Legendary List of Engineering Toys For 10 Year Olds

Benefits of Building and Engineering Toys for Kids

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Engineers are some of the most revered people in our society.

So it’s natural that an engineering toy promotes the traits and characteristics of these shapeshifters.

But what are these traits that engineering toys promote?

Critical thinking and reasoning. The ability to ask how does that work and get to the bottom of it to discover an answer. You could argue that’s partly up to the individual, but the toy needs to provide the runway.

Flow and focus. Gaining traction through a deep interest in what you are doing. Become submerged in the experience. That benefits parents, too, as you’ve delegated supervision for a good couple of hours. Sounds like a win-win.

Patience paired with perseverance. In order to access flow and critical thinking, it will take some patience to push through challenges. 

Toys that are open-ended offer space for creativity. Less about rule-following and more about creating new and alternative solutions.

That feeling once you push through that challenge. Do you know what it’s called? Accomplishment and when you accomplish a task you set out to do, that builds confidence

Lastly, when you package up all these traits, you ended up with a problem-solving or solution-finding engineer. 

When you get your child an engineering toy, you’re promoting these positive habits of trait.

What to Look for in STEM Toys

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You know the benefits. Now, which toy is going to promote these traits? Most of the toys in this list will do the heavy lifting, but you’ll have to make a finer-tuned judgement call.

Recommended Age

Consider the recommended age of the toy. If the toy is pitched for an age that is older than your child, then their fine motor skills may not be ready for the task. In other words, they may not be able to tinker with the parts as they’re too small.

What’s their attention span like?

If your child is easily distracted, then set out with a fully customisable kit or toy may overwhelm instead of encouraging. Start with where they are at. 

Safety

Be sure to follow the instructions. Take note of any electrical components, chemical solutions or hazardous parts. It’s unrealistic to expect your child to know or look for these out of the box.

But this is a great opportunity to model and speak about these risks to your child.

Supervision

Linked to safety is supervision. Most toys are supervision-free but you must consider your tolerance. How autonomous are your kids? If they aren’t quite ready for independent work, then get them something less complicated for the moment until they’ve demonstrated more competency.

Add-ons

Do the kits require anything else? Batteries? Craft items?

Don’t be that parent who doesn’t look out for these things to halt the momentum when the gift is given. Reduce the friction barrier and discover what additional requirements the toy or kit may have.

Waste

More and more we’re trending towards more sustainable products. The strongest daily vote we can cast is how we choose to spend our money. So back those toys that promote longevity. 

Avoid single-use toys. Repurpose. Reinvent and reuse.

Coding Charms

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Snap Circuits Light

We all know that electronics is a big and complex field, and that it can be hard to explain. Luckily, we have the perfect introduction to the field: LIGHT Electronics Kit! Kids of all ages will be able to create working circuits with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Light. This kit contains over 55 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits. Best of all, this kit is perfect for

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run

Finally, a marble run that won’t fall apart! Our marble maze is designed with the highest quality of materials available. Helps to develop spatial awareness, logical reasoning, and more. Let your imagination run wild with configurations of our puzzle!

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Sphero Indi At-Home Learning Kit

The perfect way for kids to learn STEM concepts, at home with Sphero’s new Indi At-Home Learn. Start them on the path of engineering greatness with more than 30+ hours of content and more than 100 engineering challenges, or use the simplified drag-and-drop blocks to teach programming basics.

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K’NEX STEM Swing Ride

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Innovation Academy – Pinball Game

Pinball is the perfect game for kids, but it can’t be played with just one ball. Now your child can explore the Physics of Pinball while making their own 1- or 2-player pinball game. The Melissa & Doug Innovation Academy Pinball Game includes two pins, one ball, and all the parts for building a 1- or 2-player game. With over 15 projects to create, it’s perfect for children who are old enough

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ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game

Gravity Maze is a unique take on the marble run, with a focus on building and engineering. As you progress through the challenges, you’ll develop essential skills like spatial reasoning and problem solving. Finally, you’ll design and create your own marble run and challenge your friends to beat your score.

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LEGO Chain Reactions (Klutz Science/STEM Activity Kit)

With this kit, you can build Ten awesome machines that can be combined to make dozens of different chain reactions. With the stuff in this kit, you’ll experience some of the coolest scientific principles at work. You’ll also learn how to problem solve with the help of 27 detailed building instructions. Keep on creating new models and learning with your own unique take on these amazing creations.

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Help your child develop a fundamental understanding of electronics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts while having fun! This engaging and educational kit will keep them occupied for hours and is ideal for classroom or after-school programs.

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Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids

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LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit

If you’re looking for an engaging and educational STEM toy for your kids, then look no further. With Boost Creative Toolbox, you’ll have access to the best educational robots that will have your child designing, building, and programming their way to a lifelong love of coding. Our set of five robots is the only one that includes everything needed for teaching creativity and tech skills in one box.

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