What are STEAM Toys?
STEAM Toys are a key toy trend. Sometimes, you’ll hear them described as STEM Toys too. They help children explore and experiment through play.
STEAM Toys are Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Maths
What does STEAM stand for? It’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Art. These toys have an educational side related to one or more of these areas of learning. They are perfect presents for curious children and help make science fun.
Examples of these toys range from slime making kits to solar robots. Educational Toys on Amazon has links to games, jigsaws, robots and construction kits amongst many others. Here are the top toy picks from The British Science Association. Parents love STEAM toys because they help children get more out of their learning in a fun way.
Why are STEAM toys important?
We live in a world dominated by technology and science. Helping our children learn to innovate will help their future success. One way to do this is to make education fun and engaging, to encourage children to explore and experiment.
Furthermore, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths toys help develop important skills like problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.
Examples of STEAM Toys
Here are the three Best New STEAM Toys from the London Toy Fair 2017. The 4M Maglev Train Model, Galt Science Lab and STEM Design And Engineering Set.
Must Have Toys’ pick of STEAM toys
Below is our pick of the current STEAM toys from across the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.
Robotic and Tech Toys
The Dash Robot is a real robot for children aged 6 years+. You can use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to programme Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds and avoid obstacles.
Brand new in 2017 is Cozmo by Anki. This is an intelligent robot who explores, remembers and reacts to his environment.
The WowWee MiP Coder Toy Robot is suitable for 8 years+. It is a programmable version of the MiP Robot in a see-through design. Balances multiple items on his tray.
Brand new for 2017 is the LEGO Boost Robot. This features on Argos’s Christmas Toy List 2017.
Brainstorm 2 in 1 Globe
Brainstorm is a UK company that supplies a range of fun, interactive, toys, designed not only to entertain children but also to inspire them to learn more about their environment. This is no ordinary globe because it shows the Earth by day and night. A light sensor automatically turns the globe to its night feature when dark. Suitable for ages 8+.
Another best-selling STEAM toy on Amazon at the moment (Summer 2017) is the 14 in 1 Educational Solar Robot Kit where you can build 14 types of robot, all powered by the sun.
We love a bug kit. You can order the worms, or find your own, and discover how they build their underground worlds.
This is a clever crafty-arty set for getting the imagination going. It contains 76 chunky wooden pieces which can be stuck on the magnetic board in all kinds of art pictures and patterns. Suitable for 3 years+.
Goldie Blox is a STEAM toy which aims to get girls interested in engineering.
According to the Royal Academy of Engineering there is a shortage of engineers and scientists in the UK. This is despite the fact that these areas are two of the fastest growing areas of job creation.
Furthermore, fewer girls study science, engineering and technology subjects at A Level and only 14% of engineering students at university are women. STEAM toys like this one are aimed at addressing this issue by giving children a taste of engineering at an early age.
Goldie Blox is the brainchild of US engineer, Debbie Sterling. It introduces engineering concepts to girls at an early age. It is a way of giving girls the opportunity to contribute to the progress made by engineers in our society.
Goldie Blox is the world’s first girl engineer character. She also features in her own books which complement the engineering sets. And the sets introduce the real-life concepts of mechanical engineering.
And all Goldie Blox toys work together. They are perfect for creative exploration. This STEAM toy also encourages various skills and confidence in problem-solving.
Reviewers on Amazon say children can follow the instructions to build the projects by themselves. The age suggestion is about 7 years+.
Are STEAM toys anything new?
There are have always been chemistry sets, construction sets, computer/technology games and toys, maths learning games and craft sets for children. Of course, by categorising them all as STEAM demonstrates how innovations are dependent on all these subjects for success.
Finally, you may have already noticed many classic toys given an educational aspect that may not have been there before. Expect to see many more examples in the shops going forward.
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