Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – March 2018
We signed up for Amazon’s STEM Toy Club subscription as soon as it launched. 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 This Educational Subscription for Kids
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)
March’s Toy: Lauri Number Puzzle Boards & Pegs
This month, we have another Lauri toy, this counting and number set! We received a compatible Lauri stacker set back in December.
The set comes with small crepe rubber puzzles for numbers 1-10, and enough pegs so you can count all of the cards at once.
These toys are surprisingly sturdy! The pegs are strong and the crepe rubber is standing up to a fair amount of abuse from our toddler. 😉
The only thing I don’t love about the Lauri toys is that there’s no storage solution included. We recently bought a number of small plastic totes to help keep our toys organized, so we set aside one of those for our two Lauri toys. My son loves to stand on and destroy cardboard boxes so, reusing them for storage is no longer an option these days!
Lauri always includes a nice activity guide, too. In addition to the games you might expect (like counting out loud as you put pegs into the numbered cards), they had some other great suggestions I wouldn’t have thought of on my own:
- Color recognition using stacks of various colored pegs
- Simple addition and subtraction exercises
- Using the numbered boards as puzzles by taking the blue and yellow components apart
- Listening and following directions
As you can see, addition is a fun one to play with: you can start with the 5 board with 5 pegs, then add one stacked on top and have your child count the total pegs.
All the blue and yellow pieces come apart easily, and are pretty easy for small hands to put together, too. We’ve already lost the tiny blue pieces that fit inside the 6 and the 9, though.
I love that these pegs work with our existing set, and they are fun for free play too!
They easily stack and the colors are so bright. My son likes to try and make super tall towers out of each color and see how tall he can make them before they fall over.
Here are a few photos from our first evening playing with this toy:
We spent a lot of time counting and putting the numbers in order.
And once that was done, he figured out on his own that the rubber boards could also come apart. He patiently sat and removed every single number and separated all of the blue and yellow halves. I’ve since shown him how to put them back together so mommy doesn’t have to clean them all up herself every time, hehe.
All in all, he really enjoys playing with this toy in different ways, and I’m having a great time trying to teach him some basic addition and subtraction concepts since he’s got counting down already. I love that this works with the toy we received a few months ago, too… now we can build even bigger and taller structures since we have more pegs!
Amazon’s STEM Toy Club is the subscription box my kiddo loves the most at this age! Every time I come home with a box in my hand he goes “Oh! Mommy, what did you bring for me?” and we usually end up spending the whole evening (and the next morning) playing. I think over time, this subscription has really helped with his building, counting, and understanding of cause-and-effect. I’m actually thinking it’s time to dig out a few of the toys we put away in storage last year and see how he plays with them now.
Value-wise, we almost always receive a toy that retails for more than the $19.99 price of the box, and this month is no exception.
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