A Guide to Buying STEM Toys

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A Guide to Buying STEM Toys

What is a good STEM toy?

As mentioned in our previous blog post, encouraging the love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) can be done at a young age through toys. Though the fanciful sounding name, STEM toys can be simple and found everywhere.

According to child development experts, here is a guide as to what to look for STEM toys.

1. Interactive

The process of creating or building something, taking it apart and rebuilding it in a new way, can inspire more learning development and enhanced maturation. This could be anything from assembling a face on a Mr. Potato Head or racing toy trains over a track made out of blocks, to hosting a picnic for dolls and stuffed animals.

The basic principle is that kids are actively conducting their own science and understanding how things work. They’re not passive in receiving information, and there aren’t adults giving top down direction. STEM toys can be used to get children involved in making things.

2. Age appropriate

Resist the urge to buy toys meant for an older child. Age recommendations exist as they determine what will be safe and developmentally appropriate for kids to play with.

3. Of interest to your child

If your child doesn’t want to play, the greatest STEM toys in the world won’t be of much value. Observe what types of toys and games your child gravitates toward and follow your child’s lead. If your kid enjoys playing with blocks, for example, stock up on building or construction toys, which teach basic engineering concepts.

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