Best STEAM Kits for Kids
Listed below are some of the best Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths kits that we know of for kids. Based on our experience in working with thousands of children, we'd recommend the following kits and equipment to amaze, entertain and educate your children. We plan on adding more kits and equipment over time, so if you are looking for that perfect present for an inquisitive child, then look no further. In order to offer the widest range possible, the following links will bring you to amazon.co.uk, where you can securely complete your purchase.
littleBits is one of our favourite educational toys/tools. When combined with LEGO, the possibilities are truly only limited by the children's imagination. The first time we introduced these fantastic prototyping tools to our club, 2 girls created a basketball ring with automatic score counter using LEGO, littleBits sensors, wires, buzzers and counters! They've also recently signed a deal with Disney to sell Star Wars Droid kits!
LEGO are a STEAM educator's dream, offering advanced models which can be programmed and provide sensors and movement, right through to their most basic building blocks, which are our favourites! The new LEGO 17101 Boost Creative Toolbox Toy (requires a compatible tablet) is a superb way of introducing kids to robotics.
The children absolutely love the clubs where they get to work with the Sphero robots. Using a compatible tablet, children can not only drive and race the Sphero, but also program the robots to do their bidding!
Dash, Dot & Cue
Snap Circuits from Elenco makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in the manuals and build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more! What's more, Elenco offer a limited-lifetime warranty on all parts! During a powercut one year, our kids were delighted to build an FM radio for background music, while we ate our candle-lit dinner: true experiential learning! They were so proud of their magic creation.
You can't go too far wrong with a decently priced tablet these days (if the tablet is €30, it's probably not going to work too well). We use a range of different tablets at Designer Minds, but for budget pricing paired with good performance, you can't really beat the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with 8" HD Display. Please note, that the Amazon tablets don't come with Google Play Store and you will need to install this yourself, if you need it.
Science Kits and Experiments
Science (and especially Chemistry) is like magic to kids! These kits are sure to entertain and educate your children.
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