Get your child ready for school with these 5 best educational toy deals

Best Educational Toy deals Kids
While almost all toys can teach your child something, there are a growing number of educational toys on the market that hone in on individual development skills. Unlike the standard toy, educational toys help a child develop a particular skill or teach a child about a particular subject. Educational toys can be simple or complex, modestly low tech or extremely high tech, but the best educational toy deals we found are all effective in their purpose.

Many of today’s educational toys fall under a category call S.T.E.M. toys, which is an acronym for the four disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. S.T.E.M. learning can take place in and out of the classroom and is recognized by the National Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies, intended to prepare children for the growing number of jobs within those four disciplines. Earlier this year Amazon even went as far as to launch a S.T.E.M subscription service to cater to growing interest in this sector of learning.

Just in time to get your young genius ready for the school year, we’ve rounded up the best learning toys available to give your child a head’s up on his or her classmates. Read on to discover the best educational toy deals for kids that are both helpful for developing brains and, most importantly, fun.

Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit

Best Educational Toy Deals for Kids Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit

Help your child learn science alongside culinary skills with this Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit, which is currently 56 percent off on Amazon. The kit is intended for children 8 years old and up and allows them to use their skills of observation and their stomach to experiment like a real food scientist.

The kit is packed with ingredients, recipes, activity cards, and a test tube laboratory, so your children can create 10 different and repeatable delicious, creative and edible concoctions from the safety of your kitchen. Kids get a sense of how good science can taste as they whip up rockin’ crystallized candy, cupcakes, cookies, and fizzy drinks.

The kit specifically focuses on helping kids learn through play why soda pop fizzes, why cakes rise, and why other chemical reactions happen when cooking. The kit is part of the series of home science kits based on the nationally recognized Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) program pioneered at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, in which Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in fun, educational, and activity-based science kits. 

The Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit regularly retails for $27 but is currently marked down to $12 on Amazon, saving you $15 (56 percent).

Amazon

Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

Best educational toy deals for kids Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

Give your child a hands-on introduction to electronics with this Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit, which is currently 29 percent off on Amazon. The kit is the electricity-focused model in a line of fully compatible and upgradeable Snap Circuit products, which have received several awards including the National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, and has been featured on the list of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products list as well as the Best Educational Products list.

The learning toy comes with instructions to make over 175 projects with over 55 color-coded circuit components. The real circuit components snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices without the need for tools or soldering. The pieces are numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy, which further teaches children how to follow instructions.

The lessons start out simple and then build up in complexity so you child can learn at his or her own pace. Projects include building an infrared detector, strobe light with spinning patterns, color changing LED lights, glow-in-the-dark flying fan, strobe integrated circuit (IC), color organ controlled by iPods or other MP3 players and more. This particular kit is ranked No. 3 in the Amazon subcategory of Electronics under the Learning and Education category.

The Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit regularly retails for $80 but is currently discounted to $57 on Amazon, saving you $23 (29 percent).

Amazon

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Best Educational Toy deals for Kids Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Give your child a robot that’s not only fun but also helps him or her learn to code with this Wonder Workshop Dash Robot, which is currently 17 percent off on Amazon. The robot is designed for children 6 years old and up and is responsive to its world, which makes learning to code fun for kids.

The educational robot comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps. Simply use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to program Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to voices. The Blockly apps feature built-in challenge tutorials that teach you how to program Dash from the very beginning, so your child can play with the robot straight out of the box. In addition to coding skills, the learning toy helps your child develop patience and build problem-solving skills with hundreds of projects, challenges, and puzzles as well as endless possibilities for free-form play.

The Wonder Workshop Dash Robot normally retails for $150 but is currently on sale for $124 on Amazon, providing a $26 (17-percent) discount.

Amazon

LittleBits Electronics Smart Home Kit

Best Educational Toy deals littleBits Electronics Smart Home Kit

Introduce your child to the world of smart home configurations with this LittleBits Electronics Smart Home Kit, which is currently $62 off on Amazon. This smart home kit can turn any ‘dumb’ household object (such as a fan or lamp) into an internet-connected device.

The smart home kit helps to foster tomorrow’s innovators and idea-makers. The kit makes creative discovery and invention a snap for next-generation thinkers, designers, and tinkerers of all ages and genders with no programming, soldering, or wiring required. It includes everything needed to make internet-connected devices right out of the box and you can connect nearly everything because the library can now ‘talk’ to the internet and vice versa.

The kit helps kids develop design and critical thinking skills through invention, whether they build from instructions or their own imagination. Kids learn the power of starting to creating something and then using it, improving it, and experimenting with it. The product focuses on helping to unleash the inventor within by engaging kids in an incredibly powerful, exhilarating, and most importantly, fun process of invention, rather than prescribing one-off experiences.

