Toys & STEAM

Play is how kids learn the skills they need for success in life, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) toys, specifically, emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to learning these subjects through hands-on engagement. Explore this page to discover #SteamApprovedToys and learn about the unifying STEAM characteristics to look for when toy shopping.

#SteamApprovedToys

Explore below to learn about the key characteristics and attributes at the heart of every STEAM toy, as well as specific learning goals in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math for various age groups. Because STEAM is all about connecting and integrating different disciplines, a good STEAM toy will support learning goals in at least two of these subjects.

‘Good Toy’ Characteristics

Prime STEAM Attributes

Specific Learning Goals,
Age 2 - 3 Years

Specific Learning Goals,
Age 4 - 6 Years

Specific Learning Goals,
Age 10 - 12 Years

Specific Learning Goals,
Age 12+ Years

Toys and play are critical to learning anything, and STEAM is no exception. Here are the top 10 benefits of toys and play as they relate to STEAM: