Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle Magazine for another installment of their “25 Days of Toys.” In today’s segment, Laurie talks about the best toys that use S.T.E.M. concepts to educate and entertain young engineers. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.

Tile Blox Rainbow 104Pc Set (Magformers)

  • Kids can become the ultimate builder with 104 different magnetic pieces.
  • They can design houses, rocket ships, animals, and more with six different shapes and various colors.
  • This set comes with with 24 equilateral triangles, 44 squares, four trapezoids, eight rectangles, 12 right-angle triangles, and 12 isosceles triangles.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $139.99
  • Available: Amazon, Nordstrom, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Laser Pegs 8-in-1 Race Car (LASER PEGS)

  • This 8-in-1 Race Car kit from Laser Pegs Builder is for ultimate car enthusiasts.
  • Kids can strap in and build all the exciting models in this kit like the Rally Car, F1 Racer, Modified Racer, or the Land Speed to name a few. Kids can light up their creations to amp up the building experience.
  • There are 11 LEDs, 111 pieces, and batteries included, and this is compatible with other Major Construction Kits.
  • Ages: 8-14
  • MSRP: $32.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us


  • With the 3Doodler Start Robotics Pen Set, kids can engineer the future, the perfect toy set for a budding roboticist and engineer.
  • Kids can follow the step-by-step Activity Guide included to create simple robots, two-legged, four-legged, and six-legged walking or crawling robots.
  • This 3D printing pen and its creations are not hot to touch and use BPA-free plastic, making it completely safe for kids to use.
  • Each Set contains: Special edition 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen, motor and battery pack, themed Activity Guide with over 6 unique projects, themed DoodleBlocksTM for “drawing” your own mechanical parts, DoodleSheetsTM, 4 packs (96 strands) of 3Doodler Start Plastic in 8 colors, and Micro USB Charging Cable.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $69.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble