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
The best-selling book Coding Games in Scratch is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 with little or no coding experience. By using fun graphics and easy to follow instructions children will learn how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language. In no time at all they'll be able to build single and multiplayer platform games, race through mazes, add animation plus a whole lot more. Along with the book, they will need a laptop or PC with Adobe 10.2 or later and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0.
Recommended Age: 8–12
Just one of the many fun STEM activities is Bloxels, a game that lets kids create their own video games in a cool and retro arcade style. With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, they get to decide what the game looks like, and how it works; they create the characters, the obstacles and the power-ups. They can play the game once they're done ‘building' it as well as share it with their friends for more fun and content remixing.
Recommended Age: 8–13
Put those thousands of LEGO bricks to good use with the Klutz Chain Reactions Kit. With this kit, and LEGO blocks, children get to build awesome machines that can be combined to make loads of different chain reactions. The kit comes a 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, Comes with: 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket and 1 platform.
Recommended Age: 8+
Gears! Gears! Gears! teaches children about cause and effect, engineering, mechanics plus a whole lot more. The brightly colored gears interconnect to produce fascinating chain reactions of twirling, whirling and spinning. The winner of four awards, this is another example of how much fun can be had while doing STEM activities.
Recommended Age: 3+
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