I would like to share some of my favorite STEM tools and toys that I use with my students. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Put these tools in your classroom to challenge your students to plan, design, and build various things. Make STEM a part of your classroom! Read all about how I do STEM in my preschool classroom HERE.
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Favorite STEM Tools & Toys for Preschool & Kindergarten
Do you have your students design and build with small blocks? Then these family counters are perfect. They are just the right size for small blocks! Challenge your students to plan, design, and build houses, pet shelters, and so much more with these family counters. The perfect addition to the blocks center or your STEM drawers.
Kids love to build, and this set comes with everything they need to create the biggest and greatest creation of all time. The colors are vibrant and thanks to the high quality, this set will be around for several years. I have a tub of these blocks with some STEM I Can Build Cards in my discovery center.
These are my FAVORITE blocks! They are an investment but are totally worth it! Start with one set and slowly add more unit blocks sets as you can. I have a few of these sets in my blocks center and they are played with EVERY DAY. As students build, they explore so many math and science concepts like engineering, shapes, measurement, balance, weight, and symmetry.
Kids can count all the way to 100 with a little help from these colorful blocks. They all link together which makes it easy to group blocks to engineer new things!
These life-size blocks look like colorful bricks. The best part about them is that you can build kid-sized structures, forts, and more. I love how they are so lightweight!
We all know how much kids adore these DUPLO blocks. The engineering possibilities are ENDLESS with these DUPLO Legos. Students can plan, design, and build anything they put their mind to!LEGO Juniors Construction Set
This bucket of LEGO’s is full of pieces to build a construction site. Perfect for the future engineer!
This vehicle set has it all, police cars, taxi cab, and even a race car! Pick up this Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug to make an instant road and city for the cars to travel, a garage to park the vehicles, or an entire community! Vehicles are a must for every STEM center. I also LOVE this Community Vehicles Set!
Challenge your preschooler and kindergartner to design and build with gears! They will learn how to problem solve when the gears don’t line up quite right. Once they get it straight, the joy on their face from the cause and effect sequence they created is worth all of their efforts.
Design and construct a marble run and watch as the marble sets off the spinners as it makes it way through the maze of tubes, slides, and drops.
Each segment on this caterpillar represents a movement. When the movement is happening, it lights up. A great way to introduce kids to coding. YES preschoolers and kinders can code!
Taking measurements is serious business. Make sure your kids have the right tool on hand to get the job done right. Every engineer needs a tool to measure their structure!
Let your little engineers imagination run wild as they design and build with these magnetic blocks. These are another one of my students’ favorite things to build with!
Load up the semi truck, it’s ready to take the race cars to the race track! Another great addition to the Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug. Design, build, and test ramps and racetracks using these wooden race-cars.
All aboard! The farm train is ready to load up all of the animals along with the fruits, veggies, and milk. Time to get this shipment to town! Design train tracks and pathways for the train!
Has your preschooler or kindergartner ever asked you, “How do things go?”, if so, this set is the perfect STEM challenge for them! Kids will learn hands-on concepts of speed, motion, and gravity.
These STEM Stations Kits have everything you need already in them along with STEM challenge cards. Students can explore Magnetism, Motion (not pictured), or Buoyancy (aka sink or float) with real hands-on experiments and engineering activities.
This set has everything a scientist needs to conduct experiments including a science journal and activity cards. These tools are perfect for those water and color STEM challenges. Don’t forget the lab coat!
This set is a great introduction to human body anatomy and how a body is put together. There are different magnets that represent the skeletal system, organs, and muscles.
Teach kids balancing concepts with this see-saw balance toy. The cards challenge kids to try different balancing arrangements to get the see-saw to a level position.
Thanks to the lens on this microscope, kids don’t need to strain to get a close-up look. Instead of the usual single lens on microscopes, this one has two, which makes viewing as easy as looking through a pair of binoculars. Give students an opportunity to examine what things are made of!
This wooden toy has three different shapes to sort and stack; rings, octagons, and rectangles. It looks simple but will challenge your little learner.
Don’t forget a BIG part of STEM is the planning and designing. Have your students create blueprints or sketches of their structures before or after they build!
Have you discovered any new STEM tools and toys to use? Share your favorite STEM picks in the comments. Don’t forget to visit our STEM I can Build Unit where there are even more STEM challenges in action in my classroom!
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