A Review Of The Amazon STEM Club Membership Program

A Review Of The Amazon Stem Club Is It Worth It


On January 25, 2017 the Amazon STEM Club was unveiled.  STEM toys, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, are the current “must have” toys.

With technological advances being made every day, it’s no wonder that parents want their kids to be interested and successful in areas such as science, technology, engineering and math.  These skills will be critical to future generations as this is where most jobs/careers will be.

All that being said, it is important to keep in mind that children need many “building blocks” first in order to be successful later on.  And these building blocks can be nurtured and developed through good old fashioned play with traditional toys.

Now, let’s take a look at the Amazon STEM Club and what it has to offer.

Amazon STEM Club Review: What You Need To Know

Monthly Membership

This is a subscription club currently only available in the United States. The membership costs $19.99 a month. One toy will be shipped each month. The toys that are shipped are chosen by Amazon staff.

Age Ranges

Currently there are 3 age ranges to choose from. They are 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, 8-13 year olds.

Cancelling Your Membership

You can cancel your membership at any time. There is no minimum amount of time that you need to subscribe for. So you can check it out for a month or 2 and if you decide it’s not worth it, then go ahead and cancel your account.

Now I want to go over some Pros and Cons of the STEM Club membership.

PROS

♥ Makes a great gift idea!
♥ Membership can be cancelled at any time.
♥ Toys focus on STEM which many believe all kids should be exposed to these days.
♥ You can see what the toy is before it ships
♥ Able to subscribe with Amazon Credit Card with 5% rewards
♥ Toys will range in price, some being less than $20 while others are more than $20

CONS

♦ Only one subscription per age range per account. So this means if you have more than one child in a given age range you would need to create another account.
♦ Only available in the US
♦ Some toys you get may be in the upper age range. For example, one review stated their child’s age range is in the lower end of the 5-7 group and the toy was labeled as 7+
UPDATE MARCH 2017: Many of the reviewers are saying that the toys they are receiving are either not age appropriate or cheaply made and not worth the $19.99 monthly fee.   Even though some of the toys are listed on Amazon at $25 or more.  You can read some of these reviews here.   If this is making you second guess the Amazon STEM Club, perhaps you would be better off choosing your own toys based on STEM features.  If your child is 3 or younger, these are toys that I highly recommend (from a speech-language and general development perspective)!

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Do Kids Really Need STEM Toys?

I will start out by saying that this is my opinion and I know others will disagree. However, I do not feel that children need STEM toys in order to be successful as adults. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, children need to learn many preliminary skills for future success. These skills can all be obtained through play with traditional toys, peers and parents/caregivers.

Some of these skills include problem solving, social skills, critical thinking, cause and effect, vocabulary development, etc.

A child who does not have access to STEM toys can and will still learn these crucial skills.

However, what STEM toys can do is inspire an interest in STEM fields. However, there is no evidence behind this for young children.

Personally I wouldn’t bother with STEM toys for children under the age of 5 or 6.

But, for $19.99 a month, I think that it’s worth a try for children ages 5 and up.

What do you think of the Amazon STEM Club Membership? Will you give it a try?

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10 Comments

  1. Gayelyn

    How does this work if you have 2 children in same age category? Do you have to get two subscriptions?

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Gayelyn,

      Unfortunately you would need to get 2 subscriptions. Or the children would have to share the toy.

      Reply
  2. Layla S

    Thank you for this list of pros and cons! I wonder how this compares to other more established subscription boxes like CubbyCase and Kiwicrate? CubbyCase for example I know comes with 3-5 items and has Harvard created curriculum to go with the toys and books. Does Amazon’s stem club just give you a toy and that’s it?

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Layla,

      Thanks for your comment. I am not familiar with Cubby Case (also don’t know the pricing). Yes, with the Amazon STEM Club you get one toy a month. The toy typically costs more than the $19.99 a month that the subscription cost is. You can see some of the toys that have gone out to families here

      Reply
  3. Madison

    I had no idea Amazon has this STEM program now. I have a toddler and this would be something that I might look into in the future. I don’t know how much benefit my toddler can get since she is so young now. Can you give us some examples of toys that they offer as part of this STEM program?

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      I know! Isn’t a cool idea. I honestly don’t feel that toddler’s need toys labeled as “STEM”. Pretty much all traditional toddler toys would fall into the STEM category because they are all about being inquisitive, teaching cause and effect, math skills, prediction, etc. Children need to learn some base skills before moving on to more advanced skills. STEM is just a label given to toys, but toys like this have existed for years.

      What I am trying to say is that any open ended, low tech toy for a toddler probably falls into the STEM category.

      As for the toys you get, they change all the time. So I can’t really give you any specific examples. If you go to the STEM Club homepage you can see examples of toys in each age group that have recently been sent out. It looks like the toy for the 3-4 year old’s is a building toy called Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit.

      I do feel like this is a great toy for 3 and 4 year old’s as are all building toys!

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  4. Batya

    Thanks you for writing such a good review of the program, especially so soon after it was unveiled. It sounds like a very interesting program. Did Amazon give any examples of what types of toys they will send? Also you mentioned they sent toys that were too old for the age range what about sending toys that are too young? For example your child is 7 but they send a toy thats really for a 5 year old. Then you have no use for the toy if you don’t have younger kids at home.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Batya,

      As the program is set into 3 age groups you will run into the issue of occasionally receiving a toy that might be on the higher or lower end of that range. Since the Amazon STEM club is a month to month membership you can always cancel at any time if you aren’t happy with the toys your child is receiving. For $20 a month it’s probably worth it to try it out for 3-6 months.

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  5. Derek Marshall

    Hi there,

    Great article.I have to admit that I had no Idea that amazon started a STEM club. I do think that it can be a pretty good idea to have kids involved in those skills early on in their lives.

    Although I agree with you that it is not essential for their development but I do travel a lot and I do see a distinctive difference between IT skills in teenagers in Europe (Spain and UK) and South East Asia (Thailand and Malaysia). One factor in that is early age exposure to use of computers at home. IN those countries mentioned you still barely/rarely have one computer in each street!

    As a child I used to play a lot with the toy mechano set, which is based on actual and real engineering, I grew up and studied engineering funnily enough!

    There is some relevance to STEM club but it really should not be the “be all and end all” and only toys kids should get and play with.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment Derek. And I do agree with you. But honestly, giving a 3 year old a bunch of STEM toys won’t get them any further ahead than the 3 year old who was playing with blocks, trains, tents, play kitchens etc. In fact, I believe that the 3 year old that was playing with a large variety of toys will be further ahead. But as kids get older then STEM toys can help “broaden their horizons”.

      Reply

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