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Finding Engaging STEM Toys for your Child

What are STEM Toys?

STEM toys are designed to build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While many parents hope that playing with these toys will foster the interest and skills needed for a future STEM-related career, these toys do so much more. STEM toys engage young minds, foster creativity and unlock critical developmental skills like fine and gross motor skills, cognitive and analytical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities. Most importantly, STEM toys are FUN!

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Best Toys for Girls for 2017

STEM toys aren’t just for boys! With the emergence of female-focused STEM toys, your little lady can explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math, while building fun and imaginative creations. Check out our roundup of the best toys for girls for 2017 below (we’re confident that boys will love these toys too).

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Best Toys for Boys for 2017

The emergence of STEM toys has opened up a whole new world of interesting, hands-on play for little ones. STEM toys focus on the principles of science, technology, engineering and math – however, they are so fascinating and fun that kids don’t even realize they are learning. With so many cool and educational toys to choose from, the tough choice isn’t what to get, it’s how to choose just one!

Check out our roundup of the best toys for boys for 2017 (but we’re sure girls will love these toys too). Lots of STEM toys have made our list!

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Arts & Crafts and Your Child

Art and creativity are essential to every child’s development, that’s why children naturally incorporate creativity and art into their daily play and why arts and crafts are an essential element in elementary classrooms around the world.

By fostering your child’s creative and artistic instincts you help them express their feelings and emotions in a healthy way. The imagination used in music, arts and crafts nurtures problem-solving skills, fine-motor skills and emotional development.

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Science Toys and Your Child

Children are full of curiosity and are driven to explore and discover. Channelling this sense of discovery into science is a great way to exercise your child’s intelligence and teach them irreplaceable skills.

Science exists in many forms, from chemistry and physics to robotics and electricity. There are many ways to learn about science depending on your child’s strengths and interests. Teaching children about the world through science based educational toys and activities will help them develop mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.

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Robot Toys and Your Child

Increasingly, robots are gaining a prominent role in society. Whether it is socially, technologically or educationally, we are seeing robots more and more. The toy industry is responding by providing lots of robotic toy options, and rightfully so! Toys are a fantastic way for children to learn important skills and robotic toys in particular provide children with the opportunity to harness their cognitive and analytical thinking skills, learn attention to detail, tackle complex problem solving, practice fine-motor skills, and practice the skills of dedication and persistence, which will serve them well as they grow.

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Coding Toys and Your Child

Coding is “the process of creating a program, letting it run, encountering problems, dissecting and examining the problem, and finding a solution so you can create something.” Coding is the language behind social media, phone apps and computers, and according to Forbes Magazine it’s the language of the future. Forbes says that important advancements in education are coming to us through toys and games that provide children with an opportunity to practice what is known as computational thinking or coding.

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