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When my daughter became a kindergartener, I could see that she required more creative, sophisticated toys compared to her earlier years. I could see that she was more curious, more engaged and more eager to experience and learn new things. She was really captivated with creating, building, making, and crafting things. She also wanted to experiment and learn new things. When she made this leap, I was caught a little bit off-guard playing the same way with her and found myself trying to catch up with her. Therefore, I decided to research toys that can help her explore her creativity and curiosity. I always write about non toxic, organic, natural, eco-friendly products including toys but this post is more about toys that can ignite, develop and nurture creativity and curiosity rather than focusing on materials and ingredients of the toys. I listed these toys so I can share with parents that there are educational toys like these available. I am planning to get some of these products in this post for my daughter this Christmas. In this post, I share with you what STEM learning is and what type of toys may help children with skills such as creativity, curiosity, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The 4th Industrial Revolution
Nobody knows exactly how our lives will evolve to in 10-20 years. Our daily life in the future would most likely to be more technologically advanced. My daughter may live in a generation where a robot cooks dinner for her rather than her cooking and she may never have to get a driver’s license due to autonomous driving. She will live in a time that is totally different than right now just like our generation live in a different technological environment than our grandparents. In the future that is more digitalized, automated, connected and faster, my daughter will see the development of the 4th industrial revolution like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, blockchain, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies. In the 4th industrial revolution, 21st century skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, judgement and decision making, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, service orientation, negotiation, cognitive flexibility are needed. However, in the 4th industrial revolution, human creativity is especially important. According to The World Economic Forum, Deloitte, and McKinsey, creativity is in the top skills needed to survive the 4th Industrial Revolution. Human creativity involves critical thinking and creative problem-solving. These skills are especially important and essential because they can not be automated. Creative thinking generates original ideas and unique ways of solving problems. Creative problem-solving solves issues that have numerous possible solutions and decide the best solution. According to the World Economic Forum, science, technology, engineering and math are crucial to our future and resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our future. They said that science has tangible, practical, and immediate applications for our daily lives. For example, Covid-19 is not something only limited people such as scientists deal with. It is something people in the world collectively try to understand, figure out and deal with. After this Pandemic crisis, we don’t know what kind of crisis may happen in the future. Climate change and global warming may be one of them. The World Economic Forum emphasizes that we should prepare our children to challenge and address next global challenges. In addition, up to 65% of children entering school today will have a job that does not yet exist. Therefore, our children must develop for future professions that don’t yet exist. Teaching science, technology, engineering and math skills for the real world is crucial, and education shouldn’t just be about transferring explicit knowledge to our next generation. According to the OECD 2030 Future of Education and Skills Project,
“We need to replace old education standards with an educational framework that combines knowledge with the 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.”
The World Economic Forum said about this as follows.
“This is achieved by radically transforming the way we teach and learn science and technology skills from one-way content dissemination and memorization to personalized, self-directed learning. In a rapidly changing world, where we cannot predict what technologies will be ascendant in the future, we have to teach children to teach themselves. Students need not just knowledge, but also skills, attitudes and values to thrive in and shape their own future for a more empowered global citizenship. This has never been more evident than in the current pandemic.”
This is where STEM education come in. The World Economic Forum says that STEM skills must be included in the basic definition of literacy for our children to prepare them for the future.
What is STEM Education?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM learning is based on these four subjects. In STEM education, students learn to draws knowledge from the combination of all four disciplines and solve problems in real world applications. STEM learning is a new way of learning which is different from the old way of learning such as memorizing academic knowledge. According to the Accelerated Pathways who helps students build a customized college plan designed to get a degree for a career in STEM , students in STEM learning will often be required to use what they already know to figure out the right answer for themselves using creativity, flexible thinking, technical knowledge and problem solving skills. STEM learning involves projects and activities often using modern technology that are used in practical applications of science. When you hear science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you may think that a person who is successful in STEM learning must be analytical. However, STEM is much more than that. STEM education is about developing and utilizing one’s creativity, flexibility, critical thinking skills, decision making skills to solve a problem. STEM students learn how to think and make decisions for themselves. There is also STEAM education which integrates Arts (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) to add the critical process of creativity and innovation component.
STEM Learning For Early Childhood
According to the Early Childhood STEM Working Group, research has found that children from different socio-economic backgrounds enter kindergarten with large differences in math and science knowledge, and that these differences tend to grow over time. They said that intentional inclusion of STEM experiences in early childhood can prevent this early learning gaps in STEM areas. Also, according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop New America, research shows that math knowledge in preschool predicts math achievement even into the high school years, preschool math skills predict later academic achievement more consistently than early reading or attention skills. Research also shows that children who engage in scientific activities from an early age develop positive attitudes toward science. Early STEM experiences can spark interest in STEM and also give confidence that they can do STEM. Therefore, they are more likely to pursue STEM expertise and careers later on.
STEM activities can build a child’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math and help them be curious, creative, and technology-friendly. It can also help them inquire, focus, communicate, innovate and learn how things work together. By children planting in a community garden, they learn fundamental concepts about science and the natural world such as how much water is needed, what roots are for, how a plant’s growth changes with the seasons, and so on. This is an introduction to environmental science and plant biology, critical thinking skills, problem solving, and trial and error. Children like to build, take things apart, and put them back together, collect items and organize their collections as play. They are naturally curious, want to find out how things work, explore and understand. With STEM activities, they can make inquiries and investigate how the world works. All young children have the capacity to learn and do STEM according to the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education. Also according to a report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop New America, young children are actually quite capable and they can make observations and predictions, carry out simple experiments and investigations, collect data, and begin to make sense of what they found.
STEM Toys, Creative Toys, Educational Toys
Here are some STEM toys that promote STEM activities and nurture and grow children’s STEM skills. Let’s take a look!
Science Toys For Kids
SNAEN Super Lab Science Kit with 30 Magic Scientific Experiments – STEM Toy
Let children become scientists, create their own deluxe lab station, create rainbow rain, erupting volcanoes, rainbow fountains, blowing balloons, etc. on the test bench, and discover the mysteries of science.
STEM Toy: These activities supports STEM learning and develop STEM skills.
- 30 experiments, including goggles, beakers, test tubes, flasks, funnels, etc.(Oil and water not included)
- 15 colorful scientific experiment instruction cards for 30 experiments are provided.
Sillbird Science Kits for Kids 4-6, 38 Experiments and Lab Coat – STEM Toy
Children can do exciting experiments such as Volcanic Eruption, Rainbow Fountains, Magic Crystal, Colorful Fountain etc., discover the mystery of science.
STEM Toy: These activities supports STEM learning and develop STEM skills.
- All the chemicals, ingredients and apparatus that is required to create more than 38 experiments.
- It also includes a lab coat suit for for kids ages 3-8 and adjustable goggles and DIY ID card.
Age: 3 – 12
Griddly Games Just Add Baking Soda STEAM Science – STEM Toy
This science experiment kit provides an introduction to chemical reactions, states of matter and and alkalines. The kit includes more than 20 science and arts activities including Bath Bombs, Ornaments, Baking Soda Volcano and so much more!
STEM Toy: This STEAM activity kit helps kids nurture a love for exploration, learning, science, and art.
1 bottle, 1 funnel, 1 silicone ice cube tray, 1 plastic dinosaur, 2 squeezy ,bottles, 1 eye dropper, 1 balloon, 1 straw, 2 syringes, 1 mold, 1 latex gloves, 3 food coloring, 1 paint, 1 paint brush, 1 star shaped cookie cutter, 1 instruction booklet in english, french and Spanish
Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope Featuring Bindi Irwin – STEM Toy
GeoSafari Jr. Talking Kids Microscope features up-close, quality images and the voice of Bindi Irwin, Wildlife Warrior who will expand your knowledge of animals and plants. Kids can look, listen and learn.
STEM Toy: This supports STEM learning and encourage an interest in biology, botany, and overall curiosity.
- Includes 60 beautiful full-color images and 2 modes of play, Fact Mode and Quiz Mode.
- It provides over 100 facts and questions.
Thames & Kosmos Kids First Big & Fun Microscope Science Experiment Kit – STEM Toy
Thames & Kosmos Kids First Big & Fun Microscope is specifically designed with an extra wide eyepiece to maximize viewing experience for young children. It has 8x magnification which kids can explore. Observe biological specimens from animals like a feather, skin, hair, dragonfly wing, and fly eye; biological specimens from plants like a mushroom spore, Kiwi seed, lichen, pollen in honey, and flower Stamen; and other specimens from everyday life like table salt, sugar, and a zipper. This toy is also a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner.
STEM Toy: This toy supports STEM learning. Introduce your kids to microscopy and microscopic biology.
- 24 printed slides at 3 Magnification levels; 72 total slide images
- 32-Page, full-color storybook-style experiment manual
Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit – STEM Toy
Caterpillars ship separately via included voucher. Children can witness one of nature’s most spectacular transformations up close: watch caterpillars transform to chrysalides to beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. Release the butterflies when caterpillars change to butterflies.
STEM Toy: This Insect Lore set is a STEM.org authenticated educational product. STEM.org’s mission is to make quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education accessible to all.
- voucher for 5 baby caterpillars and food (just pay shipping)
- Pop up, reusable 11.5 inch tall mesh habitat perfect for butterfly viewing
- feeding dropper
- complete instructions
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Fossil Dig Kit – STEM Toy
Let your child dig up real dinosaur fossils that are millions of years old! Dig for dinosaurs, sharks, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more.
STEM Toy: National Geographic educational toys make science and learning fun and are the perfect STEM activity for kids.
- everything you need to keep kids digging and learning for hours, including a dig brick packed with dinosaur fossils (1 large dig brick containing 15 ancient fossils), a chisel, a brush, and a magnifying glass to inspect these amazing specimens
- Learning guide that illustrates how fossils are formed and helps young scientists identify each specimen as it’s discovered.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Gemstone Dig Kit – STEM Toy
Give your child the thrill of digging in a real gem mine as they excavate real crystal treasures.
STEM Toy: This toy makes science and learning fun, and are the perfect STEM gifts for boys and girls.
- a dig brick packed with gemstones (15 gemstones including pyrite, amethyst, tiger’s eye, fluorite, quartz, obsidian, aventurine, and more)
- a chisel, a brush, and a magnifying glass
- A learning guide llustrating how gemstones are formed and mined and helps young scientists identify each specimen as it’s discovered
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Rocks & Fossils Kit – STEM Toy
National Geographic Rocks and Fossils Kit includes rock, real fossils and real geodes.
STEM Toy: Ignite your child’s imagination and nurturing a life long love of science and exploration with this toy.
- Rock collection for kids (rough and polished samples of Aventurine and rose quartz and stunning snowflake obsidian, Desert Rose, red jasper, blue quartz, pumice, and meteorite specimens as well)
- Genuine fossils (real fossils include Prehistoric shark teeth, gastropods, ammonites, clams, brachiopods and more)
- Real geodes one broken geode and two unbroken geode specimens for you to crack open yourself
- A display case to show off your favorite specimens
- A storage bag to store the rest of the gems
- A magnifying glass
- A leaning guide and identification sheet to help you sort and identify every rock, gemstone, mineral and fossil in the kit
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Shark Teeth Dig Kit – STEM Toy
Children can feel like a real scientist by discovering millions of years old fossils with this fantastic Dig Kit.
STEM Toy: Spark a child’s interest in science with this STEM toy.
- A shark-themed digging brick with 3 fossilized shark teeth (Crow, Sand and Otodus Shark)
- Archeological digging tools
- A microscope
- A Shark Teeth learning guide
Dig a Dozen Dino Egg Dig Kit – STEM Toy
This dinosaur egg toy let your child dig up 12 dino eggs and discover 12 unique dinosaur models. Your child can find a T-rex, Dilophosaurus, Ankylosaurus and much more! Once dug up, find the appropriate card describing the history and characteristics of the dinosaur.
STEM Toy: This toy is a STEM authenticated educational product. It fosters a love for science and paleontology in a fun and exciting way.
- 12 Dino Eggs (with a unique toy dinosaur in each)
- 12 Chisel/Brushes
- 12 Instruction Guides
- 12 full-color dinosaur learning cards each describing the history of a different dinosaur
Coding For Kids
Coding Starter Kit for Fire Tablet – STEM Toy
Children interact with actual hand held pieces & Fire Tablet, bringing a child’s game pieces & actions to life. They can use hands-on physical blocks, coding commands, to control the character Awbie on a fun-filled adventure (Coding Awbie), an introduction to coding. Use coding blocks to learn coding’s creative side while developing an ear for rhythm, melody, and harmony – make the beat come alive, learn patterns & loops with over 300+ musical sounds (Coding Jam).
STEM Toy: Children learn following skills – Logic, coding fundamentals, basics of programming, solve coding puzzles, teamwork, listening, critical thinking, observation, creative problem solving, music creation & pattern recognition. Osmo sees and reacts to real-life movement. Geared towards children & love of learning.
- Osmo Base & Reflector for Fire Tablet
(An Osmo Base is included, a Fire Tablet is not included, both are required for game play.)
- 31 tangible coding blocks including: Walk, Jump, Hand, Magic, Rest, Quantifiers (Numbers), Repeat, Subroutines
- Stackable storage for game pieces
- 3 Game Apps: Coding Awbie, Coding Jam & Coding Duo
Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot 2.0 Activity Set, Coding Robot for Kids – STEM Toy
This Toy of the Year winning coding robot has 16 fun interactions. Your child can play music, put on a light show on Botley 2.0, and also transform Botley 2.0 into a train, police car, ghost, and more! Botley 2.0 is ready to move up to 150 steps in 6 directions!
STEM Toy: This toy helps your child learn coding and STEM skills. Kids can solve fun STEM challenges, or design their own open-ended fun
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set – STEM Toy
Robot mouth, Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.
STEM Toy: This toy can help your child develop critical thinking, sequencing, programming fundamentals, coding skills and problem solving.
- 16 maze grids create a 20″ X 20″, 22 maze walls
- 3 tunnels
- 30 double-sided coding cards
- 10 double-sided activity cards
- cheese wedge
- An activity guide to provide a hands-on introduction to coding concepts
Robots in Motion Building Set – STEM Toy
Build an own robot creations with this 116-piece STEM building set! Your child can design new robots, or follow along with the included Activity Guide!
STEM Toy: This toy helps a child learn engineering, critical thinking, and other STEM skills with every build.
Includes:116 pieces, kids can add rolling treads, spinning eyes, and more!
Kangokids Robot Kit – STEM Toy
Children can learn with this DIY robotic kit! Kids can use electric motors and unique connectors to build 4 unique robots.
The maker of this robot believes in giving back. For every purchase you make, a child is educated for a day and a homeless person in America is given a meal.
STEM Toy: These stem robots for boys 6-12 are designed by an Aussie science teacher. Kids can learn the science concepts using electric motor.
- 4 unique robots
- step-by-step and easy-to-understand instructions & scientific explanations
- 1 magnetic screw driver
PAI TECHNOLOGY BOTZEES Coding Robots for Kids – STEM Toy
Up to 6 pre-designed Botzees can be built from each kit. Or, kids can create their own unique Botzees. Botzees robots offer many modes of play: to move, drum, dance, make sounds, and light up using the companion app. 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles teach even more coding concepts with visual cues.
STEM Toy: As a global brand and award winning STEM toy, Botzees is recognized by organizations such as Purdue University, PareSTEM Toysagazine, and Mothering Magazine. This STEM toy introduces younger learners to the world of AR (Augmented Reality) and Coding!
130 uniquely shaped blocks; including 2 motors, 1 sensor, and all the pieces
Thames & Kosmos Kids First Coding & Robotics – STEM Toy
This toy is story-based: six different storylines are included, each with a series of model-building and coding lessons, like a mouse moving through a maze to find cheese or a soccer player moving a ball into the goal!
This toy is Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner.
STEM Toys: This STEM toy provides an introduction to the fundamentals of coding and robotics for grades K-2.
- 417 pieces, including plastic building pieces for models and over 200 code cards
- Experiment manual guides offer kids clear explanations through the coding lessons and model building exercises. (30 coding lessons are taught over 6 storylines involving different models, like a penguin, soccer player, mouse, and more.)
Creative Building Toys
Magna Tiles Metropolis Set – STEM Toy
Magna-tiles metropolis is the next generation in the award-winning Magna-Tiles series containing 110 neon pieces. Children can build anything from a busy high-rise metropolis to a thriving colony on space with magnetic tiles.
