We may be experiencing a warm spell, but winter is far from over, my friends! If you’re looking for some STEM creative toys and ideas to help beat cabin fever while also teaching your kids valuable skills, you’ll love these! Check them out!
As I’m sure you already know, STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” The whole concept of STEM learning is to prepare our kids for a future where robots take over and everything is automated. I’m only half joking. By the time our kids grow up, a good chunk of the entry-level jobs that exist today will be done by robots! It’s already happening in factories, fast food joints, and even in surgical rooms. Our kids either need to learn skills that robots can’t perform OR learn skills that make them useful to the robots (basically, fixing them, programming them, etc). Plus, if the robots ever do get smarter than us and start an uprising, our kids will be trained to take them down. 😀
All kidding aside, STEM toys are pretty much where it’s at today. They do teach valuable skills that will help our kids even if Skynet doesn’t take over the world. If you’re looking for some fun toys and other educational gear to invest in, give these a try!
Beat Cabin Fever with These STEM Ideas For Kids
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Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes help kids explore STEM concepts through active outdoor play. These three different planes were designed by aeronautical engineers to do amazing tricks, from loops and flips to glides and rolls. Kids can change the way the planes fly by changing the angle, how hard they stomp, and so on. You get 3 planes in the box so no one feels left out. Competitive kids can challenge each other to see which plane goes the highest or furthest.
SmartGurlz is a revolutionary toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls are encouraging young women to become tomorrow’s programmers. Girls ages 6 and up will learn to see science, technology, engineering, and math in a whole new and engaging light by learning how to code. If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you’ll recognize SmartGurlz. They made a deal with Daymond on a relatively recent show. I was kind of annoyed that the other sharks kept calling them “dolls.” Yes, they look like dolls, but they’re so much more. The doll is the tool that helps girls visualize their coding.
3. Octopus Watch
Help teach your kids good habits and the concept of time with the Octopus Watch! With the free accompanying app, parents can schedule simple reminders so kids can learn to do things without parent reminders! Acting as a scheduler for children that fosters responsibility, independence, and self-esteem, Octopus Watch also helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines, such as brush your teeth, feed the fish, time for basketball practice, etc. Unlike other products on the market, it’s wearable, visual, fun and it grows with your kids.
Making smart toys that help little humans become inventors; Strawbees will motivate and educate! Get creative with this innovative Inventor Kit! With 400 pieces and 21 fun maker projects, you’ll have enough pieces to start inventing bigger projects with your friends! I love that they come in different color schemes. While I’ve seen similar toys in the past (I think my son had something similar, actually), they often only come in primary colors. Sometimes, kids need to mix things up a bit! Some inventions just call for a more vibrant blue or baby pink! Visit their website for project ideas.
6. PIQS Virtual Touch Projector
Play educational shows for your kids anywhere with PIQS Virtual Touch Projector. This portable big screen projector features breakthrough technology in a sleek, stylish modern design. Featuring PIQS Draw and PIQS Paint where the entire family can get creative and enhance those art skills. It’s also perfect for making movie night feel that much more cinematic. At over $500, this is definitely an investment. It does have a lot of cool uses, though!