Mr. Cobb's Favorite STEM Toys for 2020

As many of you know I love STEM and activities that make learning FUN! 
So, I am often asked around the holidays “What are my favorite toys?” and “what would I recommend for students?” Obviously there are countless ways to inspire powerful learning. Most of my best experiences have happened outdoors or building with cardboard. However, there are some really great toy designers busy creating exciting activities for us all.

This year I decided to put together a short list of 15 toys that I believe check many of the boxes for a great toy: engaging both visually and kinesthetically, skill enhancement, development of physical (gross and fine motor) functions, academic incorporation (math, reading, writing), social and emotional (turn-taking, role-playing) skills, and sparking discovery through exploration and imagination.

I hope you enjoy seeing my list and that you will share your favorites with me as well.

Science
Science Explorer: Mind Blowing Science Kit
National Geographic Fossil Dig Set
Think Fun Gravity Maze Marble Run

Technology
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Elenco Snap Circuits
SmartLab Toys Archi-Tech Electronic Smart House

Engineering
Viahart Brain Flakes Plastic Disc Set
Emido Building Blocks
Picasso Tiles Magnetic Building Set
HLAOLA Magnetic Building Blocks
IQ Builder Sets

Math
Learning Resources Mix and Measure Set
Learning Resources Math Adventure Pack, Sum Swamp & I Sea 10 Games

Tinkering
Educational Insights Design and Drill Activity
Alex Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit
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