STEM toys have grown in popularity as parents and schools are recognizing the importance of hands-on science, technology, engineering and math education opportunities. With Christmas just a week away, it is “crunch time” for those on your holiday list. If you are searching for last minute STEM toys check out the list below for some inspiration.
Legos are the original STEM toys. Whether you are gifting a box of Duplos (for younger children), classic Lego pieces, a Creator Kit, a Robotics Kit or a Coding Set this toy is always a hit. Children of all ages learn problem-solving, communication, collaboration, engineering and design with Legos. The creativity and imagination that goes into building with Legos helps students in all aspects of their education, best of all, they are learning through hands-on play.
This award-winning magnetic building set is fun for all ages. From the youngest children who are learning shapes, to older children that are learning about 3D structures—this toy brings these concepts to life. Magna-Tiles encourage creativity, allow kids to explore science concepts (with magnets), develop fine-motor skills and teach critical thinking.
A popular classroom engineering challenge is to build a marble maze. In the classroom, a marble maze can be made of anything from paper plates to carboard cutouts. Marble mazes are an excellent engineering tool and really challenge students’ problem-solving techniques. Finishing the maze and watching the marble race down the track is a gratifying experience for children. There are marble maze kits available for children based on age and skill level.
STEM Subscription Box
STEM subscription boxes are very popular. Each month a box is delivered to your door and it contains fun activities that focus on a central theme—i.e. robotics, chemistry, plant life cycles. The activities are tailored by age and provide a hands-on opportunity to dig deeper into concepts. See 12 STEM subscription box options here.
As a company that regularly utilizes 3D printing technology in business and as an education tool with our 3D Academy, we had to include a 3D printer on this list. This is an ultimate engineering gift. There are a number of at-home 3D printer options available on the market today, and we suggest reading reviews to find the option that will work best for the gift recipient.
3D printing technology is making its way into schools, and chances are that many students have at least heard of the technology. A 3D printer is a way of bringing designs to life—whether you are creating jewelry, ornaments or replacement parts—the design options are truly endless.
We hope that these STEM toys have sparked an idea to help you find that perfect holiday gift.
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