One of the foundations of STEM education is engineering. I love this part because it is so creative.
If you want to encourage your kids to experiment with engineering, here are some fun STEM building toys you can have at home.
They’re great open-ended toys that will encourage creativity and STEM learning.
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These toys are so much fun and are great investments. Your kids will have hours of fun!
Awesome STEM Building Toys
Perhaps the first building toy that pops in your head is LEGO bricks. While there are tons of fun themed sets, a classic set like this will encourage kids to be creative and come up with their own ideas.
Combine your LEGO set with this fun Klutz LEGO Gadgets set so you can build fun and simple machines.
If your kids are still too little for the classic LEGOs, get a fun bin of DUPLO blocks. This fun set would be perfect for your toddlers and preschoolers.
I loved LEGOs as a kid, but I also loved my set of Tinkertoys. Here is a fun updated version of this classic building toy.
Build big structures with a set of cardboard blocks. They’re lightweight, safe, and easy to build with.
Or, use a fun Crazy Forts building set to build a structure you can play inside of.
Marble runs are a great STEM engineering project and you can make them over and over again with this fun marble run set.
You can build anything you can imagine with this fun interlocking discs building set.
Build with magnetic blocks with a Magna-Tile set. There are so many fun options, but this 100-piece set is a great starting point.
Or try a different sort of magnet building set with this magnetic rods and balls building set.
Build with gears with this fun Gears! Gears! Gears! Gizmos Learning Resources building set.
Design and build roller coasters with this awesome Roller Coaster Challenge toy from ThinkFun.
Which of these STEM building toys to you think would be fun to have at home?
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