Science, Discovery & STEM

It’s never too early to introduce young learners to STEM concepts and science explorations! Science experiences even the littlest learners the opportunity to discover and understand STEM concepts through hands-on learning. Kaplan’s selection of science materials, resources, and activities gives children an opportunity to develop critical science skills, explore the world around them, and embrace their natural curiosity and wonder!


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Grippies® Waves STEM Magnetic Building Set - 20 Pieces
Grippies® Waves STEM Magnetic Building Set - 20 Pieces
Item: 55616
Status: In Stock
$99.95
18 months & up. Wave formations and soft-colored liquids bring soothing motion and wonder to the Grippies® magnetic building platform for toddlers. The tactile and sensory building pieces imply fluid figures, dancing and balancing, adding an exciting set of social-emotional possibilities to the STEM-based play. Tactile grips and over-molded plastic make these secure magnetic construction toys soft to touch and easy for little hands to hold. The stimulating blocks and cylinders encourage… More »
Peek-A-Boo Basket and Lid - Tan
Peek-A-Boo Basket and Lid - Tan
Item: 34702-TN
Status: In Stock
$41.95
Birth & up. Soft woven basket with lid can be used for a variety of activities or as storage. Children will want to open the lid and investigate contents of the basket making it perfect for a game of peekaboo or a treasure hunt with loose parts and heuristic sets. Basket measures 9". Made of soft, durable 100% polypropylene, baskets are stain, mildew and fade resistant. Spot clean or professional dry cleaning is recommended. Contents not included.
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Item: 34214
Status: In Stock
$49.95
Birth & up. Nurture multisensory play with this set of Sensory Reflective Balls! Engaging and vibrant, the reflective surfaces of these balls change color in the light as children manipulate each sphere. Providing a slightly distorted reflection in their iridescent surface, these mirrored balls will fascinate children and encourage explorations in facial recognition, descriptive language, and self-esteem. Smooth, lightweight, and easy for small hands to grasp, this set is chemical-free, non-porous,… More »
52 Interactive STEM Ideas for Infants and Toddlers - 5" x 5" Activity Cards
52 Interactive STEM Ideas for Infants and Toddlers - 5" x 5" Activity Cards
Item: 63784
Status: In Stock
$17.95
This set of 52 interactive STEM ideas will provide caregivers with a year's worth of weekly STEM activities for young children. These simple and straightforward ideas are enjoyable for families and children alike, and they're a great way to promote STEM activities for toddlers. Activity card(s) measure 5" x 5" and store in a sturdy plastic container.
Toddler Light Table
Toddler Light Table
Item: 89682
Status: In Stock
$349.95
18 months & up. Freestanding table with built-in electrical lights invites children to explore color mixing, light, and shadows. Adult supervision. (Prism bricks and plates sold separately.) Minor assembly required. Measures 15"H x 25.5"W x 25.5"D.
Light Table Discovery Set - 84 Pieces
Light Table Discovery Set - 84 Pieces
Item: 63805
Status: In Stock
$36.95
18 months & up. Engage and color mix with the bright colors in this set! Great for use on a light table or outdoors in natural sunlight. Children will have a variety of items in which to view and learn about the world of color. Set includes 12 translucent 5.5" color paddles, 24 three dimensional translucent shapes, 48 building connectors, and stackable storage container.
Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers
Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers
Item: 74131
Status: In Stock
$12.95
For the littlest learners, everything is an activity--feeling a rock, trying to lick a bubble, smelling a flower, or poking sand. In this book, teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers will learn how these simple explorations support cognitive and vocabulary development. The book explains heuristic learning--discovery by trial and error--and how to encourage this type of learning to boost development. Through his explorations, the child is answering some fundamental questions: What is this… More »
Garden Insects - Set of 5
Garden Insects - Set of 5
Item: 63574
Status: In Stock
$31.95
18 months & up. This set of five vibrant and chunky garden insects introduces children to common bugs found outside. This set of easy to grip critters includes matching photo activity card(s) with real images and fun facts about each insect. To take learning outside, have children look around their environment and spot some of the insects on their cards. Use these award-winning insects for dramatic play as well. Insects measure 5" each.
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Item: 63290
Status: In Stock
$119.95
18 months & up. The Wooden Exploration Set encourages independence and self-directed exploration. The open-ended components of this award-winning wooden set will inspire children's natural curiosity and joy of learning. Young children instinctively investigate objects that interest them and make discoveries through taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight.Toddlers crave new experiences while enjoying the comfort of the familiar. With opportunities to manipulate the objects over and over, young… More »
Wooden Discovery Blocks
Wooden Discovery Blocks
Item: 87339
Status: In Stock
$34.95
12 months & up. Encourage your children to explore their senses with this set of Multicolor Wooden Discovery Blocks Manipulatives with Different Textures. Children will enjoy discovering the different textures, sounds and colors to stimulate touch, feel and sight senses. The durable wood makes these blocks last through hours of play. Encourage your children to make patterns and identify the colors of the blocks they play with. This activity block set consists of 3 visual blocks, 3 auditory blocks… More »
Eco-Friendly Wooden Marine Puzzle
Eco-Friendly Wooden Marine Puzzle
Item: 31393
Status: In Stock
$21.95
12 months & up. Four, simple, one piece sea life themed puzzles fit together to make one larger puzzle. Colorful, textured graphics and a 3-D feel adds extra interest and helps to complete the theme. Each piece includes one ocean creature including a shell, crab, turtle, and whale. Completed puzzles measures 8.75" in diameter.
