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Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – September 2017

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Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review

Amazon has launched a STEM Club Toy subscription box! This monthly subscription delivers “handpicked, high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys” to your door for $19.99/month.

We signed up for Amazon’s STEM Toy Club subscription as soon as it launched, and this is our eighth delivery. This subscription looks like any other shipment from Amazon, with no exterior branding on the box– although this time around, we did get some back-to-school themed tape.

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Unboxing

There are 3 age range options:

  • 3-4-year-olds (counting, building, and cause and effect)
  • 5-7 year-olds (hands-on experiments and explorations of electricity, earth science, and simple math)
  • 8-13-year-olds (more complex projects and experiments based on principals of physics, chemistry, and engineering)

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of the 3-4-year-old age range Amazon STEM Club, $19.99/month.

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - First Peek

The Subscription Box: Amazon STEM Toy Club

The Cost: $19.99 per month

The Products: Each month you will receive a different, age-appropriate STEM toy.

Ships to: U.S. (free shipping)

Check out all of our Amazon STEM Toy Club reviews, more educational and STEM subscriptions for kids, and all Amazon subscription boxes in our subscription box directory!

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Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers

Magformers Basic 30 Piece Set – Value $32.83 (MSRP: $49.99)

This month’s toy is a magnetic building set! I’ve never seen this exact one, but I have always thought that magnetic sets are loads of fun. They’re different enough from regular building bricks that they get kids thinking about new ways of making things.

Bonus: When my kid gets tired of this, it will also be a great toy to keep on my desk at work 😉

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers

This 30 piece set comes with 12 triangles and 18 square pieces. The box is not designed for storage and re-use, but that is less of an issue with magnetic toys since they can literally stack and stick together for easy cleanup.

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Triangles Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Triangles

The magnets float inside the plastic frames and freely rotate, so it’s easy to stick them together. We had very few issues with opposing magnetic forces pushing the pieces away while we were playing.

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Squares

And they’re a snap to play with both flat, and in three dimensions:

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Squares Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Shapes Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Shapes

The kit does come with a booklet as well. This includes a rundown of the various other kits you can purchase to expand your Magformers collection, as well as some basic visual instructions for making different shapes!

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Instructions Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Instructions Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Instructions

We did encounter a few in the booklet that used additional pieces we didn’t have on hand, but the majority we could complete with the 30 pieces we have.

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Instructions

There are also instructions for carnival accessories which again are not included in this box, but you can make some pretty cool things with that add-on!

Amazon STEM Kids Subscription Box September 2017 Review - Magformers Instructions

My son’s verdict? Loved it.

Initially, I just let him explore, and he enjoyed just collecting all the shapes and stacking them in little towers and then taking them apart again. He’s 2.5 so building and destroying is basically his MO in life at the moment.

Amazon STEM August 2017 - Playtime

Then I let him pick the shape to make from the booklet, so of course, he picked the ball. 😉 I asked him to hand me the different shapes as we went, and we talked about colors and got to do a bit of counting too.

Amazon STEM August 2017 - Playtime

The coolest part is that you build the models flat, and then you sort of pick them up from the center and the sides start to snap together, and it starts to form into the shape as you pull and gently nudge pieces around. It’s really fun and he loved that part!

Almost as much as he loved smashing the finished product and asking me to build it again. 😉

Amazon STEM August 2017 - Playtime

He continued to play with this all evening on his own, too. He sorted out all the colors and shapes, and then made this long line of squares in the kitchen while I was cooking dinner, which he jumped over a lot and drove his cars around. He was pretty excited to see it on the coffee table this morning too, so I think he will get a lot of enjoyment from this simple toy! I love that there are so many ways to play with it.

When I first saw the package, I was worried about losing pieces and annoying clean up, but this is literally a snap. We just stuck the pieces together magnetically and they form a nice, neat stack. I’d even consider putting this in our diaper bag to help keep his hands busy while we’re out at dinner.

Verdict: I am a big fan of Amazon’s STEM Toy Club this month! This toy is deceptively simple looking, but there are so many different ways to play and learn from it. Aside from playing with the magnets from this science kit we received a few months ago, this is our first magnetic toy and my son is really enjoying it! I’m happy that this subscription hasn’t been too repetitive; overall we’ve had great variation in the toys we’ve received.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box: You can sign up for this subscription here at anytime; your subscription shipping and renewal date is based on when you join. However, we are not sure if you will receive this exact toy if you sign up now.
Value Breakdown: We paid $19.99 and received the Magformers Basic 30 Piece Set, which currently sells on Amazon for $32.83– a savings of $12.84.
If you like this box, you might also like: Tinker Crate (ages 9+), Groovy Lab in a Box (ages 8+), Bitsbox (ages 6-12)

What do you think of this month’s toy from the Amazon STEM Club Toy subscription box

Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Hello Fresh and Honest Company, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

10 Comments

  1. Would I get this box if I ordered now? Thanks

    • I called Amazon to ask this same question and they said no…it could be any of the various monthly offerings…bummer!

      • Thanks!

    • I ordered at the beginning of the month/end of last month, but it shipped in September. My 4 year old nephew received Thomes & Kosmos Kids First Automobile Engineer, the toy from the March review, which he completely loves!
      I’m wondering if anyone else has had this experience. Is this the first toy they always ship? Does it go in the order I see in the reviews here? Or does everyone get a different toy?

      • Hi- I started ordering a few months ago and the First Automobile Engineer was my first one too and each month I’ve gotten the boxes in order that they have been reviewed (I just got my 3rd box, the gears, and the 2nd was the drill). In the reviews on Amazon it sounds like that was most people’s experience – they get them in the order of the reviews regardless when they start.

        • Interesting and good to know! We will add this info to our future reviews 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

  2. My 12 year still plays with these. We purchased them about seven years ago and keep them at my in law’s house. As soon as the kids (12, 9, and 4) walk in the door, it’s the first thing they get out.

  3. My son is going to love this!

    • My kids LOVE these and have a few sets. They never stop building new things. They are easy to pick and don’t hurt when you step on them.Very high quality. This is a steal of a deal for these!

    • My son has not stopped playing with this toy all week. Every morning, it’s the first thing he goes for after he eats breakfast. I’m actually considering buying an expansion pack and I never do that, haha!

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