Science (STEM) Toys, Kits & Games for the young, creative minds. Science is an important subject which plays an important role in our lives, and it’s best learned by seeing things in reality. Learning STEM subjects can be challenging, and even more challenging is to teach these concepts to kids in a manner that they will easily understand. These STEM toys and Science kits will help kids understand useful STEM concepts.
Introduction to STEM
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.
Why is STEM Education Important?
The STEM subjects cover almost everything that are important in our lives. Science helps us understand our natural world likes, sun, moon, earth, weather, nature, animals, human beings etc. Technology includes our gadgets, T.V., smartphones, computers etc. Engineering involves roads, bridges, transportation, buildings etc. and Math helps in banks, shops, tax, budget etc.
Studies suggest that countries with a workforce that is well-trained in the various STEM disciplines tend to be among the more economically developed countries. Expertise in STEM usually creates the next generation of innovators & thinkers, and innovation invariably helps boost the economy.
Every country needs more people who are trained in STEM fields, and STEM fields tend to be among the more rewarding professions. People with STEM related jobs tend to have higher wages.
However, in recent years, it has been observed that fewer students are focusing on STEM subjects with even fewer high school students showing interest in a STEM career.
As a result, efforts are being taken to help students understand these disciplines to prepare them for a much competitive environment of tomorrow.
Educators are trying to engage and encourage students through experimental learning activities, which also helps bring out the innovative side of students who are compelled to understand issues and come up with creative solutions for the problem.
STEM toys can play an important part in experimental learning and help generate curiosity in these subjects.
Make your child learn science through toys & games
Educational Toys, Books, Software, Games are useful supplementary resources that parents and educators can use to further their child’s educational development.
STEM toys, in particular, allow kids to conduct hands-on science experiments to explore various scientific elements, which is a great way to learn useful science concepts at an early age.
There are several science toys (Battery-powered robots, educational solar kits, electronic games and more) that help your child learn new things – fixing parts, making a plane, stethoscope, magnets, etc. that helps the child to learn important science concepts (basics of electromagnetism, magnetism, electricity, etc). These help kids apply the theories learned at school thereby reinforcing important concepts.
Science is fun to learn when taught using do it yourself (DIY) kits where they can make working models of objects. Kids, being curious, love finding out how things work, love doing hands-on projects. Teachers/educators, on the other hand, love to see kids/students excited about these activities while preparing them for a techy future.
As a result, STEM toys are not only perfect for home use but can also be used in school, for homeschooling, and for after school projects.
These toys and games are good for overall development of a child as they are encouraged to understand the process and also come up with innovative solutions to life problems. By using these toys, parents can trigger curiosity and interest among kids in these subjects.
Types of STEM Toys & Games
Here are some cool Toys which will ensure that science remains a fun topic all the time.
- Start scientific conversations with your kids
- Excellent introduction to Science and Electronics
- Provide hours of quality time for your kids
- Some of the activities may require direct parent involvement
Telescope shaped Projector
View all 12 Zodiac constellations from your room with a telescope shaped projector. The constellations can be projected onto any surface in three different modes: celestial, connected and illustrated. It also projects the sun, moon and planets. A red LED at the back of the projector lets you read the activity book in the dark.
A pocket telescope and microscope combines twp scientific instruments in one! Use the whole ‘pen style’ unit as a telescope to view distant objects at 8X magnification. To take a closer look at bugs and objects, remove the end to reveal a mini telescope boosting 30X magnification.
Artie Drawing Robot: Children can tell “Artie 3000” how to create a picture, and he will draw it for them. With Artie, children will use both sides of their brain to learn about geometry, shapes and more. Just connect your computer or tablet to Artie using his built-in wifi and see the robot unleash its creativity.
Toco Construction Set is an 86-piece magnetic construction set with several different ways to build. The main model is of a little creature named Toco. The pieces go together easily and are easy to twist and change, depending on what kids want to create next. Kids will have fun building Toco and changing up his look.
Throw, roll or pull the ball of colourful joints and watch as the spherical web expands and contracts. This series of colourful flexible joints open and close when pushed and pulled, making an expanding ball toy that’s incredibly addictive to play with.
More Categories of Science Toys
Early Development Science Toys
Physics Science Kits
Earth Sciences & Geology Science Kits
Chemistry Science Kits
Biology Science Kits
Archaeology & Paleontology Kits
DIY STEM Activities
Here are some STEM related activities (for kids aged 4+) that you can do at home, which should get your children interested in STEM topics.
Blowing water on wax paper experiment is a fun project that not only entertains but also explains the concept of surface tension and bonding properties of water molecules. Even if your child is too small to understand the science behind it, you can still get them to try it out because it is so much fun. All you need is a straw, waxed paper and an eye dropper or a spoon.
Steps: Place the wax paper on a flat surface and drop water droplet on it. Use the straw to blow the water on the wax paper and watch it move or break into smaller water droplets. You can also suck it back and blow them out again.
You can explore pictures and videos of NASA missions, with your child, on the iPad or the computer. Download the Star Walk app and teach your child about stars and constellations etc.
You can ask children to make their own boat using junk items like straw, cans etc. and once done, you can put it in a tub of water to test or race it. You could also ask children to make straw bridges etc.
Read: Top Tech Toys for Kids
Math ProjectsTo develop your child’s interest in math, create fun projects like shape hunt, wherein you can hide various geometry shapes in different places in the room or house and give the kids a picture of the shapes which they are supposed to hunt for. A fun hunting math game. Or create a fun subtraction and addition game with your child’s favorite food items like cereal or fruit etc.
There are plenty of other creative home projects that you can try out which are based on STEM education to introduce them to STEM at an early age. You can check out more projects online or refer to books for the same.
Lately, there has been a growing call to add ‘Art and Design’ to the science-related disciplines (STEM to STE’A’M). Art and design enhance creativity and is an important part of innovation, hence the need to include it.
Related: Arts for Children
Thames & Kosmos STEM Toys and Science Kits
Thames & Kosmos are experts in making educational STEM toys and kits for home-schoolers, and their portfolio includes products such as Electricity & Magnetism kits, Remote Control Machines kits, Air & Water Power kits, and more.
Thames & Kosmos Electricity & Magnetism kit
For kids aged eight+ and budding physicists, this kit allows kids to conduct over 60 experiments with circuits and magnetic contraptions as they learn about electricity and magnetism.
Signature Series Remote Control Machines
For kids aged eight and above, this kit allows kids (and adults alike) to assemble ten models, demonstrating various ways in which motors can be used. Kids can also create their own remote control creations. These machines have extraordinary quality and sturdiness.
Thames & Kosmos Air & Water Power kit
This kit allows kids (aged 8+) to build their own models powered by air and water pressure, helping them learn the laws of physics. Build air-and-water-powered systems: water-jet propelled cars, hydro-pneumo powered engines, and more.
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