One of the biggest issues facing America today is how rapidly we are falling behind in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. The obvious solution is to get more kids interested in them at a younger age. Fred’s Super Dollar has introduced a new line of educational toys called Smart Mind toys! The Smart Mind Toys are designed to teach kids how things work while still being fun.
Smart Mind Toys encourage children to think and learn. The toys include safe science experiments like: Amazing Crystals, Amazing Sands, Balloon Racer, Beyond and Bones, Dino Racer, Mad Eyeballs, Marbles, Robot Racer, Space and Beyond, Snow, Static Lab, and Volcano Eruption and are sold at great prices. Prices vary from $2, $3, $5 and $10 (with none being over $10). Everything you need to complete the science experiments are included in the box.
We received a few of the Smart Mind Toys to see what we thought about them. We received the Science Worx Balloon Car, Weird Science Space and Beyond, and the Weird Science Mad Eyeball. Let’s check them out!
Science Worx Balloon Car
The first one we tried is the Balloon Car, aimed at the 5+ group. This is designed to start to think about engineering and, indirectly, physics. It’s a cardboard and plastic car that uses balloons to create an air jet to propel the car forward.
Assembly is pretty straight forward, although you would be well advised to help your five year old out. Don’t try skipping ahead and think about how you are putting it together though, as I didn’t and ended up with my axle holder upside down. There is a lot of glueing involved and it takes a minute for the craft glue to set, this is where an adults’ patience is needed. It comes with stickers to decorate the car with and it really does look hi-tech when it’s done, although not exactly like what’s pictured on the box.
Once it’s assembled, the fun begins. It works pretty well, even on carpet as the body is very lightweight and the tires are large. Be warned that it is cardboard, so it won’t stand up to rough treatment, but it is fun and will get some questions asked. This is a great way to introduce a child to newton’s laws and hopefully more. For kids 5 & up.
Weird Science Space and Beyond
Two of the best gateways to get kids interested in science are dinosaurs and astronauts. This kit will let your child create a glow in the dark solar system. This easily leads into questions that are harder to answer than the Balloon Car so be prepared to do some homework or explore answers with your child.
The kit contains molds, dough, string, connectors, glue and straws. There are also cardboard die cutouts of aliens and spaceships, just for some extra flavor. The instructions are easy to follow and if you’d like, you can get a little creative with the molding to make your system unique.
This is less interactive than the car, basically decoration after, but it can lead to some good discussion about solar system formation or even chemistry as you talk about how the dough hardens. Even if the science end of it doesn’t grab your child, the chance to be artistic might. For kids 8 & up.
Weird Science Mad Eyeball
The last kit combines the assembly of the car with the creativity and mess of the Planet molds. The eye is a complicated, and delicate, organ that works in fascinating ways and this kit lets you build a working one.
Much like the planet mobile, you will be mixing dough and using molds, but also adding lenses in to demonstrate how the eye works. You get to exercise some creativity in painting your eye but you must get the rest of it lined up right to work.
This is a good experiment to get your child asking about biology and physiology, even if you aren’t using those words. For kids 8 & up.
Smart Mind Toys are great ways to have fun with your child, as well as challenge their minds and get them asking questions. Once they start asking questions, curiosity will probably get them asking even more, letting them learn while still having fun.
Purchase Smart Mind Toys
If you would like to purchase Smart Mind Toys, you can find them at Fred’s Super Dollar. Use their store locator to find a store near you.
How would you like a chance for your child to try them out? Fred’s Super Dollar would like to offer one of our lucky readers that chance!
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Smart Mind Toys!
(Science Worx Balloon Car, Weird Science Space and Beyond, and the Weird Science Mad Eyeball)
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I was provided with the products above from Fred’s Super Dollar. No other compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions stated here are 100% my own.