy on this list is that a lot of the components are single-use. As you read through the rest of this STEM toys for girls list, you will notice that a lot of the toys come with components that can be used hundreds of times without needing to be replaced.
The problem with this toy is that you can only do one or two experiments with the components inside before you need to replace them. To give you an example, the volcano experiment requires you to use packs of citric acid and other chemicals.
There is only enough material in these packs for a few experiments, so it isn’t really a long-term option. Still, given the very low price of this kit, we can’t complain too much.
Touches on all four areas of STEM.
Contains plenty of fun experiments.
Easy to use.
Many of the components are only good for one or two experiments.
ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls
Although this is primarily a STEM toys for girls list, a lot of the best STEM toys are meant for both sexes, and so you will see a few unisex toys on the list. A great example of this is the ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls.
This is yet another very affordable, very fun toy that also happens to teach some pretty fundamental STEM ideas.
The basic idea behind this particular toy is pretty simple.
It is a little plastic grid and it has little plastic cars on it. The plastic cars can be arranged in a variety of ways. There are little challenge cards that are included with the toys.
The challenge cards instruct your child on how to set up the cars and what their objective is. For example, one challenge card will tell your child to set up the cars as directed and then to figure out a way to guide a certain car to freedom.
This may sound simple, but the problems can be pretty challenging. More importantly, this teaches kids logic and problem-solving, two very important skills that they need to master for any sort of STEM learning.
Because there aren’t a bunch of fancy parts, the toy is extremely cheap. It isn’t as cheap as the previous entry on our STEM toys for girls list, which was the Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, but it is pretty close in terms of price. So, if you want an affordable way to get your child into STEM, this is yet another good option.
There are two problems with this otherwise really good toy that keep it from being the best option on this list. For starters, it isn’t very durable. Everything is made of plastic and thus very prone to breaking, especially if not handled gently.
Given that the toy revolves around placing cars in certain areas if a single part of the grid breaks, the toy becomes pretty useless (although the low cost makes replacing it fairly painless).
Secondly, while some of the puzzles can be challenging, the lack of any flashiness (no lights, no sounds, etc.) could result in some kids getting a bit bored. There is a lot of set up (kids have to arrange each car exactly as shown), so again kids who get bored easily might not take to this toy.
Teaches problem-solving and logic.
Very easy to understand.
No batteries or other outside components required.
Easy to break.
Might not hold some kids’ attention.
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls
If this name looks very familiar, its because we just finished reviewing a toy from this exact brand. This particular toy has a lot in common with the last ThinkFun toy that we reviewed on our STEM toys for girl list, but there are enough differences to justify this toy having its own place on the list.
This toy functions very similarly to the previous ThinkFun toy. This one also encourages your child to set up toys and then they have to figure out a way to get one of the toys out of the maze that they have created. Whereas the previous ThinkFun toy used little plastic cars, this one uses giant, interconnected towers. The tower mazes are a lot more intricate and connected than the cars that were used in the previous ThinkFun toy.
So, the Gravity Maze is a lot better for teaching kids critical thinking and problem-solving. However, there is a trade-off as the mazes might be a bit complicated for younger children, making this a better option for older children but a worse one for younger children.
Much like the previous ThinkFun toy, this one also makes use of challenge cards. There are over 60 different challenge cards for them to use and they can, of course, build their own mazes. So, this toy definitely has a lot of content and kids should remain occupied with it for quite a while. Just completing the challenges alone should keep them occupied and having fun for quite a long time.
In terms of cost, this toy isn’t as cheap as some of the other options on this STEM toys for girls list, but at the same time, there are more expensive options out there. One thing that does help keep costs down is that this toy doesn’t require replacement materials, electricity, or batteries like some other toys do. So, once you pay the upfront costs, that’s it, there aren’t any other hidden costs.
Not that pricey.
Doesn’t require batteries, electricity, or replacement materials.
Should keep kids occupied for a while.
Teaches advanced problem-solving and logic.
Teaches some basic engineering principles.
Easy to lose pieces.
Might be a bit too difficult for younger children.
Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit
So far on this STEM toys for girls list, we have focused on more simplistic toys that teach very basic aspects of STEM. However, there are more complicated toys out there that teach some pretty advanced STEM principles.
We are reviewing one such toy, the Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit. This is a complicated, somewhat pricey toy. But, if your child is up to the task, it is almost unparalleled in terms of how well it can teach and entertain them.
