By Kimberly Blaker
As scientific and technological advancements continue to grow at an exponential rate, it becomes even more important for kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). So how do you help your child develop an appreciation for these subjects? Try these fun games, toys, and kits.
Qurious Space This four-in-one family card game teaches kids about the solar system, Milky Way galaxy, and more. Kids will learn simple strategy and creative problem-solving skills while developing vocabulary and enhancing memory. Ages 3+.
Magformers These magnetic geometric construction kits come in a variety of choices. Kids can build 3-D structures such as houses, pyramids, and balls out of colorful magnetic triangles, diamonds, trapezoids, and squares. Ages 3+.
Goobi Construction Sets Kids will learn about magnetism while constructing 3-D structures out of colorful plastic bars, iron balls, and tripods. Children will develop a sense of proportion while improving eye-hand coordination and problem-solving skills, and learning the basics of physics, geometry, and architecture. Ages 3+.
Lil' Engineers Engineering Blocks by ETI Toys This box of colorful, differently sized and shaped blocks, screws, nuts, plates, wheels, and connectors will keep kids engrossed for hours. Kids can build 12 different toy designs while developing their motor skills, eye-hand coordination, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Ages 3-6.
Rainforest Discovery Science Box by Green Kid Crafts This kit embraces kids' creativity while providing scientific exploration. Kids can conduct a rainforest pollution experiment, create a rain stick, and build a rainforest terrarium, among many other activities. Ages 3-10.
Sequence for Kids by Jax In this strategy-building card and board game, the goal is to be the first to place four chips in a row. The challenge is to think strategically and finish before the opponent uses a unicorn card to remove a chip. Ages 4-7.
Osmo Genius Kit This kit boasts five games that turn an iPad into a hands-on learning experience. Osmo, on the iPad, interacts with every real-live move. The games enhance kids' visual thinking and creative problem-solving skills and self-expression. Ages 5-12.
Rock On! Geology Game by iLaughnLearn Kids explore earth's geological treasures in this science game, which comes with a nice assortment of rock and mineral specimens. Ages 5+.
IQ Fit by SmartGames This travel-sized spatial reasoning and problem-solving game boasts 120 challenges in which kids must fill the board with missing 3-D pieces. Ages 6+.
DoughLab STEM Kit: Bake and Learn by Magical Microbes This yummy bread-making kit includes five experiments in which kids discover the perfect recipe and learn about the power of yeast. Ages 6+.
Snap Circuits These award-winning electronics discovery kits contain items such as phototransistors, LEDs, resistors, ICs, DC motors, flying propellers, electromagnets, lamps, switches, and much more. Kids can make more than 100 projects, such as a burglar alarm, doorbell, flying saucer, voice recorder, and an AM radio. Ages 7+.
Gravity Maze by ThinkFun Kids use spatial reasoning skills to arrange towers that create a path for a marble to travel. It includes 60 challenge cards ranging from beginner to expert. Ages 8+.
MuddWatt STEM Kit: Clean Energy from Mud! by Magical Microbes Kids use soil and ingredients from the fridge to build a living fuel cell. A free app helps measure power and track microbe growth. Ages 8+.
Rush Hour by ThinkFun Winner of a national Mensa award, this game of logic sharpens sequential reasoning and planning skills. The goal is to move cars through the puzzle until the red car can escape the traffic jam. There are 40 challenges from beginner to expert. Ages 8+.
Big Bag of Science by Be Amazing! Toys Kids use the real scientific tools that are included in the kit to perform more than 70 activities in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, magnetism, weather, and flight. Ages 8+.
Prime Climb by Math for Love Learning to add, subtract, divide, and multiply is a breeze with this award-winning mathematics board game. Ages 10+.
Kimberly Blaker is a lifestyle and parenting freelance writer. Follow her on LinkedIn and Facebook.