STEM Kits To Try in Your Homeschool
Does your child have an interest in STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is a huge focus in our society nowadays, with our advancement in technology more careers focus on skills learned through STEM. A great way to incorporate more STEM into your homeschool is by using STEM-based learning Kits. In this post we are going to share some of our favorite STEM learning kits before we begin, take a moment to pin this post to your Homeschool or STEM board.
STEM Subscription Kits
Do you remember when you were a child and how excited you were to get mail? As a child, I was always so excited for my Highlights magazine and my Orbis Play and Learn Collection Dinosaur magazine which not only came with 3D glasses to see the dinosaurs come to life in the magazines but also glow in the dark dinosaur bones that you would piece together every time you received it.
Obviously for me to remember these things in such detail, they meant the world to me. Nowadays subscriptions are everywhere and if you have children who are interested in STEM learning you can choose from many amazing STEM subscriptions and kits to engage them each and every month. I love using monthly subscriptions and kits to breathe life into our homeschool, so let’s check out some of our favorite STEM subscription kits.
Everything needed to create, explore, and learn delivered to your door each month. Serious science that is fun & engaging with hands-on learning and discovery for ages 9-16+. Each crate is designed to help kids build their problem-solving skills while building super-cool projects. $19.95/month.
Crazy, fun app-building projects delivered each month to your door with a monthly subscription box from Bitsbox. After learning to code their own projects on the Bitsbox website, kids can play the apps on their own devices. Subscriptions cost as little as $25 per month
Spangler Science Club
Prepare your young scientist for a future STEM-based career with a monthly subscription box to Spangler Science Club. Spark creativity and make learning fun with these interactive experiments and hands-on activities created by Steve Spangler. Learn the real science behind each experiment while inspiring wonder and building problem-solving skills. This monthly subscription ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
Little Passports Science Expeditions
Solve real-life scientific mysteries with hands-on STEM activities and science experiments with a monthly subscription from Little Passport Science Expeditions. Each month includes a comic book, experiments, activities, plus access to bonus online videos and science content. The monthly subscription cost is $21.95.
Groovy Lab in a Box
With a monthly subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box, your child will receive fun, hands-on science experiments and an engineering design challenge. Each month features all the supplies needed to complete the activities and experiments for children ages 8 years old and up, plus extended learning through an exclusive online portal. $29.95 per month.
Amazon STEM Club
What kid wouldn’t love to have toys delivered right to their door each month? The Amazon STEM Toy Club delivers high-quality, handpicked Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math toys that are age-appropriate that encourages your child to learn through play. There are three subscription levels for ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old for $19.99 per month.
Mel Science delivers in a big way! Their projects are incredibly fun and the boxes have everything you need to conduct some fun and fascinating chemistry experiments. The best thing about their boxes is that they go beyond simple science into some more complex projects, complete with in-depth lessons to really develop children’s scientific knowledge.
STEM Kits and Toys
While subscriptions are amazing, sometimes they can be overwhelming, and even expensive. These STEM kits and toys tend to have a specific focus, providing tons of learning fun for as little or as long as you like.
Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit
Do you think that Chemistry concepts such as molecular motion and chemical reactions are difficult to teach? Think again.
With the help of the Foundation Chemistry kit, you’ll find that children can easily grasp these concepts.
This comes with a lab notebook that has over 19 easy Chemistry experiments to follow. It also has gadgets like thermometers and beakers that children will keep on using for many years to come. Apart from these, it also has chemical reagents for use in the experiments.
The Magic School Bus: Slime and Polymer Lab
Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride with The Magic School Bus as they explore slime and polymers with this Award-winning STEM science kit. Young Scientists make polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more! This gooey bus-shaped kit comes packed with science components, 20 colorful experiment cards, a data notebook to record observations, and 9 containers of polymers including rainbow beads, snow, and gel crystals. Seatbelts, everyone! Get ready to experiment with Slime and Polymer Lab!
Have a kid that loves kitchen science and especially bread science? Kids won’t even know they are learning and practicing those important STEM skills. Especially as they anxiously wait for the glove to “wave” at them so they know it is time to put their bread in the oven.
Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines Science Kit
This kit gives kids a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics that lets them build eight motorized machines. Using the app interface, you can program the robots you build to behave based on the feedback coming from the ultrasound sensor.
Other Amazing STEM Toys
SNAP CIRCUITS children will be introduced to the basic properties of electricity and electronics. They will learn the fundamentals behind circuitry and how circuits are used in all of the technological devices we use today.
NINTENDO LABO Labo for the Nintendo Switch is an incredible STEM kit for kids. The projects are mind-blowing and so much fun! My kids loved building with Labo and then using their Switch utilize the things they built, teaching them STEM skills and advancing their gaming.
littleBits The littleBits kits are a fantastic way to bring in some engineering and circuits activities into your child’s life. Their kits are incredibly well built and thought out with a huge wow factor. The kids will be so proud of the things they build with these kits. All while learning important STEM skills.
MOLYMOD CHEMISTRY MODEL SET Chemistry fans love these kits that combine a little Chemistry with Engineering as you build models of various molecules. It makes for some wonderful hands-on learning. This is a great addition to a subscription to MEL Science!
Gravitrax Gravitrax is the new expandable system from Ravensburger where you explore engineering, math, and physics to create some epic marble runs. You start with the starter kit but can expand, add and build with the many expansion packs. This system is incredibly fun and easy to use, and the kids just LOVE it!
LEGO Mindstorms Robotics and LEGO combine for some fantastic learning opportunities with Mindstorms. One of the great features of Mindstorms is all the educational workshops and programs available around the kits. There are even programs where teams build robots and compete in challenges, check with your local library for robotics club information.
Sphero Sphero is a fantastic tool for learning to code. Children can be challenged to program Sphero to do various tasks or complete obstacle courses.