Toddlers are at the age where they are just soaking up all sorts of information and learning. The first five years (especially the first three years) of a child’s life are the most important as they shape the brain’s organization, development, and functioning. So, when you think about TOYS for a toddler (or any aged kids, really) think – “LEARNING” first!
I have compiled a list of 27 Awesome STEM & Skill Learning Toys Toddlers Will Love. Perfect for your HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST! These are toys you WANT your kids to have, because they are secretly learning. So, what is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math! Along with those toy choices, I wanted to also make sure I included some other learning toys for reading, coordination and skill building. I will also be adding a few more “STEM toy gift guides ” for other age ranges – so STAY TUNED!
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One of the first items you will see on this list is the “Your Baby Can Learn – Deluxe Kit” This was formerly known as “Your Baby Can Read”. Now – I know you probably think it’s all hype – I did too, when I first saw it over 10 years ago. But, then for some reason I had changed my mind and I purchased it for my son. Before he even entered Pre-K, he was reading. In fact – he read the first page of Harry Potter (minus the names – those are super hard) the night before he entered Pre-K. To this day (he is in the 5th grade now) he has always loved reading and has always maintained an advanced reader level in school. My daughter (20 months old) is now doing the program as well – I actually started her a little later than I did with my son. She asks for the DVDs! And at 20 months, although she can be a pretty lazy talker, If I ask her where a certain word is in her “your baby can” book – she points to it (without a picture!) So all I can say – is that I HIGHLY recommend this system!!! While I understand it is not a ‘toy’ like the rest of the list, your kids will LOVE the whole system and WILL ask for it. I truly believe this was the BEST investment I ever made for my kids, in regards to learning tools.
Here is a short video of my son at the age of 2 (approx 2.5) using the system
Check out this Holiday Gift Guide! 27 Awesome STEM & Skill Learning Toys Toddlers Will Love! Click To TweetAnd so, my friends, with all of that said … here is the list you have been waiting for! 27 Awesome STEM & Skill Learning Toys Toddlers Will Love.
Contains: 5 Special Edition Your Baby Can Learn! DVDs with at least two versions of each volume for a total of 11 videos + 5 Lift-the-Flap Books + 5 sets of Sliding Word and Picture Cards (50 words with pictures!) + Teaching Cards (166 words!) + Milestone Cards (20 cards!) + BONUS Your Child Can Read! DVDs + BONUS Sliding Phonics Card + Digital parent guide Dr. Titzer’s Guide to Early Learning +
The Primary Science Lab Set features real science tools perfectly sized for little hands. This colorful set entices children to experiment and explore, encouraging early hands-on science investigations at the kitchen table. Includes beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, test tubes and more, all made of durable plastic. Also includes Activity Guide and cards with fun, easy-to-do experiments.
Learn your numbers from 0 to 9 and practice your penmanship. Master the shapes of every number through repetition and practice
Tegu Blocks are built to foster curiosity. The mystery of magnets offers an experience that starts with marvel and joy. The very first “click-clack” of two blocks coming together sparks an instant magical discovery. Simple magnets and blocks become so much more, and Boundless Play is off and running. Tegu has reinvented the wooden block in a way that brings new life to a favored classic. By safely embedding magnets into each piece, Tegu Blocks become curiously attractive for both kids and kids at heart.
Tick tock tick tock, time for learning never stops! With the Happy Hour Clock, you can let the good times roll. Each number in this clock puzzle can be removed from its wooden base with small pegs perfect for tiny hands. Proper placement of these numbers help young ones learn to read the clock, and have fun doing it! This clock’s smile and nose point to the tellings of time. This friendly face paves the way for success!
With the Design and Drill Power Play Vehicles, little engineers can explore patterning, matching, counting, and develop key fine motor skills through construction play!
Winner: Toy of the Year award by Creative Child Magazine, Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. Young Scientists will learn about the fun of gardening through exciting hands-on science experiments. Young Scientists will make a terrarium, learn about underground habitats, explore the different parts of plants, test the soil, design a mini-garden, grow all kinds of seeds, perform plant experiments, identify bugs and their habitats, make a working sun dial, and much more.
Junior Glow Stomp Rocket is 100% KID powered! Run, jump and STOMP on the launch pad to shoot your rocket up to 100 feet in the air! All-foam Junior Glow Stomp Rockets are great for younger kids. They glow in the dark and are perfect for nighttime fun! Junior Glow Stomp Rocket is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. The Junior Glow Stomp Rocket package includes 4 all-foam glow-in-the-dark Stomp Rockets with a Stomp Launch Pad and Launch Stand.
