A good way to support our children’s learning at home is to provide them with the necessary equipment to enhance their skills in various disciplines. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys help kids develop a basic knowledge of science concepts and engineering principles. Aside from giving kids hours of fun and busy play, these toys also improve their curiosity, improve their tolerance and perseverance, and develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.
So this summer, you might want to keep the kids engaged and learning with 12 of the best STEM toys.
1. Microscope STEM Kit
There are hidden worlds to be discovered under the right microscope. The Microscope STEM kit is a great starter kit for your young scientist. It comes with a 52-piece accessory kit and durable hard-sided plastic ABS case. Ready to use out of the box, you can start your own discoveries with its reusable blank slides and covers. As a beginner microscope, it provides high magnification for educational applications. Your young scientist will certainly spend hours exploring the different levels of magnification and clarity through its focus mechanism, mirror illumination and built-in color filter wheel.
2. Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100, Black
Young ones interested in electronics would love to get their hands on the Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. Containing over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices, this kit encourages kids 8+ to build do-it-yourself projects. Encourage your kids to explore and create with their customized circuits and electronic devices. You can even upgrade to the different Snap circuits range. With this building toy, you and your young engineers can construct over 100 different electronic circuit projects with just 30+ electronic parts.
3. Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set
The Magna-tiles 32-piece clear colors set toy lets young scientists develop their creativity. Composed of 32 magnetic pieces, this toy will spark children’s imagination and will get them creating different shapes and structures. Children as young as 3 years old can develop spatial and tactile skills using this toy. With different triangular and square shapes, children can build anything they can imagine!
4. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
Who doesn’t love their Lego? This kit combined with your own Lego bricks can produce a combination of chain reactions. With 78 pages of detailed instructions and brightly colored images, children will learn to build machines ranging in complexity from easy to advance. Your kids will love testing out how to create machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. You do not have to worry about having special bricks as it attaches to the ones you already have. So bring out your Legos, start imagining, and get building.
5. Engino Discovering STEM Newton’s Laws Inertia, Momentum, Kinetic & Potential Energy Construction Kit
Kids ages 8 and up will learn to apply Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion through this kit. It includes 12 pages of theory and facts, a 3-page quiz, 6 pages of experimental activities illustrating Newton’s Laws, and 16 pages of step-by-step, 3D-rendered illustrations. Children can build various working models such as a ballistic catapult, a gravity fan, a collision car, a moving cabin, a balloon-powered plane, and even a Dragster! Parents can start teaching their kids basic Newtonian concepts of force, motion, acceleration, momentum and so much more with this interesting construction kit.
6. 4M 3782 Green Science Solar Rover Kit DIY Solar Power
Ever built a solar-powered car? The 4M 3782 Green Science Solar Rover Kit contains easy-to-follow instructions to turn a recycled soda can into a solar-powered rover. No worries as all necessary parts are included. The detailed assembly instruction will teach you how to harness the light of the sun to power everyday objects and create a cool, moving car with no batteries required.
7. National Geographic Break Open 10 Premium Geodes
Youngsters interested in geology will be excited to start cracking geodes. This science kit contains 10 high-quality crystal-filled geodes with 16 pages of full-color learning guide that describes how geodes are formed and details the variety found in nature. Your kids will be surprised at finding crystal treasures inside rocks to add to their collection. A display stand serves as a crate to showcase their discoveries. Safety goggles are included too. So get your hammers ready and start cracking.
8. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Play Set
Parents and teachers will love this magnetic wooden figure learning aid which helps children learn about the human body. This set includes anatomically-correct magnets for boys and girls, along with a wooden stand. Your kids can easily navigate between the upper body/head, middle/torso, and bottom/legs and visualize the different internal organs, skeleton, circulatory system, and more. Made from high-quality materials and features beautiful artwork, this 24-piece magnetic set is both entertaining and highly educational.
9. National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit is the perfect gift for paleontology and archeology enthusiasts of any age. The Mega Fossil Mine dig includes archeological tools and a digging site filled with 15 genuine fossil treasures just waiting to be unearthed. This kit also comes with a dig brick packed with dinosaur fossils, a chisel, a brush, and a magnifying glass – everything else you need to start your digging activity! Now you do not have to wait a million years to discover the fun in digging fossils. A learning guide is also included.
10. 4M Weather Station Kit
Weather science can be fun with this 4M Weather Station Kit. This multi-function weather kit contains a full set of basic instruments to observe and record weather conditions around your home. It includes a functional wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer, a compass, and a rain gauge for measuring local weather conditions. You and your kids can spend hours experimenting with different scenarios and weather phenomena. You can even construct a terrarium to learn about the greenhouse effect. Who said weather science is boring?
11. Lauri Educational Phonics Kits – Math Discovery
Your future math wizards will relish this educational kit with all materials you need to learn at an early age. Lauri Math Discovery Educational Kit teaches your kids to build their early math skills, and then advance to simple addition/subtraction, patterning, early problem-solving and comparing quantities. The colorful and entertaining materials make learning fun at home or in school. The amazing math kit will certainly provide enjoyable learning hours to kids ages 3 and up.
12. Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit
Want to play detective? Now you can with the Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit. Get kids to play pretend forensic scientists by matching fingerprints and DNA, cracking secret codes, and using powders and liquids for testing such as baking soda, citric acid, flour, pH strips, and more.
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