Little Indiana was provided the following toys for review. Her opinions remain hers and hers alone.
There are so many toy choices:
Building blocks, army men, play doughs, coloring books, pretend kitchens, and costumes. It’s almost overwhelming trying to find the best toys. You know what I mean. Toys that last! Toys that are high quality and have replay value have always been at the top of our list. I suspect they are at the top of your list, too.
So what do you do?
You hunt, you search, you hope for the best. You spend time comparing prices and reviews and, in the end, often feel no better off than you were when you began. But not this year. This year, I am giving you hope. This year is the year that you will find the perfect toys for the little people in your life. How do you do that?
The answer is simple:
You take a look at these award-winning STEM toys from PaperPunk, Magic School Bus, Modarri, and Worry Eaters.
STEAM Toys for Christmas
by Jessica Nunemaker
The stockings were hung by the…oh, no, not there.
For these good boys and girls had them fly through the air.
You see, they were raised with the knowledge that learning is key,
that it wasn’t boring or stuffy, but should fill you with glee.
The parents regarded their children with candor and wit.
Their children were smart, as quick as a whip.
The parents were really quite intelligent, too, don’t you know?
They knew that kids needed toys that would help them to grow.
This mom and dad realized that growing kids needed fun,
to romp and to run and to play in the sun.
When the weather turned cold, they knew just what to do,
they looked for wonderful indoor things to view.
Not bland video games or reality shows, that just wouldn’t do.
They wanted to find ways to stimulate those little minds too.
Sneaky learning, they yearned for, to set their kids right–
on the path with a future that always burns bright.
Their clever kids would not be content to sit still.
They needed action! Creativity! And games that used skill.
They found it alright, it was just what they needed.
Toy companies that provided STEAM learning, unimpeded.
Science, technology, engineering, art, and math, these toys weren’t just toys–
they were tools to their futures, an educational ploy.
No parent should worry that all hope is lost,
that this generation is addicted to cell phones and LOLs,
not when there are glimmers of hope in their midst,
of toy companies that care, making toys that are mixed:
partly math, partly science, there’s tech, art, and engineering in there too,
and it’s wrapped up in packages that aren’t always blue!
This holiday season brings plenty of bliss,
for the smart little boy and the talented young miss,
for parents that care and teach kids to take wing,
with solid backgrounds in math, engineering, tech, and the science of things.
Now, On with the Toys:
STEAM Toys Gift GuideBuild & Imagine StoryWalls:
…with the Pet Portrait Studio! Build your child’s STEM skills in spatial reasoning and problem solving with this adorable magnetic kit. The clever design lets kids mix and match walls to craft the perfect layout. From walls, roof, and floor, it’s brightly colored and so much fun–all while playing up those important STEM qualities. Unlike other building toys, StoryWalls lets girls and boys construct everything from the ground, up! The fun images inspire their imaginations. Kids have control over the layout of their story before they ever begin. It might just be the perfect outlet for the budding writer in my family, our six year old son. Clean up is simple with magnetic pieces. Take a tip from this traveling mom: toys like this are wonderful for trips. When you have downtime in a hotel room, they take up little space yet provide endless play for kids aged 4 and up. Find them:Magic School Bus reviews, there’s an element of that in here too. Unlike many games for this age that have a goal of reaching the end first, this game has a goal of reaching the end first–so that the player can erupt the volcano! With sixteen science master cards and eighty science theme cards, it’s something that will last. This game is the perfect way for him to show off his favorite facts while brushing up on some new concepts he may not have known. Make sure that Santa supplies the baking soda and vinegar. Find them: ASTRA List for best toys, an award only bestowed on the best of the best, from the votes of independent toy store owners. Find them: PaperPunk Urban Fold before. It’s still a favorite in our home. Now, there’s a sweet, smaller paper-folding kit. Meet: PaperPunk Pup. Isn’t he adorable? He’s even house-trained. Unlike some paper projects, there’s no scissors or glue required with PaperPunk. It’s all about the fold. But don’t worry parents, you won’t need to hover or complete this one. It’s easy to create with its simple, clear instructions, for ages six and up. Now that’s a great stocking stuffer.
Educational Toys for Clever Kids
There you have it. Great toys for those creative kids that just need…
…something more! You’ll find it with this handy list. Do you have one of the toys listed above? I’d love to hear about it. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Little Indiana was provided the above toys for review. Her opinions remain hers and hers alone.
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