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Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 3 to 4 – May 2018

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

Unboxing Amazon STEM Subscription

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.

Learning Resources Space Explorers Gears Set

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)

May’s Toy: Space Explorers Gear Building Set

Learning Resources Space Explorers Gears Set

Learning Resources Space Explorers Building Set – Retail Price $39.99 (Available here for $35.54)

I was not thrilled with our Learning Resources toy last month, but this gear building set is a new take on a toy we previously received and enjoyed (about a year ago already!). I knew right away this one would be a hit with my three year old!

Learning Resources Space Explorers Gears Set

This toy comes with 77 pieces including base squares, gears, a crank, and various tower, planet, and astronaut figures.

Learning Resources Space Explorers Gears Set

While the box isn’t plastic or anything, so far it’s actually held up at home for about a week and a half– so it’s possible to use it for storage, as long as your kid doesn’t stand or jump on it. (That’s usually how ours end up getting destroyed).

Learning Resources Space Explorers Gears Set

I am already loving this set more than the previous Gears Gears Gears! set we received; it just looks so much more interesting!

Instructions

The instruction guide is pretty simple. It explains how many of each piece you should have and some general instructions.

Instructions

Then it also takes you through step-by-step how to build the assembly shown on the box:

Instructions Stickers

There are stickers included so there’s a tiny bit of prep/assembly required. The instructions don’t really explain the stickers at all, but it’s obvious where most of them go. The smaller round stickers just go on top of various gears (covering up the center hole), which took me awhile to figure out. I feel like those won’t last too long.

All the pieces!

Here’s everything laid out (before putting stickers on).

Detail of rocket man

The astronauts, spaceship, flag, and squiggly lines were our favorite part. 🙂

Amazon STEM Gear Set

Although I expected this to be a hit, the toy was actually way better and more engaging for my son than I thought! All he wanted to do was play with this for about three days in a row.

It’s amazing how much better he is with this toy now, too, a year out from our first Learning Resources Gears toy. He could build the tower himself and just needed a little help tightening things up and making sure his pegs were facing the right direction. Everything else he could do on his own: moving the planets around, attaching the astronauts, interlocking the gears, etc.

While this toy definitely teaches some engineering and cause-and-effect lessons, it was also a fun opportunity to talk about space. He knows some of the planets (mainly Earth, Saturn, and Mars) which happen to be featured in this box. We made up some little stories about the astronauts and talked about what it would be like to go into space, and then he wanted to read his “ABC Space” book before bed. I want more toys like this!

Verdict:

All in all, I was much more satisfied with the Amazon STEM Box this month, and this toy seems like it will get a lot of use (especially once we combine it with our other gear set!) I’m a fan of the concepts that this toy helps to teach and it doesn’t hurt that the retail value is good, too.

One thing to remind folks who are interested in this subscription: since the toys are from a variety of different brands, you can expect that some months are hit or miss. This month is great, but other months haven’t been as big of a win in terms of being great toys or a great value. Generally, we seem to come out ahead though!

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 Learning Resources Space Explorers Building Set, currently available here on Amazon for $35.54– a savings of $15.55.
If you like this box, you might also like: Koala Crate (ages 3-4), Groovy Lab in a Box (ages 8+), Bitsbox (ages 6-12)

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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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 Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

Posted in Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids| Tags: Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Do you know if they ship to Canada and how much shipping costs?

  2. This looks nice! My toddler is a bit young for this as she’s only two, but I could see her really loving this next year. I try not to buy too many toys for her since she’s already accumulated a zillion as gifts, but educational games that she can also have fun with are great!

  3. My 3.5 yo is on his 7th month and loves each one. This month was magnets! It’s a great gift!

  4. I absolutely love this subscription! My six year old son has been receiving these for 8 months now and all of the toys he’s received have been a huge hit. It’s so nice to receive a quality, educational toy each toy without having to spend a long time online or in store researching the best ones. This is one subscription that I will definitely be continuing for a long time!

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