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Stay Busy Until Dinner Time With These STEM-based Toys

You'll be too busy having fun to notice you're learning. Or hungry. (When IS dinner anyway?)

Margo Gothelf · about 1 month ago

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Just because the school day is over doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Keep the (educational) fun going until dinner time and pick up a STEM-based toy for after-school. These self-led toys are perfect for playing with on your own or discovering with a group of friends. You'll be having too much fun to realize you might be learning along the way.

Kinetic Sand Dig & Demolish Truck Playset

It's never been easier to test out designs, thanks to the Kinetic Sand Dig & Demolish Truck Playset. Pull out the blueprints and get started by flattening the land with the 2-in-1 truck. When the foundation is all set, use the brick tools to shape, sculpt, and stack brick and watch your structure come alive. Not thrilled with how it turned out? No problem. Pull out the bulldozer tool and start over from scratch.

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science Kit

Nothing's better than finishing a LEGO set, but once it's done, what do you do with all of the finished pieces? Instead of throwing them back in the box, give them a second life with the Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science Kit. The chain reactions kit takes your used LEGO and teaches you how to connect all of the dots to turn your old blocks into chain reaction machines. It will make you see your LEGO bricks in a whole new light.

Mindware Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Ultimate Stunt Set

While the M in STEM technically stands for "math," it might as well stand for "maze," especially when the Mindware Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Ultimate Stunt Set is in the picture. This maze was meant for big thinkers — the possible combinations to create are unlimited. Test out your engineering skills and see how high you can stack the cubes, or watch the marbles in motion and race them down an endless track.  

ThinkFun Gravity Maze

Think you can outsmart gravity? Put your skills to the test with the ThinkFun Gravity Maze. This one-part-maze, one-part-game uses challenge cards to strategically stack blocks on top of each other creating towering structures. But be careful! Each block has to be thoughtfully placed so the marble can reach the target. Oh, and you have to do this all without knocking over the structure. Good luck!

4M Tin Can Robot

You're about to start seeing your soda cans in a whole new light, thanks to the 4M Tin Can Robot. The robotics kit shows you how to take a recycled soda can and bring it to life as a robot. As you build the robot, not only will you get an inside look at how your robot's engineering comes together, but you'll also get the opportunity to customize some of the features. Keep it silly, make it scary, or give it a few traits of each.

Think Box Inventor's Box

Not sure where to go on your STEM journey? We've got you covered. Start with the Think Box Inventor's Box. The box is full of learning opportunities that are disguised with fun. With over 700 pieces and a detailed guidebook, the creations are pretty much endless. 

Educational Insights Artie 3000 The Coding Robot

Meet Artie, a STEAM robot who loves to create art. Artie has a secret, though — he isn't the master behind the designs. Artie gets all of his ideas from different lines of code, which is all written by you! Artie comes with basic instructions to show you how to write simple code that will result in one-of-a-kind works of art. Write the code and test it out on the simulator before sending it to Artie. When you're happy with it, send it over to your robot BFF and watch Artie at work. 

Kano Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit

"Let it code, let it code!" That's how the song goes, right? With the Kano Disney Frozen 2 Coding Kit, you can take your STEM skills on a journey through Arendelle to learn how to construct your own sensor that will help you control the elements. Wave your hands just like Elsa to bring blizzards to life and control the snow pattern. The more you code, the bigger your ice palace can become.

Snap Circuits Jr. Electronic Projects Kit

Have you wondered what the inside of your television looks like? Or maybe you find yourself thinking about the details of your phone and how the pieces all come together. Stop wondering and get an inside look at what’s going on with the Snap Circuits Jr. Electronic Projects Kit. The STEM-based activity kit will teach you the very basics of building circuit boards to power electronics. With 100 projects to master, you'll quickly learn what's going on behind the battery flaps of your favorite gadgets.

4M Doodling Robot

Sure, you've heard of Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse, but have you ever heard of the Doodling Robot? This little mechanical gadget is about to be your new favorite creative tool. The Doodling Robot uses the vibration from its machine to make one-of-a-kind patterns while it spins and moves around a piece of paper. As it spins, you can adjust its arms to different heights and angles to personalize the creations.