12 STEM Learning Toys to Gift for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and it’s time to buy all the STEM toys — because educational gifts are the best gifts, right?

But what exactly is this STEM business you keep hearing about? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, and STEM toys help kids develop skills they’ll need in our increasingly tech-driven world. This toy trend encourages problem-solving, experimentation, creativity and logic — pretty amazing, right? When you gift STEM toys to the kids in your life, you’re setting them up for success. Plus, their eyes will seriously light up when they get to play with them because STEM play is just as much fun as mindless entertainment.

We’ve rounded up some of the coolest new STEM toys for your future scientist, doctor or coder.

Originally published July 2017. Updated November 2017.