Educational Teen Birthday Gifts

    29th August, 2019

After all, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest!

Educational gifts are hard to come by. It's hard to learn something from a phone case or a makeup palet (unless they dream of being a makeup artist - of course!) We've scoured the internet in search of the best items that grow those brains and set them up for success in the future. Look no further for the best list of educational birthday gifts for teen boys and girls.

4M Water Rocket Kit

Great fun my son loves it. When the kids saw it on the soccer field the playground emptied out and all the kids came to watch and launch the rocket.

The 4M Water Rocket Kit is really cool - teens will love to build their own water rocket with a recycled soda bottle. The power of the water pressure on this rocket blasts it up to 90 feet in the air - teens who enjoy science projects and experiments will want to do this over and over.

LEGO Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit

Really awesome Lego kit (I think I've played with it more than my son...) Was pleasantly surprised to see it has more functionality than is immediately apparent from the box/blurb. All the aspects from building, coding and play are well covered.

14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot

Amazingly engineered, terribly manufactured. The amount of stuff you can do with this is amazing. Someone was exceptionally smart when they engineered this. You can make so many different gear trains, it's crazy complex, it's an engineering marvel how many different things you can make with little plastic parts.

Kids and teens will love the 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot. This excellent fifteenth birthday gift gets a future engineer to build a robot that can be used in 14 different modes. With this robot, teens will learn about robotics and solar energy right in their home. The robot works on land or water, depending on the mode - it’s exciting and fun to see how it behaves in different environments.

Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines

This was a great purchase for my grandkids. I will be buying more of these. Great learning tool for motorized devices using gears with a remote control.

With the fabulous six-button infrared remote included, teens get to control their very own motorized vehicles and machines. The Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines is a meaningful and fun fifteenth birthday give to teens.

Amazing Bacteria Science Kit

This kit is a good basic kit for growing bacteria. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. My daughter loved this and she said it made her feel like a "real scientist" because she was using real science supplies. High quality kit with plenty of swabs and droppers for sampling surfaces.

Teens who are into microbiology or just want to have a great science fair project will love the Amazing Bacteria Science Kit. This fun gift lets them to see bacteria and fungi grow. The plates for bacteria growth are covered with a thick agar surface, which prevents them from cracking and drying, while also feeding the microbes that kids want to study.

Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit

* good instruction booklet that you progressively move into * good website * all the parts explained, either in the book or on the website * good range of projects * comprehensive -- has everything you need plus some spares / extras * self contained -- no soldering or tools required * nicely packaged

The Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit With 170 Page Book is such a fun gift for teens. It has parts and detailed instructions for 14 and 15-year-olds to build 15 different projects. Among the projects, they can create a musical instrument to play by waving their hands or tap out a secret code to open the door. Teens will love to start programming with the Arduino uno board!

littleBits Rule Your Room Kit

It has a lot of potential, and it's very versatile. It's a great creative toy. You can make art out of it. You can use it to build. The sky's the limit.

This fantastic invention kit minimizes screen time for both kids and teens - any child wanting to take some control over their room will love it. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit helps kids and teens develop engineering and problem-solving skills while creating interactive inventions that combine the kit with anything they already own. This fun gift for teens inspires them to make many inventions but gives them step-by-step instructions for 8 of them, with a bonus challenge.

Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit

I highly recommend this kit for the beginner or for someone wanting to improve rudimentary or rusty soldering skills. The project is straightforward and worked properly the first time after completion by my grandson.

Teens who are interested in building and electricity will love the Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit. This fantastic fourteenth birthday gift is amazing for young problem-solvers who want to get their hands on everything. It includes a solder, soldering iron and wire cutters - with them, they will be able to learn to solder and practice with the printed circuit board (PCB).

K’NEX Education – Renewable Energy Set

Great addition to my son's school stuff! He loves building and finding new ways to create! starsVery nice set to teach renewable energy!

With more than 500 pieces of the K’NEX Education – Renewable Energy Set, kids will be able to build nine different functioning real-world replicas of water, wind, and solar-powered machines. This is a really fun, educational gift for teens. It helps them to learn and compare the efficiency of water, wind, and solar energy. Besides the pieces, the set also features skid plates, a power cord, and solar motor assembly.

Introductory Earth Science Rocks and Minerals

If you're looking for a great rock & mineral collection, THIS is the one to get. This is a very well presented collection. The numbers fell like they are glued on very securely, and wont come off easily. Each rock is a good size (about 2cm by 3cm) and looks to be good quality.

Geology rocks! Kids who like geology will love the Geosciences Industries 13357 Introductory Earth Science Classroom Rocks and Minerals Collection. It includes 75 mineral and rock samples, each identified and numbered on the collection index sheet so that kids can match and study them. Among the rocks are different types: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.

Zometool Creator 3 Construction Kit

Zometool is a great educational toy. Look, it is a lot of fun to make cool geometric stuff and then take it apart and do something else with it.

