Toy Insider Senior Editor Maddie Michalik joined Better Connecticut in New Haven to show off some of the fall’s best new educational toys. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
Kids can explore the world with wildlife-warrior Bindi Irwin and learn more than 1,000 facts about geography and life science. This updated version of the bestselling Talking Globe takes kids on a high-tech, hands-on, interactive adventure with a smart pen featuring Bindi’s voice. Features three play modes: Explore, Find it, and Measure it. Promotes independent learning either at home or in the classroom.
Learn about the states of matter through crafty science experiments and squishy, sensory play. Activities include creating a squishy stress ball, a scented mini mood lamp, and a calming mood tube.
This all-in-one learning pack includes the tools kids need to make 3D-printed projects. The low-heat, non-toxic plastic hardens quickly, so kids can literally draw in the air. To use the pen, simply plug it in, turn it on, and create.
Kids get even the smallest specimen in focus using the focus dial and can record a video or photo of observations to save for later. The microscope features a tilting, 4.3-inch LCD screen digital display and 800x magnification. The full-color learning guide provides loads of information on biology and observation and the kit includes five professionally prepared biology slides, five blank slides, and a mini geode to examine. Kids can bring the portable, wireless microscope anywhere! It has a built-in, rechargeable battery that allows them to have a full charge every time they go out.
Kids can discover their inner architect by snapping together rods and connectors to build designs including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and the London Eye. Each set comes with historical information about the landmark and detailed easy-to-follow, step-by-step building instructions.
Kids learn about volcanoes, weather, outer space, and more. The Smithsonian Mega Science Lab is six STEM kits in one! Observe the process of crystal formation, assemble and paint a model of the earth and moon, and erect and erupt your very own volcano. Create an Eco Dome Habitat where you can catch, collect, and study bugs. Kids can assemble and install their own weather station to start logging temperature, wind direction and speed, barometric pressure, humidity, clouds and precipitation.