If you are wondering what the heck to get your little person this Christmas season, then look no further than STEM toys, that inspire, encourage and engage. Of the many that are available, we have handpicked five affordable STEM toys, that even we enjoy having a tinker about with.
Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot || £79.99
Botley is all about coding. The robot will tempt kids as young as 5, as it introduces coding in a relaxed and friendly way. Ready to use right out of the box –the 77-piece activity set which comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, six double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide, will get kids learning early STEM skills while playing. Interactive features include an ability to detect objects, follow commands, navigate obstacle courses, follow black lines and not forgetting additional hidden features that can be unlocked. Botley, the Coding Robot, promises to grow with the child and have them coding in minutes.
The STEM Starter Kit || $19.99
This is a starter kit that promises to get kids excited about science. Designed to put their smartphone to good use, this educational kit is a great way to introduce microscopes to children who would enjoy a hands-on learning experience that allows them to explore. Created for children 6+, the package includes a cell phone microscope, the Smartphone Inspector with two light settings for UV and forensics viewing, and 15 different 3D specimens on prepared slides.
Avengers Hero Inventor Kit || $149.99
This is the kind of toy that kids will not only be drawn too but will most likely get a few adults excited also. Designed, so each superhero teaches a different lesson, the kit comes with interchangeable “bits,” or electronic building blocks, that attach magnetically to a transparent sleeve that kids can wear. Working with an app, kids will receive their ‘hero training’ via step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. The educational aspect of this box of tricks is its ability to teach kids about the Malthusian model and also to give the opportunity to build and customise their high-tech hero gear and unique identity.
Space Shuttle Explorer || $44.99
If you have a future astronaut in your midst, then this Space Shuttle Explorer could make for the perfect gift. Bragging authentic white, black and grey colour scheme, large engines, the shuttle is a 3-in-1 LEGO® Creator model that can rebuild into a Moon Station with a detailed interior, control panel and robotic arm or a Space Rover with open cockpit and drilling arm. Sold with a mini figure, the product features an opening payload bay with a robotic arm, satellite with foldout wings and large engines.
Snap Circuits Bric: Structures || $44.95
This is a kit for kids who would enjoy building things that they can make it go! Designed to create endless combinations of construction and circuitry, kids can learn how to build the circuit that causes the lights on a skyscraper illuminate or that makes the gears on a drawbridge move. Snap Circuits® Bric: Structures is an excellent way for kids to be creative with no limits and to also ‘Learn By Doing’.