STEM Toy: This toy helps children learn skills such as shape recognition, patterns and visualization, color recognition, STEM, dramatic play fine motor and spatial skills. Children can explore math, science and creativity together. This toy encourages children to discover new ideas and develop a love of learning.
Includes: 110 pcs of Magnetic tiles (a spinner, windows, quarter circles, and more)
Picasso Magnetic Building Tiles 100 Piece Set – STEM Toy
With these magnet building tiles, children can dream big and build big without any limitations.
STEM Toy: Children can acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes including 3D forms numbers counts, magnetic polarities & architectural design at early age
Includes: 100 Magnet building tiles
Butterfly EduFields Electric Motor Kit – STEAM Toy
Children can create a tornado mixer, hovercraft, static mixer, crazy bug, animation illusion, a bulge of Earth, 2D-3D shapes, centrifuge mania, color mixer, motorboat and many more. This toy contain 20+ STEM building projects.
STEAM Toy: This STEAM Toy encourage children about early science, engineering, art, electronics, and mechanical principles by challenging them to build their own DIY projects.
Includes: 50 pieces that can transform into a number of fun prototypes
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions (Klutz Science:STEM Activity Kit) – STEM Toy
A child can design and build 10 amazing moving machines with this toy. Ten awesome machines can be combined to make dozens of different chain reactions. Learn to build machines that can swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Then connect, rearrange, and experiment with the machines to create a chain reaction. This Lego chain reactions toy is a Nappa silver award winner.
STEM Toy: This is a STEM activity kit teaching about chain reactions.
- 33 LEGO pieces
- 6 plastic balls
- string, paper ramps and other components
- Instructions for 10 modules
- 80 page instructional book with Klutz Certified crystal clear instructions
LEGO Gadgets (Klutz Science/STEM Activity Kit) – STEM Toy
With this LEGO Gadgets toy, a child can build 11 different machines ranging from practical to silly. (including a gravity powered car and a boxing robot)
STEM Toy: This STEM toy encourages creativity with open-ended prompts. Open-ended prompts will inspire a child to continue experimenting with his/her own designs and modifications.
Includes: 58 LEGO elements
Klutz Lego Gear Bots Science/STEM Activity Kit – STEM Toy
Children can build 8 physics-driven kinetic creatures using LEGO Technic bricks and papercraft. Kinetic sculptures, or automata, are mechanically engineering toys that move when you crank the handle on the side. They move through a series of axles, cams, and cranks that work like the pistons in an engine.
STEM Toy: This STEM toy has STEM content about axles, cams, cranks, engineering in everyday machines.
Includes: All LEGO elements needed
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run Construction Set – STEM Toy
Children can create incredible marble runs that will have the glowing marbles racing toward the finish line!
STEM Toy: This toy is the National Geographic’s STEM series toy. Children can learn the physics of motion and gravity.
- 9 sturdy bases, 26 exciting action pieces, and 85 clear smooth-run tube pieces
- Glow-in-the-dark glass marbles (6 different colors)
- A storage bag
- A marble pouch
- 1 UV light keychain
Hape International Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run Construction – STEM Toy
This marble run toy has German engineering design inspired by Da Vinci circles with endless creative building possibilities for spatial thinking minds. Each of the seven different color blocks has a different function. This marble run toy offers fun practice for logical and engineering thinking. Also, this toy is the “Spiel Gut” (Good Toy) Award and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner.
STEM Toy: This toy was praised by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top toys to teach kids code and STEM principles.
Includes: 147 pcs marble run pieces and marbles
Hape Wooden Quadrilla Super Spirals Marble Run – STEM Toy
This marble run toy features see-saws, spiral twists, and the knob and button on the distributor block can be used to change marble direction. Children can build different marble roller-coaster constructions.
STEM Toy: This toy promote children’s spatial thinking, problem-solving capabilities and team-work skills, but also aid their STEAM development.
Includes: 101 wooden marble run pieces and marbles
Brickyard Building Blocks STEM Toys – STEM Toy
This building toy offers 42 designs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced builders.
STEM Toy: This STEM toy helps boost problem solving skills, social skills & more.
Includes: 163 pcs including blocks, wrenches, moveable wheels, nuts, & bolts, building guide
INSOON STEM Toys for Kids Building Toys Kit – STEM Toy
Children can build things like tower crane, crane, forklift, rocket car, plane, sports car, formula, robot, helicopter, grab wood machine with this toy.
