As parents we are all trying our best to raise kids that are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders. We've all heard the catch phrase STEAM but what does it really mean when it comes to our children's learning and how does it help our children become the critical thinkers we want them to be? STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Projects that incorporate STEAM skills allow children to learn about real world applications and skills in a play based format. Here are some of our top picks!
The air-walker is a robot that defies gravity! A four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like windows. This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work
This adorable little guy is Botley the Coding Robot. Who didn't dream of their very own robot as a kid?
Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley, and with his advanced features, he'll grow with them for many play-filled years to come. Botley is ready to use right out of the box - he'll have kids coding in minutes. And that's not all that makes Botley unique; he's 100% screen-free, and the only coding robot that includes a 45-piece set!
Your child will get to learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. Botley teaches the basics of coding through active play, completely screen-free. Perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Code Amaze is a coding kit that is specially designed in developing the concept of programming for young children. It is a versatile, friendly and fun way of allowing the child to develop their cognition and playing skills by encouraging them to consider what steps are required to move a robot from a starting position to destination. Completely screen-free!
Ranger and Zip are perfect for pre-school learners.
These playful puppy pets bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. Kids code along with their new pets’ storybook adventure, and help the brave Ranger and mischievous Zip have a playtime they'll never forget! Each storybook coding challenge unfolds in the Coding Critters' fun pet playset - can you code Ranger to play hide and seek, fetch a ball from the tennis ball launcher, or catch Zip after a ride down the slide? In addition to following along with the storybook's coding challenges, you can also use the pet playset to design your own code games and more! The Coding Critters also double as cute interactive pets - press Ranger's nose to activate Play Mode, where you can feed, pet, and take care of your new puppy robot pal! You can even make him dance and sing a silly song!
For a more advanced challenge, snap circuits teach about basic electricity principals while having fun! Snap Circuits uses building pieces with snaps to assemble different electronic circuits on a simple "rows-and-columns" base gird that functions like the printed circuit boards found in most electronic products. Each component is easily identifiable by a different colour and functional purpose
The turing tumble was recommended to us by a customer and we agree that it is a very unique item that makes a great addition to our store.
Turing Tumble is a revolutionary new game where players (ages 8 to adult) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s fun, addicting, and while you’re at it, you discover how computers work.
- Computers are full of ingenious logic and astonishing creativity. They're everywhere, but most of us don't understand how they work.
- With Turing Tumble, you can see for yourself how computers work: The logic isn’t hidden inside a computer chip, it’s right there in front of you.
- Hands on, screen off
- Have a blast learning to code in a language without words. Turing Tumble blurs the line between coding and building machinery. There's no syntax to learn, no abstraction, and no electronics at all.
- 60 puzzles are woven into a comic story where each puzzle brings Alia the space engineer closer to rescue from a forgotten planet.
The best way to learn is through play and with STEAM based toys, you can be confident about the specific learning principles each toy accomplishes.