10x STEM toys for 7 & 8 years: learn science & technology

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  December 23, 2020

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In this age, kids learn about life sciences, how the Earth was formed, how problems are defined, and more.

The science curriculum for 7-8 year olds differs a lot, but these are just a few of the concepts you can expect.

That is why in this article I have collected some of the best STEM challenges for your kids, such as puzzles, robots, but also a rocket!

4 types of STEM toys for 7 and 8 year olds

In math, students learn to use standard units of measure, develop their addition and subtraction to 100, and analyze shapes.

What better way to reinforce what your kids are learning in school than with great educational toys?

If the weather is nice and you feel like experimenting together, I would this 4M water rocket recommend.

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Super fun to build your own rocket and 4M has shown that they can come up with great fun educational STEM toys.

But there are of course many more options.

I've collected my favorite science, technology, engineering, and math toys for 7 and 8 year olds.

Let's take a quick look at all the options, then I'll go into each of these choices in more detail:

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Best experiment: 4M Water Missile Kit Boy playing outside with a 4M water rocket

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Cutest archeology toys: National Geographic Break Open Geodes National Geographic Break Open Geodes

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Nicest grow kit: Crystal grow kit Science Kit Best grow kit: Kristal grow kit Science Kit

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Nicest expandable STEM robot: Sphero SPRK + Activity Kit Most fun expandable STEM robot: Sphero SPRK + Activity Kit

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Cutest ready-made robot: Wonder Workshop Dash Wonder Workshop Dash robot for children

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Cutest educational building toys: Magformers magnetic building tiles Magformers standard construction set

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Best electricity set: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 electronics reconnaissance kit Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 electronics reconnaissance kit

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Best brain teaser for 8 years: Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game Best brain teaser for 8 years: Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game

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Most fun STEM logic game: Gravity Maze Marble Run Most fun STEM logic game: Gravity Maze Marble Run

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Best STEM toys for math: Learning Resources Fraction Tower Best STEM toys for math: Learning Resources Fraction Tower

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Best STEM toys for 7 and 8 year olds rated

Best experiment: 4M Water Rocket Kit

Boy playing outside with a 4M water rocket

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This Water Rocket Kit uses the power of water pressure to blow the rocket up to 30 meters into the air!

You use a recycled soda bottle and then transform it into a high-flying rocket!

There are many more rocket packages available, such as with a newspaper or a mini-missile that costs less than € 15.

Not all of them are always available, but look here for availability and prices.

Best archeology toys: National Geographic Break Open Geodes

National Geographic Break Open Geodes

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Children this age are beginning to learn the different types of land formations and water bodies and how they are formed.

This is a great kit to get kids excited about geology and rock formation too!

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Best grow kit: Kristal grow kit Science Kit

Best grow kit: Kristal grow kit Science Kit

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If your 7-year-old isn't too keen on geodes and rocks, get this Cosmos crystal grow kit instead!

You can grow 3 different crystals of different colors.

The kit also includes a complete guide to accompany the activity.

Check the most current price here

Most fun expandable STEM robot: Sphero SPRK + Activity Kit

The 7 year old is not too early to learn to code!

Sphero is my personal favorite coding robot for this age.

Most fun expandable STEM robot: Sphero SPRK + Activity Kit

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There are a number of robots and coding games designed to make kids think like a programmer and it is one of the best educational games from our list here.

It's a great introduction to learning the fundamental structure and patterns of writing code for a robot.

The drag and drop 'block coding' interface is easy for 8 year olds.

And the activities are endless! Code your Sphero to "golf", play with the cat or navigate a maze.

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Cutest ready-made robot: Wonder Workshop Dash

Wonder Workshop Dash robot for children

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Dash is another great option for a great STEM toy for your 7-year-old, at the same time one of the cutest robots in our article here.

This programmable bot helps kids explore loops, events, conditions and sequences. Dash is also a very popular bot for the classroom!

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Best Educational Building Toy: Magformer's Magnetic Building Tiles

Magformers standard construction set

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Magna tiles are a great STEM toy at this age as kids start learning basic geometry and analyzing shapes.

Magformers are both creative and mind boggling, making them one of my favorite STEM toys!

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Read more about magnetic toys in our article with the best toys

Best electricity set: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 electronics reconnaissance kit

Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 electronics reconnaissance kit

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I love Snap Ciruits! Learn about the basics of electric currents as you build your own various electronic circuit projects.

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Best brain teaser for 8 years: Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game

Best brain teaser for 8 years: Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game

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My mom owned a toy store and had shown this Thinkfun logic game a long time ago.

I tried it myself and was surprised by how difficult some of the more challenging puzzles are.

This is a great educational gift for an 8 year old and it will remain fun and challenging as they grow!

Watch this game here

Most fun STEM logic game: Gravity Maze Marble Run

Most fun STEM logic game: Gravity Maze Marble Run

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This is one of my favorite logic games and is also from Thinkfun. You are given challenge cards to complete to try and get your marble through the maze!

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Best STEM toys for math: Learning Resources Fraction Tower

Best STEM toys for math: Learning Resources Fraction Tower

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Finally, here's my favorite math game for 7-year-olds as they expand their math skills.

These blocks are great for visualizing fractions and helping you learn math. I would say the set is particularly suitable for 7-year-olds to learn, or for 8-year-olds who are struggling to help master it better.

I'm a huge fan of this one from Learning Resources and it's a great combination of challenge and play.

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Conclusion

What is your favorite STEM toy for a 7 or 8 year old? I hope you enjoy it as much as our family.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.