12 S.T.E.A.M. Toys We Love
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S.T.E.A.M. isn’t just a buzzy term in the education field, it’s also a great way for your kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math – valuable skills for their future; and there’s no better way for them to learn than through play. Here’s some of our favorites S.T.E.A.M. toys that will inspire your children.
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Future engineers will love this opportunity to build not one, but three robots with the Discovery robotics kit! The spider robot uses electricity while the car runs on saltwater, and a transformer harnesses solar power. Each takes about 10 minutes to build and offers room for conversation about the different ways energy can be used.
What kid wouldn’t love designing, building and driving their own car? They’ll be having so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re learning new skills along the way. Kids can get as creative as they want with design and the cars have suspension and steering just like real cars, and they’re durable enough to handle outdoor play.
This game is all about the math and engineering, and kids with those strengths will love these logic challenges. You’ll need to figure out how to set up a vertical and horizontal 3D maze for your marble to make it through. Cards help you plan out easy, medium and challenging mazes so this toy is one that will last.
This reasonably priced robot is tons of fun. Program Botley to run obstacle courses that you build, follow looping commands and paths. No screen is needed to program this guy – instead of pulling out a computer or phone, Botley can be commanded with a touch of a few buttons on a remote programmer.
There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned board game that the whole family can play. There is only one rule in this strategy game – each new piece on the board must touch the corners of another piece of the same color. There will be a ton of thinking and fun with this game that is aimed at kids 5 years and older.
This revolutionary toy utilizes both the iPad and tactile items. There are plenty of different programs you can use on Osmo, from pizza making, which teaches finances and a bit of customer service, to Tangrams, which inspires visual thinking. There are core subject games with math and spelling as well. Osmo is often used in schools, so your kids may know about it before you even bring it up!