Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 5 to 7 – June 2018
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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 5 to 7-year-old age range Amazon STEM Club, $19.99/month.
About This Educational Subscription Box 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)
June’s Toy: Revell Jr. Cars 3 Lightning McQueen Model Assembly Kit
Revell Jr. Cars 3 Lightning McQueen Model Assembly Kit – Retail Value $24.98
This toy caused a lot of excitement in my house when we opened our box. “A race car!” and a Lightning McQueen race car at that! So fun and definitely something that would appeal to the intended 5-7 age range! This was definitely more of an engineering toy this month.
I was a little intimidated at first about putting together a model car, but the directions seemed really clear and all of the pieces were fairly big and came wrapped in separate bags. The directions had large pictures and were very easy for kids to follow. The back of the instructions booklet had the customer service information on it, which is helpful!
Our first step was to lay out all of our pieces to get prepared.
They included this little plastic screwdriver tool that we would use to tighten our screws, so we didn’t need anything other than what came in our kit to put this together. They had us place a screw inside the screwdriver, I’m assuming this is in case we lose one.
First, we put our tires together. The little red piece went inside the black tire and this was actually a little tricky and needed a good amount of force to complete. A child might need a little bit of adult help on this one. But honestly, this was the hardest part, so after that, they should be able to complete the rest somewhat independently!
Next, we added our engine which just popped into place and then put in these little red pieces which snapped into place. Then we screwed our tires on by tightening them into the holes with our screwdriver.
After that, we placed the red top on and flipped it over to tighten it with screws. The engine was still visible through the top.
We popped on our silver pieces and tightened them on with red screws. You can see there is a little pull tab on the small silver batter box so that when we were ready, batteries were already installed. I thought this was great since not a lot of toys come with the batteries included!
The hood attached very easily and lifts up to show off the engine. The circle in the center is actually the button you push for lights and sounds.
We had two different options for bumpers and they are easy to change out too! I thought this was so cute!
They also included this sticker sheet and a really easy to read guide for how and where to apply all of the stickers to turn this car into Lightning McQueen. We also had two different styles of eyes we could use and this piece can be slid out and turned around to change the look of our windshield. So fun!
Once it was all installed, we just had to flip our car over and there was a spot for us to store our screwdriver. This car can be taken apart and put together over and over again. It was really fun and not too challenging to put together. My three-year-old was able to help me by tightening all the screws and I had my two-year-old handing me parts as I needed them, so this could definitely appeal to a wider age range than the intended 5+ age group!
Here is our finished car from several different angles. It looks just like Lightning McQueen and we can make it light up with different sounds by just pressing down on the hood!
Verdict: This was a really fun toy from Amazon’s STEM Toy Club! A perfect engineering toy for 5-7-year-olds. The directions were very clear and easy to follow and it was really fun to play with afterward. A Cars 3 themed toy, especially the main character, was a nice surprise and definitely got my kids excited and my daughter had a lot of fun putting it together. The toy originally retails for $24.98, but we only paid $19.99 which is a decent value for such a fun toy that we will be able to take apart and put back together again over and over!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: The cost of the subscription was $19.99 and we received a toy valued at $24.98. That’s a savings of $5 on this toy!
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