If I'm being completely honest, I can't stand most toys. SO often they're big, loud, colorful and discarded soon after unwrapping. When cleaning out our toy shelves and bins as we sold our house, I took an interest in what landed in the keep vs discard pile. It stuck out to me that our keep pile, toys that actually engaged the girls time and time again, were nearly all STEM related toys and books. Man do we love books!
As a mom, I LOVE STEM toys! They're creativity enhancers during a period of life when these kiddos are brimming with creativity and a desire to learn! Here I've compiled a list of some of the best *and VERY VERY highly reviewed* STEM toys on the market. Many, many of these are beloved in our house. And the books, ahhh the books!!! If you don't have any of the books on this list, I swear even as a parent, uncle, whoever you are, you're missing out. These stories share what it's like to create, fail, succeed, to pick yourself up again and never stop reaching for the starts. They're inspirational, they're thought provoking, and they belong on every childs bookshelf!
I hope you enjoy this gift guide, I feel so passionate about the items on it!
THE best tiles for building with. HIGHLY recommended!
Favorite, favorite, FAVORITE book to read to our girls! Boys and girls alike all need it!
Who said building blocks needed to be small?
Game changer on long car rides, airplanes, and in the bathtub! Keep them in your diaper bag or purse for on the go fun.
Get ready to learn so much in this beautifully illustrated book!
Because everyone makes them!
For your more advanced reader - written by Astronaut Tim Peake about his adventures living in space. How cool?!
My love for Melissa & Doug toys is endless. The perfect set for your train loving toddler.
Over 3,000 5 star reviews don't lie! We have this in our house and the girls are AMAZED at what they can do with daddies help!
A chance to take your kids through the real (and incredible) process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly! I did this as a kid and I'll never forget it.
The reviews on these are HIGH!
A barista at a coffee shop slipped this to Josie one day while we were vacationing in CA so that Matthew and I could sit and enjoy our coffee rather than run out. She stayed occupied so long we went there every morning and ordered this before we got home! It's fantastic.
For the older STEM tween, design and code your own handbag creation!
Have any STEM or children toys you would recommend? I would LOVE to hear! It takes something special to keep toddlers occupied and happy, the search is never over :)