Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 5 to 7: Learning Resources Let’s Go Code! Activity Set
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)
June’s Toy: Learning Resources Let’s Go Code Activity Set
Our toy this month is an interactive coding activity set for ages 5 and up. This set teaching coding skills, problem-solving and critical thinking.
This set has 50 pieces including 20 foam mats, 20 coding cards and 10 die cut playing pieces.
Our instructions were clear and easy to follow, printed on this booklet that opens up to instructions in various languages. There were pictures of all of our set pieces along with a description of how they work next to them. On the back they provided a few sample mazes for us.
The foam mats that they sent are the base of our game and can be put together to form a maze that you can actually walk on thanks to their large size.
Our die cut pieces all have different meanings. The blue and yellow arrows are to show where the maze begins and the robots are the goal for us to reach at the end of the maze. The springs and blue and yellow cogs are pieces that we might need to pick up along the way to bring to our robot for repairs while the X pieces block our way.
The next set of cards is our coding pieces. The arrows are directions, either forward or a turn. The jet pack allows you to fly over any X cards and the one that looks like a claw allows you to pick up the spring or cog to bring to your robot. The question marks are wild and can represent any silly move you’d like. They suggest “cluck like a chicken” or “stand on one foot” for starters.
They provided two different methods of play, cooperative or team, and since it was just our family playing we tried the cooperative method. We started with a simple maze of 5 pieces like they recommended. You can see here she was able to move two spaces since I had laid out two arrow cards for her. Then I had her use her problem-solving skills to tell me how she could get to the robot and give me suggestions for what cards she would need. She caught on quickly!
After we got the hang of it, we created a few more mazes and made sure to add in some of the extra pieces for a bit of a challenge. My daughter had the hang of it in no time and we had a lot of fun playing this! My son (3) had a bit of trouble understanding but was able to do this with some coaching from my husband and I. I think that once he is old enough, this will be a game that they will enjoy playing together and I love how directly it teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills while also getting them to be active and work together!
Verdict: I was not too sure how this month’s Amazon’s STEM Toy Club toy would work out for us since my daughter is a bit young for the target age-group (at 4.5), but she picked it up in no time and had a blast learning to code with this set. I think this is a fun toy that teaches some great skills and I hope that she has an opportunity to play this with a peer soon because I think the cooperative learning aspect of this would add to that list of skills. This toy retails for $34.99 and we only paid $19.99 for this subscription which makes it a great value as well!
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: The cost of the subscription was $19.99 and we received a toy valued at $34.99. That’s a savings of $15.00 on this toy.
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What do you think of this month’s toy from the Amazon STEM Club Toy subscription box?