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Museum Educators Pick Top Educational Toys to Start School

Summer is coming to an end which means back-to-school is top of mind! This school year may be a lot different than the rest but one thing's certain: your child still needs innovative learning tools to succeed!

Whether it's in school, at-home or both, we know students and parents will have a lot of learning to do this fall. To help, our educators are sharing great, educational finds from our gift shop to help you ace the semester and dive deeper into your favorite subjects!

Scroll to see this week's picks. Don't forget we offer curbside pickup!

This Week's Educator Picks:


Create My Own Story Books Ages 4+

Develops: Vocabulary, writing, reading

"Let your child’s creativity run wild!  This kit will help your child become an author of his/her very own book. This activity will foster reading skill development and a love for writing." - Ramona, Early Literature Development and Special Learning Needs Educator

United States Geography Bingo Ages 5+

Develops: Map reading skills, identification, matching, geography

"We may be doing less traveling this summer, but we can still practice our United States Geography skills with a new twist on a classic game. Learn fun facts about the animals, plans, landmarks, and industries of the different states as you play this Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winning game." - Danni, Social Sciences Educator

Green Science Green Rocket Ages 8+

Develops: Love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), environmentalism, understanding of physics

"I don't know about you guys, but I never get tired of building and launching rockets! If you can't spend all day every day (like I do) at our Invention Convention Launch Cage, try taking this kit home. Build rockets from recycled materials and launch them up to 80 feet in the air!" - Jacob, Maker Educator

Kids First Chemistry Set Ages 8+

Develops: Love of STEM, inquiry-based learning, knowledge of lab equipment and chemical reactions

"Start your path towards a Nobel Prize with this chemistry set designed to teach you the basics through fun experiments." - Jason, A'STEAM and Life Science Educator

Happy Atoms Ages 10-17

Develops: Love of STEM, integrated learning, eLearning, 21st century skills, project-based learning

"Happy Atoms is not your typical molecule-building set! With magnetically linking atoms, users can get a real sense of the role played by valence electrons in bonding. Using the Happy Atoms app, you can construct a molecule and then transform it into a virtual model using "scan" feature on the app. The app is loaded with supplemental information on the structure, properties, and applications of the molecules you can create with this set!" - Gretchen, Science Educator

Come back next week to see more picks from our educators and see what else is available on our online gift shop!

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