By: Marianne M. Szymanski
President, Toy Tips, Inc.
are science toys?
toys are individual toys or elaborate kits that allow
a child to encourage exploring, discovery, geography,
environments, experiments, how and why things work,
magnetic fields, the study of space, insects, gravity,
chemistry, the laws of physics, the study of weather,
human anatomy, the science of the five senses, electricity,
planets and weight.
for buying science toys:
parents: Prepare to offer adult supervision
teachers: Buy science toys for use in
the classroom with a particular lesson
toys or kits that include all pieces.
If they dont , make sure to buy
all the additional tools necessary for
the child to get started right away
or help the child shop for them.
do science toys teach a child?
children to use thinking skills, deductive reasoning,
logic and imagination.
use fine motor skills for experiments and discovery
interaction with other children when experiments
are conducted as a group.
what age is it appropriate to introduce science toys
to a child?
the child shows an interest. Be sure the child understands
how to use the toy.
enhance learning or expand on science lessons taught
shopping, what are the best types of science toys
to look for:
experiment science kits that allow a child to explore
imagination and independent learning with more than
one experiment in a specific study.
toys that teach one specific technique of science
so a child may concentrate on learning and studying
one specific science-related idea.