8 fantastic stem toys to educate and entertain

8 Fantastic STEM Toys To Educate And Entertain


If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably accumulated an awful lot of toys over the years. A combination of fad toys, gifted toys, toys that have never, ever been played with, the favourite toys and the timeless ones. I think we all learn as parents which toy types are a hit and I am very much now all about the ones that will provide hours of entertainment as well as education for our children; and if they can also bring them together as siblings, even better! With this in mind, I have selected 8 STEM toys to educate and entertain from Very’s large toy section to give you a little gift inspiration for this holiday season.

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As somebody who lives with constant aches and pains from years of poor posture, lifting too much in a particular job, carrying children through pregnancy and after, breastfeeding and of course from using my phone too often I have been looking for a good place to get a sports massage along with tips and advice. You may think this is an easy thing to find but honestly, I have seen my fair share of chiropractors, massage therapists etc and hadn’t yet found one really local, with affordable prices, free parking and that made me feel fully comfortable… That was until today. I was invited to have a 1/2 hour sports massage session at the Optimal Sports Therapy Centre who recently relocated to new premises in Hatch Warren, Basingstoke and this is how I got on…

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As an eco-conscious parent, I constantly feel that pull between doing what is right for the environment and what my kids want. It’s really tough at times, you don’t want to end up being a “no” parent but you also don’t want to be creating unnecessary waste. One area I felt this was a number of years ago when I stopped buying disposable water balloons. After seeing the mess, needless plastic waste, how fast it was all over, not to mention the money I had wasted, I decided that these were not something we would be using ever again. I only had one child at the time and after a good discussion, he was mature enough to understand and agree. Fast forward a few years and I came across crocheted reusable water balloons which looked like a fantastic alternative to the disposable ones. We purchased a set and were over the moon with the results. Being an eco blogger I of course shared these with my audience and wrote about our experience of these reusable water balloons here on my blog. Now, even though we loved them, I could see that they weren’t quite for everybody and I get that. They are what I would call a very eco product. They are very different to disposable water balloons and I know that sometimes it’s harder to make a swap when it doesn’t feel like what you are used to (mindset is really key when it comes to making sustainable changes) but at the time I couldn’t provide anyone with another option… Until now!

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Smallkind is a small sustainable business that I have known for a while and they have just launched their Eco Made Easy subscription box which is specifically designed to help you on your eco journey. I was sent the very first box to review and here are my thoughts…

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