Okay, so your kid is already bright (we weren’t trying to imply that your little genius is anything but), however it’s good to keep your child’s cognitive skills alert. With all the mind-numbing toys and shows out there, we love highlighting interactive products that will keep your kid sharp.
- A STEM toy called Makey Makey developed by two MIT PhDs after their successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. This toy turns any object that can conduct any bit of electricity — including a banana, pineapple, plants or Play-Doh – into a keyboard or touch pad that can allow you to play music. Watch the video here:
2. The Roominate, which also started as a 2012 Kickstarter AND made it through Shark Tank. The toy is a wired building kit created to inspire girls (although obviously boys can use it as well) to participate in engineering.
3. This one is an oldie but goodie – although it is in it’s 3rd update. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 allows kids to program and command their robots with Lego’s programming software and mobile app. Get this, recently a teenager used his kit to design a Braille printer and received venture-capital funding from Intel for it! How cool is that?
4. This starter kit bot will finally hit retail stores after almost 10 years of being used in school competitions. Now you can have a Vex Robotics Competition at home:
5. The GoldieBlox toy line is another play piece tackling the fact that females make up only 14% of total worldwide number of engineers. This toy includes books featuring a character named Goldie and construction kits that teach girls basic engineering and spatial skills.
6. This is another throwback, but its too good not to share. The Magic School bus Chemistry Lab is pretty self explanatory and so worth the purchase!
7. Last but certainly not least, this soon to be released toy is geared towards ages 10 and up, though I’m sure if your child-genius is ready at 8 yo the Canadian company Spin Master won’t mind. The Meccanoid toy they produce is an interactive construction robot equipped with voice recognition and can be controlled through mobile devices. The toy comes in two sizes and helps teach kids how to interact through programming.