NEW YORK, August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Toy Association today unveiled its “Back to School STEAM Toy Shopping List,” which includes 25 officially accredited STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) toys that will support the learning for children of all ages during the upcoming academic year. Families can shop the toy list, which includes premium coding and building sets, plus activities that engage kids in life science, math, music composition, and more.
Each toy on the list has passed a rigorous evaluation process to achieve an “official”STEAM stamp of approval” and meets the strict criteria defined in The Toy Association’s STEAM Toy Assessment Framework, developed in partnership with The Good Play Guide™. The toys were first tested by children under professional observation, before being rated by The Good Play Guide™, which uses a scientifically proven toy rating method backed by Dr. Amanda Gumerwho has a doctorate in neuropsychology and over 20 years of experience working with children and families.
“These select STEAM toys have been proven to provide hours of educational, engaging and stimulating play for children,” said Anna Youdina, senior director of marketing initiatives at the Toy Association. “Each toy listed below verifies the characteristics of a quality STEAM toy, whether it’s allowing children to actively and independently engage in the learning experience, supporting learning goals, age-appropriate learning, to have clear real-world relevance and application. We’re excited to offer parents so many great options as they seek to engage their children in both meaningful and fun!”
The “Back to School STEAM Toy Shopping List” is below (listed alphabetically by company name):
1. Go Eco Building Blocks Kit (ARCKIT)
2. K’NEX Thrill Rides 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park Building Set (Basic fun!)
3. Connetix 106 Piece Pastel Ball Run Pack (Connectix tiles)
4. Connetix 212 Piece Rainbow Mega Pack (Connectix tiles)
5. Circuit Blox BYO FM Radio with Glowing LEDs (E-Blox)
6. Discover coding (Elenco Instant Circuits)
seven. shashibo (Pleasure in motion)
8. Coding Charms (hand2mind)
9. Butterfly Garden – Homeschool Edition (Know about insects)
ten. Life Cycle Figures, 24 Piece Set (Know about insects)
11. biochemical creatures (Klutz)
12. Botley 2.0 the coding robot activity set (Learning Resources)
13. Magna-Tiles® Safari Animals 25 Piece Set (Magna-Tiles)
14. Hot Wheels® STEAM Balance Shift™ (Mattel)
15. Construction set in a box (Melissa & Doug)
16. Examine and treat pet vet playset (Melissa & Doug)
17. Pix Brix container 3,000 pieces (Pix Brix)
18. Cody Block (QUBS)
19. Wall stories I discover the numbers! (Quinco & Cie)
20. music machine (Smartivity by Elenco)
21. Ultimate squishy human body (SmartLab Toys)
22. Warm-up set (squares)
23. PIXIO-800 (TRENDFORMER LIMITED)
24. Marble Rush Ultimate Set (VTech Electronics)
25. Weplay sand and water clams (We play)
The Toy Association’s STEAM Toy Accreditation Program was launched in 2021 in partnership with the Good Play Guide™, following years of research to identify and detail the specific characteristics of a good STEAM toy (science, technology, engineering , arts and mathematics) for different ages. groups. To learn more about the Toy Association’s ongoing STEAM initiative, visit toyassociation.org/STEAM or contact [email protected].
About the Toy Association www.toyassociation.org / www.thegeniusofplay.org / www.playsafe.org
Founded in 1916, The Toy Association™, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association representing all companies involved in the creation and delivery of toys and entertainment products for children of all ages. The Toy Association leads the health and growth of the toy industry in the United States, whose annual economic impact in the United States is $102.4 billion, and represents hundreds of companies, including manufacturers, retailers, licensors and others who are involved in the youth entertainment industry. Our manufacturer members account for 93% of toy and game sales in the United States, generating the year $38.2 billion US domestic toy market. The Toy Association is the industry voice on the developmental benefits of play and promotes the positive impact of play on child development to consumers and the media. The organization has a long history of toy safety leadership, having helped develop the first comprehensive toy safety standard over 40 years ago, and remains committed to working with medical experts, government, consumers and industry on ongoing programs to ensure safety and enjoyment. to play. As a global leader, The Toy Association produces the world-renowned Toy Fair; defends the interests of members worldwide; supports the Canadian Toy Association; services the International Council of Toy Industries and the International Toy Industry CEO Roundtable; and chairs the committee that reviews and revises the widely imitated American ASTM F963 toy safety standard.
About the Good Play Guide™ www.goodplayguide.com
The Good Play Guide™ is the official accrediting body for the STEAM Accreditation Program. Founded by dr. Amanda Gumer, who has a doctorate in neuropsychology and more than 20 years of experience working with children and families, the Good Play Guide uses a scientifically proven method to rate toys. Every toy submitted for review is first tested by the important people – the children. As children play, they are observed by professionals who have been trained to conduct research with children in a robust and ethically responsible manner. Toys are then assessed by the Good Play Guide’s team of experts to ensure they meet the strict criteria set out in the Toy Association’s “STEAM Toy Assessment Framework”.
SOURCE The Toy Association