Summer break is a great time to let kids’ imaginations run wild. But it doesn’t hurt to pick toys that expose them to engineering and math, without them even realizing it! Here are some awesome and fun toys that will help your little engineers learn all sorts of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts.
Goldieblox and the Spinning Machine
A dual toy-book set, featuring Goldie, a young inventor. Kids read the story of Goldie’s adventure, and then build a simple machine to help Goldie solve the problem described in the story.
K’Nex Education – Forces, Energy, and Motion
This 442 piece set allows young engineers (ages 10+) to build machines and vehicles and test theories of force and motion, using batteries, gears, and more. Includes instructions and a teacher’s CD.
Mudwatt allows you to grow a fuel cell which powers a small LED light. It also offers experiment ideas (like adding Gatorade), to expand the power cell.
Gears! Gears! Gears!
Perfect for ages 3 and up – this toy introduces children to building, sorting, counting, and the basic physics of how gear movement works.
Lift the Flap Computers and Coding
This book teaches the basics of coding, with hundreds of flaps to lift, revealing tons of data about computers and how they operate. Sure to keep kids of all ages engaged.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
This real robot comes to life when coded via apps available on Android or Apple. Perfect for kids ages 8+, who will love making the robot dance, light up, and more!
Real electrical parts (battery operated in this case) provide kids age 7+ with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits
The Take-A-Part Airplane comes with tools (including a small power drill) and pieces to allow kids to assemble their own toy. They can then take it apart, and put it back together again, allowing curious minds to explore how small pieces work together as a whole. Ages 3+
Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set
Introduce kids ages 5+ to the fun of coding and puzzle solving. Use the easy controls to program the mouse to follow a maze they create, and find the cheese! A great way to introduce younger kids to coding.