STEM Toys for Babies

Almost every object imaginable is a learning tool for your baby but with the emergence of an emphasis on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – kids are learning in new and exciting ways. STEM toys for babies, many of which are great for other concepts as well, can help your little one develop these valuable skills and a love for critical thinking.

Experts agree that no one is too young to explore STEM toys but you should keep a few things in mind when shopping for your baby and other children as well: STEM toys should be interactive, age appropriate for your child, and stimulate their individual interests.

This holiday season, consider these STEM toys for babies:STEM Toys for Babies

Stackable Toys: Those classic stacking rings and cups are beautiful STEM toys for babies. While your baby may first enjoy touching and chewing on them, eventually she will understand that they belong in a certain order and will learn to stack them properly time and time again.

Blocks: Age-old blocks are the original STEM toys for babies. Now there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of types of blocks ranging from soft to super high-tech. For babies, simple varieties for stacking, building and sorting are best. Blocks with interesting colors and pictures may make them more fun. As your baby gets older, introduce connecting blocks. Eventually working up to building more elaborate structures and adding electronics to the mix will be appropriate.

STEM Toys for BabiesConnectors: Blocks have evolved into many other toys where young minds can connect pieces using a variety of different pieces. From mechanical concepts that use screws and bolts, to snapping shapes, gears, pipes and joints, connectors are a fun way for babies to explore how pieces fit together.

Kiddie Cash Registers: This fun and interactive toy allows kids to swipe items and insert fake money while learning matching, following directions and basic number concepts. Plus this type of “playing with your food” is a lot less messy!

Puzzles: Basic puzzles with large wooden or foam pieces are excellent for developing a STEM-oriented mind. With the problem or task set before her, your little one has to make predictions and calculations about which pieces go where. At first it will be trial and error but eventually she will wrap her brain around it and know exactly how to solve the puzzle.

Sources: The Bump, PopSugar and Time