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Celebrate National STEM Day with Learning Toys

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles shape the world we live in. Now, more than ever before, it’s important to emphasize these concepts as part of the way kids learn, grow, and play. From… read more

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Turn Creativity Upside Down with Geckobot

A new toy from Thames and Kosmos might send kids climbing up the walls with excitement. Geckobot is more than just a buildable wind-up toy, it is a veritable science lesson in a box. 176… read more

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STEM Skills Are on Trend with Barbie STEM Kit

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… read more

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Code & Go Robot Mouse Builds Kids’ STEM Foundation

  I don’t have to tell you STEM skills are important. But what I should tell is that STEM learning can be cute, thanks to the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, from Learning… read more

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Learn to Code with Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues

Nancy Drew is the original STEM girl. She used her skills to sleuth mysteries and used critical thinking to solve problems before STEM turned into a gigantic trend in the past couple of years. I grew up reading… read more

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Light Up STEM Learning with Circuit Maze

I was never really exceptionally great at science as a kid—but I really, really loved logic puzzles. I’m convinced had Thinkfun’s Circuit Maze game existed two decades ago, I would probably be an electrical engineer… read more

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Cubetto Allows Hands-On Coding for Preschoolers

Goal: $100,000 Funding period: April 7, 2016 Creator: Primo Toys Cubetto, a small wooden box on wheels, is the newest coding toy for kids. The toy is designed to introduce preschoolers to basic, hands-on coding without… read more

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Real Construction Deluxe Workshop Teaches Kids to Safely Build

The Real Construction Deluxe Workshop, from Jakks Pacific, gives kids the opportunity to use their imagination and design their own projects, while incorporating key elements of STEM curriculums. Kids can build things out of foam wood that… read more

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Pixi Kits Introduce Robotics to Early Learners

Goal: $65,000 Funding Period: March 4, 2016 Stretch Goals: $125,000 and $250,000 Creator: The Middlekauff family Instead consuming technology, Pixi Kits allow kids to use technology to build their very own creations. Poppy is a pink robotic… read more

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GoldieBlox Build & Craft Introduces New Characters & STEM Concepts

GoldieBlox, the girl engineer who gets kids interested in STEM concepts, is back this year, and she’s brought some new friends along! Made for kids who love to tinker, each of the four new Build &… read more

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