9 STEM toys for every little learner
The kiddos are always learning, whether they’re watching their favorite show or playing with their favorite toy. These 9 STEM toys have been picked to pique their interest in chemistry, physics, coding, science and more. If there was ever a way to pack in a whole lot of learning and play, all of the toys below found it and can teach kids some super valuable skills before they even realize they’re not just playing!
Physics can be a lot to chew on, but it gets oh-so-sweet with the Gumball Machine Maker: Super Stunts & Tricks by Thames & Kosmos. They’ll learn about force, motion, momentum, gravity, energy and more as they add all kinds of elements to their gumball machine. Configurations are made with a smooth track, pinball launcher, domino track, trampoline, pendulum and more. Reward their taste for knowledge with a set that allows for nearly limitless setups and a tasty treat after every success.
Why kick rocks when you can make ’em? Use potassium aluminium sulfate in the Crystal Growing: Glow-in-the-Dark Edition set to create dozens of crystals. The colorful geodes can be made in various shapes and sizes using plaster molds like a diamond, moon, star, frog and more—or let ’em rock out and create their own design. The set is easy to follow and gives little geologists the opportunity to make their very own shiny gemstones and glow-in-the-dark crystals that they can proudly display.
Little chemists are going to love this huge Ooze Labs Chemistry Set. Wanna make glow-in-the-dark slime? How about oozing bubbles? Colorful chromatography? The Ooze Labs Chemistry Set comes with 20 experiments to try out and 57 pieces including beakers, test tubes, flasks and more. Each experiment is safe for kids to perform and adds so much fun to chemistry lessons with colorful, fizzy reactions! If they’re curious and love hands-on play, then this is definitely the set for them.
Fun and earth science are bubblin’ up with the National Geographic Volcano Science Kit. The set comes with everything they need to create, paint and erupt their very own volcano! As they make it, the included Volcano Learning Guide tells them all about the natural ruptures from tectonic plates to earthquakes and eruptions. The classic school project comes home with a proven homeschool lesson that’ll get them excited to explore our world while they use a bit of science and creativity along the journey.
Get ’em up close and personal with everything tiny to out of this world! The Microscope & Telescope Set with Survival Kit features a 40X 30mm telescope to explore the stars. Or they can zoom in on earthly objects with a 1200X die-cast microscope. The set comes with everything they need to get started, including blank slides, cover glasses, slide covers and more. Plus, they’ll get a 5-in-1 survival tool that combines binoculars, a compass, whistle, emergency signal and mirror for field research. Wherever their curiosity takes ’em, this Microscope & Telescope Set is a great companion for play and learning.
A project set that takes big ideas and brings them down to kid level! The Skill Builder125 set comes with 125 projects that’ll teach them about electronics while helping to develop their problem solving and analytical skills. The 31 included pieces can be configured to turn on lights, sound off alarms, launch a spinner and more! Just follow along and snap in the pieces to create little gadgets or see what they can come up with using their own imagination and new skills!
LEGO combines with coding to bring kids a unique building and coding experience straight from a galaxy far, far away. The set includes R2-D2, a Gonk Droid and a Mouse Droid—each with unique abilities coded through the LEGO BOOST Star Wars app! Kids can move in-app building blocks that the droids will respond to! R2-D2 spins his body and head, moves and makes noises from the movies. The Gonk Droid can walk and use its arms for various missions, while the Mouse Droid dashes around with a door on both sides that opens and closes! Altogether, there are over 40 missions to go on with the droids that will test their coding, walking and battling skills! This LEGO Star Wars set combines physical and digital play while teaching coding and problem solving skills.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The Snowman Activity Kit brings winter weather inside with instant amazing snow powder that just needs some water to turn into snow! Fill up the snowman mold then use the accessories to give their snowman some character. The set also includes reindeer hoof cutouts to make footprints in the snow. The easy to clean set can make winter scenes all year long!
The littlest scientists can get busy playin’ and learnin’ with the STEM Junior Wonder Lab by Little Tikes. This preschooler-friendly set introduces concepts and gives ’em a leg up when they learn about them in school! The 20 accessories include maze pieces, test tubes, stirring spoons, goggles and more. There are even 20 hands-on STEM experiments suitable for preschoolers that parents can try out with their kids. There’s so much to discover with this set and kids will have a blast making their own mazes, experimenting and exploring their imagination.
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