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The Best Science Toys for Kids

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Check out these fun gifts for the curious kids in your life. From STEM toys that promote the inner engineer to hands-on kits to help unlock your child's creativity, here are some of Live Science's favorite gift ideas for kids. 

Anki Cozmo: A Fun, Educational Toy Robot for Kids

This might be the perfect gift to help your child tiptoe into the world of coding. This real-life robot named Cozmo has a beginner-friendly interface that allows kids (and adults) to creatively program their robot. Then, they can challenge Cozmo to games or use the Explorer mode to see things from his perspective using a free Cozmo app compatible with iOS and Android.View Deal

Osmo - Genius Starter Kit for iPad (NEW VERSION) - Ages 6-10

The Genius Starter Kit for iPad includes everything your kids need to experience hands-on learning and digital fun in five different ways and subject areas. The kit includes the Osmo base as well as 5 game apps (plus the materials needed to play these games): Shapes & placing in designs (called Tangram); problem-solving/early physics (Newton), creative drawing skills (Masterpiece), counting with numbers/dice (Numbers), letters, spelling and vocabulary (Words).View Deal

4M Solar System Planetarium - DIY Glow in the Dark Astronomy Planet Model

Part-craft, part-learning tool and part-decoration, the Solar System Planetarium is a fun way to teach kids, recommended for 8 and up, about the wonders of our celestial neighborhood. No batteries are required; kids just paint and learn. The set includes: planets, stencils, squeeze-glow paint pen, rods, string, a fact-filled wall chart and 10 sets of fun quiz questions.View Deal

Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs Kit - Break Open 12 Unique Dinosaur Eggs 

This kit is great for a kids party or just a rainy weekend: Hide these 12 dinosaur eggs and let your kids pretend to be paleontologists. Once they find their egg, they can carefully "dig" the dinosaur out to reveal all the fun paleo-beasts, from a T. rex to a Dilophosaurus, an Ankylosaurus and much more. Then, kids can match their dinosaur with the appropriate card that describes the history and features of their dino. View Deal

GIANT MICROBES — Blood Cells

Even if you faint at the sight of blood, you can surely handle these fuzzy blood cells. And perhaps, you’ll grow to adore your plasma, platelets and all the glorious cells pulsing through your veins. This plushy set includes: a red blood cell, white blood cell, plasma, platelet and antibody.View Deal

ThinkFun Cat Crimes Logic Game and Brainteaser

It's time to solve brainteasers about Sassy, Ginger and Mr. Mittens with the Cat Crimes, Who's to Blame Logic Game. Players use critical reasoning and logical deduction skills as they solve the 40 increasingly difficult challenges about the furry friends. The kids will race to figure out the final order and placement of the cats around the dinner table. (Recommended ages: 8+)View Deal

Grow N' Glow Terrarium for Kids

Get your kid's green thumb started by having them grow a spectacular garden with chia and wheat grass seeds using the Creativity for Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium - Science Kit for Kids. Your little gardener can decorate, plant and water these plants as they learn about the plant life cycle in less than a week. (Recommended ages: 6+)View Deal

Spaceteam: A Fast-paced, Cooperative, Shouting Card Game

Have a child or friend who's into spaceships ... and shouting? If so, this might be the perfect gift. For ages 10 and up, this card game is all about teamwork: In order to survive, you and your team must coordinate to escape a black hole while dealing with one complication after another. Your only hope? Repair your spaceship before it's too late. Let's get to work!View Deal

Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

Kids enjoy all the ... gross things in life. So why not let them explore all things disgusting while learning science? Recommended for kids 8 and up, with adult supervision, this kit includes everything you need to create a stinky intestine, slimy snot and fake blood. It also helps kids grow friendly molds and bacteria. View Deal

National Geographic: Break Open 10 Geodes

Not everything is what it seems. The dull, jagged exteriors of geodes belies an often magical and colorful world inside. This kit comes with 10 geodes (from the size of a tennis ball to that of a ping pong ball), googles, a guide that describes what geodes are and how they form, and two display stands. View Deal

Spaceman Programmable Robot

According to the manufacturer ECHEERS, this remote-controlled robot uses artificial intelligence so that it can interpret your child's voice commands on the fly. It can also dance and make cute expressions. A free app lets kids program the robot's dance moves and singing (it is equipped with a Bluetooth speaker) or use already programmed commands. View Deal

Volcanic Eruption & Lava Lab Science Experiments Kit

Watch the fun erupt! This 22-piece kit is perfect for experimenting with mineral science. The kit provides all the tools and ingredients you'll need for concocting an erupting volcano, and experimenting with gasses, fizzing mineral pools and lava "bombs." View Deal

UBTECH Mythical Series: Unicornbot Kit

Two words: unicorn. robot.

Kids (recommended for ages 8 and up) can learn to use Blockly coding to program their unicornbot's special color sensor using eight magical color cards. And there's a magical horn that can be programmed to shine different colors. Kids can do the programming through the Jimu app, which is compatible with Andriod and iOS devices. View Deal

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