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

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Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Box Exterior

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 ninth delivery. This subscription looks like any other shipment from Amazon, with no exterior branding on the box or special insert.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Box opening with a peek of our toy from inside

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 Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Unboxing and 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 Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Aircraft Engineer Kit Kids First Aircraft Engineer Toy

Thames & Kosmos Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit – Value $32.47 (MSRP: $49.99)

This month’s selection is an Aircraft Engineer Kit from Thames & Kosmos!

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Carrying case Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Storage case

I love this brand, in no small part because they have excellent carrying and storage cases! I’m still baffled by toys with small parts that come in cardboard boxes with no way to store/organize things after you open them up.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Overhead view

We’ve got a couple of other Thames & Kosmos toys in this subscription, including the Automobile Engineer Kit. The pieces in this kit match up perfectly with that one, so now we can build even bigger and better vehicles. 🙂

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Pieces and booklet

Just like that previous kit, this comes with an instructional booklet and story that follows the Omega family as they build (and rebuild) a series of flying vehicles

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Pieces from this toy neatly arranged Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Toy pieces

Small pieces aside, I love how colorful these are and the fact that most parts are easy enough for my son (2.5 years old) to put together himself. They all hold together with various pegs and friction.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

The book introduces you to the Omega family first, who are modern engineering/maker types. Dad is a science fiction writer, and Mom is a mechanical engineer. Yay to Thames & Kosmos for promoting strong role models for both boys and girls 🙂

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

The family goes on a series of adventures and has to build various flying machines to continue their story.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

Each model that you can build comes complete with a thorough parts list…

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

As well as detailed instructions on how to assemble. My son is way too young to follow directions on his own, but we could build together with my help. I’d ask him for the “long blue piece with holes” and he’d pick through the pieces to find it, and we could attach it together.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

As you complete each model, you’re rewarded with the continuation of the story and some fun facts about each aircraft.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Booklet

My son is very into construction machinery (thanks to Mighty Machines and Twenty Trucks, highly recommended if you allow TV and your kid is into trucks), and he loves learning about the specific different types of machines. Learning there were different kinds of airplanes was pretty cool for him!

However, he insisted on skipping over the planes and instead we built his current favorite piece of heavy equipment: a crane truck.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - In Action

We received a similar toy back in March, but it’s been in storage because we rotate which toys we have out at any given time. It was pretty cool to see how much better my son was with building concepts and dexterity over the last 7 months.

He immediately pulled out the wheels and said, “These are for a car. Where’s the body of the car?” and got pretty excited when I told him he’d have to build it!

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Crane

I helped him build the base, then he stuck in the tall green boom and declared this a crane truck. Then he added the long dowels in the middle (“These are the stabilizers!”). Mom added the eyeballs and we named him Charlie the Crane.

Amazon Kids STEM Toy October 2017 Review - Extra Crane

He really took it from there and played on the floor for quite a bit longer, inventing new things to add on and talking to himself and occasionally asking for help when he couldn’t get something on or off. I’m declaring this month’s toy a big success! I’m already looking forward to combining it with our Automobile Engineer kit on a snowy day this winter and building some crazy things together.

Verdict: Amazon’s STEM Toy Club is a winner this month. I’m really pleased with this subscription overall, and it’s allowed us to get something new each month for a really affordable price. The toys overall have been high-quality toys I might not have otherwise found on my own, too, which I love! And, the value is good this month, which has been the case more often than not in recent months. If you know a kid who likes building and science toys, this is an easy way to build out your playroom over time and save a bit of cash.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box: Based on feedback from other subscribers, we’ve learned that you might receive any of the toys featured in previous reviews as your first box for this subscription– not all subscribers receive the same toy each month.
Value Breakdown: We paid $19.99 and received the Thames & Kosmos Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit, which currently sells on Amazon for $32.47– a savings of $12.48
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.

2 Comments

  1. This may sound weird but I love watching your son grow up through these toy reviews!

    • I can’t believe I’ve been reviewing this box for 9 months already, he’s changed a lot since the first one! 🙂

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