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
$102.95
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 »
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Sensory Reflective Balls - Set of 4
Item: 34214
Status: In Stock
$51.95
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 »
Easy-Hold Glitter Panels
Easy-Hold Glitter Panels
Item: 34797
Status: In Stock
$57.95
12 months & 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 »
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
$19.95
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: Temporarily Out of Stock
$39.95
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
$34.95
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.
Start-Up Circuits - 6-Piece Science Set
Start-Up Circuits - 6-Piece Science Set
Item: 32654
Status: In Stock
$37.95
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. Includes: Light, Sound,… More »
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Wooden Exploration Set - 50 Pieces
Item: 63290
Status: In Stock
$136.95
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
$36.95
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
$24.95
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.
Let's Investigate - Nature - Set of 8 Stones
Let's Investigate - Nature - Set of 8 Stones
Item: 300184
Status: In Stock
$32.95
Ages 2 years & up. These beautifully tactile stones reflect the natural treasures children might discover in the outdoor world. Designed for outdoor learning, investigative play and forest school, the stones are robust for lots of outside adventures! Made from a unique stone mix, they are durable enough to be used in water, soil, mud and clay, and are easily cleaned. Go on a nature hunt and compare with the real things, make imprints in dough and make rubbings using wax crayons. Set contains… More »
Let's Investigate - Seashore - Set of 8 Stones
Let's Investigate - Seashore - Set of 8 Stones
Item: 300185
Status: In Stock
$32.95
Ages 2 years & up. Be transported to the ocean with these beautifully tactile stones that reflect the natural treasures children might discover at the seashore! Designed for outdoor learning and investigative play, the stones are robust for lots of outside adventures! Made from a unique stone mix, they are durable enough to be used in water, dirt, mud and clay, and are easily cleaned. Perfect for outdoor discoveries, compare with the real things, make imprints in dough or sand, and make rubbings… More »
Dimpl Billow & Bright
Dimpl Billow & Bright
Item: 37617
Status: In Stock
$26.95
10 months & up. Introduce young children to early weather concepts with this fine motor Dimpl Billow & Bright set. Children can refine their fine motor skills by popping the large silicone bubbles on the cloud or explore cause and effect as they look at themselves in the double-sided mirror at the center of the sun. Cloud measures 4.6"L x 6"W and sun measures 6.25" in diameter. Made with 100% food-grade silicone and BPA free.
Sound and Sort Stackers - Set of 18
Sound and Sort Stackers - Set of 18
Item: 63687
Status: In Stock
$34.95
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 card(s) is included listing all of the benefits and many hands-on activities.
Nature View Microscope
Nature View Microscope
Item: 63230
Status: In Stock
$36.95
2 years & up. Introduce children to the fun of scientific discovery with their first microscope. With award-winning design, this Nature View Microscope is an exciting method of introducing STEM learning into the classroom. The three interchangeable lenses offer differing perspectives of the ten detailed nature slides. Encourage children to explore the different settings and become familiar with this beginner's microscope. The base plate rotates for varied viewpoints. Lenses include magnified,… More »
Shadow Catcher Lights - Set of 3
Shadow Catcher Lights - Set of 3
Item: 31819
Status: In Stock
$29.95
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.
Color Paddles Set - Set of 18
Color Paddles Set - Set of 18
Item: 63804
Status: In Stock
$15.95
18 months & up. Enrich children's science exploration with color paddles. Children will enjoy color mixing on a light table or outdoors in natural sunlight. Translucent 5.5"L colors paddles in six vibrant colors: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple. Set of 18 includes three of each color.
Science Sensory Tubes
Science Sensory Tubes
Item: 30769
Status: In Stock
$46.95
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. Each tube is 12"H x 2"D.
STEM Concepts Poster Set - Set of 12
STEM Concepts Poster Set - Set of 12
Item: 89773
Status: In Stock
$21.95
Decorate your classroom or learning center with these STEM Concepts and Activities Diverse Settings Poster Set . These posters are a great way for your children to identify and relate to others as they engage in similar STEM activities. Use these posters in an interactive lesson to describe what STEM based activity the children are engaging in. Each high quality image measures 11"L x 17"W.
Color Toddler Magnifiers - Set of 6
Color Toddler Magnifiers - Set of 6
Item: 34042
Status: In Stock
$32.95
18 months & up. Encourage your children to look closely at the world around them with these Bright Color Toddler Magnifiers for Exploration with Chunky Handles. The extra-large magnifiers are perfect for smaller hands to grasp. Your children will love being able to see textures or details that aren't easily visible with a normal view. These magnifying glasses promote fine motor skills, dexterity, exploration, and discovery. Set of 6 in assorted colors. Measures approximately 8"L x 4.5"D.
Play & Explore Fossils - Set of 8
Play & Explore Fossils - Set of 8
Item: 63565
Status: In Stock
$34.95
2 years & up. Fossils inspire children's imagination and excite young learners. They will delight in discovering and examining this set of 8 realistic and tactile specimens. The set includes ammonite, clam shell, fern leaf, preserved leaves, sea urchin, shark's tooth, shrimp and trilobite. Made from a unique stone mix, they are durable enough to be used outdoors. Each fossil measures approximately 3.5". Magnifying glass and brushes are not included.
Animals and Nature from Around the World Posters - Set of 12
Animals and Nature from Around the World Posters - Set of 12
Item: 63716
Status: In Stock
$21.95
Encourage children to explore the world around them with this Animals and Nature from Around the World Poster Set. Children will love viewing the high quality, beautiful scenes from natural settings across biomes. Encourage your children to write and describe what they see in their favorite poster. Set of 12 posters. Measures 11"L x 17"W.