Fascinating. That’s how Dexter sees the world. Out of my three children, he is definitely the most inquisitive. Curious about how things work, always wondering why things happen. Which is why the Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab is perfect for him.
Gettin’ our STEM on…
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We’ve had a lot of STEM in our lives lately. I’ve been enjoying being part of a team of volunteers responsible for Peterborough STEM festival, we’ve been to the natural history museum and Little Tikes invited us to an event to launch their STEM Jr. range of toys. We’ve even met Dexter’s absolute hero, Maddie Moate after seeing her Mission to Mars show and seen Tim Peakes Soyuz space craft at Peterborough Cathedral. So when we were given the opportunity to review the Wonder Lab from Little Tikes, there was no way I was going to say no!
The Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab – First Impressions
The Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab arrives in a fairly big box. It does require some assembly and most of it slots together but there are a few screws you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver for and it requires 3 AA batteries, so if you’re buying it for a gift, make sure you get those first!
It took us about 20 minutes to put it together – It possibly would have been quicker if I’d been left to do it myself!
The wonder lab is made of bright coloured sturdy plastic. It’s a good height for both Dexter and Paisley and it’s attractive to them. It draws them to it and the many different parts and functions just ignite their curiosity. What does this lever do? What’s this wheel for? – And that’s before we’ve even got started!
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – The Wonder Lab has it all!
So as I said up above, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and with the Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab, you really are able to explore concepts in each field. It comes with 20 experiment cards which you can hook on to the side of the lab table and take off one at a time to clip onto the Little Tikes logo at the top so that you can follow the instructions without having to hold it, get it wet or lose it The 20 cards are separated into the 4 subjects and the experiments can all be done with the parts that come with the lab, or a couple of normal household items. (I’ve put a shopping list below in case you wanted to prepare and make sure you have everything you need as those parts are not included).
I won’t give away all of the different experiments but some that you can try are…
Science – Floaty worms
Technology – Boost the bubbles
Engineering – Ball drop Maze
Maths – Measure up
I will say, although both Dexter and Paisley are loving working their way through the experiments, as a parent, I would have liked more of a range. For example, there are 8 different science cards 4 engineering, 4 maths and only 2 technology ones. With the huge advancements of technology in this day and age, I feel it’s somewhat lacking – That said, the kids haven’t even noticed, so they’re loving it.
I would definitely recommend the Wonder lab to anyone considering buying one. They don’t take up any more space than the average play kitchen and it is quite lightweight too so if you wanted to move it outside for a particularly messy experiment, it’s easy enough to do.
The Wonderlab is one of 3 toys in the STEM Jr range from Little Tikes and is retailing between £79.99 and £99.99.
Other toys in the range are the Builder Bot retailing at £17.99 with which you can build the robot in different configurations to complete challenges and the Tornado Tower that retails at £29.99. With this you can do a couple of little experiments including making your own lava lamp.