If more parts mean more fun, then the Zometool Creator 3 Construction Kit is the funnest game of all. It contains 738 precision-made components that build together thousands of different models, ranging from simple shapes to large and complex 3D structures. It makes a fantastic 13th birthday gift and an excellent way to have fun with an open-ended play.

Estes Alpha III Rocket Bulk Pack

Great value for the money. A great rocket for a group or class project. This is a very easy to assemble kit. When working with a class I didn't want to worry about cutting balsa wood and aligning fins. This fit the bill perfectly.

The Estes Alpha III Rocket Bulk Pack is the coolest 13th birthday gift out there for the young astronaut. Each rocket bulk pack has 12 individual packets, which can be assembled by the thirteen-year-old with the required components. Kids will love to launch and fill the sky with rockets with their friends.

littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

The awards are right, this is the toy of the Year! I was genuinely impressed with how my kids were applying the things they learned in the build experience, to everyday things, all while having so much fun. They were explaining how a light switch, bluetooth, dc motor etc work in cars, houses and other items

The littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit is fantastic for teaching kids to code and to control electronics with coding. This award-winning toy makes an excellent 13th birthday gift for a curious kid. It features more than 22 missions in the app, and players can teach their Droid some new skills too. The complete kit includes the droid parts, all electronic blocks, 9V battery, and app.

Celestron 21087 PowerSeeker 80AZS Telescope

It works awesome and is better than I expected for what I paid. Excellent beginner's telescope. I bought this for my grandson for Christmas. He was thrilled. We had a clear starry night, saw lots of constellations and even got a glimpse of Venus and Mars.

There are many kids out there that dream of having a telescope. Tthe Celestron 21087 PowerSeeker 80AZS Telescope makes a fantastic 13th birthday gift for some out of this world fun! It is effortless to set up, and newbies won't have any problems with that. The sharp views of this telescope will be appreciated for years to come - it can be used for terrestrial view, as well as astronomic.

Haynes Jet Engine Model Kit

Enjoyed putting it together a lot :-) Delivery was on time, very efficient. Thanks!

Providing a fantastic building experience, Haynes Jet Engine Model Kit makes an excellent 17th birthday gift for teens who would love to be aircraft engineers and inventors. The model of a turbofan jet engine is motorized and features high and low-pressure turbines – after it’s built it also looks good in a shelf.

Periodic Table Fridge Magnet

This periodic table fridge magnet is just what I was looking for! Beautifully made. Perfect size.

We all had to learn about periodic tables and know how complicated the names are. The amazing Periodic Table Fridge Magnet - The Perfect Periodic Table of Elements Study Guide is a convenient birthday gift for any student of science. It makes a durable reference and study-buddy for any teen. The magnetic surface of the table is great for sticking on the refrigerator, dry erase board or any other metal surface.

Complete HD Stop Motion Animation Kit

It's SUPER COOL! It comes with sound effects like cars in a city, guns, explosions, animals, and forests and meadows. The book it comes with is really helpful because it's easy to understand, it has step-by-step instructions of how to put laser effects into stop motions, it even gets into the history of stop motions and videos. Overall, the whole kit is very cool and helpful.

The Stopmotion Explosion: Complete HD Stop Motion Animation Kit has everything creative teens need to create fantastic full HD stop motion animated movies. This kit is one of the best 17th birthday gifts for the teen movie maker. The Stopmotion Explosion book included features instructions and tutorials, and the kit also includes a 1920 x 1080 high-definition camera, plus an upgraded easy focus ring and the free software.

Astronauts – The Ultimate Space Game

Nice and easy game to quickly get out and play. My son included this in his top games to play. Great game brilliant way to memorise our planets and some of their moons. Can be played without the action cards for youngers players to grasp the rules.

This highly-addictive, award-winning game makes an excellent 17th birthday gift choice for astronomy lovers. In Astronauts – The Ultimate Space Game players get to be astronauts that race each other to explore the planets and moons of the solar system, and return safely back to Earth after. Teens will love to learn new and exciting facts about planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and more!

Nanotechnology Kit

This is a wonderful kit demonstrating the science behind small (nano) particles, and how the chemical properties of the nanoparticles can translate into (larger) real world effects or applications. Excellent Experiment Kit! Instructions are very clear; nanotechnology applications offered in this kit are very diverse. Some of which I have never knew about before this kit.

This Nanotechnology Kit brings nanostructures into sight for curious teens (and their parents). With over 41 experiments, this kit makes an excellent 17th birthday gift. It features 60 pieces, plus a game board to help them make progress through the experiments. It also includes a laser pointer, an adhesive pad, and many other useful materials for the experiments.

ZOOB BuilderZ ZOOB Bot

Grand son loved this construction kit very pleased thankyou.

