STEM is a definite buzzword when it comes to early childhood education these days. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These core competencies are believed to support later success if learned in early childhood.
Choosing toys that help develop these skills young helps them learn to explore their environments and be curious about the world around them. Confidence in curiosity as children is the foundation of continued curiosity into adulthood.
These are our top picks for toys that help spark these skills and are also fun.
This amazing brand has a huge variety of options for STEM development. You can find their toys online on Amazon or at most Target stores.
Look for options like the Magnetic Human Body Anatomy kit where kids ages 3 and up can mix and match magnetic pieces and learn about the different systems in the body.
Build fine motor skills and beginning engineering exposure with the Take-Along Tool Kit. This sturdy wooden kit allows kids to ratchet, screw, and hammer pegs into the carrying case. You can continue this theme by using the Construction Set in a Box and boost interest in free building.
The glory is in the simplicity of these amazing flat magnet blocks. You can build a number of different structures from simple houses to impressive skyscrapers all held together by magnets.
Not only do they teach building but can be used to learn about two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes and basic colors as well. All this while also learning about the principles of magnets, spatial reasoning, and symmetry.
They even have a glow-in-the-dark tileset!
This little guy is the cutest ever. He is a little rolling caterpillar and your little one gets to program his route from start to finish.
With simple turning knobs to select whether the caterpillar will go forward, turn, sing, or talk your child will have tons of fun mapping out routes and trying not to run into anything.
This is a great one even for the smallest of fingers with its simple design and durability.
The LEGO starter set, Duplo, is still a winner in our book. They’re inexpensive and the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity.
Depending on the set you get you can also learn about numbers, letters, and simple machines as well. With the endless customization, these become hours of imagination play for your little one.
These kits turn your little one into the little scientist they could be one day and show them real miracles of science.
In their Break Open Geodes Kit your young learner gets to break open their own stone and see the beauty of the crystals inside. Some kits allow you to uncover fossils in their own mini archaeological dig.
They also have kits like kinetic sand and a gemstone mine.
The simplicity of the Rolimate sets brings back nostalgia for vintage wooden toys of the past. There are options like simple xylophones and shape matching games that take you from birth to around 2.
One of the coolest sets encourages the player to hit wooden balls with a mallet and send them down a musical ramp for a gratifying payoff after their success.
Infants love color, sound, and hitting things and these toys have all three.
Here at Little Legends Learning Academy, we are excited to have a part in shaping the minds and hearts of your children. Through our Christ first approach, we encourage creative and imaginative play that boosts enthusiasm about learning.
We let them play because play is how children learn. Couple that with age-appropriate reading and teaching and you have yourself a phenomenal headstart in the world. We utilize a number of different STEM type toys in our play and understand the importance of building a level of comfort in these subjects.
We hope this list of the best STEM toys for kids has helped you in your search and please come on by and check us out whenever you would like. We look forward to meeting you and your little one.
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