Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – December 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)
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This is a review of the 3-4-year-old age range Amazon STEM Club, $19.99/month.
About Amazon STEM Toy Club
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)
Amazon STEM Toy Club December 2017 Review
Lauri is a new-to-me brand, but I love the look of this colorful stacking toy this month for ages 3+!
This set apparently integrates with some other Lauri toys, too, like these Monkey Stackers for ages 2+.
Unfortunately for my husband and I, this toy has 100 pegs (20 of each color) plus 17 rubber mats. We just received a dominos set last month which also had more than 100 pieces, so I’m feeling a wee bit of “tiny pieces overload” right now.
On the plus side, we’re working on teaching our son about the importance of cleaning up. 😉
This activity sheet had a lot of really cool ideas! They encourage you to talk to your kid about their constructions (“Could it be a playground structure? Where would you climb?”) and even play with patterning and math by making a simple 3D graph!
Out of the box, you’ll receive pegs and simple rubber mats. The mats are perforated to reveal 17 different shapes (plus one large mat that you will use as a base for your construction):
Lots of different shapes and sizes to play with!
The pegs are plastic and have a matte sort of finish. All of the pieces are the same, so it’s easy for kids to grasp the basic concept and let their creativity run wild!
They may look pretty flimsy, but once they’re stuck together they’re actually pretty sturdy!
We built a simple example tower so you can see how the pegs are plugged into the base mat for stability, then you can stack and layer on top. There are a LOT of possibilities for open play with this toy! You could even build simple structures for toy cars and other toys, and I love the potential for math and pattern type games, too.
Verdict: Amazon’s STEM Toy Club is featuring another really cool building toy this month! I’ve really never seen a toy quite like it. Since the dominos from the last box are still really holding my son’s attention, and because Christmas is in just a few days, we decided to hold off on giving this one to him for a little while– but I know he’s going to love it.
Once again, the value this month is great – the full MSRP of this toy is twice the price of this subscription. Plus, this brand seems really cool! I love that we’re building up a stash of fun building toys.
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