Science and other educational toys allow children to expand their minds and discover their imaginations. Children usually learn better when they can have hands-on experience, their attention is retained and they are engaged when they find their educational experiences to be interesting and enjoyable.

Science toys for kids foster an appreciation and love for the concepts of STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) These educational toys, when used from a young age, can harbor a passion for careers in these scientific fields for when they are older. Currently, there are said to be more men in these fields of work than women. All of these toys are suitable for boys and girls of all ages to enjoy. I have compiled a list of the top Science educational toys for boys and girls from toddler age to preschool, and finally up to grade school level.

Best Science Toys for Toddlers

1. Boon Pipes Water Pipes Bath Toy

The Water Pipes Bath Toy can be used individually or together to create a chain for water to pour through. It includes suction cups so it can be attached to the wall and has five different pipes with unique shapes and functions. All pieces are BPA-free and safe for children.

  • To Play:

The child can place the pipes on the wall while taking a bath and they can pour water through the pipes to watch what happens. The pipes can be fitted together so that the water can flow through all of them. The best part for parents is that the water all stays in the bathtub and does not end up all over the floor.

Recommended Age Group

12 months and up

Teaches the basics of fluids, vacuums, and propellers

2. Animal Planet Grow Eggs-Hatch and Grow Dinosaurs

The Animal Planet Grow Eggs toy contains three different eggs that hatch and grow dinosaurs right out of their shells. Your child will think it is like magic when they sit and watch their eggs hatch and see what comes out. Three different eggs hatch and grow into three different animals. They will reveal a Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, or Spinosaurus.

  • To Play:

Place the eggs in water and they will begin to crack within 24 hours and will finally start to hatch within the next 36 to 48 hours. Once hatched, the children can take the dinosaurs out to play, or they can place them back into the water to continue to watch them grow. Make sure you replace the water each day before they hatch. The animals can grow five to ten times their original size. Each egg includes an educational fact card about each different dinosaur.

Recommended Age Group

Teaches them patience and responsibility and educates them on the process of hatching an egg and educational facts about dinosaurs

3. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

The GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope can view anything up to eight times magnification. It has two extra-large eyepieces that are suitable for your toddler, and they are not required to close one eye to be able to see anything. It is a fully-functional microscope that they can use to examine all sorts of different objects without the use of slides. It also has a big knob that makes it easy for little hands to adjust the focus.

  • To Play:

Gather small objects that you think your toddler may be interested in examining more closely such as leaves or rocks. Place the object under the microscope and have your child view it and adjust the focus knob as needed to get a better focus and a clear image. Adult supervision is required, especially when examining smaller objects that may prove to be a choking hazard for smaller children. This microscope also includes a LED light that enhances the viewing, a non-skid feed, and even a sample tray.

Recommended Age Group

Encourages exploration and discovery, helps acquire core competencies that are important in a young child’s development

4. SainSmart Jr. Kids Bug Catchers Nature Exploration Tool

This Bug Catchers Nature Exploration Tool allows your toddler to catch bugs by pressing a button and then they can view the captive bug with the included microscope. It has a convenient carrying handle that makes it easier for the child to tote it around outside and to the park and this tool does not harm the bugs at all.

  • To Play:

Let your child run around the yard to catch bugs such as butterflies and moths. They simply press the button to open the lid to catch the bug and press the button again once the bug is caught. They can then view the bug and release it unharmed when they are done observing and then move on to the next.

Recommended Age Group

Encourages exploration, observation, and discovery

Best Pre-K Science Toys

5. Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

The Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set includes perfectly sized tools that support little hands and small scientific investigations. It features durable pieces that have measurement markings, as well as activity cards that introduce processing skills, living and nonliving things, physical science, senses, and a lot more. The packaging the set comes in is environmentally friendly and easy to recycle.

  • To Play:

The set includes a beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, goggles, a 6” test tube and stands, two smaller test tubes and stands, an activity guide, and ten double-sided activity cards. There are instructions for the various easy-to-do scientific experiments and introduces your child to the wonderful elements of science while keeping them engaged and having fun.

Recommended Age Group

Gain an understanding of basic science safety practices, learn how to use their five senses, build a common vocabulary, and observe, test, and discover science