STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) toys have always been around, forcing kids to calculate, measure, and create — in essence, think — as they played. These 67 products that fall under the STEAM umbrella are as educational as they are enjoyable — we even found some kids and moms to tell you so.
"The thing I like the best about the pet set is that everything you do teaches you how to help a pet be well. I also like that you get to make stuff." - Bea, 5
"I like that the bug never gets stuck anywhere. It bounces right off and continues to roll everywhere." - Masen, 9
"These are a great alternative to LEGOs for younger kids who need sensory toys because the bristles feel cool. You can still make lots of cool stuff... and they don't kill your feet when stepped on." - Kristina, mom
"It was so much fun! The wheel was hard to put together but otherwise, it is very good. It took me 3 tries to make it right.” - Emily, 8 on the Mechanical Sweeper. "It was fun and challenging making the spin art machine. I liked the kit because even when we were done making the machine, we can still make beautiful art." - Maylin, 11 on the Spin Art Machine.
"These paint pens are for ~artists~ but my 3-year-old loves being able to color neatly, mix colors, and get bright results. Plus you can use them on canvas shoes, paper, rocks, etc." - Janet, mom
"I like the scale because it’s really fun with all the little bits and stuff. I like weighing it like at the grocery store when I weigh the sweet potatoes for my mommy." - Alice, 5