STEM Becomes STEAM
STEM Toys are a key toy trend. Sometimes, they are described as STEAM Toys, the extra A is for Art. These toys help children explore, experiment and learn about STEAM topics through play. Furthermore, they are perfect presents for curious children. Here’s our pick of STEAM Educational Toys. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon.
STEM Toys – Science
First experiments for ages 6+. Includes lots of ‘proper’ kit like test-tubes and goggles for 18 experiments.
Horrible Science Explosive Experiments
Suitable for Ages 8+ but with adult supervision. Create a rocket, erupting volcano, lava lamp and slime.
Primary Science Lab Set
For ages 3+. Hands on science set designed for small hands. Real science experiments.
GALT Magnetic Lab
From John Adams. Suitable for ages 8+. Five glittering projects including Lava Lamp, bath bomb and grow your own crystal necklace.
Really Gross Science
John Adams set. Ten extremely gross science projects. Suitable for ages 7+.
Classic illusion tricks. Twenty fun activities with the science explained too. Ages 7+.
Nat Geographic Volcano Science Kit
Suitable for ages 8+ with adult supervision – Amazon Choice Product – Includes everything you need to create a volcano, paint it, and even make it erupt!
Lie Detector Set
Brainbox Science 10 Minute Challenges
Visual memory game – Developed by a teacher – More subjects in the series – Suitable for ages 7+.
Microscope With 30 Experiments
Suitable for 8+ – 23cm microscope with lenses, colour filters, three magnifications – 30 experiments with full instructions.
Suitable for ages 5+ – See inside the world of worms – Find your own or order them from the manufacturer, order form included.
Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
Suitable for ages 14+ – Features seven crystal growing experiments – They literally grow in front of your eyes!
The Science Of Slime
Tap in to the slime trend – Suitable for ages 8+ – Includes eight different slime experiments.
Grow Your Own Butterfly Garden
Tested and recommended by us – Amazon best-seller – Get caterpillars with voucher March-September.
Earth And Constellations Globe
Squishy Human Body
Amazon Choice Product. Great way to discover the human body. Ages 8-12 years.
STEM Educational Toys – Technology
Boxer The Robot
New AI robot with a big personality. There are many ways to play including tricks and games with a free app to extend play possibilities. Also on the Argos Christmas List 2018.
Botley Coding Robot
On the list of Hero Toys 2018 and eagerly awaited in the UK. Children from 5 years+ can programme Botley to perform a sequence of steps as he avoids obstacles, manoeuvres courses and moves objects.
Suitable for ages 10+. Build your own spider robot.
John Adams Hot Wires
Suitable for ages 8+. Over 100 experiments. Involves light, sound, movement.
Build Your Own Robot Arm
Suitable for ages 14+. Self-assembly kit.
Suitable for ages 10+ – Build walking, talking, thinking robots – Compatible with all other LEGO.
Turns your tablet in to a learning tool – Five award-winning games – Adjusts to the right learning level for ages 5-12 years.
Wind-Up Robot Workshop
Make your own wind-up robots model-making kit – Includes instructions and idea – Suitable for ages 7+.
Amazon Choice Product – Highly advanced robot who remembers his environment and reacts to it and you – Ages 8+ – Requires a compatible device.
Bot Squad Grip Toy
Suitable for ages 4+ – From Wow Wee, makers of the Fingerlings Monkey – 50+ sounds and phrases.
STEM Toys – Engineering
Goldie Blox And The Spinning Machine
Desinged to inspire the next generation of female engineers – Builds spatial skills, engineering principles, problem solving – Ages 7+.
Build Your Own V8 Petrol Engine
Build a fully functional, moterized model of a V8 petrol engine. Ages 10+. Requires batteries.
Build London skyline. Ages 12+. 468 pieces. Compatible with all other LEGO.
GALT Super Marble Run
Wooden Rotating Gears Toy
My First Magformers Set
Design And Drill Set
Suitable for ages 3-7 years. Create a pattern on the design board. Includes design cards but not batteries.
Brio Construction Set
Amazon Choice Product. FSC certified wood. Contains 135 pieces including tools. For ages 3+.
Suitable for ages 10+. 30 cms tall robot featuring AI and customisable programming. Infrared sensors to navigate. Build in 1-3 hours.
K’Nex Roller Coaster
Suitable for ages 8+. Builds a working swing ride and two extra models. Includes 470+ pieces.
STEM Educational Toys – Art
Mould And Paint Glitter Fairies
Amazon Choice Product. Suits ages 5+. Create fridge magnets or badges.
Suitable for ages 3-7 years. Completely mess-free. Does not dry out. Non-toxic. Develops fine motor skills.
Mould And Paint Dinosaur
Suitable for ages 5+. Make your own plaster fridge magnets and badges. Paint with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Create, bake and shrink your very own cupcake jewellery charms. Includes 20 pre-cut shapes. For ages 5+.
John Adams Blo Pens
Create fantastic airbrush pictures. Includes 12 Blo pens, workstation and reusable stencils. Washable and non-toxic. Ages 4+
Crayola Super Tips Washable Pens
Suitable for age 4+ years. Includes 25 Super Tips markers, 40 sheets of paper and a convenient carry case.
Ages 3+. Encourages early development of creativity and motor skills. Includes stampers. No batteries required.
Table-top standing. Double-sided with magnetic whiteboard and blackboard. Includes lots of accessories including marker and magnets. Ages 3+.
Mister Maker Doodle Drawers Art Kit
Suitable for ages 3+. Bumper pack with lots of arts and crafts. Ties in with popular CBeebies show.
Bottle Sand Art Kit
Excellent value gift. Includes four bottles and four bags of sand. For ages 6+.
Timeless gift. Hours of fun. This is the 45 piece set with storage. Suitable for ages 8+.
My Fairy Garden Lilypad Gardens
New from My Fairy Garden. Amazing grow and play kit. The fairies live below the flowers. Indoor or out. For ages 4+ with supervision.
STEM Toys – Maths
Ages 6+. Tested and recommended by us. Helps children visualise the concept of fractions and see mathematical models.
Timeless learning tool. Helps teach maths skills, patterning and colour recognition. Ages 3+.
Orchard Toys Bus Stop Game
Amazon Choice Product. British Made. Ages 4-8 years. Simple addition, subtraction and counting game.
Times Tables Placemat
Tried and tested by us. This is a thing that really works. Put their times tables in front of them at every mealtime!
Sum Swamp Game
Addition and subtraction game. Award-winning game for ages 5+.
Counting Three Bears
Set of 96 bears in three different sizes and weights. Ideal for early counting. Good for colour recognition. For school age children.
GALT Tell The Time Set
For ages 3-6 years. The award-winning listening game that is different every time you play!
ZooBooKoo Maths Cube
Fun way to learn their times tables. Intriguing tactile format. Suitable for ages 6+
Many of these products are available with free delivery via Amazon Prime
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art And Maths
STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Art. So, these toys all have an educational side related to one or more of these areas of learning. Some examples of STEM Toys range from slime making kits to solar robots.
Why are STEM toys important?
In the 21st Century, we live in a world dominated by technology and science. So, helping our children learn to innovate will aid their future success. One way to do this is to make education fun and engaging. This encourages children to explore and experiment. Furthermore, STEM toys help develop important skills like problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.
Why are STEM developmental toys so popular?
There is a trend towards toys and games that contribute to children’s physical and mental development. With rising obesity concerns and increased urbanisation, parents are constantly looking for physical development toys. Recently, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) toys have been favoured by parents who want to ensure that their child will be competitive academically.
Are STEM 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. Now, we call them STEM toys to demonstrate 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.
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