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Stretch your child's young mind with everything from board games to coding kits.

Today's world is digital-centric and one might even call it computer-based. Digital devices reign supreme. But these skills are no longer limited to a select group of programmers in specialized fields. It seems like almost everyone is proficient at some level of coding.

Coding toys are still going strong when it comes to STEM-oriented toys. Toy makers are thinking about gearing coding toward younger ages. Even baby books have introductions to coding, and preschoolers are learning basic coding concepts at school.

But parents are also beginning to reject screen-based learning. Grown-ups want more "unplugged" toys for their children. Therefore, card games, building kits, puzzles, and blocks are becoming popular toys in the STEM department again.

We know that having your child use their mind when they're playing is more important than ever. Toys are incredibly important in today's world. Learning early in development can set your child up for a successful and fulfilling career later in life. The good news is that learning can be fun! STEM toys are specifically designed to educate your child as they have a blast. STEM toys have come a long way, too! We have tons of the best science toys, coding toys, and classic and refreshed toys that bring math into playtime in a natural way.

With thousands of toys now labeled as "STEM", how do you know which toys are really educational?

At Beyond the Blackboard, we explain how our toys teach or develop STEM skills. Look for words and phrases like: creative thinking, logic, critical thinking, problem solving, working collaboratively, and spatial reasoning. Or, you can simply shop our STEM Toys collection!

Grown-ups should also know that STEM toys don't have to be complicated or new. Wooden blocks and LEGOs are awesome STEM toys, too! We have the best STEM toys for different age levels.