STEM toys are popular. How to pick the right toys for kids to encourage their interest in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math? We shared some ideas on Coding Toys for Kids, today we focus on the E in STEM – Engineer. We picked engineering toys for different age groups, from preschool to high school. We also make sure to cover toys for different engineer fields, such as mechanical engineer, electric engineer, civil engineer.
Top Engineering Toys for Kids
Snap Cubes is a great building toy for preschool up to elementary school kids. It is a great building toy because of the unique design allowing the blocks connect on all 6 sides. Kids are free to build whatever their imagination takes them.
Magnet Tiles are interesting with the magnetic feature. Kids learn structure and magnetism while playing with the tiles. It is fun for all ages, young or old.
Gears Gears Gears is all about gears. It is easy to build, and it is durable. This is great for young children to get the initial concept how gears work.
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Da Vinci Catapult is a fun building project for kids to learn about forces and the mechanics of a catapult. Kids will feel so empowered because they are re-creating a famous design by Da Vinci.
Simple Machines is a set of parts that allow kids to build 5 different simple machines: lever, pulley, inclined plane, wheel and axle, and wedge. Kids learn simple engineering from hands on experience.
GoldieBlox Zip line Action Figure is a fun building toy for kids to build zipline in their own room. GoldieBlox has several good engineer toys. If you don’t like this one, you can always find one that fits your child’s interest and skill level.
Tin Can Cable Car gives kids the opportunities to explore the concepts of mechanical engineering and green science using recycled soda can to build a cable car.
Salt Water Truck can run for about 15 minutes powered by salt water. Kids will learn first hand how to set up the engine and how to connect the engine with the wheels.
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Power House helps kids learn about alternative energy and sustainable living by conducting experiments and building energy-related models, from assembling a solar power array to explore active solar power with photovoltaic cells, to setting up a wind turbine to generate electricity from the wind.
Construction and Bridge Structure is a great building set for kids age 8 and up. It brings complex engineering concepts into clear focus for kids. While building the structures, kids learn different types of forces applied in buildings and bridges and how to design the structure to provide needed weight support. Instruction for 9 working models are provided in the package.
Snap Circuits makes it safe for kids to learn electricity and building structure. Even young children can play with them. Kids can build so many different devices: a photo sensor, a flashing light, an adjustable-volume siren, … just to name a few.
Electric Race Car is a fun project to encourage kids to think outside box and learn the basics of electric engineer.
Air Power Vehicle does not need batteries. Kids learn the natural power resource and the engineer design needed to utilize the power source in nature.
Wind Power Beast has a neat engineering design that only need wind to move. It will be an eye-opening experience for kids to see the intricate structure of the beast.
Pneumatic Machines includes instructions and materials for 4 pneumatic models that teaches the physics and mechanical engineering to move machines with air pressures.
K’NEX Energy, Motion, and Aeronautics Set is a little different from typical K’NEX set. It is designed to teach Newton’s Laws physics, and engineering design and design process. It makes those abstract physics more visible and easier to understand.