STEM Toy: This STEM toy helps kids develop hand-eye coordination, master fine motor skills, improve logical thinking and boost vital problem solving skills, also promotes the importance of teamwork & collaboration, builds social skills, supports creativity, and improves imagination through interactive play.
- 167 pieces building blocks
- A guide book
Nxone Building Toys – STEM Toy
This building toy includes 195 pieces of building blocks with a kid-safe electric drill. Kids will have so much fun drilling, assembling and building!
STEM Toy: This STEM toy helps children nurture and enhance their imagination, creativity, hand-eye coordination, cognitive competence, operational and logical thinking ability during construction.
- 195 building blocks
- A kid’s electrical drill
- A portable storage box
- An instructional booklet
Take Apart Dinosaur Toys For Kids – STEM Toy
Assemble an exclusive dinosaur by randomly combining dinosaur parts to stimulate children’s potential and creativity during play. The electric drill is low-speed, which can be rotated to tighten & loosen screws and encounter obstacle will automatically stop. Won’t hurt the kids.
STEM Toy: This STEM learning toy is designed for children’s enlightenment, help skids to recognize the world of dinosaurs. It stimulates children’s creativity, imagination and hands-on ability.
- 3 kinds of dinosaur: Blue Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brown Triceratops, Green Velociraptor
- an electric drill and a manual screwdriver (2 kinds of drill bits, 3 manual screwdrivers)
- assemble instructions
Coogam Wooden Blocks Puzzle – STEM Toy
This puzzle toy help children improve attention concentrations, kids’ ability to grasp, kids’ hand-eye coordination, color & shape recognition, parent-child interaction and logical thinking.
STEM Toy: Children Solving the puzzle themselves helps to keep kids’ brain focused and adds creativity to eye-hand coordination and color & shape recognition.
- Wooden Blocks Puzzle (40 pcs ) made of natural and healthy basswood with high quality and smooth surface and non-toxic paint
- a board
BEST LEARNING Learning Clock – STEM Toy
This toy is the Family Choice, Mom’s Choice Gold Metal & Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2018 and also the Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award 2019 winner! Teach your child how to read time easier with this clock.
STEM Toy: Skills learned include time, numbers, music, logical thinking, motor functions, concentration, dexterity and memory.
- In Time Mode, teach kids how to read time with movable hands.
- In Quiz Mode, have kids practice interactively.
- In Sleep Mode, it plays 10 classical music and act as a night light with 12 options with a timer up to 60 minutes.
Age: 3 +
Orboot Earth by PlayShifu (App Based) Interactive AR Globe For Kids – STEM Toy
With this toy, a child can explore 400+ highlights and 1000+ world facts across 6 categories in AR – animals, cultures, monuments, inventions, maps and cuisines of the world. Learn about the food chain and balance the ecosystem of your national park, go on scavenger hunts around the world, and take part in fun quizzes for every category.
Scan the globe with the companion app to bring it alive and explore the world in different modes inside the app. Full of visual storytelling, music, animal facts and voice interactions, world quizzes, globe puzzles and challenges.
STEM Toy: Orboot Earth is an interactive learning globe for kids with an immersive AR (Augmented Reality) experience. It sparks kids imagination and curiosity. It helps build geography, environmental science, general knowledge, social science, and cultural sensitivity.
- a 10” globe
- country flag stickers
- a detailed help guide
BEST LEARNING i-Poster My World Interactive Map – Educational Toy
Best Learning i-Poster My World Interactive Map is an interactive smart educational talking world map poster. You can add a fabric frame all around, hang on a wall, play on the floor, use as a colorful play mat. Children can explore and learn capital cities and countries with their flags, population, languages spoken in each country, important landmarks, fun facts with volume control; Over 1000 facts and questions about the globe we live in.
This toy is the Family Choice, Mom’s Choice Gold Metal & Tillywig Brain Child Award Winner 2018, and Creative Child Kids Product of the Year Winner 2019.
Educational Toy: This toy can help children build skills including concentration, earth science, memory, problem solving, geography and environment.
