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There is no doubt about it that play is the foundation for learning. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys promote critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving, and imagination. The best STEM toys for girls are not only fun, but they encourage the development of these critical skills through play.
Why is it important to encourage STEM with girls? According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up half of the U.S. college-educated workforce but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. Even more, women account for only 15% of those in engineering and 25% in computer and mathematical science. We need to make sure we are giving our girls opportunities to explore the world around them!
The best STEM toys for girls:
Learn STEM skills while playing and having fun! Botley teaches coding completely screen-free. Botley’s easy to use remote programmer transmits your commands and sends him moving! Botley can detect objects in front of him and avoid them and take on obstacle courses.
Plan, grow, and care for your own fairy garden. Kids can connect with nature and take pride in caring for a living thing.
Grow crystals in 8 different colors and then show off your home-grown crystals on the light up display.
A complete kit for melting and molding your own soaps! It also includes soap-based science experiments that you can do for a hands-on chemistry lesson.
This is definitely one of my favorites! Transform your iPad into a hands-on learning tool with five different games. It encourages visual thinking, problem solving, and creative thinking and also turns math and spelling concepts into hands-on fun.
This programmable mouse introduces kids to coding. Plan a path with the picture cards and then program the mouse to follow the commands!
The award winning kit that started it all! In the set is 350 brightly-colored geometric stick-ons in 5 different colors with a reversible 2-sided play board. It all comes in an elegant spiral bound book, with a presentation case that features the history of Colorforms. Children can make hundreds of different figures, patterns and shapes with the amazing Colorforms that adhere to any surface like magic. Peel the Colorforms off, and use them again and again!
Through hands-on play with the 10-piece set — including a tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clacker, tone blocks, and a triangle — children become familiar with basic musical concepts like rhythm, melody, and dynamics.
The best STEM toys for girls encourage them to explore and learn about the world around them through play (how fun is that?!?) and help to develop critical thinking skills, inquiry, and imagination.