STEM activities are a fun way to get children interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and many schools around the world have introduced it into their curriculum. But what is it? STEM is a problem-based approach to learning that combines knowledge in four areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
If you want to nurture a love of these subjects in your children there are a plethora of games and STEM activities to suit all ages.
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit is a fun and exciting introduction to the world of electronics. The proud winner of the National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval award, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products and Dr. Toy Best Educational Products, it has over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that kids can snap together to create working electronic devices and circuits. With 101 DIY projects, it gives your child a concrete understanding of how electronics work. A word of caution, you might need to get a set for dad too.
Recommended Age: 8 years and older
The STEM activities in this kit are a fun introduction to the wonderful world of science and exploration, and includes mind-blowing experiments that will entertain the whole family. The Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit teaches children about the natural world with loads of interactive experiments like creating a sunset in a test tube, a colorful volcano or their very own crystals. It includes red cabbage powder, baking soda, three color tablets, vegetable oil, 3 test tubes with a stand, plus a whole lot more. An activity guide is also included.
Recommended Age: Children ages 4 and up with adult supervision
The LeapFrog range of educational toys usually make most ‘best of’ lists and I’m 100% sure you and your little one will love the Pre-Kindergarten activity book. It’s an interactive learning system that gets kids excited about everything from counting to problem-solving with fun activities, while having an absolute blast with the talking, singing book. There are over 400 activities across 16 books (not included) with more than 50 skills per level.
Recommended Age: 2–4 years-old
Nurture a love of science with the AMSCOPE KIDS 52 microscope kit, the winner of 2016's “Top Pick of Microscopes For Beginners” award. The compound microscope has a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination as well as a built-in color filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret. Perfect for budding scientists, it comes with a 52-piece accessory kit with brine shrimp eggs and hatchery, and a hard-sided plastic carrying case. The LED light is powered by two AA batteries, which are included.
Recommended Age: 6+
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