I received the following to do a review on that focus on STEM, Science & Stacking. If you don’t know what STEM is then let me tell you that it is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Why is it good for children is because they can get all four at one time. By learning them together instead of separately it enforces the different methods and challenging their mind.
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Magformers Curve 20Pc Set
Design and build organic structures with curved 3D magnetic shapes with the all-new Curve 20Pc Set from Magformers. Arriving with six geometric shapes, use Squares, Arches, Sectors, Cones, Spheres, Super Arches and Super Sectors to build balls, towers and so much more! Create free-form structures and combine your design with all Magformers shapes to see where your imagination will take you. MSRP $39.99; ages 3+
I love Magformers as there is so much you can build from them. The curve set is great to build different things by going through the booklet or using your imagination to make something.
Thames & Kosmos Mechanical Engineering: Robotic Arms
Build six mechanical models of the types of arms, grabber claws and legs found on robotic machines. Explore mechanical engineering principles firsthand as you assemble and play with the working models. The robotic arms use a pneumatic system, which uses air pressure to activate the models. Pump air and flick the switch to operate the model. Construct a pivoting robotic laboratory arm with gripper claw or build a vertical three-fingered claw that can lift a cup off the table! Learn how pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used in industrial robots to enable the robots to manipulate heavy objects such as automobile components. MSRP $59.95; ages 7+
Now this awesome to teach your child on how to build a robotic hand. This challenges their mind by having to do math and engineering to figure out how to put it together. It might be hard for children with disabilities as it highly focus on fine motor skills to put it together and using your mind to figure out how to do it. I would recommend for special needs children to try it and see if they can do with help.
Beasts of Balance http://www.beastsofbalance.com Beasts of Balance is an award-winning augmented reality stacking game of dexterity, strategy and creation. Players take on the role of Divine Creators, tasked to play solo or with friends to build worlds and reach high scores by stacking magical Artefacts into incredible towers. But this is no standard dexterity game – everything added to the tower interacts with a world that evolves on a wirelessly connected digital device. To succeed, players have to keep their tower and the ecosystem of their world in balance, stacking all 24 pieces and caring for the virtual beasts they create. MSRP $99; ages 7+
I love this game, it’s a lot of fun even by yourself. Great for fine motor skills as you got to keep all the items on the stand. So many different ways to play with it as you can make as many different animals by placing a cross on two connecting animals. Now this great for a child with special needs that has motor skills issues. By stacking on one another it helps with eye coordination along with fine hand motor skills. I have fine hand motor skill issues and I had a difficult time getting the items to stay on one another and putting them on.