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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?

STEM TOYS For girls

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

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Botley the Coding Robot Activity

 

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!

Pros

  1. The robot has a cute little voice and sounds so friendly.
  2. It is easy to set up.
  3. There is a set of cards so kids can put the “moves” in order to help with the coding.
  4. Botley was simple to use and understand, but it still provides enough challenge for older student
  5. It can engage your kids for a few hours.

 

Reminder

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.

Materials inside this kit

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.

 

 

Pros

  1. 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.
  2. It is a single player game.
  3. Great for adults who enjoy playing chess. Grandparents can play with grandchildren.
  4. It is really easy to replace the battery in that laser-piece. The batteries are AG13, or LR44.

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game

 

 

Cons

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.

 

 

Pros

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.

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Reminder

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.

Pros 

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.

 

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10 thoughts on “Stem Toys for girls”

  1. Ali says:

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the best stem toys for girls and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    1. Fiona says:

      Ali, thanks for your compliment! I will add a lot more recommendations later in this article. I will send you an email and notify you late. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed reading this article. I hope my sharing can help you.

  2. Claire Watsons says:

    I always buy Stem toys for my 5-year-old girl and she finds them as fun as her dolls. She has ever played with a coding robot that is similar to the one that is recommended on this website.

    1. admin says:

      Which coding robot did your girl play?

  3. charles says:

    Education is a necessary tool for children, thanks for sharing those 4 STEM with me, I’d like to choose “Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set” to my child, because of learning coding is a trend in future, as well as promote problem-solving skills while playing and having fun.

  4. Dada says:

    I used to think that STEM is just a gimmick from the government. After reading this article, I know much more about STEM and its good points in education. I am even more interested in those STEM toys, too.😂😂

  5. Anne-Sophie says:

    Hi Fiona! What a great article. Thank you. I did not know most of these toys/games. I think it is so important to teach coding to girls and boys at school. I wish I had that in my youth. I don’t know if you like Escape Games, but some of them are now dedicated to children. Take care.

    1. admin says:

      You are welcome. Anne. Coding is very important now. Escape games, Yes, I have heard of that before. But I don’t know exactly what this is.

  6. Karen Hardy says:

    Brilliant!!! I have a niece who doesn’t like being in a dress or playing with dolls and why should she !! She will love these! It’s good to know that girls are being given a choice of toys and not just being given dolls and prams all the time. She is a roughy-toughy and loves working stuff out.

    1. admin says:

      Karen, I am glad that these suggestions can help you.

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