The 23 Best Cyber Monday Toy Deals (2021): STEM Toys and Tech for Kids
keep your children entertaining through the holidays is hard. Finding activities that are fun but also at least a little educational is a goal worth striving for, and we’re here to help. We’re going beyond science, technology, engineering and math here to include the arts as well. These are the best STEM (or STEAM) toy deals we’ve found for Cyber Monday. Check back often as we’re still looking for discounts worth your attention.
Updated November 29th: We’ve added deals on a trampoline and the board games Codenames and Pandemic. We’ve also updated links and prices throughout.
This may be out of stock depending on location. When your kids are old enough (Lego recommends ages 4 and up), few toys offer such unbridled creativity. This Classic set contains 1,500 pieces in total, with four base plates and a range of colored bricks that can be built into anything your little ones can imagine.
Colored sand that can be molded into different shapes is fun for kids as young as three and both of my kids loved playing with it. This set includes a range of plastic tools that you can use to shape the sand into interesting patterns and textures. The only thing that might make you think? The sand gets everywhere.
Both of my kids played with this sturdy table that has space inside for the big rocks. This is a great toy for toddlers who aren’t ready for something too small or fiddly and will encourage their inner architect. Legs snap into place for play and fold away after use.
Packed with different circuits that snap together, this is a great way for kids to learn the basics of electronics and get a taste of how things are put together. There are 60+ parts including resistors, a microphone, a slide switch and wires that can be used to build a lie detector, AM radio and more.
Bridging the digital and physical worlds, Osmo’s innovative kits feature in our Best STEM Toys guide. Children mount their iPad or Fire tablet on the dedicated stand and engage in educational puzzles and games by interacting with pieces on a tabletop. Your tablet’s camera records the action and provides screen and audio feedback. Games develop skills like addition and multiplication, spelling and vocabulary, puzzle solving and physics, learning to draw, basic coding and more. There are fun and imaginative kits for different ages, from preschoolers to 12 year olds.
For those new to Osmo, a starter kit is the best solution as it includes a base for your iPad or Fire tablet. The Little Genius Starter Kit is for preschoolers.
This is great for fans of sabotage and puns – it’s like a pun version of Battleship. up Up to eight people can play, and it usually ends up being hilarious, and each round is fast-paced and different from the last. It also has high replay value. It usually costs between $10 and $12, but this is the cheapest it’s been all year
This game is $3 cheaper than when we first saw it on sale. Pandemic came out in 2017, and while it’s a bit on the nose these days, it’s still one of the best board games for families. Up to four players must work together to strategize and save the world from a deadly disease. (Did we mention it’s a bit on the nose?)
One of our favorite family board games, Ticket challenges you to plan railroad routes across North America. It’s recommended for ages 8+ as it involves a lot of strategy and some math, but it doesn’t take too long and is a lot of fun. Ticket to Ride Europe is also on sale for $18.
Creating matching groups of tiles to get the maximum possible score from your game board sounds easy, but Azul has enough strategic depth to challenge your kids’ math, planning, and puzzle-solving skills. This is another of our picks for the best family board games.
Tablet and Kindle deals
For reading, devouring educational apps, playing games or watching documentaries, a tablet can be an excellent purchase for children. While you can read on tablets, e-readers are easier on the eyes and allow parents to ensure their children are reading, not playing. Check out our guide to the best tablets for kids for more options.
A portable tablet with a protective bumper, a year’s Amazon Kids+ subscription, and a two-year worry-free replacement guarantee adds up to a great deal for families with young children (8/10, WIRED recommends). There are plenty of educational apps and games, videos and books, and solid parental controls.
When your kids get a little old for the “baby tablet” with the rubber bumper, they won’t mind holding it in their hands. It offers the same benefits as the smaller HD 8, including educational content from companies like National Geographic, Rabbids Coding and LEGO. And there’s still a protective case, although it’s a bit slimmer and has a handy kickstand.
Perfectly sized for kids, this small, lightweight e-book reader (7/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with a folding cover, one year of Amazon Kids+ and a promise that Amazon will replace it if it’s within two breaks for years. It’s easy to upload e-books or just borrow them from the local library.
An upgrade from the base Kindle for kids above, the Paperwhite offers the same benefits, but also has a backlit screen for reading in low light or at night and the ability to withstand a brief water immersion.
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Learning an instrument is rewarding activity for any child, and this clever app uses the built-in microphone on a smartphone, tablet or laptop to provide feedback while playing. Check out our guide to the best websites and apps for learning music for more information.
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These themed boxes offer a wide range of themes, covering everything from music to robots, and are carefully tailored for different age groups. There are many activities in each box, which is why this is our top choice among subscription boxes for kids.
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With a range of themed packs for different ages, these play-based science and geography kits are packed with toys and activities that are delivered monthly. Each includes arts and science activities to delve into, from deep sea and dinosaurs for little ones to a road trip across the US for older kids.
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Our favorite subscription box for younger children aged 2-5, the Sago Mini Subscription Boxes feature a different theme each month. The Sago mini apps contain characters that can guide your child in exploring the open world, e.g. B. when steering a tug across the ocean.
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For kids who love to craft, this subscription features monthly themed boxes with lots of variety to keep them busy and creative. Unfortunately, you still have to clean up the mess they leave behind.
The kids’ version of the Amazon Echo Dot gets a cute animal makeover as a tiger or panda. It’s a full-fledged smart speaker that allows kids to ask Alexa questions, play music, listen to audiobooks, and even try out educational skills. Like the rest of Amazon’s Kids range, it comes with a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription ($3 a month thereafter), solid parental controls, and a two-year worry-free warranty.
The price for it fell as low as $65 and unfortunately went back up to $100. Featuring songs and stories featuring some of your kids’ favorite Disney and Pixar characters, this durable, kid-friendly speaker is a great alternative to screens. Children set up a plastic figure, like Woody toy story, on top of the speaker to trigger related content. Additional packs of other characters are available for everything from Disney princesses to Sesame Street Characters. You can also record your own stories and songs, or have grandparents record them so they can read to your little ones remotely. The basic Toniebox starter set is also on offer $70 ($30 off) on Amazon.
Do you have a Yoto player (7/10, WIRED recommends)? It’s a cute looking speaker that kids can pop cards into to play stories and podcasts. The speaker itself isn’t on sale, but Yoto is offering 10 per cent off cards and accessories, which can come in handy if your child needs a ton of new content.
What kid doesn’t love bouncing on a trampoline? It’s a good way to recharge your batteries and take a break from all your screens. This is also a pretty good price deal for one, and the cheapest we’ve tracked for it in recent months.