stem toy contest at Best buySTEM and STEAM education help prepare future generations with skills that will set them up for success. You likely have heard these terms and may be familiar with some of the benefits of STEM and STEAM toys that encourage skill development within the context of play and fun. This contest will help you understand a little bit about some of these toys, and gives you a chance to win amazing toy prize packages.

STEM and STEAM education in a fun interactive package

STEM toys help children learn skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEAM toys help spark creativity and imagination with artistic tasks that naturally align with the STEM skills. With most STEM toys, children are developing a range of technical and non-technical skills, making the distinction between the two terms less relevant. After all, even a basic game of gin rummy with a deck of cards involves counting (math), strategy, and planning. For that reason, I’ll stick to using the more common STEM in the rest of this article, with the understanding that children playing with these toys are developing a variety of abilities including creativity, language skills, spatial skills, etc … a combination of skills from a variety of domains.

With STEM toys, variety is the spice of life

Looking at the image at the top of this article, there are some toys that seem more obviously STEM than others. All of those toys are prizes in this contest, but not all will appeal to every child. A child who loves building might prefer the hands-on fun of the Vtech Marble Rush sets. Another child may really love the logistical challenges of the Osmo Coding kits. Yet another may be intrigued by conceptualizing a 3D plastic creation using the 3Doodler kits. You may look at these toys and know exactly which one is most appealing to your child. Or you may wish your child could experiment with a few to develop and stimulate their minds in a variety of ways.

Each of the STEM toys carried at Best Buy allows children to have fun and develop some skills that can prepare them for a successful future. One toy may help reduce screen-time while building listening and reading skills (LeapPods Max), while another might use a tablet screen for unique learning experiences (Snakebyte Pebblegear tablets) or even use a tablet to introduce complex scientific concepts like light diffraction (PlayShifu Tacto Laser). As you explore the range of STEM toys, you will quickly find some that will be perfect for your children.

Experimentation teaches value of failure and success

We all want our children to be happy forever. These toys are fun to play with, but they also teach the kind of lessons we only learn through trial and error. Lessons like: you can’t do something well without having done it poorly first. Many toys have a learning curve: skills improve over time. You know from your own childhood; there were many toys we had when we were young that would now be considered STEM toys. I remember my first model building experience; it was some kind of naval corvette, and needless to say, the boat sunk!

I did have fun though and that’s another thing that your child will learn and carry with them in the future: though it can take some work, science, technology, engineering, and math can also be a lot of fun. Which reminds me of a quote from American author Frank Sonnenberg: If work isn’t fun you’re playing on the wrong team.

The toys we are giving away in this contest will encourage children to ask questions, embrace failure, and be openly creative. The best part is that each winner will get a package of toys covering a variety of STEM skills! We’ll be reviewing most of these on the blog in the weeks to come so return to the blog often to learn more.

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways:

  1. In a comment below, tell us about one toy that you had when you were a child that would now be considered a STEM toy AND tell us what skills it helped you to develop.
  2. In a comment below, tell us which of the toys mentioned in this article, or shown on Best Buy’s toy page do you most want in your home for your children.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we will randomly draw six (6) winners from all eligible entries. Each winner will receive one of six prize packages; each package will include up to four of these toys:

3DOODLER START PLUS
3DOODLER CREATE PLUS BLACK
LEAPFROG LEAPPODS MAX EN / FR
OSMO CODING STARTER KIT
OSMO LITTLE GENIUS STARTER KIT
SHIFU TACTO COMBO CLASSICS AND LASER
SNAKEBYTE VDF PEBBLEGEAR CARS 7″ TABLET
SNAKEBYTE VDF PEBBLEGEAR FROZEN 7″ TABLET
SNAKEBYTE VDF PEBBLEGEAR TOYSTORY4 TABLET
VTECH MARBLE RUSH CORKSCREW RUSH SET
VTECH  MARBLE RUSH ULTIMATE SET
VTECH KIDIZOOM CREATOR CAM

 

This contest runs from Oct 1st to Oct 16th.

Remember you can enter in a variety of ways as discussed above. Spread the word with all of the parents you know. Your child will likely be playing with their children so no matter which family wins, your child will benefit.

Win STEM toys Contest Rules and Regulations

Good Luck!

608 COMMENTS

  1. The toy that I had when I much younger was and still use is a pail and shovel, I would always to trying to cut and plant trees and or flowers, I would cover them with clear plastic and watch them grow…most did but some it was to hot under the plastic. This would now be considered a STEM toy as a botanists greenhouse. I still putter around with a pail and shovel in my veggie and flower gardens but have bought proper covers for the trees and plants, I also start my own veggies and plants indoors over the winter. I have kept this going since I was about 7 years old

  2. I would love to have the Contempo Views Edison Robot V2 Programmable Lego Compatible Educational Bot STEM Coding Kit – Class Set & EdCreate because my grandson wants to grow up to be an engineer and this would give him a huge jumpstart

  3. I would love to have the Coding Starter Kit for my kids. Programming has become a hugely important skill to have in today’s computer dominated world. I want them to be able to understand how programming works. I also want them to be able to let their imaginations run wild and create fun programs or games.

  4. Perfection for the timing. Boy when that thing popped it made me jump every time. My sister and I played that one for hours.

  5. When I was young we didn’t have a lot but we had a big bucket of random Lego and we would spend hours constructing things using imagination and building up our skills. For my godchildren I would love to give them the Wonder Workshop Cue Interactive Robot Toy

  6. wow – Dobot Magician – Basic Version, Multifunctional Desktop Robotic Arm – 3D Printing, Writing, Drawing & Extensible Interfaces many teachable moments Smile

  7. We had our building blocks when we were kids , we learned balance , planning and structure building.

  8. We had our building blocks when we were kids , we learned balance , planning and structure building.

  9. We had our building blocks when we were kids , we learned balance , planning and structure building.

  10. We had K’nex and Lego. They were great for learning how to follow instructions, read designs etc and now I do it with my kids too

  11. Spirograph was always a big rainy day toy in my childhood. We learned about both geometry and artistic expression from playing with it.

  12. My sisters and I had an Etch a Sketch which was fun to design things. The 3Doodler kit would be a very good gift.

  13. The V-Tech Marble Rush looks both fun and educational! Would love to give it to one of the kiddos in my life.

  14. I had a toy Vtech computer that would let you play mini games that would help you develop multiplication, reading and music skills.

  15. I would love the Leapfrog LeapPods Max – to hopefully help my toddler hone her listening and reading skills. But…mostly the listening. lol…

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