When can you introduce a child to STEM? Once Upon a STEM allows even the earliest learners to build successfully with this collection of big, soft, and colorful magnetic foam construction pieces. The frustration-free Once Upon a STEM blocks are designed with a patented magnetic connection system that ensures these blocks always attract, with no polarity conflict. The non-toxic and durable Once Upon a STEM blocks rotate 360 degrees when connected, expanding their open-ended, multi-sensory possibilities. Because they click when connected and spun, the blocks are also an auditory treat for tiny ears. Not only that, Once Upon a STEM blocks float in the water, making bathtime a creative space for mini-engineers, and providing a distraction for hair washing.
Brilliantly designed, each safely-embedded magnetic connector is flush with the foam surface, so there are no hard protrusions that could cause injury. They are soft, so they won’t hurt if thrown. After the blocks are connected, they stay together firmly, but the magnets are not so strong that your toddler won’t be able to pull them apart. Your toddler can play with them inside, outside, in the pool, at a campsite, or anywhere he feels inspired to create. When they get a bit grimy, toss the blocks into the dishwasher to wash with your dishes or spritz them with a bit of bleach spray, and they’ll be sanitized and as good as new! With Once Upon a STEM, Toddlers can learn about stacking, color, and shape recognition and develop rudimentary construction and engineering skills. Built to inspire whimsical play, the vibrant colors, soft and smooth finish, and straightforward design of Once Upon a Stem make it stand out from short-lived playthings.
Once Upon a Stem includes 48 blocks in 15 shapes, with wheels to get those creations moving. Encouraging tactile and sensory development, Once Upon a STEM blocks exceed all international testing standards for safety for ages three and up. We suggest parental supervision for children who may be prone to biting off chunks of foam. Unlike other toddler toys, Once Upon a STEM is made to be enjoyed for years. Still, if your family should ever outgrow them, the manufacturer will welcome them back. They will sanitize used blocks and donate them to a happy home.
Please note: As of 2022, the manufacturer has opted to only test this product for ages 3+. Our understanding is that the product itself has not changed from when it was recommended for 18-months+ - just the testing process has changed.
Because there is no other STEM set that allows young toddlers to explore construction in such a frustration-free, accessible way, Timberdoodle has opted to continue offering this set but with this advisory that the age recommendation has changed.
0-12 months: Use Once Upon a STEM as toys for your baby to pull apart and explore, or even as towers for him to knockdown. 12 months+: Demonstrate how pieces stick together and offer simple patterns to be duplicated. There are several suggestions on playing with Once Upon a STEM in the Timberdoodle Little Tots Handbook. Email us if you purchased Once Upon a STEM from us, did not get a Handbook, and would benefit from the additional ideas.
Manufacturer's Information Manufacturer: Discover with Dr. Cool Age Recommendation: 18 months+ (manufacturer recommends 3+) Grade Recommendation: Tiny Tots+ Faith-Based: No Consumable: No Lessons/Projects: Set Includes: 48 pieces
Not a teething toy: This toy is safe for ages 3+. Teething children may be able to bite the blocks with their sharp teeth; thus, children should not use them as a teething toy.