- i-Poster: My World
- 3 AAA alkaline batteries
Chess Armory Chess Set 15 x 15- Inlaid Walnut Wooden Chess Set – STEM Toy
This chess board is made of smooth inlaid walnut and chess pieces all come with a felted bottom to protect the chess board from scratches.
STEM Toy: The game of chess can help children learn to problem solve, strategize, come up with creative solutions, put a plan into action.
- a folding chess board
- polished chess pieces
- a sturdy storage box
Mazes For Kids Ages 4-8 – Educational Activity
Educational Activity: Mazes can help children improve the cognitive skills, planning skills, problem solving skills, spatial reasoning skills, patience and persistence.
Growing Plants For Kids
Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany Experimental Greenhouse – STEM Toy
Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany is an experimental greenhouse kit. Children can learn about plants and seeds by conducting experiments in a specially designed botanical laboratory with greenhouse domes. They can learn what makes plants grow, learn about seeds and plants and conduct experiments in special green house domes.
STEM Toy: This is an educational toy that promotes STEM activity.
- 48-page, full-color manual
- 30 experiments
HSP Nature Toys Root-Vue Farm Multicolor – STEM Toy
Hsp nature toys, root-vue farm is a multiple award winner, including dr. Toy and parent’s choice. this self-watering grow unit has a special viewing window set at a proper angle which makes it easy to watch the roots develop underground. see carrot, radish and onion seeds grow up as the roots grow down.
STEM Toy: This is an educational toy that promotes STEM activity.
- planting box with acrylic window
- basin with drainage reservoir
- grow mix
- plant identification labels
- root markers
- growing chart
- three packets of seeds
- 16-page booklet
Hapinest Light-up Terrarium Kit for Kids – STEM Toy
The Hapinest terrarium kit is a mini garden in a jar that allows boys and girls to craft their very own ecosystem that grows during the day and doubles as a night light at night. The light-up lid is equipped with an on/off switch and star cutout pattern that will glow as a night light as well as continue growing your terrarium while sleeping. The micro-usb cord is used to recharge the light-up lid.
STEM Toy: Children will love the science behind this gardening adventure and hands on experience that comes from this educational arts and crafts kit.
- terrarium jar
- light-up lid
- usb charging cable
- soil, sand, river rocks, chia seeds, wheatgrass seeds, hedgehog figure, fox figure, mushroom house
- 13 removable stickers for decoration
- spray bottle
- planting stick
- instruction booklet
DIY Light up Unicorn Terrarium Kit for Kids with LED Light – STEM Toy
Spark your child’s imagination and creativity with this personalized, magical unicorn garden. This is DIY terrarium kit for kids. A child can design the garden anyway the child wants with sparkly crystals, miniature mushrooms and of course, a super cute unicorn. Beneath the pink lid, there is a built-in LED light (over 40 hours of continuous use) that transforms the terrarium into a magical night light.
Educational Toy: This toy can help a child enhance fine motor and coordination skills, as well as critical thinking, to make decisions about how she/he will layer the crystals, rocks, plants, and mushrooms.
- terrarium jar
- jar lid (with a battery-operated LED light)
- sparkly crystals
- white pebbles
- 2 plastic succulent plants
- preserved moss
- miniature mushrooms
- the unicorn
Creative Activities For Kids
Lifetop 10PCS Painting Rocks – Creative Activity For Kids
These stones are great for painting and other arts and crafts projects.
Includes: Painting Rocks 10 pcs
Size: The stones range in length from about 2.0 to 2.8 inches. Different size and shape stones.
Capcouriers Rocks for Painting – Creative Activity For Kids
These painting rocks are triple sorted for better quality rocks.
Includes: 20 Capcouriers Violet & Light Grey Painting Rocks
Size: These rocks range between 1.75 – 2 inches in length.
Unfinished Unpainted Wooden Eggs – Creative Activity For Kids
Your child can paint these eggs for fun and creativity. These wooden eggs have been smoothed down to the point of having no splinters. Their surfaces are easy to draw, paint, or put glue on. They can be stained or jeweled.
Material: They are made from kiln-dried hardwood.
Includes: 12 wooden eggs
Size: They measure 2-1/2 x 1-7/8″ in diameter.
Unfinished Wooden Cars – Creative Activity For Kids
Your child can decorate these wooden cars with paint, markers, glue & gems and other materials.
