branch out their education with STEM-focused toys

True or false: there’s a time to play and a time to learn. Well, ok. Technically, it’s true. But why not combine both? STEM-focused toys, experiments and kits blur the line between play and education so well they’ll keep comin’ back for more without even knowing all the knowledge they’re gettin’! Whether they’re curious by nature or you just want to teach them about this big ol’ world of ours, the toys below are perfect for any kid who wants to learn, loves to play and wants to get involved in some hands-on fun!

Gravitrax Starter Set — Ravensburger
Gravitrax Starter Set — Ravensburger

What kind of marble maze can they make? Find out with the Gravitrax Starter Set by Ravensburger. Over 100 components come with the kit that can be assembled any way they’d like! Simply place curves, freefalls, magnetic cannons and more on the grid—and even different tiers to bring mazes to new heights. Once everything is set in place, let the marbles loose and watch ’em zig-zag through the maze they created. This set is a great way to introduce kiddos to the laws of physics, gravity, magnetism and kinetics.

Hobby Tumbler — National Geographic
Hobby Tumbler — National Geographic

Add some shine to all those stones with the Hobbly Tumbler by National Geographic. This tough kit takes the grit from stones and turns them into dazzling gemstones. The kit comes with one pound of rough gemstones, eight packets of polishing grit, a storage pouch and five jewelry fastenings. The tumbler has a low noise level and can withstand a whole lot of stone polishing, so they can create loads of keepsakes all day long!

Science Academy Bath Bomb — Mindware
Science Academy Bath Bomb — Mindware

A learning activity that also promotes bath time? Sign us up! The Science Academy Bath Bomb teaches kids about scents, colors and shapes through experiments that create fizzy bath bombs. The set includes a lab station and instructions to help them along the way as they make fragrant soaps for bath time fun!

Light Science Kit — ScienceWiz
Light Science Kit — ScienceWiz

The Light Science Kit is an award-winning experimental kit for kids who love to learn and see the fruits of their curiosity come to life. The kit comes with 25 experiments to perform at home including splitting light, making a kaleidoscope, molding lenses, making a microscope or telescope and more. The 3D directions are easy to follow and provide step-by-step guides to teach the kids about light, reflection and more. Take some everyday materials and make them a learning experience with a kit designed to stimulate and educate.

Volcano Science Kit — National Geographic
Volcano Science Kit — National Geographic

This kit is a blast! The Volcano Science Kit comes with everything you’ll need to build a working volcano, while the included guide teaches all about tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcano formation and volcanic rocks. Use the included geode or pumice to mold the volcano, paint it to make it look realistic then add the eruption powder to show a volcanic eruption in action. Whether they’re in need of a school project or just some educational play, the Volcano Science Kit is a great way to explore the world and its natural formations from your own home.