Summer may be over for most and that means back to school. While kids are learning in the classroom, that doesn’t mean they need to stop learning at home. We aren’t saying that they need to be studying all the time, but having fun and engaging toys that instill STEM skills in such a way that kids won’t even know they’re learning as they play is a treat for any child! Here are some of our favorites:
Magformers Curve 20Pc Set
Design and build organic structures with curved 3D magnetic shapes with the all-new Curve 20Pc Set from Magformers. Arriving with six geometric shapes, use Squares, Arches, Sectors, Cones, Spheres, Super Arches and Super Sectors to build balls, towers and so much more! Create free-form structures and combine your design with all Magformers shapes to see where your imagination will take you. MSRP $39.99; ages 3+
This amazing toy helps your kids think outside the box and create some amazing structures. We were busy for hours playing around with this and it’s a favorite in our house for kids and adults alike.
Thames & Kosmos Mechanical Engineering: Robotic Arms
Build six mechanical models of the types of arms, grabber claws and legs found on robotic machines. Explore mechanical engineering principles firsthand as you assemble and play with the working models. The robotic arms use a pneumatic system, which uses air pressure to activate the models. Pump air and flick the switch to operate the model. Construct a pivoting robotic laboratory arm with gripper claw or build a vertical three-fingered claw that can lift a cup off the table! Learn how pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used in industrial robots to enable the robots to manipulate heavy objects such as automobile components. MSRP $59.95; ages 7+
With 6 models to build with this one kit, you have an endless array of STEM projects. See what you can build the then pick up or move with your arm. It’s a ton of fun and we had so much fun building this as a family. Well made and durable, worth every penny you are going to spend on this toy.
Beasts of Balance
Beasts of Balance is an award-winning augmented reality stacking game of dexterity, strategy and creation. Players take on the role of Divine Creators, tasked to play solo or with friends to build worlds and reach high scores by stacking magical Artefacts into incredible towers. But this is no standard dexterity game – everything added to the tower interacts with a world that evolves on a wirelessly connected digital device. To succeed, players have to keep their tower and the ecosystem of their world in balance, stacking all 24 pieces and caring for the virtual beasts they create. MSRP $99; ages 7+
I know, you are thinking $99 for a game. This is so much more than a game. Get the kids thinking while they are having fun and they will not even realize how much they are learning! Carries beyond the gameboard thanks to the digital interface.