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How to Shop Confidently for Educational and STEM Toys


We know many of you are already thinking about holiday shopping … or at least are looking for some fun STEM toys for your Nerds in these last weeks of summer vacation. So, as you scan the many STEM toy offerings out there, take our Imperfect Dad’s advice in his first article for, and look beyond the popular STEM toys’ label before you buy!

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Beware of STEM-Washing

As I walked the three-story labyrinth of more than 1,100 exhibitors at the Toy Industry Association’s 2017 Toy Fair in New York City, I got the feeling that every … READ MORE


When it comes to a STEM Toy, Mindware Is On the Right Track

STEM Toy Review: MindWare Q-BA-Maze

Stem Toy


One recent rainy, soccer-free Saturday, RocketteGirl, Lightning McQueen, and I took the opportunity to liven up our dreary confinement by opening a new box of building blocks from MindWare. These weren’t just any ordinary blocks, of course. They were MindWare’s multi-colored, Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Ultimate Stunt Set marble run blocks. A perfect STEM Toy to entertain the kids on a rainy day.

The TV-sized box had been sitting under our makerspace table since late-March, patiently waiting for us to finally find some free time to test it out. The good people at MindWare … READ MORE