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This game set includes 333 pieces — connector tubes and connecting balls. The balls have multiple holes for the connector tubes to get snapped into. The connector tubes can be bent practically any which way, allowing them to make shapes. The set also comes with pieces that reinforce these shapes, like triangle or square pieces, so children can create solid-looking objects. As children experiment and build with the set, they’ll develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, spatial awareness and reasoning skills that are imperative in STEM. This game set features beginner, intermediate and advanced guides.
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Children will strengthen their logical and critical thinking skills as they build and complete 60 different gravity maze puzzles. The set includes three marbles, a target ending piece, a game grid, nine towers and an instruction guide. Each puzzle progresses in difficulty, but they start out with simple, clear instructions. Children will get a feel for spatial relationships, planning skills and gravity as they figure out how to complete each maze. This STEM game is best for older children.
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With this set, children can build almost anything. This STEM building toy allows children to create both 2D and 3D objects by combining colorful magnetic sticks and non-magnetic steel balls in a variety of different ways. The magnets are strong and stick together well, ensuring children’s designs stay together even as their structures continue to grow. Because of the size of the steel balls, this option is recommended for children ages 6 and up.
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These toys are proof that building toys do not have to be complicated to be plenty of fun for kids. These simple, colorful straws and connectors can be used to build a wide range of creations. Because they are lightweight and require some skill to manipulate, they are great for helping boost a child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Additionally, the variety of colors can help teach color recognition skills. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
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This ZoZoplay set is an option that is perfect for the child looking for more advanced play, as it provides a wide range of pieces for them to put together. Children can build their own vehicles, construct towers or come up with their own silly animals with the pieces in this STEM building game set. The pieces are bright and colorful, which helps make them more engaging and can also help with color and pattern recognition among younger children. This option is recommended for children ages 3 and older.
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This pick features hundreds of straws and connectors in vivid shades of red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The connectors make it easy to put the straws together in a number of ways. Children can make towers, castles, airplanes or anything else they can dream up. Working with the straws can help to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination, while the different colors can enhance a young child’s color recognition and patterning skills. This option is recommended for children ages 3 to 12.
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The Brickyard Building Blocks kit comes with a learning guide to teach kids how to create 42 different designs ranging in complexity. Building with this STEM kit requires the use of kid-friendly screwdrivers and wrenches, which also helps children build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This set is recommended for children ages 4 to 8.
“As a homeschool teacher, having toys that are both educational and fun is paramount. These sets teach kids everything from geometry and engineering to design and architecture. I love these sets that are designed specifically for kids with intellectual curiosity. They are durable, colorful and safe for parents and kids.”