STEM Curiosity Cubes - Set of 4
STEM Curiosity Cubes - Set of 4
Item: 146107
Status: In Stock
$31.95
18 months & up. Discover the mystery behind each of these transparent, candy-colored STEM Curiosity Cubes. Each cube can be twisted, shaken, and flipped upside down to get the beads inside to slide and gather in one spot. It takes a different level of skill to solve each one. Included: 4 Different, bead-filled Curiosity Cubes in yellow, red, blue, and green. Cubes measure 3" x 3" x 3".
Toddler Wooden 35mm Spools - Set of 10
Toddler Wooden 35mm Spools - Set of 10
Item: 147152
Status: In Stock
$13.95
10 months & up. Your little one can stack them, count them, or come up with their own playtime experience using this set of Spools. Combine with the Heuristic Play Basic Set or Starter Pack to discover more ways to encourage curiosity and creative play (sold separately). Spools measure 1.4" in diameter. Set includes 10 Spools.
Toddler Easy Hold Magnifier
Toddler Easy Hold Magnifier
Item: 147157
Status: In Stock
$16.95
12 months & up. Little explorers can take a closer at the world with the Easy Hold Magnifier. This magnifier features 3x and 5x magnification via small enlargement lens with an easy to hold hardwood frame designed for little hands. Measures 7.3" x 4.7" (lens 3.1" in diameter).
Toddler Brightly Colored Count & Match Eggs
Toddler Brightly Colored Count & Match Eggs
Item: 147161
Status: In Stock
$32.95
18 months & up. This plastic egg carton features a dozen colorful eggs that pull apart to reveal brightly colored numbers to match with their corresponding pegs and holes These easy to grasp eggs are ideal for children to learn counting, sorting, number recognition, and color matching. This set promotes dexterity and fine motor skills all while children explore and play with the eggs. When children are finished playing, they can simply stack the eggs back into the durable carton for convenient… More »
Wooden Heuristic Bowls - Set of 3
Wooden Heuristic Bowls - Set of 3
Item: 147165
Status: In Stock
$24.95
10 months & up. Young children can discover and fill the bowl with objects they find in their world around them. Use this set of bowls to come up with their own open-ended playtime experience. Combine with the Heuristic Play Basic Set or Starter Pack to discover more ways to encourage curiosity and creative play (sold separately). Bowls measure 2.8" in diameter.
Science Sensory Tubes
Science Sensory Tubes
Item: 30769
Status: In Stock
$44.95
2 years & up. Create your own sensory tubes with this set of 4 clear tubes with dual openings. Includes 8 solid lids (two red, two blue, two yellow, two orange) and 4 vented lids (red, blue, yellow,orange) to let children explore their sense of smell. Lids easily twist on and off, and hold liquid securely inside. Contents shown are not included.
Squeezable Dinosaur Playset
Squeezable Dinosaur Playset
Item: 30903
Status: In Stock
$31.95
18 months & up. With lots of details and super soft plastic friendly faces, this animal set will be the favorite in the classroom and at home. This set is great for supporting classroom themes, role play, and language development. Use these fun squeezable dinosaurs to teach children about the prehistoric period. Included are T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Diplodocus, Ankylosaur, and Brachiosaurus. Encourage children to practice using descriptive words when discussing the dinosaurs. This set… More »
Weather Dress Up Puzzle - 12 Pieces
Weather Dress Up Puzzle - 12 Pieces
Item: 31392
Status: In Stock
$28.95
12 months & up. Introduce young children to the four seasons and how to dress for the weather. Each season is made up of 3 puzzle pieces and each season fits together to make one larger puzzle. Flip each season over to reveal a seasonal stencil for added enrichment. Completed puzzle measures approximately 9.25" in diameter.
Chicken Puzzle
Chicken Puzzle
Item: 31395
Status: In Stock
$21.95
12 months & up. A very early introduction to life science. This delightful little chicken puzzle helps to develop problem solving abilities, fine motor skills, and discover a little something about nature.
Shadow Catcher Lights - Set of 3
Shadow Catcher Lights - Set of 3
Item: 31819
Status: In Stock
$28.95
12 months & up. Sized perfectly for smaller hands, these brightly colored Shadow Catcher Lights are the perfect beginners' flashlight. Toddlers will experience light through colorful shadows in red, blue, green, and tri-color. These exciting lights promote sensory play, fine motor skills, exploration, and color recognition. Encourage children to make shadow puppets or shapes with their hands to cast on the wall. These lights are also great to use for a nightlight. Batteries included. Set of 3 lights.
Sorting Stones Discovery Set - Set of 12
Sorting Stones Discovery Set - Set of 12
Item: 31821
Status: In Stock
$29.95
2 years & up. Smooth to the touch, this set of 12 realistic stones come in 3 sizes and 4 colors. The chunky size is perfect for toddlers.They can be used for sorting activities and stacking. The soft touch makes them perfect for sensory experiences.
Dinosaur Bones Discovery Set - Set of 12
Dinosaur Bones Discovery Set - Set of 12
Item: 31828
Status: In Stock
$29.95
2 years & up. What fun it would be to find dinosaur bones in a sand table! Perfectly sized for toddlers, this set of 12 bones comes in 4 different lengths, the largest one 4.75" long. Use for sorting, measuring activities, and sand play. The smooth surface makes them perfect for sensory experiences.
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Item: 31847
Status: In Stock
$29.95
6 months & up. Children will learn the magic of nature with this unique plush toy that starts out as a caterpillar and opens to a beautiful butterfly. Machine washable.