STEM Toys for Christmas 2018

Watch the video above for the BEST STEM TOYS for 2018.

I LOVE the range of STEM toys that are available in 2018 for children interested in writing code, building robots and tinkering with technology. STEM Toys will be top of many kids Christmas list in 2018, therefore it is challenging to know which toys will be worth the money. In my opinion, these are the best you can currently buy. Anything involving technology is going to be a little pricey but some of the ideas these companies have come up with are amazing. Watch the video above for my thoughts on the Kano Harry Potter Kit as well as some fabulous ideas including the opportunity to make an Iron Man glove with the Littlebits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit. Read on to learn more, find out which is my best STEM Toy of 2018 and how to get the best price. See my picks for Black Friday 2018 here.

My Top Pick

Kano Harry Potter

The Harry Potter wand set by Kano is without a doubt my favourite item on my Top 5. I am already a huge fan of the Kano sets so seeing the Harry Potter tie-in blew my mind. Children are given a set of components that they can use to build a Wizard’s Wand, complete with a range of sensors. They can then use Kano’s specially built App to create function for the wand – as a result it will react to the movements your child makes whilst holding the hardware, amazing! Furthermore, this Kano set is a really fantastic way to way to introduce some of the key concepts of development, including lot’s of if/then statements driven through an easy to follow drag & drop language. In conclusion, it makes the introduction to code entertaining whilst highly educational.

To see what else is in the Top 5 STEM Toys for 2018, watch the video above.

Where to Buy?

I trust Amazon when I am picking up expensive products such as these STEM toys. The prices are competitive, furthermore the manufacturer involved often supplies directly through Amazon meaning you can utilise Amazon Prime.

Amazon UK Links:

??KANO Harry Potter Coding Kit

??LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

??littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

??Ozobot Evo Kit

??Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set

Amazon US Links:

??Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

??LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

??littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

??Ozobot Evo Starter Pack

??Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set

 

What are STEM Toys?

STEM relates to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics consequently STEM Toys are those that encourage an exploration of these fields of study. STEM toys and gadgets often include those that seek to engage children through practical play leading to learning. The slime craze is a good, recent example of this. Children buying slime kits are sometimes presented with the scientific reason behind the reactions rather than just packets of Borax. Likewise, LEGO has long been a young engineer’s first glimpse of structural load. The conversations you have with your little ones should encourage a sense of learning during these play sessions.

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