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 STEM Toys in all categories. Please check age recommendations carefully. If you can’t find any locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure].
Educational Science Toys – STEM Toys
Science MAD Chemistry Lab
Voted Best Educational Toy in the BlogOn Toy Awards 2019. Includes more than 100 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.
Primary Science Lab Set
Hands on science set designed for small hands. Real science experiments.
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.
Really Gross Science
Ten extremely gross science projects in this set from John Adams.
Classic illusion tricks. Twenty fun activities with the science explained too.
Nat Geographic Volcano Science Kit
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 focusing on science.
Microscope With 30 Experiments
A 23cm microscope with lenses, colour filters, three magnifications. Includes 30 scientific experiments with full instructions.
See inside the world of worms. Find your own or order them from the manufacturer, order form included. Great STEM present.
Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
For teenagers. Features seven crystal growing experiments. They literally grow in front of your eyes!
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.
Technology STEM Educational Toys
Star Wars D-O Interactive Droid
One of This Morning’s Top Twelve Toys For Christmas. The D-O Interactive Droid has a self-balancing wheel, multiple modes of play, moving head and antennas. Features light-up LED eyes and sound effects
Harry Potter Coding Kit
Looks set to be one of the Must Have Toys 2019. New from Kano is the Harry Potter Coding Kit where you build a wand that responds to your movements. Tablet is not included and you’ll need to check the tech requirements before purchasing. Chosen as Best Coding Toy in the annual awards from parenting website Made For Mums. For ages 6+.
Nexo Climbing Robot
New for Autumn 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. Kids code along with their new pets’ storybook adventure. In addition to following along with the storybook’s coding challenges, you can also use the pet playset to design your own code games and more. 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. Includes three project cards, drag and drop visual programming interface built right in, and four thin, washable, felt-tip, coloured pens. Suitable for ages 7+.
Tech Will Save Us Coding Kit
Learn how to code with this introduction to technology set. For ages 11+.
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. Would make a great present. On the Argos Christmas List 2018.
Easy to use colour changing robot for ages 3+. Winner of The Toy Awards awards 2018.
Botley Coding Robot
Toy Of The Year award winner 2019. Children from 5 years+ can programme Botley to perform a sequence of steps as he avoids obstacles, manoeuvres courses and moves objects. Great gift for Christmas.
John Adams Hot Wires
Over 100 experiments. Involves light, sound, movement.
Build Your Own Robot Arm
Self-assembly kit for teenagers. Endless possibilities with this gift.
Build walking, talking, thinking robots. Compatible with all other sets. Great STEM present for a LEGO fan.
Turns your tablet in to a learning tool. Includes 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 ideas. Great present for kids who love robots.
Bot Squad Grip Toy
From WowWee, makers of the Fingerlings Monkey. Includes 50+ sounds and phrases.
Engineering STEM Toys
GeoSmart Flip Bot
Winner of Best Toy Vehicle in the Made For Mums awards 2019. STEM toy where you build your own remote control vehicle with snap-in motors and magnetic pieces. For ages 5+.
Gravitrax Starter Set XXL
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.
Magformers Mastermind Deluxe
New Magformers set for ages 3+. Includes 115 pieces and loads of construction possibilities for active minds.
Build Your Own V8 Petrol Engine
Build a fully functional, moterized model of a V8 petrol engine.
Build London skyline includes 468 pieces. Compatible with all other LEGO. Great gift for LEGO fans.
GALT Super Marble Run
Wooden Rotating Gears Toy
My First Magformers Set
Design And Drill Set
Great STEM present for ages 3-7 years. Create a pattern on the design board. Includes design cards but not batteries.
Brio Construction Set
Brio is a brilliant brand for wooden construction. Uses FSC certified wood. Contains 135 pieces including tools.
Meccano toys are still going strong. This set has a 30 cms tall robot featuring AI and customisable programming. Infrared sensors to navigate. Build in 1-3 hours.
K’Nex Roller Coaster
Builds a working swing ride and two extra models. Includes 470+ pieces.
STEM Educational Toys – Art
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.
Little Brian Art Station
Solid paints that twist up and down like a glue stick.
New creative colouring set from John Adams. We think this is a brilliant gift for kids in the 6-9 years age bracket. The ink magically stops at the lines and you can blend colours.
New STEM toy that looks like being a hit for Christmas 2019. The smART PIXELATOR lets kids pixelate any design and build 2D or 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity. Encourages STEAM learning. There’s 1, 300 Pixel Beads to create 50 step-by-step designs. For ages 7 years and over.
GALT First Pottery
Great starter pottery set with air-drying clay for ages 6+.
Mould And Paint Glitter Fairies
Create fridge magnets or badges. Lovely art gift for a fan of fairies.
Picks up on the slime toy trend. Completely mess-free. Does not dry out. Non-toxic. Develops fine motor skills.
Mould And Paint Dinosaur
Kids craft set to make your own plaster fridge magnets and badges. Paint with glow-in-the-dark paint. Great STEM present for a birthday party.
Create, bake and shrink your very own cupcake jewellery charms with this lovely kids craft set. Includes 20 pre-cut shapes.
John Adams Blo Pens
Create fantastic airbrush pictures. Includes 12 Blo pens, workstation and reusable stencils. Washable and non-toxic. Great present.
Crayola Super Tips Washable Pens
Includes 25 Super Tips markers, 40 sheets of paper and a convenient carry case.
Encourages early development of creativity and motor skills. Great creative present. Includes stampers.
Table-top standing. Double-sided with magnetic whiteboard and blackboard. Includes lots of accessories including marker and magnets.
Spirograph is a craft toy that keeps on going. Timeless gift. Hours of fun. This is the 45 piece set with storage.
My Fairy Light Up Garden
New grow and play creative craft kit from My Fairy Garden. Includes lights.
STEM Toys – Maths
Tested and recommended by us. Helps children visualise the concept of fractions and see mathematical models. Great educational gift for maths learners.
Timeless learning tool. Helps teach maths skills, patterning and colour recognition. A present that is not only educational but looks good too.
Orchard Toys Bus Stop Game
Educational STEM game that uses simple addition, subtraction and counting. Orchard Toys games make great presents.
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+
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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