Play Smart: Toys to Get Your Kids Thinking


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know careers in STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics — are rapidly growing areas. While your kids might be more interested in “Angry Birds” or “Minecraft,” as a parent, you might be thinking of ways to stimulate their interests toward topics that will help them in the future. You likely already know which areas of academia they excel in, but if you want to give a little push, consider these toys that will get your kids thinking while still having a great time.

Magformers. Created for children ages 3 and up, Magformers are similar to Legos. This toy is great for stimulating STEAM skills because it encourages players to consider the rules, creativity, and challenges associated with building the strongest, tallest structures. Unleash their inner engineers with this great gift for less than $30.

Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit. There’s no better way to get your child interested in something than to make it appear magical, and the bridge from science to magic is a short one. Help your kids ages 6-9 learn about chemical reactions, experiments and more for less than $15.

Think & Learn Code-a-pillar. This great gadget from Fisher-Price allows kids to discover the basic foundations for coding by figuring out the proper order of the light-up segments to hit pre-placed targets.

Genetipetz. Challenge everyday boredom and get your kids thinking about science and the intricacies of the animal kingdom with a MixedUP pal from Genetipetz.