We've reviewed and checked out some great S.T.E.A.M. items over the last year. Here are some of our favorites. We've done a few reviews on some of these items so make sure you check them out! Some even have videos so that you can see it in action.
- iClever BoostCare Headphones – These headphones are really cute and they have special holiday themed ones as well. They offer Kid-Safe Volume Limiting Technology and a tangle-free cord to limit the frustration. My girls love them and we already have plans for another pair. I wore them for a little while to really test them out and they are great quality headphones. Very comfortable.
- Osmo Wonder Kit. – We reviewed the Osmo Genius Kit a few months ago and my girls love it. They loved it so much that the Osmo Coding and Osmo Creative Set are on their Christmas lists for this year. I suggest getting a kit because it comes with a few games to play. These are fantastic hands on games that take screen time to a whole new level. The latest addition to the Osmo family is the Pizza Co. game that pairs math skills with your cooking skills.
- Science Related Box Kits – We've reviewed a few different boxes and I've never been disappointed by the fun and learning that comes with these boxes. Here are a few great ones to choose from.
- Kiwi Crate – They have S.T.E.A.M. crates for all ages!
- Groovy Lab in a Box
- Magic School Bus Young Science Labs – We have the Weather Lab, but they also have Chemistry, Microscope, Space, Human Body, Slime and Polymer, and Engineering.
- National Geographic Kits (or magazines, that's the gift that keeps on giving all year!)
- Arts and Crafts boxes or kits
- Project MC2 – Almost all of the toys in this line include some for of S.T.E.A.M. aspect. From candy making to lava lamps there are lots of fun things in this line of toys. Check out some of our reviews.
- Dash and Dot – I've seen this little robot at the Children's Museum of Atlanta and the Girl Scouts S.T.E.M. Expo this year. They are so cool because they pair coding with robotics for the ultimate S.T.E.M. toy.
Kids define how they want to play. Whether you’re into hosting make-believe tea parties, having jousts at magical kingdoms, or adventuring with friends, Dash & Dot will be there every step of the way. Children ages 5 and up learn the foundations of problem-solving and computer programming as they have fun with Dash & Dot.
In addition to the robots and apps, our website offers a variety of fun activity ideas and challenges for you to take on with your new robot friends. Start with these and then invent your own uses for Dash & Dot.
- Ozobot Starter Kit – Ozobot is a powerful tiny robot that teaches STEM and computer science learning through a collection of game-based activities and digital apps. Its easy-to-understand color code language makes Ozobot the perfect choice for introducing young minds to concepts that are vital to their success in the 21st century.
- GoldieBlox – This is one of those companies that I've been supporting since its start-up days. We love these sets and the way you can creatively build and engineer different things. Check out our review here.
- Amazon Kindle Fire for Kids – Since we received our Amazon Fire my girls read more on it. I love that you can program it so that your child can't watch any shows or play any games until they read for an allotted time. I have ours set to 30 minutes. I can also program bedtimes so they aren't on their devices all evening when they should be in bed. Plus if you're a Prime Member you can lots of Actually Free games from Amazon Underground. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
- SMATH Game – It's like Scrabble but with Math. We got this game a few months about and it was super fun and my daughter really enjoys it.
- Dr. Eureka – This is another fun game we got for our STEM Saturday special. You become the mad scientist by mixing the chemicals (plastic balls) in the proper order as you race against the clock and your fellow scientists. Check out our video of the game here.
- 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen – This one is on JaMonkey's Christmas list this year. 3D Printing is huge and they can be pretty expensive. This is a fun creative way to put the power in your hands, literally. I can already imagine all the new clothing she is going to design for her toys and 3D print them. The kit they sell on Amazon has exclusive items in the box that you can't find anywhere else.
WowWee CHiP Robot Toy Dog – We got to see CHiP in action at the Best Buy Smart Home and the girls were in a fit of giggles watching him play! The Amazon Exclusive is Chocolate colored!
- littleBits – Another awesome woman start-up that makes super awesome toys for kids that love to tinker. Start with the base kit and build on from there. Getting started inventing with electronics has never been easier. The Base Kit is the perfect way to unleash creativity in kids and younger makers, empowering them to create inventions of every shape and size, with no prior electronics experience. Your kids (and you!) can learn the basics of electronics, explore STEAM/STEM principles, form the foundations of critical thinking, or just have fun with blinking, buzzing creations. Bits snap together with magnets, so it’s impossible to make a mistake. The Base Kit comes 10 Bits and a step-by-step guidebook to get you started with 8 easy-to-make inventions, with hundreds more possibilities online. You can control a car with the DC motor and light sensor, or scare your friends with a hidden button and a buzzer. It’s the perfect way to get little inventors building, with no soldering, wiring or programming required.
- 4M Tin Can Robot – This is an affordable way to get your kids into robotics.
Challenge your child's imagination with the 4M Tin Can Robot. Perfect for any young scientist, this fun robotics kit teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used soda can into a moving, functional robot. The included supplies allow adults and kids to build a motorized monster, silly robot, or any combination of the two. Not only does it foster creativity, it's an excellent opportunity to show kids how toys are assembled and function.
This kit includes necessary components, accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions. Simply supply one soda can, a Phillips head screwdriver, and one AA battery. Recommended for ages 9 and up.