The 20 Best STEM Gift Ideas for Smart Babies and Toddlers of 2022

The 20 Best STEM Gift Ideas for Smart Toddler, Babies, and Kids Under 3. So hard to find STEM toys for young kids - this is a great list!The 20 Best STEM Gift Ideas for Smart Toddler, Babies, and Kids Under 3. So hard to find STEM toys for young kids - this is a great list!The 20 Best STEM Gift Ideas for Smart Toddler, Babies, and Kids Under 3. So hard to find STEM toys for young kids - this is a great list!The 20 Best STEM Gift Ideas for Smart Toddler, Babies, and Kids Under 3. So hard to find STEM toys for young kids - this is a great list!

How do you know if baby and toddler STEM presents (science, technology, engineering and math) are right for your family?

Simply ask yourself the following questions:

Are you a math and science geek? 

Do you want your child to be a whiz at math and science?

Are you interested in developing your child’s sense of spatial reasoning and fine motor skills through creative play?

Do you want to give your child every advantage to be fully prepared for school?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, baby and toddler STEM presents are where you want to explore. 

Problem is, most STEM toys are geared towards elementary-aged kids. It can be difficult to find options for a younger audience (particularly ages 3 and below).

But don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you. We’ve put together this comprehensive list of STEM toys specifically made for babies and toddlers. Enjoy!

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Goobi Construction Set

The Goobi Juniors Construction Set is hands-down the best early construction toys for young children, before they’re able to grasp the concepts of blocks.

The pieces are ergonomically shaped and easy for young hands to hold. They attract with magnets and allow children starting around age 1 to simply and safety create 3D structures.

They also come in 70, 180, and even 300(!) piece sets.

Musical Learning Tool Workbench

This Musical Learning Tool Workbench by Yiosion is an adorable mini center that has everything!

Your future engineer can learn important basics with moving tools and shape sorting. And not just standard tools like a screwdriver or hammer – think power tools like electric drills and table saws! 

The Musical Learning Tool Workbench also makes fun sounds and lights up to keep the learning playful. It is designed for preschoolers and recommended for age 1 and up.

Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

The Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set are adorable plastic pipes that make bath time a blast. They suction to the wall tiles and each can be used on its own or linked up as a chain.

Kids love to pour water and watch it flow, these will help keep that bath water flowing back into the tub while allowing them to explore and experiment.



Many moms swear by for early education (starting at 2 years until about kindergarten) ideas. The curriculum has won multiple awards and includes over 8,500 books, games, songs, puzzles, and art activities. has lessons to span across all subjects – including reading, math, science, art, and music.  It’s also probably cheaper than you think, they’re constantly running specials like free trials fro the first 30 days and 2 months for only $5.

Why spend HOURS scouring Pinterest for the perfect, age-appropriate education activities? Get your kid an subscription and it’s a win-win for kids and parents alike.

Pssst… this one makes a GREAT grandparent gift.

Baby University Book Set

Even though the Baby University Book Set say they’re “for babies”, everyone (including you!) will learn something.

It’s a great book to introduce science concepts – quantum physics, rocket science, etc – in fun, colorful, and engaging ways!

Play22 Baby Blocks Shape Sorter Toy

The Play22 Baby Blocks Shape Sorter Toy and other stacking toys isn’t a new idea, but it has been lost on this generation.

Shape sorting helps develop fine motor coordination and visual spatial skills. It’s also a great first step to puzzle solving.

Playskool Explore ‘N Grow Busy Gears

The Playskool Explore ‘N Grow Busy Gears is a colorful and captivating toy that’s a great first introduction to gears and the concept of cause and effect.

Kids can stack the gears and put items on the middle gear to spin. They can sort the different colors and put the gears in different locations to make them spin/not spin.

On a personal note, due to the educational value and its popularity in my house (starting around age 6 months and even until now at age 4!) it is my #1 gift for 1 year olds.

GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

The GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars are binoculars made specifically for young kids! They are sturdy and easy to use, with a focus-free, kid-sized eyepiece so even toddlers can see through them without difficulty.

These are an awesome way to pique kids’ curiosity in exploring the world around them!  My kids each have their own set of binoculars they use when we go on walks. 

Magnetic Building Block Tiles Set

PicassoTiles are colorful magnetic tiles perfect for toddler building. Kids as young as 2 will practice fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial reasoning while playing.

My kids still play with these daily and they are 6 and 8 years old. Every year they ask for another set so they can make larger and more complex creations. 

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Zoobooks (specifically Zoobies or Zootles)

Consider a gift that keeps on giving after the Holidays! Especially one that encourages a love of learning for the youngest of animal lovers.

Zoobies (made by Zoobooks, remember Ranger Rick??) is a magazine designed for ages 3 and under!  Once you go to the Zoobies page, you can choose either a subscription (I believe the current one is about giraffes) or stand-alone, educational board books.  