Hop aboard the Number Train where learning to count has never been so much fun! With numbered LEGO DUPLO bricks and 3 wagons, young builders will learn math skills while creating and constructing their own toddler-friendly train! Rebuild into a tunnel, building, dog house and more. Includes child LEGO DUPLO figure and a dog.
Let Telly The Teaching Time Clock help your child learn to tell both analog and digital time using two quiz modes. In the learning mode, Telly teaches time in five minute increments when his hands are moved, updating his LCD screen. In the quiz mode, Telly asks your child to move the hands on his face to match the time displayed on his screen. Telly is also a real working clock. Learning to tell time has never been so much fun
This fun and informative physics and engineering kit allows preschool-age kids to get a head start on learning important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills.
Designed by a scientist and mother of two preschoolers, GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope allows kids to see magnified hidden worlds with ease! This fully functional microscope is a real tool with a range of magnification (2.5x–8x) designed with a preschooler in mind
Memory and matching in a unique wood game. Players uncover houses looking for the right home for their animals.
Go green and bring STEM concepts to life with the K’NEX Exploring Wind & Water Energy Set! Designed to address critical science, technology and engineering concepts in the middle school classroom and provide instructional models that will enhance students’ understanding of these important concepts.
The My First Lab Whodunnit? Case Confidential forensic microscope kit is specially designed to allow young scientists, ages nine and up, to explore the world of Forensic Science. This kit underlines the important role that a microscope plays in the course of forensic investigation and will promote your child’s ability to develop theories, test their theories and then validate those theories through experimentation.
Ready, Set, Count. – Count, Measure and Make. Create 8 counting crafts. Everything you need is included. Finger puppets, paper chains, coloring activities and more.
Mix it, pour it, press it! Bill Nye – the Science Guy – teaches kids all about the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This creative kit comes with everything needed for kids to make their own recycled paper, along with greeting cards, notepads and so much more from waste paper. Making crafts has never been so fun and educational!
Look up and discover the night sky with the GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope. Little ones can see the moon like never before with a real scientific tool – made just for them! This focus-free telescope features 10x magnification and a wide field of vision for easy viewing. Durable and easy-to-use, this telescope is the perfect gift for young explorers who are curious about space.
Kids will be over the moon for the space themed version of Techno Gears Marble Mania Galaxy 2.0! An automatic marble launcher sends marbles flying into the tracks’ twists and turns. Glow in the dark components, blinking lights and fun space-like sound effects add to the fun children can have when assembling this marble run, which includes more than 400 pieces!
Valtech Magna-Tiles are 3D magnetic building tiles that are designed for open ended play and to captive the minds and creativity of young children
See what develops as kids play with Code-a-pillar. Problem-Solving Skills Once kids can ‘program’ a path for Code-a-pillar, the sky’s the limit! It opens the door to problem solving as they figure out how to get Code-a-pillar to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing Skills After rearranging his segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan out a path for Code-a-pillar and put his pieces together in the right sequences, they can get him to follow it! Critical Thinking Skills The more kids rearrange Code-a-pillar pieces, they more they develop critical thinking skills by ‘programming’ different combinations to send him in different directions!
Challenge your child’s imagination with the 4M Soda Can Robug. Perfect for any young scientist, this fun robotics kit teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used soda can into a moving, functional ‘robug’. When activated, this robotic creation scuttles around making a unique buzzing sound–just like a real bug. Not only does this kit foster creativity, it’s an excellent opportunity to show kids how toys are assembled and function.
Kids power up their imaginations and build coordination and creative thinking skills as they drill chunky, child-sized components into this award-winning sturdy activity board. Children love following the colorful activity cards to create pictures and patterns—from trains and boats to flowers and fish. Young builders can drill their very own designs! Just snap any one of the drill bits into the power drill or the screwdriver handle, grab a handful of bolts, and turn on the learning fun! Perfect for STEM learning- Builds construction and fine motor skills- Enhances creativity
LeapStart Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten is an interactive learning system that gets kids 2-4 years old excited about everything from counting to problem solving with fun replayable activities that teach life and school skills. With 400+ activities across a library of 16 books (sold separately), and 50 key skills per level, we’re helping kids build tomorrow’s skills today, in new imaginative ways.
This interactive, activity book talks, sings and comes to life with 30+ replayable activities focusing on STEM and Teamwork skills for pre-kindergarten core and life skills.
It’s a lot of fun! Race against time with your friends or your family members. Make the marble stay at the beginning. Go and pass the barriers and arrive the ending according to the small arrow on the track orderly.
So, there you have it friends! What do you think? DId you see one that you absolutely love? Don’t forget – MORE STEM and learning gift guides for other ages are coming up, so stay tuned!! Also, Don’t miss out on our other Holiday gift guides that are already posted! You can find them all HERE.
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