Anyone who has ever watched a toddler methodically take apart a Tupperware drawer should know that many children are natural-bornengineers. Your only job as a parent is to nurture their creativity … and, well, clean up the mess afterward. Wrap up a few of these STEM toys (also called STEAM toys; we love you too, Arts!) and books for your future scientist to blow up, burn up, or dismantle. Hopefully, they’ll thank you for the early encouragement when they’re older.
Updated November 2019: We removed some older picks and added new ones, like the Hack computer.