MAKE Fun: The Best STEM Toys and Books for Curious Kids
Does your kid love to build and take things apart? That great! Keep that curiosity and creativity alive by giving your kids lots of toys and DIY projects that encourage STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Mitch LOVES to build things and make his own toys from cardboard. Seriously, this kid has made a cardboard iphone, cars and spaceships big enough to sit in and some small enough for stuffed animals, a 3D turtle shelf for holding more turtles and a couple models of our beloved SUV. One he even made as a “shell” for an RC car!
Granted, I’m now up to my eyeballs in cardboard creations, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay to encourage my kid’s creative side.
Awesome STEM Toys and Books
Encourage your kid's creativity and critical thinking skills with these STEM Toys and books full of DIY experiments.
Love to add Art to your STEM? (That's called STEAM!) Stumped for DIY projects to keep your future engineer or artist busy? Here's 100 ideas all wrapped up in a book. There's some great ideas in this book that work for kids of all ages. And best of all? These experiments can be done with basic tools and things you'll find around the house.
A must read for Minecraft kids! The book has projects that connect the dots from the game to real life. For example, kids are given game tips on how to grow an awesome Minecraft garden, then are given directions for planting a real seed to put on their windowsill.
Stomp Rockets are really fun--and unlike old school model rockets these are strictly kid powered! Set your foam tipped rocket on the launching pad and stomp to provide a rush of air power.
These easily launch to tree top level and beyond. The Dueling Rockets set lets two kids play at once and see who can get their rocket to fly higher. We're also really impressed with the stunt plane set!
This is one of the BEST all around STEM building kit's we've tested. Totally reusable--everything is built with screws and rubber bands. Not only can your kid build and rebuild like LEGOS with this kit, but it ALL FITS BACK IN THE BOX when you're done with play. Review here.
Automoblox are delightfully solid wooden cars (made of European Beech) with plastic parts. Each car can be pulled apart into 12 pieces and mixed with other cars from the Automoblox line to create a new look.
The cars have rubber tires with tread so they roll great on all kinds of surfaces.
We tested this kit and it's super fun! It's a great intro to science for little kids--comes with a couple space aliens that you free from their "pods" by dissolving in water, plus instructions for a few simple water based experiments.
We absolutely LOVE our Buddha Board! Great for doodling--but there's a catch. All your drawing disappear when they dry. Which can be a good thing if you have kids who have the kitchen fridge covered in "amazing" doodles. The mini board is a good size for kids....also comes in larger sizes.