Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – May 2017
We signed up for Amazon’s STEM Toy Club subscription as soon as it launched, and this is our fourth delivery, which arrived in early May. Unlike the Amazon Prime Surprise Sweets box, this is packaged very simply – it looks like any other shipment from Amazon.
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.
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)
Keep track of your subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wish list!
This month’s selection is a huuuuge bucket of gears and more, for constructing simple spinning machines!
The bucket is nice and sturdy, which I always appreciate when there are small parts involved.
The kit comes with green tiles that you can use as a base for your assembly. I noticed right away that these were fairly difficult to snap together. It’s nice on one hand because it does make a nice sturdy foundation, but will definitely require help from an adult.
There are a lot of different types of small pieces: multi-colored gears (all the same size), orange extenders, and green connectors. There are a couple of small handles too, which you can attach to the face of the gears for easy turning.
The instructions for this one are pretty simple – there are no specific things to build, but they give you some pointers to get you started.
I always try to test toys like this out myself before playtime, so I know what to expect. The green tiles were the toughest to put together, and the orange/green connectors were pretty snug too. I quickly figured out how to make a spinning tower after looking at the instructions, but since my son is only 2, I knew this would be a little difficult for him.
Instead of letting my 2-year-old go crazy, I built the green base for him and set out just a few gears and small tower. As soon as he saw it, he was super into it. I’m still trying to figure out how he already knew the word for “gear”!
At this age, we spent some time spinning the pieces around. He found it easier to spin the tower than the purple handle, but he liked watching everything else move around. Then we removed all the pieces and sorted them out by color, and played with putting them back on again (which was easy for a toddler to do).
Verdict: With Amazon’s STEM Toy Club, you can expect an interesting new educational toy each month, worth at least the price of the subscription (typically more). I will say that you should expect a LOT of small pieces! Even though some of the other toys we’ve gotten have a similar feel and also been construction based, this one is both simpler and more free-form, which I like. All of the toys we’ve gotten so far have covered general STEM concepts suitable for ages 3-4, with lots of opportunity for building, counting, cause and effect. This month was a decent value too, with the retail price about $8 over the cost of the box (more if you were to buy it elsewhere).
What do you think of the fourth month of the Amazon STEM Club Toy subscription box?