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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Rainbow Architect Complete Building Set
Rainbow Architect Complete Building Set
Item: 34663
Status: In Stock
$229.95
1 year & up. Perfect for stacking, nesting and open-ended play, these colorful beech wood blocks and natural color panels lend themselves to STEM concepts like construction, spatial reasoning and patterning. This complete set also inspires creativity, shape, color, language, and design skills.
Grippies® Waves STEM Magnetic Building Set - 20 Pieces
Grippies® Waves STEM Magnetic Building Set - 20 Pieces
Item: 55616
Status: In Stock
$84.95
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.
Easy-Hold Glitter Panels
Easy-Hold Glitter Panels
Item: 34797
Status: In Stock
$56.95
1 Year & up. This glitter panel set comes with three glitter panels in three different colors. Children will love the bright colors and smooth surfaces. Stimulate the senses with gold, silver and purple glitter! Hold the panels up to a sunlit window or a light panel to watch the sparkling colors dance. Small hands will have no problem gripping the large handholds with rounded edges. These durable Rubber wood panels are designed to last for years without scratching, leaking or breaking. Size:… More »
Sound and Sort Stackers - Set of 18
Sound and Sort Stackers - Set of 18
Item: 63687
Status: In Stock
$32.95
18 months & up. Children will delight in all the fun and engaging learning opportunities available with the Sound and Sort Stackers. Multiple senses are engaged while children listen, look, sort, and stack these 18 captivating pieces. Encourage color recognition and fine motor development. A set of activity cards is included listing all of the benefits and many hands-on activities.
Jumbo Farm Animals - Set of 7
Jumbo Farm Animals - Set of 7
Item: 87733
Status: In Stock
$36.95
18 months & up. What do the animals say? What are their names? These are but a few things that can be discovered playing with this farm themed set. The set includes the most popular farm animals - pig, horse, cow, goat, sheep, rooster and goose. Activity guide provides facts about each animal and early science discussion starters. Horse measures 9.5"L x 7.25"H. Made out of durable, non-toxic plastic. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth, do not immerse in water.
Toddler Light Table Discovery Set - 84 Pieces
Toddler Light Table Discovery Set - 84 Pieces
Item: 63805
Status: In Stock
$35.95
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 1/2" 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 »
Toddler & Preschool Garden Insects - Set of 5
Toddler & Preschool 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 cards 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.
Start-Up Circuits - 6-Piece Science Set
Start-Up Circuits - 6-Piece Science Set
Item: 32654
Status: In Stock
$24.95
18 months & up. When kids click together these chunky pieces and then flip the switch, they'll get an exciting result: either a spinning fan, a glowing light, or a whistling siren. All switch blocks are interchangeable for mixing, matching, and experimenting with actual working circuits in a completely safe way. Young children will develop an innate understanding of circuitry and build a strong foundation for future STEM success with these early childhood science tools. Requires 6 AA batteries (not included).
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Item: 63290
Status: In Stock
$109.95
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 »
Multicolor Wooden Discovery Blocks Manipulatives with Different Textures
Multicolor Wooden Discovery Blocks Manipulatives with Different Textures
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 wooden 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… More »
Eco-Friendly Wooden Marine Puzzle with Ocean Life
Eco-Friendly Wooden Marine Puzzle with Ocean Life
Item: 31393
Status: In Stock
$20.95
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.
Go Go World - 21 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set
Go Go World - 21 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set
Item: 147989
Status: In Stock
$35.95
12 months & up. This Go Go World - 21 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set is designed specifically for the small hands of infants and toddlers. Your little ones will enjoy creating various cars and animals with this set that includes fun and inspiring shapes. This is the perfect starter set for any child. The unique patented magnet design permits to be building fun and easy for all ages. Encourage the development of motor and creative skills at an early age while having fun building and exploring their… More »
Go Go Working Cars - 18 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set
Go Go Working Cars - 18 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set
Item: 147988
Status: In Stock
$35.95
12 months & up. This Go Go Working Cars - 18 Piece - Magnetic Blocks Set is designed specifically for the small hands of infants and toddlers. Your little ones will enjoy creating many different vehicles that GO, by mixing and matching the various magnetic blocks. Encourage the development of motor and creative skills at an early age while having fun building and exploring their creativity. Magnetic blocks come in the bright, classic colors that children recognize and love. Includes 18 magnetic pieces.
