Do you have or know a kid who is suddenly home on an unexpected holiday for the next few weeks? Are you panicking about how to keep them busy – and about lost classroom time? Look no further; Wicked Uncle is here to help with a list of great STEM toys to keep your kids entertained and educated while they’re home:
Up close and personal
A fantastic first microscope! This gadget features a light and a 5x focusing magnifier. It comes with 20 prepared slides so you can take a long, hard look at some very yucky bugs. Better yet? The microscope talks! Fortunately, it’s not the bugs talking. The microscope is voiced by conservationist Bindi Irwin, who reads out more than 100 fun facts. There’s even a quiz mode to test your knowledge!
One smart bot!
What kid doesn’t love robots? Program this hi-tech, 10-inch-tall model to perform up to 50 actions. Control him with an infra-red remote or train him to recognize your hand movements with his motion detectors! This zany robot can walk, slide, turn, and even bust a move on the dance floor. He talks in a futuristic robot language, and his LED eyes produce adorable facial expressions. The future is here!
Build your dream house!
Little builders and architects will adore this hands-on toy, perfect for rainy days! If you can dream it, you can build it: igloos, spaceships, castles… The kit comes with 25 geometrically precise plastic balls and 44 reinforced sticks. When the structure is complete, drape a sheet or blanket over the top and voila, instant fort! And good news for parents: it’s as easy to take down as it is to set up.
Seeing is believing!
Sure, it looks like a boring old Easter egg, but this cool gadget is actually a handheld digital microscope that sends photos and videos straight to your PC or Mac via a USB connection! It’s easy to use, easy to hold, and magnifies up to an incredible 54x. Position at any angle to view objects in the minutest of detail. Fun, educational, and extremely hi-tech.
Shrimps in space
An ideal gift for nature lovers and aspiring marine biologists. Just add water to hatch the hibernating eggs and bring your sea monkeys to life! The tank features a super cool rocky Martian landscape. Look after your new friends and watch them eat, swim, play, and grow up the 2 cm long! Get a closer look at the sci-fi sealife world through the magnifying lid.
For kids who love tech, this adventure scope is sure to be a winner! This spy and adventuring tool features a 27” hose that allows you to look in, over, and all around. You can then view the unreachable on the 2.31” LCD screen. Peer under doors, over fences, and more! The camera has LED lights, so it can even work in the dark!
Harness the power of nature
Know a kid who loves building? Put those engineering skills to use with this wicked robot kit. Use the 230 pieces to create twelve different mechanical models, including a snapping crocodile and a digging excavator. Better yet, each model performs a unique movement. Everything is powered by water or the sun, so no batteries required!
A designer’s dream!
Brighten up a rainy day with this brilliant activity that set combines creativity and construction. Young designers can drill colorful patterns into the light-up activity board. Cooler still, the lights respond to music and sounds! Clap, sing, or play your favorite song and watch your design light up and ‘dance’ in fun new ways!
Call the doctor!
Is there a doctor in the house? There will be soon! Future healthcare professionals will have a ball with this awesome kit. Build a stethoscope, examine your fingerprints, test your lung capacity, and explore what happens to the food you eat. The kit features clear instructions and accurate illustrations, so it’s educational in addition to being totally fun!