Being ten years old is a unique experience for every kid. Ten-year-olds are getting more involved with friends and forming deeper emotions.
Ten-year-olds are also starting to grow out of the childish toys of their earlier years, focusing more on what they can do with a toy or game than having fun with an object's properties alone. And sometimes, it is hard to find the perfect gift idea.
But alas, no more, from solar systems, STEM Toys, board games, or building toys for pre-teens, we have an extensive collection.
If you're looking for the perfect gift for your ten-year-old or a bright growing child in your immediate circle, look for creative and STEM project kits that will be challenging to work on and rewarding to complete. Here are some of our favourite educational and STEM-inspired gifts for ten-year-olds this year.
Not all toys for kids at this age are created equal, and this is why we have put together a selection that kids learn from as they hit those double digits.
Robots should be infinitely rebuildable. One of the most excellent parts of being a robot is swapping out your limbs for wheels or claws or boat-pontoons whenever you want. Most of our favourite educational robots come with cute names.
The crab, row, boat, zombie, turtle, rolly, dog, and beetle are only a few. Still, this post-Wall-E solar robot is called 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit. It is a DIY kit your child can rebuild into 14 different operative mobile designs.
It walks, rolls, floats, and skitters with an infinitely rebuildable modular body. The robot also doesn't require batteries or a cable; it moves on solar power.
This toy teaches applied mechanical engineering and solar electrical engineering. It inspires your child to rebuild technology to their purpose- an important lesson for modern adults.
Ten-year-olds often experience a boost in fine motor and hand-eye coordination, so they will enjoy the challenge of building their robot and infinitely rebuilding it.
For many children, their earliest expressions of mathematical skill come out through art. Dream catchers are a classic example of aesthetic geometric design using the tension physics of string around a frame.
Ten-year-olds often dive into creative projects and skills as a way to express their developing logical and emotional depth. Dream catchers make excellent projects that become wall-worthy art and early expressions of your child's artistic talent.
The Dream Catcher Craft Kit is a work of string art that teaches children how to make woven patterns and then craft their own images in the string. This is an early hands-on way to practice geometric design and can be infinitely recreated once the skill is learned by buying or building new frames and skeins of yarn.
Ten-year-olds often go through a phase where they absolutely must have a pet, and robot pets are an excellent stand-in.
We love the DIY Robotic Hedgehog Kit. It's a little mechanical hedgehog that walks, curls up, and plays with a child like a pet. But it's also a robot they have built from pieces and can rebuild to alter or repair when they want to. This hedgehog is more than a pet; it doesn't make a mess and can be rebuilt for fun.
Give your ten-year-old the pet they've been asking for in the form of a fantastic STEM project that friends and siblings won't be able to resist. For ten-year-olds, the feeling of accomplishment from building their own pet is rivalled only by the glow of social approval for having a cool robot pet.
Is your ten-year-old always seeking new experiments? Little Scientists and engineers have the most fun with experiment science kits like the Physics and Engineering STEM Kit by Clementoni.
This kit includes experiment kits for physics, chemistry, and engineering in action. Make science visible with tons of kits that explore science in interesting new ways. Not to mention, the kit supplies become an awesome mad scientist kit to be replenished and repurposed for years of creative fun.
This is a great gift for ten-year-olds who like cool supplies and nifty experiments you can see. Big kits also make a good gift for siblings who may have interests in different areas of STEM so everyone can find a cool experiment to try.
Crystal growing is a beautiful and unforgettable part of childhood and has been since the 1970s; the first crystal growing kits became popular in toy stores. It's a fascinating science project to do at school or at home, and it's the perfect blend of science and art for more creative ten-year-olds.
The Unicorn Crystal Growing Kit grows your crystals in a gem-cut terrarium with individual jars for different crystal growing as well. Two tiny toy unicorns gallop around the crystals as they grow, crystals that match the unicorns in colour.
This is an excellent example of STEM applied in an artistic project kit. Your ten-year-old will explore the fascinating chemistry of crystal growing while also growing their own glimmering room decorations that they can feel proud of each time they see crystals on their shelf or desk.
Creative STEM projects and kits make excellent gifts for ten-year-olds because children like to feel challenged and accomplished.
From building robots to weaving dream catchers, give your child the gift of creative applied STEM learning. We love these kits because they're not just educational; they create a final product a child will be proud to keep for years as decorations and rebuildable projects.