Full STREAM ahead: Educational toys make kids life-, future-ready

On-trend are toys that encourage creativity, ingrain life skills, and prepare for careers, all through a fun experience.

May 17, 2017

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On-trend are toys that encourage creativity, ingrain life skills, and prepare for careers, all through a fun experience.

Source: EMYS

Learning is fun, if the experience is fun, as proven by educational and edutainment toys that instill knowledge and skills through a combination of physical and digital play. Next-generation STREAM toys, meanwhile, will further prepare children for the future and life in general through a variety of immersive experiences that help develop values and social skills, and enhance creativity and imagination.

As the line of STREAM toys mature, manufacturers consistently invest in innovation to supply the demand of parents for educational toys, games and activities while also standing out from fellow competitors and staying atop latest trends. Here is a list of themes to watch out for this year, as given by the Toy Industry Association in a recent trends forecast report:

Hyper-Specific STEM – Models are industry-specific and career-oriented, encouraging children to start preparing for their future through experiential play.

Cultural Vacation – Value and respect for cultural diversity are instilled in children with toys that help familiarize them with various languages, practices, traditions and histories of foreign countries. Examples are interactive education maps and kid-friendly city guides.

Creative Class Time – Newest school items are fun and artsy, which encourage children to use them. These include sketchpad calculators and coloring tape rolls.

STEM Playground Toys – Favorite playground activities are given a serious and educational makeover with models focused on developing creativity and engineering and problem-solving skills.

Language-Teaching Robots – Social, interactive models such as Flash Robotics’ EMYS introduces children to the basics of robotics while teaching them up to 1,000 new foreign words daily.

Underwater Exploration Toys – Toys play on the imagination of children by taking them on an adventure in which they explore and learn about nature and undersea environments.



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