Top 15 STEM Toys your Kids need in 2016
Best STEM Toys 2016-2017, Kids love toys, but parents want the Christmas gifts they get their kids to come with the added advantage of doubling up as STEM learning aids. The great news is that with the list of STEM toys currently available, you won’t be short of fun, entertaining and educative Christmas toys to get your children this year.
Most likely, STEM learning isn’t something new you are hearing about and most schools already incorporate it into their curriculum’s. STEM learning encourages open-ended learning methods that are structured to get kids encouraged about science, engineering technology and math.
As a parent, you can help your kids use their minds critically during play by getting them some of the STEM toys currently available. Need ideas on what to get them; have a look at our top 15 STEM toys your kids need in 2016.
Kids First Science Laboratory Kit
Science is both fun and challenging, and your kids might find approach it as one or the other. To excel in science, you want to nurture your child’s interest in it and the Kids First Science Laboratory Kit is precisely what you need.
The inventive kit is designed to ignite your child’s curiosity and imagination with tools aimed at promoting open-ended knowledge experiences. The 24-piece kit includes a colorful 16-page parent guide and 10 experiment cards that are illustrated. The experiment tool pieces are large and all made of plastic, but the kit is ideal for children above 3.
Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
It is never too early to teach your kids just about anything, and coding is one of those things that you can teach them early on. The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set will have your kids coding in no time.
The set is structured to have kids solving puzzles and coding, with colorful tools and a nifty programmable mouse to work with! The mouse has directional push buttons that can be programmed for the mouse to follow a set path in a created maze searching for cheese. The mouse comes with two speed features and it lights up when it finds the cheese. The set is ideal for children above 5.
Build & Imagine: Marine Rescue Center
Encouraging your child to use their imagination in creative ways starts them on a path towards inventiveness. The Build & Imagine: Marine Rescue Center building set is what your child needs to get their creative juices flowing.
The set comes with 48 colorful illustrated magnetic construction pieces, which allow your child to use their imagination to custom build a Marine Rescue Center. With a 15 dual-sided wall including 6 trilateral triangles and 9 squares, kids can tell stories based on their imagination.
It also comes complete with animals, wooden characters as well as magnetic clothes to dress them up and accessories for the panel walls and dolls. It is ideal for children between 4 to 8 years old.
Osmo Starter Kit
If your kids spend so much time fixated on screens (smartphones and tablets), you can easily turn it to a play-learning experience using the Osmo Starter Kit.
The Osmo kit was designed to nurture hands-on problem solving and creativity in kids. It features 4 games including the famous Tangram visual thinking game, a Words puzzle game, Masterpiece drawing game and the Newton problem solving game.
Osmo is also one of those kits that will draw in anyone and offers for a great family game option, even where WiFi isn’t available.
The kit also comes with a base that is compatible with all iPads to bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds. It is suitable for children from 6 going up.
Goobi 110 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet
Building and construction type of play helps develop children’s motor skills as well as shape their creativity. The Goobi Construction set was designed as a STEM learning aid, and it comes highly recommended as one of the Christmas gifts to get your kids this year.
The set comes with 110 pieces including 56 bars, 21 interlocking tripod pieces, 33 balls and an illustrated 32-page instruction booklet. The set enables children to construct diverse 3D structures with the help of the instruction booklet and by simply using their imagination. It is ideal for children above 3.
Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set
Most of us played with marbles as kids, but not quite like the kind that come with the Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set.
The set comes with 85 Marble Run translucent pieces, designed to give your kids a front row seat to all the action. It includes 15 Glass Marbles and 8 bases, 3 of which are large, to offer maximum stability. The marbles are standard sized which is 5/8 inches.
The set is comparable with other Marbulous Run Toys such as the Marble Run 60-piece Starter Set and the 125-piece Extreme Set. Get this set for your kids above the age of 3.
LittleBits Rule Your Room Kit
For that budding engineer you have at home LittleBits Rule Your Room Kit is the best Christmas gift to get them this year.
The kit is deigned to help kids develop problem-solving and engineering skills by building interactive creations. The kit comes with an invention guide to build 8 inventions, but it allows kids to use their imaginations and customize just about any other toy they own! It is recommended for kids above 8.
Want to get your kids a toy that you can use with them? Think Fun’s Gravity Maze is what to get.
The logic puzzle game comes with 60 challenges, in the form of challenge cards, ranging from beginner level to expert levels. The set also includes a game grid, 3 marbles and a target piece. You will definitely enjoy creating mazes to carry marbles from one tower to another with your kids! It is ideal for kids’ aged 8 and above.
