These 8 Toys Can Make Your Kids Smarter

February 1, 2017
in Kids

As schools (and the Department of Education) encourage children to pursue in science, technology, engineering and math, the toy industry has been looking for ways to both assist and capitalize on STEM's popularity. And they're finding that there's a lot of fun to be had in teaching kids that science and math are more than just memorizing tables and formulas. The hiccup is, if you're looking for a STEM toy for your son or daughter, it can be overwhelming. One option is Amazon's just-announced subscription program called STEM Club, which delivers hand-picked, age-appropriate toys that encourage kids to learn as they play. At just under $20 per month, it guarantees a steady flow of items, but early customer reviews have been mixed. If you're more of a take-charge parent who would rather pick and choose STEM toys yourself, we've got a few suggestions that will not only engage your kids, but could keep you up late playing with the toys yourself. Jimu Robot Kit Jimo Robot TankBotJimo Robot Robots haven't quite lived up to the standard Hollywood has set for them, but you'd be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn't still think they're cool. Jimu is a build-it-yourself robot that features six servo motors, which act as joints, and about 200 snap-together parts. (Jimu means "building blocks" in Mandarin.) Once it's built kids – and parents – can control the robot from an iPhone or iPad, making it walk, dance and shimmy. If they want to dig deeper, kids can dig into the code section, creating a preset series of movements for Jimu using a drag-and-drop interface. It's worth noting that Jimu's Robot can be a challenging build. That's deliberate, as the company wants this to be an experience kids and parents share. Boolean Box Boolean BoxBoolean Box Aimed primarily at girls aged eight and up, this self-contained kit features all the components needed for kids to easily build their own Raspberry Pi computer. It's also preloaded with software that makes it...

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