We know two things about Barbie: She’s fashionable and she can literally do anything she wants.
Thames & Kosmos reinforces what we know to be true with the Barbie STEM kit, a kit that uses plastic building pieces and science experiment materials to build (lol, pun intended) upon the concept, “You Dream It… You Make It!” The company famous for its fun science kits partnered with Mattel to bring Barbie to STEM-learning fun.
Each kit comes with a Barbie or Nikki doll, dressed for experiments in her lab coat (with pink stitching, obvi). Kids can follow the kit’s step-by-step instructions to help get Barbie or Nikki prepare for the Annual Animal Shelter Gala. The instructions are setup in a storybook format, guiding kids through seven building projects and more than seven experiments. Needless to say, this kit is packed full of STEM fun. Kids can build up a spinning closet rack, a washing machine, a jewelry holder, a hammock (which looks super comfy when built—it’s even got a leap fan! #royalty), a dress designer platform, a shoe rack, and a greenhouse with a fan. The builds are challenging enough that kids will learn and discover new STEM concepts, but approachable enough that they make subjects like physics and engineering a lot less scary.
Along with all of those amazing build ups, kids can also create three unique dresses for their doll. They can work through experiments to design a chromatography dress, a leaf-print dress, and an optical-illusion origami dress, so that Barbie or Nikki can hit the gala looking fierce. These experiments cover all of the important STEM skills—biology, chemistry, physics, engineering—and also incorporate art and design, so kids can learn how their science and creative worlds actual meld together.
The best part about these kits is that the fun doesn’t end once the experiment or activity is over. Whether it’s math and science or biology and chemistry, each kit is built to Barbie-scale so kids can add their creations to their Barbie world. And yes, they are all compatible with the original Barbie Dreamhouse. You’re welcome.