(I was given the building blog set and Rod magnetic set by EveleenJoy Toystore to facilitate this Review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own. You can view my full disclosure here.)
Are you a big fan of STEM Toys for your kids?
Nowadays they have a name for such toys. they are referred to as STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) toys. They are toys that engage the left and right side of the brain at the same time which help the brain develop in incredible ways. Just like when I was a child, these are my favorite sort of toys for my children. That’s why I am soo excited about the Eveleen Joy Toystore that just opened in SLC, Ut. They are a family run Toystore that has a whole section of STEM toys that quite frankly intrigued me greatly. I wanted to check them out for my kids as well as yours.
Unfortunately, I am currently in Ireland with my family which sort of limits my abilities to do so. Thankfully my sister Jenny who loves this kind of toys as much as I do (and who is a homeschool mom of 3,) was willing to try out two of the popular STEM toys from EveleenJoy to review on The Quiet Grove.
The first toy she tried out with her kids was a 120 pieces Building planks Set.
“A cool Toy 120 price building block set”These are made from real wood, come packaged nicely and even have their own storage bag.
My set did have one slightly defective block which was splintering, but I pulled it off and felt like underneath was smooth enough to keep the block. For 120 real wood pieces, to have 1 be a bit defective seemed fairly understandable. The blocks were otherwise very smooth and in great condition.
This toy is reminiscent of Jenga blocks but is much lighter weight, longer and slightly thinner.Because these are long, I feel like you can create more intricate structures and explore balancing them more than their janga counterparts, which is pretty cool.
Because of their shape, we did find it very challenging to stand them up on end or to try to replicate the patterns in the booklet, but with a hard surface underneath and some patience, we had some fun successes. We’ve built the fish/ rocket, boat, and car so far.As an educational toy, I feel like it does provide a good challenge for learning and growth.
I’d personally recommend this toy for older children (8+) if you’re expecting them to be able to make any of the designs depicted.
The other toy I had her try out was the 45 pcs SmartRod Magnetic Discovery with Rooftop.
“Smart Rod Magnetic Discovery 45 piece set”
This toy has been delightful. It’s bright and colorful, and the pieces are much larger than I originally anticipated, but I love it for this very reason! Because of its large size, it is novel, easy to play with and great for children or all ages! I love that my 2 year old can safely play with and explore magnets without risk of choking on or ingesting them.
My 5 and 8-year-olds went to town with this toy, having fun exploring the many things they could create with it. The roof like pieces became hammocks, bowls, walls and roofs, and the flowers were a big hit.
I love this set and would totally like to expand it with the other sets available