This is on my list for my 7 year old daughter. The toys promote engineering and science skills and hope to appeal to girls!
Goldie Box was created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. The kits are a book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor. Other kids include a parade float and dunk tank and new this year an action figure with zipline.
The “Roominate” toy looks awesome! Both my kids like design. My daughter likes to change the design of her room all of the time! My 5 year old son really likes planning spaces too- so this design/engineering doll house seems like it would appeal to both of them and get them thinking about how to best design a space!
Roominate allows children to connect wall and floor panels to build your structure, including spiral staircases, bunk beds, pools, and more! Wire up the motor and light circuits to make spinning windmills, carousels, lamps, and elevators! Teaches important STEM skills: hands-on problem solving, spatial and fine motor skills, self-confidence, and creativity.
While they are quite pricey, but I think they will entertain and make my kids think for long periods of time!
Children can create Cubes, Pyramids, and Other Geometric Shapes – Think in 3-D! They develop Math, Science, Spatial and Tactile Skills while having fun and being creative.
I think for any of these toys it would be good to offer kids a ‘challenge’ while playing with the toy. For instance, with the MagnaTiles, starting with “can you make the tallest structure with the smallest base?” or ” can you make a sturdy ball out of the tiles?” Free play is also great! Let creativity flow.
Some free/cheap STEM stuff- let kids take apart an old computer/printer (with supervision). LEGOs!, vinegar/baking soda experiments, bubble experiments outside….. lots of ideas! We often explore these things in my science classes and birthday parties!
I also want to add that an “A” is often added to the STEM acronym so it is also sometimes called “STEAM”, so anytime you can add an artistic side to a STEM activity you now have STEAM! I think that’s pretty cool too! My own daughter says she loves science, but I also see her as being artistic, so bringing that creativity and innovation into science would be really great!
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