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STEM toys are not only enjoyable to play with, but can teach skills that will help kids excel in careers later in life.
Many STEM toys lead to development of more than one ability, honing skills in mathematics, logic, problem solving, and more.
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is our top pick because it helps a child develop everything from fine motor skills to a familiarity with coding and robotics.
This is going to sound a bit crazy, I know, but my son has every single toy on this list. The crazy thing is he’s not spoiled — he’s just enamored with robotics, coding, building, and generally making things. Already at age five, he has decided he wants to be an electrical engineer when he grows up, and it won’t surprise me one bit if he stays on that course. I have no idea where his prowess for computing and engineering comes from, by the way, but it certainly wasn’t me.
Considering STEM toys help kids develop the skills they will need to excel in the jobs of the future, I’m all for letting children play with programmable robots, DIY computers, electrical motors and circuit sets, and any other hardware that fosters such abilities. There’s just one caveat I always assign: The toy also has to be genuinely fun. The ones I included here? They are. And I should know, because we’ve had some duds, too.
The secret to getting the right STEM toy (that’s the acronym for Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) is to choose one with an angle your child already enjoys. Got a daughter who loves building things, say out of intricate, colorful little plastic blocks? Then a LEGO STEM toy is perfect. Got a son who is car crazy? Then a kit that lets him build little working vehicles will be a hit.
Because don’t get me wrong, many of the toys on this list present genuine challenges that require dedicated effort, critical thinking, and the investment of time to overcome. If you choose the wrong toy, you risk driving your child away from STEM activities rather than helping him or her to develop an affinity.
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