National Geographic Dual Microscope Science Lab
Who doesn’t love microscopes? Well your kids definitely will love the National Geographic Dual Microscope.
This microscope will astonish you with its high quality and dual viewing capabilities as well as ability to view 3D objects. It comes complete with two lights, optical glasses and with 20X and 50X lenses magnifications. Some of the other accessories it comes with include 10 prepped slides and blank slides (10), 23-slide storage boxes, eyedropper, mini geode, tweezers, dust cover and an instructions manual. The Brine Shrimp test could be the selling point, with brine shrimp eggs provided with a hatchery station and petri dish allowing your child to watch them grow! This is a great Christmas gift for children above 3.
K’NEX Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set
Get that up-and-coming filmmaker started off in their filming career with the K’NEX Mighty Makers Director’s Cut Building Set.
Might Makers are the developers of this story-based building set, which features Lily and her beloved pet dog Zoom. The 320-piece set includes 308 colorful pieces such as a camera, clapperboard, theatre chairs, graphic panels and a hoop.
Lily and Zoom will help your child direct their very own theater or film shows. Smartphone and tablets can be used to record movies, with attachment provisions included with the kit. The set is ideal for children from 7 and above.
Piper Computer Kit
The Piper Computer Kit is the handcrafted computer kit that allows your child to build their very own computer.
The wooden-cased computer comes with an HD LCD monitor, and features challenges as well as hardware components. It is comes with a Custom Pi Minecraft adventure and is Wifi enabled allow downloading of new levels. The computer comes with 1gb of RAM with a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU.
Some of the other accessories it comes with include a 8GB SD card, a Piper screwdriver, USB mouse and a laminated 8sq foot blueprint instruction manual.
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game definitely is amongst the list of best STEM toys 2016. Kids love video games and a chance to build their own is absolutely cool!
The set comes with a combination of digital and physical tools to enable your child to build their own video game. It includes sample designs, 320 blocks and a 13 by 13 inch Game board.
It works with Bloxels free Builder app enabling your child’s creations to come to digital life. Kids can tell their imaginative stories using characters they make up and even design how the characters use with Bloxels.
The best thing about it is the ability to share created games with other fellow gamers for content remixing.
Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Electronics Discovery Kit
Learning electronics can be a ‘snap’ with the Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Electronics Discovery Kit.
The kit allows kids to build more than 150 projects using 50 Snap parts that are designed to quickly and easily ‘snap’ together with no tools needed. The kit is compatible with past Snap-Circuits offering even more possibilities to create limitless projects. The kit is ideal for children aged 8 and above.
Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer will teach your kids how to code in a fun way. It includes video game challenges and puzzles that you kid plays to learn coding.
It comes with an innovative gamepad with sensors that control the game and allow kids to write new programs and applications. A 64-page experimental manual is provided with instructions to create projects such as finger movement controlled LED disco lights.
Code Gamer works in collaboration with the open-source Aduino Programming language and Kosmos app available on smartphones and tablets. It is ideal for children aged 10 and above.
XYZprinting da Vinci miniMaker 3D Printer
The da Vinci miniMaker 3D Printer also easily makes it on the list of best STEM toys 2016. Your kids will love the world of inventiveness that comes with this printer.
The printer comes with auto loading filament system and auto calibration, making it very easy to use and maintain. It features a sizeable aluminum print bed (5.9 by 5.9 by 5.9 inches) allowing kids to make large objects.
Using XYZ 3D gallery available online kids can download models to print out or create their own personalized designs using the XYZ maker software. An XYZ STEAM 3D Printing Education Curriculum is available to teach your child everything they need to know about using the 3D printer.
Support STEM Learning
It is important for parents to play a role in getting kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Technology keeps advancing and parents need to have a hand in nurturing a generation of problem-solvers and critical thinkers. This shouldn’t be a tall order, because there are selections of STEM toys available that cater to this need.
The STEM toys often include instruction manuals, which parents should go through and use to help their kids started in building and creating the different innovations. This also opens up an avenue for parents to interact with their children in a fun and educative way.
Deciding to get your children STEM toys means that you are investing in them and their future. How many times has your child asked how something works and you weren’t able to give them a worthwhile answer? STEM toys will come to rescue and help answer some of your kid’s hard questions about how things work. Most STEM toys focus on demystifying technology and engineering, which are often thought to be incomprehensible.
With STEM, you are literally paving the way for your child’s possible future in the fields of computer, natural sciences or robotics.
Now go ahead and start shopping for those Christmas toys. With our selection of 15 of the top STEM toys this year, you are bound to put a smile on your kid’s face with one of these picks. If anything, you now have a timeless-proof list ready for upcoming birthdays and other gift-deserving occasions at hand.