Material: unfinished wood
Includes: 12 rolling cars
Size: The size of each cart is 7 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm.
Oojami Design Your Own Wooden Birdhouses – Creative Activity For Kids
How fun would it be to paint and decorate bird houses!
Material: Unfinished plywood
Includes: 12 piece Assorted Mini Wood 4 Inch Bird Houses
Size: Made of 3/16″ thick and 1/4″ thick wood and measure 3.5 inches wide x 4 inches tall
Mini Wooden Bird Houses to Paint – Creative Activity For Kids
Material: Unfinished plywood
Includes: Mini12 bird houses
Size: Made of 3/16″ thick and 1/4″ thick natural pine plywood and measure 2.75 inches wide x 3.25 inches tall overall
Unfinished Wooden Bird Houses to Paint for Kids – Creative Activity For Kids
Material: Unfinished wood
Includes: 3 assorted birdhouses
Size: 4.5″ tall
Oojami 2 Piece Cottage Style Unfinished Wooden House DIY Paint – Creative Activity For Kids
Your child can paint and decorate these pretty looking houses!
Material: Unfinished wood
Includes: 2 cottage style houses
Size: House Dimensions are 6″x6″x5″ high the base is 7 1/2 x 7.
Ira Pollitt 6 Pieces 12 Inch Unfinished Wooden Wiggly Snakes – Creative Activity For Kids
Material: natural wood
Includes: 6 pieces wood bead snakes
Size: 12-inch length
Unfinished Wood Cutouts for Painting – Creative Activity For Kids
Children can use markers, lace, beads, stencils, ribbon, glitter or paints to color and decorate these wooden pieces.
Material: Unfinished wood
Includes: 80 pieces wooden cutouts in 8 different shapes, 10 pieces for each pattern
Aweyka 12 Styles Unfinished Wood Cutouts – Creative Activity For Kids
Available in 12 different shapes, including Hedgehog, flower, bee, butterfly, lemon, mushroom, bird, ladybug, pineapple, snail, dragonfly, you can decorate them with solid color designs or add all sorts of abstract patterns on them.
Material: Unfinished wood
Includes: 60 pieces wooden cutouts in 12 styles different wooden shapes, 5 pieces for each pattern, 60pcs ropes and 1 sheet diamond sticker
PLYDOLEX 24 Pack Unfinished Wooden Cutouts Dinosaur – Creative Activity For Kids
Your child can make his/her own unique design on wood dinosaur shape. Dinosaur shapes include Pterodactyl, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus and Tyrannosaurus.
Material: Unfinished plywood
Includes: This set of dinosaur wood cutout includes 24 pieces (4 wooden cutouts of 6 shapes each).
Size: Cutout dinosaur range in size between 4.3 to 5.9 inches length and between 2.36 to 3.74 inches height. The thickness of flat ornaments for crafts is 0.1 inch.
William Craft Unfinished Natural Wood Slices – Creative Activity For Kids
How fun it is to use these wood slices to pain on instead of paper!
Material: Unpainted natural round pine wood, pre-sanded and polished
Includes: 25 pcs pine tree discs
Size: Diameter is approx 3.1-3.5inch(8-9cm);Thickness: approx 0.4inch(1cm).
During research of STEM toys for this post, I have already gotten her some toys from the list. She really loves playing chess, enjoyed making a terrarium, digging shark teeth fossils, painting rocks. She was so excited and engaged to do these activities. She asked me, ‘what’s the next project?’ She really had fun and wanted more. Now that Christmas is coming soon, I can’t wait to getting more STEM toys for her. I got her a coding computer game for 5 years old children not too long ago, I was surprised to see her enjoying the concept of coding. I think she will really love building and coding a robot toy. STEM toys are projects or activity based and they are engaging. I think children love to find out new things around us. How fun and exciting it is to dig for real fossils such as dinosaur bones or do experiments like a real scientist! Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are not difficult or intimidating subjects and they can be found all around us in real life situations. STEM activities are actually activities that young kids naturally enjoy doing such as building, making, digging, putting things apart or together, mixing, etc. Early STEM experiences can spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also give young kids confidence that they can do STEM. Spark interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also give young kids confidence that they can do STEM. STEM learning can help children develop creative problem solving skills using what they know and what they can find out and coming up with the best solution for real life challenges.
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