Anything STEM related is all the rage these days and it is easy to see why. It encourages students to do hands-on, open-ended learning. Students are engaged and have control of their learning. It is really so great to offer your students (or children) opportunities for STEM learning. Here are the best STEM teaching tools for your little learners. To see all of our favorite BEST TEACHING TOOLS post, click here.
Best STEM Teaching Tools
Magnetic builder tiles are fun for all ages – I find myself playing with them sometimes! ShapeMags Jr. Set is perfect for younger children and teaches engineering skills and 3D shapes.
An award winning toy, Snap Circuits Electronic Discovery lets your child build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. Over 100 projects included!
A new learning toy from a classic toy company, the Fisher Price Code-A-Pillar teaches basic coding skills to kids! The Code-A-pillar moves differently based on how you put him together. Expansion pieces are available too.
This Primary Science Lab kit includes everything your child needs to explore scientific experiments on his own or with you! Test tubes, goggles, and more, they will love this toy!
Choose Duplo blocks for ages 18 months through 5 years. Lego Duplo Deluxe Building Set has 95 colorful pieces to inspire building multiple types of structures.
Similar to a traditional lite bright, but with a STEM spin, Design and Drill Bright Works Helps develop hand-eye coordination, matching, patterning, problem-solving & construction skills, and fine motor abilities—and inspires imagination!
Another magnetic building set, SmartMax Start XL boasts high quality, sturdy construction. Read the reviews on Amazon, parents love these!
ITSPHUN Geometric Construction Kit – Polygons teaches building and construction and Math concepts at the same time. These interlocking polygons are colorful and so fun to play with!
Try Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit to teach kids about circuits without any wires or soldering! You can hook up an Mp3 player and watch the lights change with the music – your kids will be amazed at what they created!
Designed for preschoolers, Lego Math Train allows children to explore many different learning topics at once! Kids will learn math concepts, engineering, and experience imaginative play while using this toy.
Set up this Gravity Maze with your child and teach them about what happens when things fall or are dropped! Kids 8 and over can play independently with this to build logic and reasoning skills.
Another award winning building toy, the Goobi 110 Piece Construction set, is both beautiful, with it’s rainbow colors, and smart, with its strong magnets and simple design. Geared toward school aged kids, this set will stick around for many years of building fun.
KEVA Brain Builders Game helps kids to use their brains to turn 2-D drawings into 3-D shapes! 30 different cards vary in difficulty as kids complete each one, building confidence and skill.
Guidecraft Grippies Builders is another magnetic building toy. There are so many great ones on this list, but this one is specifically for babies and toddlers. No tiny pieces here, and the shapes are easy to maneuver and hold.
Kids always love new toys to play with in the bath, and BathBlocks Floating Ball Run & Water Fall Set is a fun toy that reinforces STEM skills while they get clean.
Kids First Amusement Park Engineer Kit is an engineering lesson designed for preschoolers. The kit includes pieces for making 20 different models and a storybook style instruction manual.
Another fantastic kit by Kids First, the Intro to Engineering Kit guides them through 25 different beginner engineering projects to give them a strong foundation and an early start to loving math and science.
Introduce children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with maze! Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set A great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math
Engineering Ants is a fun cooperative board game for preschoolers. Kids will use creativity to build solutions to help free the ants, and in the end, everybody wins!
I hope that you enjoyed these STEM teaching tools and can find something for you to add to your classroom or home. Do you have any favorite STEM teaching tools that are not on this list? If so, please share. I am always adding new gadgets to the list.