We love a STEM toy in this house. I’m a big advocate of sensory learning – especially with young children – so any toy that will help them learn through touch and engagement is automatically a winner with me.
I love the fact that STEM toys – those that are science, technology, engineering and math based – are fundamentally designed to enable learning and spark children’s curiousity. These are all foundation principles which will help them as they grow. However, I an honestly say that STEM topics are not my forte (I’m definitely in team arts and crafts with my skillset), thankfully though there are a lot of great things out there that can help me.
The Essential One recently got in contact and invited me to choose something from their massive range to Discovery STEM toys which I thought would engage the kids.
BECOME KING OF THE DINOSAURS!
Head back to the Jurassic period and become the king of the dinosaurs with this fabulous remote control T-Rex. As soon as I saw this, I knew Henry would fall in love with it, and it wasn’t wrong.
Life like enough to delight hard core dino fans, the remote control is easy to use and puts kids in control. With only 2 buttons, Henry was able to do it completely on his own which he loved. Add in a seriously great ROAR and I had one happy little boy! He loved how realistic his T-Rex looks as he loves anything that is lifelike with sharp teeth when it comes to his prehistoric beasts!
There is a 6+ age guide to this one, so we made sure we were with him all the time while playing with it. However, he didn’t really need the supervision. Perhaps it’s because it comes in two pieces (you just need to attach the tail when assembling) but this can be fixed with a drop of superglue to make sure it doesn’t come back off if you’re worried. However, with a good few hours of (pretty rough!) play, it didn’t budge for us.
With the simplicity of the remote control and the great textures to the dino skin, I actually thought it was a great toy for children younger than the aged 6+ guide.
Batteries are required. The dinosaur takes AA batteries which are included but the AAA’s (x2) needed for the controller aren’t so you will need to make sure you have a few in the house ready to pop in.
TAKE TO THE SKIES
The Discovery Toy Bubble Helicopter is really simply at first glance. Launch the helicopter into the air using the winder and watch as it blows bubbles for you to enjoy. In theory you get to sit back and enjoy bubbles without needing to blow them. In practice though it wasn’t quite that easy as it was a little tricky to use.
It took a few tries to figure out the right amount of pull to apply to get it to fly at actually blow bubble. Much to the Bears frustration; I won’t lie there were tears and a tantrum while trying to figure it out.
I can’t decide if this is a good thing or not though. On the one hand, obviously tears are not a good thing and it leaves me rolling my eyes hard enough to see my brain when her temper pops. On the other hand, she did keep coming back to it and her face when she got the right pressure to use was brilliant. It also sparked
So yes, it came with drama but to be fair that drama was short lived and sparked some really good conversations about “why”.
The Essential One team are giving away BOTH a remote control T-Rex AND a Bubble Helicopter to one lucky Tippytupps reader. Just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
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DISCLOSURE: we were sent these items for the purposes of this review. As always though, all thoughts and opinions are my own.