Have you prepared Christmas gifts for kids this year? Toy manufacturers are incorporating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into more and more toys and this holiday season there are hundreds of top STEM toys to choose from. These STEM toys feature open-ended play that will have your child constructing, engineering, exploring and experimenting for hours on end. If you would like to introduce your child to coding, circuitry, robotics and other math and science concepts check out this list. Then bring on the next generation of innovators!
Snap Circuits teach your children the basic principles of electricity through a series of fun projects. These circuits snap together and can be easily modified, with minor tweaks, to create new circuitry experiments. Even the most basic sets allow children to create hundreds of different projects. It includes snap wires, switches, alarms, a music integrated circuit and speaker. Snap Circuits, Jr. will appeal to younger children. Each piece is color coded and easy to identify.
Meccano Meccasaur is a three foot dinosaur robot kit designed for children. Children will spend hours building this dinosaur following step by step instructions similar to those provided by brands like Lego. After construction the dinosaur will respond to petting, answer yes or no questions, stomp around and roar. This toy is intended for children ages 10 and older.
Do you have a budding scientist in your home? If so, this hands on learning kit includes a wide selection of science experiments including creating sticky ice, measuring pH, performing chromatography, creating slime, forming a bouncy ball, making a milk rainbow, exploding a volcano and learning about density. This fun bus-shaped kit comes packed with fifty one colorful experiment cards and a data notebook to record observations. It is intended for children aged 5 – 12.