Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – October 2017
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.
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)
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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!
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.
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. 🙂
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
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.
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 🙂
The family goes on a series of adventures and has to build various flying machines to continue their story.
Each model that you can build comes complete with a thorough parts list…
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.
As you complete each model, you’re rewarded with the continuation of the story and some fun facts about each aircraft.
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.
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!
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.
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:
What do you think of this month’s toy from the Amazon STEM Club Toy subscription box?