Over the last couple of weeks, I have blogged about STEM toys. My first blog explained that STEM toys are toys that encourage children to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths through play.
Last week’s blog focused on fun STEM Toys for pre-school aged children. This week, I’m focusing on STEM toys for children aged 5-9 years.
A simple pack of playing cards can encourage STEM learning in multiple ways. Your child can try and balance/ stack them into a tower, learn some clever card tricks to play on friends/family or play card games with them. Although the term ‘STEM’ is relatively new, the games and toys can be as traditional and retro.
Magnets teach children all about magnetic fields and what items are magnetic. We particularly love these rattle magnets as they are super strong and they are fun to gravitate towards each other and hold apart.
This wooden educational toy would suit children who like seeing patterns and who are learning their multiplication tables.
Not only will this craft kit teach you how to fold a paper airplane, but it’s also a simple way to learn simple aerodynamics. There’s 20 airplanes in each pack, so they can be a great activity for a children’s party and you can race them after they have been made.
Your child will be able to wow all those around him/her with this box of 160 wooden blocks and shapes from HABA.
7. Mini Octons
Use these mini octons to make your very own shapes and objects. Great for imaginative play and creativity. Brilliant for putting symmetry and balance into practice.
8. TInka Tek Construction Kits
Learn all about our solar system and planets through this fun craft. If you’d prefer not having to paint your solar system mobile, I also stock a glow in the dark version.
10. Learn to Tell the Time Kits
This is the perfect age to teach your child how to read clocks and I have two activity sets that will help you. The first (above) is the Learn to Tell the Time Magneti’Book from Janod. It’s a sturdy case with magnetic lid. Inside are magnetic pieces to help teach the analogue and digital clock as well as activity suggestions for each time of the day. The second activity is the Tell the Time Set from Galt Toys.
11. Maths Wheels
12. Gift in a Tin – Castle in a Tin (Discontinued)
This wooden construction kit is recommended for children aged 8+ as it involves concentration and fine motor skills to complete. It’s great fun to play with and comes in a very handy storage tin.
13. Gift in a Tin – Build your own Butterfly Nectar Feeder (Discontinued)
Using the materials in the tin and the instructions you can build your own butterfly nectar feeder and watch butterflies and bees frequent your garden.
This box of games contains over 50 games to play, many of which include dice (number recognition, addition, etc) and card games.
15. Bingo (Discontinued)
Bingo is a great family game that is fun for everyone. It helps develop number recognition and order.
16. Melissa and Doug – Secret Decoder Kit
This kit comes with invisible ink pens, a wheels code, a seek and find lens and three workbooks to figure out codes and puzzles. Perfect for this age group. I also stock a travel version here.
17. Scratch and Discover World Atlas (Discontinued)
Learn all about the world and where everywhere is using this scratch art atlas.
18. Marble Run
This wooden marble run is fun to build and play with. Construct in in multiple ways and test it each time to see if the marble will move from the top to the bottom.
Ok, I think that’s enough for one blog! If you haven’t found what you are looking for, take a look at my full range of toys and games for this age group here.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your day,