Learning this year is nothing like we’ve ever experienced before. Most families are behind a computer for most of the day learning about Math, Science, English, History, and more. I’ve shared before about ways you can add STEM Toys to Your Kids Virtual Learning Schedule.
I know my youngest really can use hands-on experience with a few of his classes to make learning fun and not seem so blah. We’ve received some great items that I think will be perfect for doing just that for kids. Even better they can double as gifts to add under the tree as well.
Ooze Labs: Colorful Crystal Lab
Explore the natural beauty and wonder of crystals by growing them yourself in many different shapes and colors! Set up your lab station — complete with beakers, test tubes, centrifuge, display dome, and more — and use safe, non-toxic crystal salts to conduct more than ten experiments in crystal formation.
You can even make red, pink, blue, purple, and clear crystals using the spinning centrifuge! After you’ve completed the experiments in the kit, continue your crystal growing adventures using the cool lab setup and common materials from around your home. MSRP: $29.95; Ages 6+.
Tileblox Basic Rainbow 20 Pieces Building STEM Toy Set
Discover the endless possibilities of Tileblox 20Pc set. With the step-by-step idea sheet, create one-of-a-kind masterpieces! A great set for beginner builders looking to explore and learn through play. Arrives with 8 Triangles and 12 Square in Rainbow colors. Each geometric shape contains magnets that let you build with endless possibilities!
Tileblox is perfect for STEM education and when playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. Compatible with all Tileblox. From the makers of Magformers, although, NOT compatible with Magformers. Ages 3+.
STICK O Basic 10 Piece Magnetic Building Set
The Stick-O Basic 10 Piece Construction set is great for toddlers to explore tactile learning and hands-on magnetic play. Each Stick-O piece uses magnets that rotate so your creations always stick together, making for a frustration free play experience.
SolarBots: 8-in-1 Solar Robot Kit
Build unique robots that are powered by the sun — batteries not required! Using a compact solar panel, these cool little bots harness energy from the sun to power an electric motor to get moving. Build a drummer robot that marches along, beating a drum; an armadillo robot that does somersaults; a solar bug that crawls on six legs, and more!
The 48-page, full-color manual guides solar power pioneers through model assembly and offers fun scientific facts about the real-life applications of solar technology. What solar-powered inventions will you dream up? MSRP: $24.95; Age 6+.
Beginner’s U.S. Atlas 2020, 3rd Edition
The fully updated edition of this popular atlas introduces young readers to the wonders of all of America’s states and territories, with maps, fun facts, geographical features, and more. It’s accessible design showcases what’s unique about each state and territory and every profile starts with a colorful map and essay and includes capital cities; population; important land and water features; state birds, flowers, and flags. It’s all packaged in a bigger format, with a refreshed design, and bold, bright photos and illustrations.
National Geographic Kids U.S. Atlas 2020, 6th Edition
Current, authoritative, and produced by the expert cartographers at National Geographic, this best-selling United States atlas is newly updated with all the latest info and is packed with maps, stats, facts, and pictures. National Geographic’s world-renowned cartographers have paired up with education experts to create maps of all 50 states, U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., that pinpoint the physical features, capitals, and other towns and cities.
Discover the latest data along with colorful photography of each state and the people who live there. Key points reflect the latest information about land and water, people, and places. Essays cover each region of the country while eight specially themed maps on nature, population, economy, energy, climate, and more delve deeper into key issues. State birds and state flags add to the high visual interest.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021, U.S. Edition (National Geographic Almanacs)
The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac is edutainment at its best. With features like Homework Help and STEM related topics, and deep dives into history, geography and cultures from the world, combined with facts, crafts and activities, this is the go-to reference for both the school day and down time.This new edition also includes the Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same — and also highlights the winner of the 2020 Almanac Challenge.
Little Learning Hands World Explorers Subscription Kit
Little Learning Hands World Explorers is the only kids’ subscription box that blends hands-on learning activities, life skills building, and global awareness. Each box is packed with hands-on, screen-free, STEM/STEAM activities, crafts, science projects, recipes, souvenirs, and fun fact booklets to teach your child through play. Great as a gift, rainy day activity, after school supplemental activity, or homeschool curriculum activity.
Each box includes a 3D puzzle, a 2nd activity (arts and crafts, science experiments, others that build life skills), a booklet full of fun facts and learning, 2 recipe cards, 4 table talk cards for whole family fun, sticker, flag, play money to mark off the exploration of a new country. In addition, the welcome kit features a scratch-off map of the world, a passport, and a backpack to accompany the child throughout the journey of exploration.