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What are Stem Toys?
STEM stands for Science, Math, Technology and Engineering. STEM education not ony focuses on these 4 subjects, but also other ares.
What are the purposes of STEM toys for kids?
Stem toys are for kids to develop skills in science, Math, technology and engineering.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but what STEM education focuses on is much more than these four subjects.
… STEM toys encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They are a great way to reinforce the importance of learning in a fun way.
Why are STEM toys important?
According to the study of Pew Research Centre, STEM workers enjoy a higher pay compared with non-STEM workers with similar levels of education. Those who have received STEM training have a higher income even if they are not working in STEM fields.
And according to a Commerce Department Study, Stem job opportunities have grown at a much faster rate than non-STEM jobs over the last decade and STEM jobs will continue to grow in the next decade.
STEM toys aim to develop these skills—creativity, logic, problem solving, experimentation, and collaboration. Besides, STEM toys enhance self-confidence. These transferable and useful skills will help your children succeed in all types of jobs, not only in STEM.
Why are STEM toys important for girls?
Traditionally, boys have more interests in the science world. Stem toys are also important for girls because STEM toys can change this tradition by developing girls’ interest with different things. Thus, you can see it’s very important to use STEM toys to train your daughters’ problem solving skills and creativity.
The following are the STEM toys I recommend for girls. You may also look at the other ten science toys I recommend here.
1. Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity
Suitable for 5-9 years old
If you want your girls to have completely screen free time, this is an excellent STEM toy.
Booklet has 10 coding activities (in increasing difficulty) to get kids started on coding. With this Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set, children can learn the basics of coding through active play, as young as five.
It’s good for training critical thinking and problem solving skills.
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What can this robot do?
Botley can detect objects and be programmed to go around objects with if/then logic. He can also follow looping commands, take on obstacle courses, follow black lines and unblock hidden features!
- The robot has a cute little voice and sounds so friendly.
- It is easy to set up.
- There is a set of cards so kids can put the “moves” in order to help with the coding.
- Botley was simple to use and understand, but it still provides enough challenge for older student
- It can engage your kids for a few hours.
It requires 5 AAA batteries. It consumes batteries quickly.
2. Mini Explorer Light-up Terrarium Kit for Kids
Suitable for age 6+
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If you want to inspire your girl’s interests in science and nature, this terrarium is a good choice.
Your girls can get away from Ipads, TV screen and work this up.
Through setting the soil, layering the rocks, placing the sand, watering the seeds, finding some sun, and then watching it grow, your child can cultivate a sense of responsibility and learn about plant life.
The Setup Guide was very well done with step by step instructions, including photos for each step.
The vibrant LED light makes a magical, fascinating display.
Your girls can make use of creativity to customize the entire thing to their liking.
3. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Suitable for Age 6+
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Older kids can learn more from it. I recommend this kit because it includes almost everything your girls need to set up some exciting science experiments. The materials and supplies included in this kit are more than enough. Your child can do experiments for multiple times. Don’t worry if you are not good at science. There are step-by-step instructions for each experiment and the detailed science guide included. The science guide will help you answer questions about what’s happening in each experiment. It also explains related concepts of the experiments and gives background information related to each chemical reaction.
What can your girl learn from this kit?
Each experiment takes approx 15 minutes. Your girl will learn about basic and acidic solutions. For example, create a sunset in a test tube, grow colourful, shiny crystals, create a colour-changing volcano, create colour changing liquids, etc.
4. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game
Suitable for Age 8+ (If your daughter has good spatial intelligence, they may also enjoy this at an earlier age. )
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If your girl is into maze, this game is a good choice. It is the award winner of several awards, including prestigious Toy of the Year Award, a Parents Choice Gold Award and more awards.
It is a fun game which develops your girl critical thinking and problem solving skills. It contains 60 challenges from beginner to expert. There is a game grid, 9 towers, 1 target piece, and 3 marbles.
How to play this game?
The aim is to create a maze that will carry a marble from the Start Position to the Target Tower. First, choose a challenge card. Next, set up the towers on the game grid. Then, try to decide where to add the indicated towers to the grid. After that, place the towers in correct positions so that the marble falls into the Target Tower.
- The challenge cards are very easy to read and understand and the solutions on the back of the card are easy to check on your own.
- It is a single player game.
- Great for adults who enjoy playing chess. Grandparents can play with grandchildren.
- It is really easy to replace the battery in that laser-piece. The batteries are AG13, or LR44.
It is a little difficult to remove the path pieces from the game box. To pop them out, you may have to remove the plastic liner and push them out from behind.
It’s difficult to always check your work accurately because pieces do not pop and stay easily into the game grid often. You may find that sometimes pieces do not light up because they do not stay in the game grid.
5. Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets, 4 Rockets and Rocket Launcher
Suitable for age 6+
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I would highly recommend this outdoor STEM toy. It can be a great party game. This toy is an award winner of Creative Child Top Toy of the Year Award, Creative Child Seal of Excellence, Creative Child Preferred Choice Award and winner of the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids.
What can your child learn from this toy?
Your girl can learn various physics concepts, e.g. trajectory, gravity, force and so on.
No batteries are required.
Two kids can play with this together and see which one goes higher.
Easy to set up by children.
The stand is sturdy, it doesn’t fall apart and fall over.
Safe for all ages. It does not hurt anyone.
500 square feet is the recommended area to play this.
It can go up to 30 – 40 feet.
6. ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game
Suitable for age 8+
This toy is very popular worldwide. It is a good brain practice for your child. There are 40 puzzles, from beginner to expert. Each puzzle takes about 5-10 minutes to solve, depends on the level of your kids.
This toy is an award winner of a MENSA Select Award, Oppenheim Platinum Award, a Toy of the Year nomination and so on.
What can your kids learn?
This toy can train your girls critical thinking skills.
The game pieces and board are made out of solid plastic yet they’re light and durable.
Enjoyable for all ages. It can be an awesome toy for your students and seniors who want to starve off dementia.
Easy to understand manual. Answers are at the back of the cards.