10 Science Toys Kids Will Love

Fun and learning need not be separate. These science-based toys provide the best of both worlds. Charles Thatcher/Getty Images

Children have used play as a means of preparing for adult life since the dawn of time -- from Cro-Magnon kids scooping up rudimentary jacks to practice hand-eye coordination required for hunting to Victorian youth honing their riding skills on the back of a rocking horse [sources:The Strong National Museum of Play and Power House Museum]. Modern kids may not need the hunting and gathering skills required for survival in past generations, but our kids can still benefit from the chance to learn through play. With the rising demand for science, technology, engineering and math skills, science-related toys provide the perfect opportunity for kids to have fun as they prepare for the future.