If you know a 15 year old who adores robots? Then the ZOOB BuilderZ ZOOB Bot is the one for them. This amazing fifteenth birthday gift lets teens build their own robot with light up eyes and motorized wheels. It features 50 pieces, 4 wheels, light-up eyes with a replaceable battery, a pull-back motor, and instructions to build 4 ZOOB-Bots.

ELEGOO UNO Project Upgraded Smart Robot Car Kit

This is a great robot kit for learning how to build and program robots. - Good assembly instruction available from the Elegoo website - Components fit together nicely

This electronic assembling kit is a fantastic fifteenth birthday gift for teens who would love to learn more about robotics. The ELEGOO UNO Project Upgraded Smart Robot Car Kit features 24 kinds of module parts, including line tracing module, obstacle avoidance, and an infrared remote control. They can also control via their phone.

Lortone 3A Deluxe Rock Tumbler Kit

Just what I expected. We wanted something dependable but not too expensive. Just getting into some rock collecting and polishing. Have. Completed one batch and we are happy with our choice in tumblers. Note they do run nonstop for weeks. So far so good!

Rock hunters will find the Lortone 3A Deluxe Rock Tumbler Kit one of the best birthday gifts ever! This kit includes a professional tumbler, some rough rocks for training, a 4-step polishing kit, and much more. The instructions also included are step-by-step, and the tumbler has a straightforward operation and a durable motor, designed to last for years. Great for art projects, jewelry making and more.

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars

This is a great product overall. You will see spectacular views of the moon and larger deep sky objects like the Andromeda galaxy and the Orion nebula. These are a better entry to the world of astronomy than a telescope due to their portability and ease of use.

The Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter are amazing for stargazers and explorers! It makes a fantastic 17th birthday gift, featuring multi-coated optics, a large aperture, great for low light conditions, a fine-focusing diopter adjuster, and a tripod adapter which makes stargazing easy for glass wearers.

4M Magnet Science Kit

My son had a blast with this kit. He is into all things science, but magnets are one of his favorite things to learn about and play with. This kit allowed him to put together a little car, so that was a bonus. He still uses this kit, even months after receiving it. If you know kids, you know how fickle they can be with their toys. This is a keeper

Young scientists will have a blast while learning about the effects of magnetism with the 4M Magnet Science Kit. It makes an excellent 13th birthday gift that includes everything needed to build a fishing game, a magnet wand, a levitron racer, and more - it can be used to build 10 fun experiments and games in total.

Collect and Build Robo Battlers Series Stomper

Makes a cute robot toy and the pieces are all reusable. They can combine sets to make more complex robots. Great toy for your budding engineers.

This bright-colored robot is super motorized for exciting mechanical movement. The Collect and Build Robo Battlers Series Stomper is a large-eyed robot with a jumping and stomp motion. This lovely toy is motorized with 118 K'NEX parts and makes an excellent 13th birthday gift for the young robot lover.

Nancy B's Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab

This is great for my little aspiring scientist. She loves doing the experiments. This kit is great because it goes into the science behind the experiment before you do it and then has you think about the experiment after, having you write down what you think happened and why based on the mini lesson at the beginning.

Made especially for girls, the Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab & Kitchen Experiments Journal is the cutest and coolest science kit ever. It makes an excellent 13th birthday gift to any young scientist. Kids will get to observe the outdoors with the lightweight, high-tech binoculars, and make lots of experiments with the included 4 test tubes, beaker, rack, lab glasses, graduated cylinder, dropper, funnel, and stirring rod. The activity journal is filled with experiments using regular household ingredients.

4M Table Top Robot

This is amazing kids learning robot.This funny robot is super easy to put together. My son, MY daughter and Daddy put together in few minutes only. You love it when your kids start jumping when the robot really start walking on the top of table.

The 4M Table Top Robot features everything needed to construct a working robot crab - it is a hands-on science kit that will teach any kid the basics of robotics. It makes a lovely 13th birthday gift that challenges a kid’s imagination and performs acrobatic tricks on a regular tabletop.

LEGO Star Wars VIII Building Kit

Loads of fun to build, lots of functions. Son loved it. The set was great and I had a blast assembling it! The instructions were great and very easy to follow and it appeared, they included extra pieces as well.

LEGO lovers and/or Star Wars lovers will enjoy the LEGO Star Wars VIII BB-8 75187 Building Kit so much! This kit features LEGO building pieces enough to put together a BB-8 model. It makes a super fun gift for kids, featuring authentic detailing. The rotating head and the opening hatch with welding torch are super cool, and the BB-8 model also comes with a display stand and a decorative fact plaque.

Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

My daughters and I have spent a couple hours experimenting with the Inventor Kit, and have had a great time. The companion app is intuitive and walks you through all of the steps of creating circuits, testing them, and then customizing them.

A fun gift for kids who love the Avengers movies, this toy turns them into superheroes. Suitable from age 8 through to 15, kids will be able to create unique superhero identities and powers, with electronic building blocks that snap together to turn circuits into inventions.