Favorite Holiday STEM Toys for Tweens & Teens

I have a tween and a teen and it seems like the older they are getting, the harder they are to buy for during the holidays. All of the gifts that they ask for are expensive or out of our budget which makes gift buying very difficult. Some of their favorite toys over the years have been the STEM toys that they have received. Today I am going to share some of my favorite holiday STEM Toys that I think would be great for the tween and teen age group.

littleBits Electronics Synth Kit

littleBits Synth Kit

This cool kit allows your child to release their inner rockstar. This kit is perfect for your music-loving teen!

The littleBits synth kit is an incredibly powerful, easy to use modular synthesizer that helps you unleash your inner rockstar. The Synth Kit, developed in partnership with KORGx, a pioneer of electronic musical equipment, enables amateur and professional musicians to easily explore the iconic synthesizer instrument. This allows you to make exciting new sounds and build your own infinitely customizable and expandable analog modular instrument – all with little to no engineering or musical knowledge. The Synth Kit includes an assortment of 12 electronic Bits that instantly snap together with magnets to create circuits like those used in Korg’s famous analog synthesizers.

I’ve heard so much about the Magformers sets and they are on my list for my 11 year old for Christmas this year. This Math Activity set is my top choice.

MAGFORMERS Math Activity 124 Piece Set Playset

Magformers Math Activity Set

This set is so addicting you will forget you are doing math! Learn about patterns, addition & subtraction, shape recognition, division and 2D nets to 3D structures. The set contains 12 different geometric shapes, learning cards and a 50 page math book for you to layout the MAGFORMERS shapes and complete the mathematical challenges!

I think tweens would have fun with this Whodunnit? Forensic Microscope Kit. My 13 year old son loves to use the microscopes in science class at school so this is on my list for him this Christmas.

Forensic Microscope Kit

Follow the clues and solve the case! This forensic microscope set is incorporates both White LED light and a Black Light to help kids look for evidence, just like professional forensic detectives. Kids practice developing theories and then test those theories through experimentation. We particularly love this set because it includes a great, starter microscope to begin your family’s science adventure. This microscope is an authentic, scientist-grade, biological microscope that is specially designed to allow young scientists ages 9+, to explore the world of forensic science and the different tasks involved in its study.

How about a fun STEM game to engage your child’s mind? I really like the Gravity Maze game and think it would be fun for both tweens and teens alike. It would also be a fun addition to Family Game Night!

Gravity Maze

This gravity powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test. The towers can be arranged in a wide variety of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you’ll have to think carefully to build a path that will carry your marble to the Target Tower.


Amazon has put together a nice selection of STEM toys perfect for holiday gifting. There are toys for kids of all ages in their lineup and I know you’ll find something that your children will love. Click the button above to visit Amazon and see what they recommend for your kiddos.

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About Andrea

Hi, I'm Andrea! Thanks for reading my blog. I've been married for 16 years and live in rural Kentucky. I have two teen sons. We also have five spoiled dogs. I've been blogging professionally since 2008. When I'm not at my computer you can find me in the kitchen or outdoors having fun.

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