The LittleBits Electronics Smart Home Kit regularly retails for $250 but is currently discounted to $188 on Amazon, saving you $62 (25 percent).

Amazon

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set

Best Educational Toy deals for Kids Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set

Get your child hooked on the world of engineering and construction with this Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set, which is currently 47 percent off on Amazon. This model is a brand-new addition to the best-selling Gears! Gears! Gears! line of building toys and helps foster your child’s imagination.

The kit providing opportunities to design and build structures while experimenting with simple mechanics and science. As a S.T.E.M. learning tool, it helps improve the areas of the brain dedicated to sorting, grouping, counting, design, and construction. The kit features bright colors and easy-to-assemble pieces that encourage children to create moving masterpieces as they learn by play the processes of cause and effect. The gears connect in countless ways to produce fascinating chain reactions of spinning, whirling, and twirling creations. The kit is suitable for children 3 years old and up and this basic set is perfectly compatible with other Gears! Gears! Gears! sets (including Wacky Factory and the Pulleys Plus accessory set) so the collection can continue to grow as your child does.

The Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set normally retails for $30 but is currently marked down to $16 on Amazon, providing a $14 (41 percent) discount.

Amazon

MORE DEALS

Looking for more great deals on tech and electronics? Check out our deals page to score some extra savings on our favorite gadgets.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and choose what we cover carefully and independently. If you find a better price for a product listed here, or want to suggest one of your own, email us at dealsteam@digitaltrends.com.

Digital Trends may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers.
Deals

Walmart is offering Google Home starter kits for under $50

If you're hoping to save big on Google Home devices before all the holiday deals come to an end, there's no better time than right now. Walmart is slashing prices on smart home starter kits for a limited time.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Emerging Tech

The 20 best tech toys for kids will make you wish you were 10 again

Looking for the perfect toy or gadget for your child? Thankfully, we've rounded up some of our personal favorite tech toys, including microscopes, computer kits, and a spherical droid from a galaxy far, far away.
Deals

Pick up a pair of Apple AirPods alternatives for less than $50

Apple AirPods are some of the most sought-after wireless earbuds, but they certainly aren't cheap. Luckily, Walmart and Amazon both have some great Apple AirPod alternatives for sale, and you can still get them before Christmas.
Mobile

Amazon knocks $30 off its Paperwhite ebook reader in limited-time deal

Amazon is running a couple of limited-time deals for its Paperwhite ebook reader. One offers a $30 discount, while the other throws in a pair of headphones and a free, extended Audible trial.
Deals

Clean up with robot vac, upright vacuum, and spot and stain remover deals

Whether you're gift shopping or need to get your house ready for the holidays, deals on household cleaning appliances are always welcome. We found Walmart's best deals on robot vacs, upright vacuum cleaners, and spot and stain cleaners.
Deals

Today’s best Amazon deals: Sony, Netgear, and Samsung

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but for retail giants like Amazon, the savings are only getting started. We've scoured the depths of Amazon to find you the very best deals going on right now.
Deals

Miss Black Friday but still need an Xbox? Walmart has you covered

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone, but you can still save some cash on a new Xbox One bundle at Walmart. Both the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X are on sale now.
Deals

These fitness deals come just in time to work off those holiday calories

Finding the motivation to work out is one thing. Finding space at home to get in a few sets and reps can be an entire challenge in itself. Luckily for you, Walmart and Amazon both have space saving fitness machines and tools on sale right…
Deals

The best 4K TV deals under $500 and over 50 inches

Big-screen TVs with high-resolution displays and 4K color have dropped so far in price that you can find highly rated 50 to 55-inch models under $500. We searched major retailers for the best deals on 4K UHD TVs.
Computing

Snatch Apple’s 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to $1,200 off at B&H

The latest deal at B&H is offering up 2017 15-inch Apple MacBook Pros, in space gray and silver, with Intel Core i7 quad-core CPUs, 16GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 560 GPUs with up to 2TB of SSD storage.
Deals

Play ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ the best way with a Switch GameCube controller

If you're a longtime Super Smash Bros. player, then you know there's only one true way to play. Alongside the recent launch of the new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,' Nintendo has brought back the iconic GameCube controller.
Deals

This one-day Skullcandy sale gets you wireless earbuds for under $30

Today only, you can save 40 percent on wireless earbuds, noise-canceling headphones, and classic earbuds direct from the Skullcandy website. If you're hoping to get a pair of headphones before the holidays arrive, now is the time.