The best STEM toys are a fun and active way to get your kids engaged with science, technology, engineering and maths. So whether you've been eyeing up some 3D building blocks, puzzles or coding games in the Black Friday sales, now might be the best time to get ahead of your Christmas shopping and grab yourself a bargain.
Magna-Tiles' 100-piece clear colors set is currently reduced by 30% at Amazon, saving you $36.00, while a slightly smaller deluxe set will cost you just $49.99. If Lego is more your kid's thing, Lego's Jurassic World Dominion set is 20% off (now $27.99 at Amazon) while the Jurassic Park T.rex Breakout set is reduced to $79.99 at Target.
STEM toys are essentially anything that allows children to build, play and experiment. They can help to teach spatial and mathematical skills, but they should be social, engaging and fun too.
Here's a round-up of the best STEM toy deals this Black Friday, from crystal growing kits to unleash their inner chemist, to basic building blocks to develop hand-eye coordination in toddlers.
Best Black Friday STEM toy deals
Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks |
Was $84.99, Now $44.09 at Amazon
Consisting of 60 natural-finished smooth-sanded hardwood blocks, this set is an ideal way to introduce early maths concepts to toddlers. They can also help to develop hand-eye coordination and teach patience. Save 48% for Black Friday.
Magna-Tiles 84-piece Storage Bin Bundle |
Was $134.99 Now $89.99
Save a great $45 on this 84-piece kit from Magna-Tiles. Included in this Bundle Set are the core shapes (6 large squares, 36 small squares, 6 equilateral triangles, 12 isosceles triangles, 6 right triangles, 12 small rectangles and 6 large rectangles).
Dan&Darci Marbling Paint Art Kit for Kids |
Was $29.99, Now $14.96 at Amazon
Save 50% on this Marbling Paint Art Kit for kids and learn to paint on water. With five paint colors included in the kit, this kit is suitable for kids aged 6+. It also come with carrageenan powder, spoon, pipette, spreader, 3 styluses, 10 art sheets. It fascinates children as soon as they pull it out of the box and is a perfect STEM project.
Snap Circuits “Arcade” Electronics Exploration Kit |
Was $79.99, Now $41.99 at Amazon
Teach your kids to make electrical circuits for almost 50% off the retail price. Build 20+ games with fun sounds and lights with this 36-piece kit. With scope to build over 200 exciting and unique projects that come together in a snap, this kit is suitable for children aged 8+.
Dan&Darci Light-Up Terrarium Kit for Kids |
Was $34.99, Now $24.99 at Amazon
Save 29% on this light up terrarium kit for kids, perfect for the budding botanist in your family. Let your child discover the beauty of nature by creating their own beautiful terrarium with this all-inclusive kit. Watch as it grows by day and glows at night with the innovative LED light under the lid.
HEXBUG - VEX Robotics Kit |
Was $49.99, Now $24.99 at Best Buy
Save 50% on this HEXBUG VEX Robotics Kit, suitable for children aged 8 and above. Allow your child to build using 350 VEX Robotics pieces. HEXBUG believes in using the fun of robotic toys to teach kids important STEM principles through hands-on learning.
Best Choice Products Kids 147-Piece 5-in-1 Building Toy Kit |
Was $24.99, Now $10.99 at Walmart
A STEM building experience for younger children, this kit helps children build 5 different toys. It will lead them through each step of building a race car, helicopter, boat, bulldozer, or truck. Kids can also challenge themselves by tossing the booklet aside to build their own design. Recommended for children aged 3+.
Dan&Darci Crystal Growing Kit for Kids | Was $19.99, Now $9.99 at Walmart
Let your child feel like a real chemist mixing the special ingredients and watching the crystal grow, day by day. And when you're done, display it on the light-up display for all to admire! Follow along with the beautifully illustrated 12-page booklet describing how crystals are formed. Suitable for ages 8+.
Makeblock mBot STEM Projects for Kids Ages 8-12 |
Was $99.99, Now $59.99 on Amazon
Save 40% on this great STEM toy for kids ages 8-12. Designed for learning electronics, robotics and programming in a simple and fun way, mBot is an excellent educational robot toy. From scratch to Arduino, it helps kids to learn programming step by step via interactive software and learning resources.
Winning Fingers Flashing Cube Electronic Memory & Brain Game |
Was $54.99, Now $31.99 at Amazon
Save 42% on this top rated toy this Black Friday. Fun for children and adults alike, this STEM toy has 4 quick-coordination games in a unique light-up cube design. Great for home and travel, these fun handheld games help improve brain skills and hand-eye coordination.
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Alice is the health channel editor at Live Science. She also reviews tech and fitness products for our buying guides, from air purifiers to treadmills. She has worked across multiple knowledge and wellness brands at Future, including Fit&Well, Coach, T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Alice holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from City, University of London, where she spent a year studying nutrition, dietetics and public health at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. A self-confessed running fanatic, she's completed six marathons and qualified for the Boston marathon.