Although it teaches a variety of STEM principles and ideas, the main focus of this toy is on teaching your child how circuits work. This toy features well-over 300 different electrical projects that your child can do.
In order to do all these different projects, the toy gives them around 60 different components to play around with. The projects are varied and range from things like alarms to radios and other electrical equipment. This may sound dangerous but rest assured that it is all very safe and that your child isn’t in any danger.
If you are worried about this toy being too advanced for your child, don’t be because it is surprisingly intuitive. Plus, the toy comes with a fully illustrated and in-depth manual that helps your child complete each of the 300+ projects.
Overall, this is a great toy that should keep your child occupied for quite a long time. It is definitely one of the best options in terms of educational value on this STEM toys for girls list. There are plenty of projects for them to do and the payoff is always worth it. Plus, it is extremely educational and it will give your child a very in-depth look at how electrical circuits and technology works.
The two downsides to this toy are that it is quite pricey (although you certainly get quite a bit of bang for your buck) and that it has a lot of very small, intricate components which can be lost or broken quite easily.
Tons of different projects for your child to try out (over 300).
Very engaging and fun.
Comes with a helpful manual that guides your child through each of the projects.
Lots of small components that can be lost easily.
Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids 6+
For this last entry on our STEM toys for girls list, we are looking at the Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids 6+. As the name indicates, this is a coding toy, which is something that we haven’t featured yet on this list. Anyone who is familiar with STEM can tell you just how important it is for everyone, but girls, in particular, to have some familiarity with coding. This is exactly what this toy is intended to do.
The way that the Dash robot works is that your child uses one of 5 free apps to code in a series of commands, which they can then transmit to the robot. For example, your child can code it so that when they say the word “go” the robot speeds forward for 5-seconds, stops, then goes forward again.
By doing this, your kid will learn the very basic building blocks of coding.
While it may sound difficult to get into, rest assured that the whole process is fairly easy to pick up. The coding apps will walk your child through the basics, which should let them branch out into more complicated projects.
While this toy is fun and well-made, it works best with kids who have a vivid imagination. There aren’t any step-by-step projects that your child can do, instead, they are basically given a blank slate and allowed to do whatever they want.
While the toy is a bit pricey, it is by far the best method for getting your child introduced to coding, which in today’s world is very helpful. This is definitely one of the more educational options on this STEM toys for girls list.
Surprisingly easy to learn.
Great tool for teaching kids the basics of coding.
Coding apps are free.
Requires a tablet, phone, or computer to use the apps on.
STEM Toys Buying Guide
Above you saw our STEM toys for girls review list. If you are curious about how to go about picking out your own STEM toy, we are going to show what sorts of things you should be considering when shopping for a STEM toy of your own.
Balancing Educational Value Vs Fun
Buying educational toys can be difficult because, on the one hand, you want a toy that is educational, but on the other hand, you want a toy that is fun enough to actually keep a child occupied. If the educational toy isn’t fun enough, the child loses interest and they don’t get any educational value out of the toy since they aren’t using it.
Generally speaking, toys for older children tend to be more educational, while toys for younger children tend to be the lighter on the educational aspect.
If your girl already has some baseline interest in science or STEM as a whole, then don’t be afraid to pick one of the more educational toys on our STEM toys for girls list, such as the Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit. If, on the other hand, you are still trying to get them interested in STEM, then maybe go for one of the lighter, more “fun” toys.
STEM toys for girls can vary wildly in price. There are definitely cheaper options out there, as you saw from our review list. However, cheaper options are generally very basic toys that are meant to introduce your child to the basics of STEM. If you want to give your little girl a more advanced understanding of a topic, that is going to require investing in a pricier toy.
Basic Toys Vs Advanced Toys
You can divide STEM toys for girls into two broad categories. One category consists of very basic toys that dabble in all areas of STEM or that teach the very basic principles that make STEM possible (problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, etc.).
On the other hand, you have more advanced toys that typically go in-depth on one particular area. On our review list, you saw toys like Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit, which focused on electrical circuits or the Wonder Workshop Dash, which taught coding.
It is up to you to judge if your child is ready for more advanced toys, or if they should start out with the more basic toys and “graduate” to the more advanced ones. Age ranges can be useful, but they aren’t a replacement for your own knowledge of your little girl’s skills.
If you still have some questions that pertain to either our STEM toys for girls review list or our buying guide, we encourage you to go ahead and leave a comment letting us know what’s on your mind.