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5 Great STEM Educational Toys For Kids To Learn All About Coding

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Coding has long been a great gift idea for kids. After all it does fit perfectly with the ever popular STEM educational toys realm. Kids really do love to learn and have fun at the same time! 

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5 Great STEM Educational Toys For Kids To Learn All About Coding

There’s still time for holiday shopping and kids most definitely have coding toys on their list!

 

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that encompasses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you want to include the arts then you’ll add an ‘a’ in there to make the acronym STEAM. You’ve probably seen both used simultaneously, but I’ve noticed that most of the time people are talking about the one without the art.  

 

 

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History of STEM Learning 

I like to think of STEM learning as a relatively new concept, but unfortunately I still think it’s the late 90’s or early 2000’s! At least that’s where I feel like I’m living. STEM learning actually came to be in 2001. By then I was several years out of high school (was supposed to be graduating from college that year, but that didn’t end up happening until 2008), so I wasn’t involved in the educational world when it was coined.

Can you believe that 2001 was 20 years ago?! Where does the time go? Of course STEM was around in my 80’s childhood. We just didn’t call it that!

 

Coding Toys

Here are some really great coding toys. And there’s something for every age!

 

STEM Educational Toys for Ages 4+

 

1:  CODING CRITTERS

Skye the Unicorn MagiCoders from Learning Resources

 
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  • Perfect for the preschool coder.
  • Kids can cast coding spells with the magic wand that will make the unicorn light up, chase her ball and dance. 
  • So many fun storybook adventures!

Get Skye the Unicorn Coding Critters MagiCoders from Learning Resources HERE.

 

 

 

Blazer the Dragon Coding Critters MagiCoders from Learning Resources

 
learning resources Blazer the Dragon Coding Critters MagiCoders

  • Perfect for the preschool coder.
  • Like with Skye, kids can cast coding spells with a magic wand that will make the dragon light up, chase his ball and dance. 
  • Lots of storybook fun!

 

Get Blazer the Dragon Coding Critters MagiCoders from Learning Resources HERE.

 

Coding Critters 

There are actually lots of different coding critter animals. 

 

See all the Coding Critters HERE.

 

 

2

Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse

 
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  • This robotic mouse is perfect for ages 4+
  • Kids can use critical thinking for coding Colby the mouse through the maze.
  • Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds.

Get the Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse HERE.

 

 

 

STEM Educational Toys for Ages 5+

 

3

Botley the Coding Robot from Learning Resources 

 
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  • This robot is ready right out of the box!
  • Botley can detect objects in front of him and avoid those objects!
  • He can even follow looping commands.

Get Botley the Coding Robot from Learning Resources HERE.

 

 

 

 

STEM Educational Toys for Ages 7+

4

Artie 3000 The Coding Robot from Educational Insights

 
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  • This robot technically has the STEAM happening with art!
  • Kids put in the code for drawing and Artie 3000 actually draws the lines.
  • Perfect for beginners and advanced coders. 

Get Artie 3000 The Coding Robot from Educational Insights HERE.

 

 

Artie Max The Coding Robot from Educational Insights

 
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  • This is coding to the MAX.
  • Artie Max has the ability to teach 5 coding languages: Blockly, Snap!, JavaScript, Python, and C++
  • He’s also WiFi enabled.

Get Artie Max The Coding Robot from Educational Insights HERE.

 

 

 

STEM Educational Toys for Ages 8-12

 

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Coding Charms from Hand2Mind

 
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  • Another level of coding that is creative with art. 
  • Incorporates fuse bead crafting.
  • So much fun for kids to create and learn coding without a computer in front of them.

 

Get Coding Charms from Hand2Mind HERE.

 

 

 

So many great holiday gift ideas that teach kids how to code and perfect their skills!

 

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