Outdoor Summer Toys to Stimulate Learning Fun and Avoid Brain Drain

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Let’s talk about summer brain drain. Kids and parents are equally excited to take a much-needed break from school and enjoy the benefits of sleeping in, watching our favorite daytime shows and relaxing the schedule a bit.

While we do enjoy the summer break, don’t let their young minds go idle and lackadaisical. Here are some of our top picks of toys that are STEM inspired, engaging and will provide intrigue and fun all summer long.

Ooze Labs Instant Snow by Thames and Kosmos

No mittens required for this fun and simple science experiment: Combine this special non-toxic snow powder with water and watch as the mixture expands to hundreds of times its original size, creating a material resembling snow! Available now on Amazon, at Nordstrom and at your local toy store. For ages 7+ and retails for just $4.95 each.


Learn about the physics of air-pressure, suction, and surface texture with Thames & Kosmos Geckobot!

Geckobot model walks vertically up smooth surfaces like windows, glass, and mirrors. This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.

Build 6 robotic models, in addition to the Geckobot; 7 different models in all.  A step-by-step construction and troubleshooting video and a 24-page, full-color manual and experiment guide walks you through the building process for the Geckobot model. For kids ages 8+ and retails for $49.95.

Magformers Amazing Sets

Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and education. Click and create your own adventure with Magformers AMAZING Sets!

Magformers are a magnetic construction toy where the possibilities are endless. Kids now have the opportunity to live out their dreams and become one of their dream professions such as a firefighter, a police officer, and construction worker through one of the four new Magformers AMAZING sets! Great for children aged 3 and up. Create 50 ideas with the follow-along idea booklet or build your own adventure! For  ages 3+ and retails for $59.99 each.

Do you have some favorite toys that you like to play with your kids to help summer brain drain? Share in a comment below your thoughts and idea.s


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