If you’re just now tuning in, then you may not know that I have an explorer on my hands. In our TotSchool I try to come up with a lot of hands on science and exploring activities to enhance her knowledge of the world around her. She loves to build things and explore nature so this is a post centered around science toys that promote learning more about exploring nature and science in general.
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Top 5 Science Toys!
1. SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
I think the Squishy Human Body is so awesome, & I’m 20-something. It gives you a clear visual of the inside of a human body with all the main bodily organs.
Squishy Human Body helps promote learning of the body. It comes with a helpful guide to sort out all the body parts and a cool little anatomy book that tells you more in-depth information on the organs. I got it for Little A and she loves it. She helps me put the body parts in and we are learning the name and talking about the very basic functions of the organs. Little A uses the little tools that come with it to pick the organs up and move them so that helps work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Definitely a must for any child interested in science!
2. Educational Insights My First Telescope
I bought Little A her first telescope for Christmas because she is totally into the moon and the stars. She loves looking at the night sky.
I looked at reviews for the My First Telescope by Educational Insights and I found very few good ones. I almost didn’t get it. However, I came across a video on YouTube of someone saying that it’s not perfect and that’s okay because it’s for a child. That’s when I decided that I would get it.
I tried it out before I gave it to her and I seen why people would leave a bad review – if it were supposed to be an expensive perfect telescope. However, Little A loves it. It was meant to be an inexpensive “toy” to help toddlers begin getting into science. As you can see by the photo, Little A loved using her telescope to look at the bright moon we had a couple weeks ago. Totally recommend this for a toddler. If you have an older child, they also provide a line for older children and they have the Nancy B Science Club collection and it includes a higher quality telescope. I have not tried it, so I can not back it 100% but so far I am impressed with the Educational Insights toys for toddlers.
3. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr.
Since she loved the My First Telescope so much, I decided that for her birthday I would get her the GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars. As soon as she got them I showed her how to use them and she was walking around investigating everything. She told me she had to go “explore”.
Later we took them outside so she could walk through the woods with them. We didn’t make it through the woods, but we made it to them. She kept saying “Oooo, Ahhhh” and “I see the treesss!!!” She cracks me up. I am hoping that over the next few days the wind will subside and we can try to look at all the squirrels that are usually in the woods right behind our house.
4. Educational Insights Play Foam
I told you I’ve been really impressed with Educational Insights stuff, didn’t I? That explains why most of this stuff is related to their stuff. This post is not sponsored by them, I just really love what I’ve purchased so far.
So now to the Play Foam. I got this because Little A loves to create stuff with her Play-Doh but it always dries out. Play-doh may be okay for older kids, but toddlers who leave their stuff out it isn’t the best choice. With Play Foam, it doesn’t dry out, and makes no mess! Sure if you’re OCD then when they squish all the colors together you may go a little insane, but that happens with play-doh too. I love this because it promotes creativity as it holds shape well. It helps littles express themselves with bright colors and the fact that it never dries out – the fun will never end! It is also fabulous for developing those fine motor skills.
5. Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set
I have not purchased the Science Lab Set. So I am going off of what I think about it and the reviews. It seems to be a popular product, and I think that it would be a perfect beginning for letting that science-genius-in-the-making explore with colors (water & food coloring) and measuring.
I would also recommend letting them try the Love Potion with this set to begin learning about reactions. Letting them use their fine motor skills to drop the vinegar in with the dropper to see it make a small reaction, or dump it in the flask from the beaker for a bigger reaction. There are so many learning possibilities in terms of teaching beginning science with this set!
If you have a favorite science related “toy” then leave it below. I am all about learning new toys to try with Alexis to promote learning!
& as always, also feel free to leave any thoughts or comments below.