The Zoobies subscription comes bimonthly and contains: lift-the-flap features, beautiful photography and illustrations, and educational concepts like colors and shapes – all contained on durable pages (baby/toddler proof!).

Or, if your child is a little older, they also have the Zootles line of books and subscription options. The recommended age for Zootles is 3 to 6 years of age.

Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

This is a super cool toy. Each segment of the Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar determines which direction it will move and kids change its path by twisting the dial on the individual segments.

This toy is great for practicing planning, sequencing, and problem solving. Its recommended for ages 3 and up.

Marble Run Building Blocks Construction Toys Set

The Marble Run Building Blocks Construction Set uses connecting blocks making it sturdy enough for toddlers to build and enjoy. While having fun creating a marble run they are also exercising their logical thinking and spatial reasoning.

The Marble Run Building Blocks Construction Set are compatible with Duplos so you can use them together to build even bigger and more complex runs.

It should be noted that this is best for older toddlers as the marbles could be choking hazards.

Take Apart Toys

The Dinosaur Take Apart Toys With Tools have over 85% 5-star reviews on Amazon!

Toddlers LOVE to take things apart and try to build them back together again. These toys let toddlers explore this is a safe way.

This set specifically is easy to use and very engaging for kids, one that they can continue to play with for many years in the future.

If dinosaurs aren’t your kid’s thing – they also have a set with an airplane, train, and race car.

Rocket Stacking Play Set

The Atoylink Wooden Stacking Rocket is like a vertical puzzle for kids!

It’s a cool concept: colorful wooden blocks that stack in a certain way to form a rocket/tower shape. This is a great gift for babies beginning around 18 months.

Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy

As the Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy motto says, “it’s the stacking toy with a spin”!

Yes, this one definitely puts the regular stacking toys to shame. Here the discs spin down the corkscrew pole to keep a child’s attention. They can also unscrew the pole from the base and choose either the wobbly or sturdy bottom.

The Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy is great for hand-eye coordination, sorting, color recognition, and cause-and-effect learning. Works great for children beginning around age 1.

Skoolzy Peg Board Set

The Skoolzy Peg Board Set is incredibly versatile and perfect for little hands. Kids love stacking these pegs while simultaneously practicing fine motor skills, as well as, sorting, counting, and patterns.

This set also comes with a bag to easily store the pegs and a downloadable activity guide.

Melissa & Doug Number Matching Math Bus

Don’t all toddlers love school buses? I know mine does.

The Melissa & Doug Number Matching Math Bus is a fun shape sorter and promotes math skills with number recognition and counting. Also included are equation cards and all of the pieces can be stored inside the bus for easy clean up.

This is a favorite in our house! Even the equation cards, that my toddler obviously does not understand yet are regularly used as roads, bridges, and even railroad ties, so definitely great for imaginative play.

Albee Baby is one of the largest family owned online stores selling baby-care supplies, clothing, furniture and adorable TOYS  since 1933.

I could go on and on about how cute Albee Baby is, but for the purposes of this article I want you to go the main site ( and then Toys > Learning & S.T.E.M.  Unlike a lot of other websites are mainly geared towards older chilldren, Albee Baby has lots of educational toys for children age 3 and under (like the ALEX Toys Little Hands Peg Farm).

As if that isn’t enough awesomeness already, they also usually have free shipping options available!

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock

I love the wooden Melissa & Doug toys and the Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock Educational Toy is no exception. The bright and complex  shapes fit into the clock like a puzzle encouraging number, shape, and color recognition as well as fine motor skills.

This is also a great introduction to time telling through play.

Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

The eggs in the Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set are so cute and fun. They also help toddlers with color and number recognition and matching as well as fine motor skills. The egg crate is also included for easy storage.

These are a great addition to a play kitchen to sneak in some STEM skills.

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Jo and Rachel first had the idea for 'The Moms At Odds' in 2016 when our babies were turning 2 and we realized that we were very different parents.

As a mom, Rachel immediately felt this strong connection to her son and instantly decided she wanted to become a stay-at-home mom. Though Jo obviously loved her son as well, she counted the days until she could go back to work and interact with other adults.

They both struggled over getting their babies to sleep and while Jo believed in sleep training, Rachel looked for alternatives like dream feeding and no cry methods. As time passed and their children grew older the differences started to really add up – pacifier use, drinking during breastfeeding, organic foods, screen time, diaper brands, and on and on.

During this day and age, it’s so easy to look at our parenting differences as a bad thing. After all, we’ve all seen jokes and articles about “Mommy Wars” over one subject or another. Instead, we choose to embrace our differences and show you that in many areas there is no wrong answer. What works for one family may not work for another, and that’s perfectly fine. We can still all get along and raise perfectly healthy, beautiful children.


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