Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 5 to 7: Edushape Marbulous Marble Run
Amazon has launched a STEM Club Toy subscription box! This monthly kid’s subscription delivers “handpicked, high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys” to your door for $19.99/month.
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)
This is a review of the 5 to 7-year-old age range Amazon STEM Club, $19.99/month.
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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)
April’s Toy: Edushape Marbulous Marble Run
Edushape Marbulous Marble Run – Retail Value $59.99
This month we received our own Marbulous Marble Run from Edushape and I knew this toy would be an instant hit in our home! In addition to being fun, this set can also help with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, visual sensory development, and even socialization and thinking skills such as logic and reasoning.
This set has 100 pieces including 80 fun track pieces and 20 marbles as well as a guide for building.
The booklet was in color with very clear pictures and directions. They included instructions for four different marble runs starting with this Easy run.
The others ranged from Medium to Hardest and the steps were broken down into separate pieces of a larger run making it very easy to follow!
Our marbles came packaged separately and one did arrive broken, but luckily that barely made a dent in this generous bag of 20 marbles!
There were so many pieces in this box, I couldn’t fit them all in one shot. We have some basic pieces at the top for creating some height with a lot of fun pieces on the bottom such as wheels that turn and a few curvy pieces.
We decided to start with the Easy build first to familiarize ourselves with the set. The kids were super excited! We started building one section at a time and then my daughter helped me find the pieces and add them onto it.
My son was more than happy to test it out for us! That small silver piece with the orange ball actually made a nice sound when the marble hit it, adding to the fun!
We added our own pieces to the top to try and make it higher and then they had some free play with the pieces.
My daughter actually took to it pretty quickly and got to work building this little run independently. I loved watching her play around with it and see what worked and what didn’t. It was a great lesson in perseverance and it definitely helped with her logic and reasoning skills as she played!
The next morning, my daughter wanted to get building again right away. We decided to tackle the Hardest run and even this was easy (for me) because of the detailed instructions. We had about four different sections that we built separately before assembling them all into one large piece. The only thing we had to pay attention to was where we put the closed ends and the open ends of some pieces, but even that was easily pointed out in our instructions.
This one was the most fun to play with because there were several areas at the top where we could add our marbles and a few different spots they would come out from at the bottom. We used every single piece in our set to build it.
Verdict: What a great toy this month from Amazon’s STEM Toy Club! This is going to be a toy that we play with over and over again and I love that there are a few structured ideas for building, but that the possibilities for free play are endless! I could see the kids’ brains working away as they played and tried to figure out what was happening and learned how they could make the pieces do what they wanted them to do. As for the value, this toy retails for $59.99 and we paid $19.99 with free shipping, so that’s a fantastic value! Our family was definitely happy with this month’s toy!
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: The cost of the subscription was $19.99 and we received a toy valued at $59.99. That’s a savings of $40 on this toy.
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