Grippies® Windows - 24 Piece Set
Grippies® Windows - 24 Piece Set
Item: 32633
Status: In Stock
$64.95
18 months & up. Introduce light and color exploration, along with early STEM skills, through the organic and layered builds of Grippies® Windows. Over-molded metal ball connectors join colorful, secured magnetic panels to create 2D and 3D builds. Tactile grips and over-molded plastic are soft and easy for little hands to hold. Watch your young builder discover magnetic principles, properties of light, and color recognition through multiple building and patterning activities. Compatible with other Grippies® sets.
Woodland Footprints™ - Set of 8
Woodland Footprints™ - Set of 8
Item: 32628
Status: In Stock
$29.95
2 years & up. This unique set of engaging woodland footprints is a great way for children to start their woodland explorations! Each set includes a footprint for a fox, squirrel, rabbit, frog, deer, hawk, owl and mouse. Compare, explore, investigate, sort, and match eight different familiar woodland animals by their footprints. Take the stones on a group walk to compare them with any animal tracks the children discover.
Natural Wood Sorting Tray with 9 Sections
Natural Wood Sorting Tray with 9 Sections
Item: 32627
Status: In Stock
$31.95
2 years & up. Made from FSC approved beech wood. The 9-sections arranged in a 3 x 3 array are perfect to help children sort according to particular criteria such as size, shape, number, color, or pattern. It is also useful for more open-ended investigations and perfect for collecting and displaying fascinating objects that the children discover. Contents shown are not included.
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Item: 32412
Status: In Stock
$44.95
Birth & up. A set of four reflective mirror surface balls provides a distorted fish-eye lens reflection in which children will want to observe. They will be fascinated to see items placed close to the mirrors including their own faces enlarged and close-up. Made from hard wearing stainless steel, these beautiful, smooth tactile balls are robustly constructed without being too heavy and therefore can be handled by young children with ease. They can be used indoors or outdoors and provides a focal… More »
Mystery Sensory Balls - Set of 6
Mystery Sensory Balls - Set of 6
Item: 32411
Status: In Stock
$79.95
Birth & up. This set of six reflective mirror balls all look identical, but have individual characteristics. Some wobble when rolled, or turn and won't roll in a straight line, some feel funny when twisted, spun or shaken and others make different shaker or rattle sounds. The shiny mirror surface provides a distorted fish-eye lens reflection which is fascinating for children to observe. They are robustly constructed from hard wearing stainless steel, are lightweight, smooth and tactile to handle… More »
Round Floor Mirror
Round Floor Mirror
Item: 32375
Status: In Stock
$299.95
Mirrors are important tools that foster a young child's self-awareness, self-esteem, intellectual curiosity and cognitive development. Safe, shatterproof acrylic mirror encourages a first-mover's coordination and confidence. Constructed in durable birch plywood with smooth edges for safety. Made in USA. GreenGuard Gold certified. Lifetime Warranty. Measures 7.25"H x 21.75"W x 21.75"D. Ships fully assembled.
Farmyard Footprints™ - Set of 8
Farmyard Footprints™ - Set of 8
Item: 32278
Status: In Stock
$29.95
2 years & up. Compare, explore, investigate, sort and match eight different familiar farm animals by their footprints. Perfect for sensory exploration and learning about animals. Each stone shows a raised footprint on the front and the owner's image imprinted on the back. Raised impressions on the stones allow to tracks to be made in the ground. Set includes 8 stones.
Sensory Play Animals - Set of 8
Sensory Play Animals - Set of 8
Item: 32277
Status: In Stock
$32.95
2 years & up. Gather these Animal Friends together for fun sensory and imaginative play! This set of beautifully sculpted animals will engage learners with their tactile nature. Children can sort and match the animals according to their habitat or characteristics, create characters for each creature, and engage in storytelling activities. Ideal for promoting language development and discussion. Each piece is crafted from a unique stone mix for durability. Set includes eight figures measuring between 1" - 3"H.
Grippies® Builders
Grippies® Builders
Item: 32193P
Status: In Stock
$44.95 - $64.95
18 months & up. The STEM building toy system for toddlers, Grippies® Builders combines tactile exploration, magnetic play and an introduction to the basic principles of engineering and geometry. Grippies® unique, magnetic rod and ball configuration provide a secure, frustration-free set of construction options as children first discover the joy of building. Unique in concept and design, Grippies® provide a fun, safe and exploratory experience for toddlers. These sets feature four… More »