STEM Educational Toys
STEM Toys are a key toy trend. Sometimes, they are described as STEAM Toys, the extra A is for Art. These are educational toys and games help children explore, experiment and learn about science, technology, engineering and construction and maths topics through play. Furthermore, they are perfect presents for curious children. Here’s a selection of the latest STEM toys. Grown-ups – if you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
Teacher-tested maths learning game with 3D mammoths. For ages 5-8 years.
Kinetic Sand Rainbow Mix Set
New set for making surprise rainbow creations. Comes with six tools. For supervised play and ages 3+.
Sphero Mini is an app-controlled robotic ball for ages 8+. It was the winner in the STEM section of How To Spend It Well At Christmas as chosen by the adult tester and got a thumbs up from the kids.
Giant Science Lab
Picked by The Good Toy Guide as one of its Christmas Must Haves 2020. This bumper giant science lab from well-known brand GALT includes 30 fun experiments with full instructions, there’s even a lab coat and play goggles. Suitable for budding scientists aged 6+.
Squeakee Interactive Balloon Dog
One of This Morning’s Top 12 Toys For Christmas 2020 and as seen on How To Spend It Well At Christmas. Meet Squeakee, the electronic balloon dog. He comes to life with over 60 interactive sounds and movements plus lots of cool tricks. For ages 5+.
Botley Coding Robot 2.0
The next generation of the award-winning coding robot Botley. Screen-free coding – no tablet or phone required. For ages 5+. On John Lewis’s list of Top Ten Toys For Christmas 2020.
Disney Frozen 2 Coding Set
Also as seen on How To Spend It Well at Christmas in STEM section. The Disney Frozen 2 Coding Set gets you to build a sensor and then use it to detect 3D hand motions to play with your Frozen powers. This is coding for kids aged 6+. Tablet not included.
Brio Smart Tech Sound
One of the John Lewis Christmas Toys this year is the Brio Smart Tech Sound. For kids aged 3+, this is a 37-piece interactive set with battery-powered ‘record and play’ engine that automatically responds to Smart Tech accessories.
Osmo Genius Starter Set
Award-winning learning games that interact with hand-held pieces and an iPad to bring it all to life. On the Christmas Toy List 2020 from Hamleys. For ages 6-10 years.
Electro Dough Project Kit
From the ‘Tech Will Save Us’ brand. Teaches children aged 4+ about electricity and circuits through fun play.
Science MAD Chemistry Lab
Includes more than 80 experiments for the budding scientist. For ages 10+.
Power Tracks set in the Action Science range from John Adams. Teaches the first steps of coding and circuit building. Includes Volty the easy to code robot. For 5+.
Frightful First Experiments
Includes lots of ‘proper’ science kit like test-tubes and goggles for 18 experiments. Great present from Horrible Science.
Horrible Science Explosive Experiments
Create a rocket, erupting volcano, lava lamp and slime.
Peppa Pig Brainbox
Learning challenges for ages 4+ with everyone’s favourite pig!
Primary Science Lab Set
Hands on science set designed for small hands. Real science experiments.
Create shapes again and again with this amazing magic flowing sand. Sticks together and moulds, as well as flows like beach sand. Lots of sensory/creative play possibilities. Comes in loads of colours and is made in England.
Rock Painting Kit
Rock painting set with non-toxic art supplies and round, flat or oval smooth rocks. For ages 3+.
GALT Magnetic Lab
Five glittering projects including Lava Lamp, bath bomb and grow your own crystal necklace. Good gift for anyone who likes a bit of sparkle.
Gravitrax Starter Set
GraviTrax is an innovative marble run and construction toy for ages 8 years and up. The Starter set comes with over 120 pieces to get you started.
Really Gross Science
Ten extremely gross science projects in this set from John Adams.
Classic illusion tricks. Includes twenty fun activities with the science explained too.
Elmer’s Glitter Slime Set
If you’re starting with slime creative play, it’s a good idea to get a kit. This is one of the best-selling ones on Amazon at the moment. This is a child-friendly formula but always supervise slime making.
Earth And Constellations Globe
Squishy Human Body
Great way to discover the science of the human body. From the Smart Lab brand. Brilliant STEM toy.
Nexo Climbing Robot
Very popular for Christmas 2019, the Nexo Climbing Robot lets you build a gravity-defying robot which will walk vertically up smooth surfaces.
These playful puppy pets bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. Manufacturers’ age-range is 4-8 years. One of Hamleys Top Toys for Christmas 2019 and one of the Top 12 Toys for Christmas from This Morning.
Artie 3000 Robot
Artie is a coding/drawing robot and one of the Hero Toys 2019. The perfect blend of programming, geometry and maths with art. There are four modes of play: pre-programmed shapes, games, art for colouring and freeform coding. Suitable for ages 7+.
Build Your Own Robot Arm
Not only educational but fun too. This set is based on real-life industrial robot arms and requires no tools to assemble. For ages 8+.
Build walking, talking, thinking robots. Compatible with all other sets. Great STEM present for a LEGO fan.
Turns your Ipad in to a learning tool. Includes five award-winning games. Adjusts to the right learning level for ages 5-12 years.
GeoSmart Moon Lander
Create your own Moon Lander using motors and tracks. Suitable for ages 5 and over.
Chosen as runner-up in the Construction category in the BlogOn Toy Awards 2019. STEM magnetic construction set for ages 3+. Watch out because it does have small parts.
SmART Sketcher Projector
Project and sketch with the smart sketcher projector. Choose pre-loaded ‘learn to draw’ pictures or use the free downloadable app to load your own photos, For ages 5+.
Crayola Glitter Dots
All the fun of glitter without the mess! One of the finalists in the Creative Toy Category at the US Toy Of The Year Awards 2019.
Brilliant gift for kids in the 6-9 years age bracket. The ink magically stops at the lines and you can blend colours.
The smART Pixelator lets kids pixelate any design and build 2D or 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity. Encourages STEM learning. There’s 1, 300 Pixel Beads to create 50 step-by-step designs. For ages 7 years and over.
Picks up on the slime toy trend. Completely mess-free. Does not dry out. Non-toxic. Develops fine motor skills.
Spirograph is the design toy that keeps on going. Tried and tested by our family, it gives hours of fun.
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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