Educational science toys assist children in a variety of ways, including teaching them about the planet and people in it, what things are and how they work, and how to sit up, walk, talk and run. Science toys help children experience the world so that they can learn about it and make sense of it.
As outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, playing with educational science toys serves many purposes, such as learning new vocabulary and gaining problem-solving and mathematics skills. Toddlers tend to be visual learners and learn by seeing and touching things around them. Toys such as inflatable globes, ant habitats and butterfly nets help increase children's senses as they are able to interact with the world in a meaningful way.
One scientific concept easily learned through playing with toys is gravity. Born without an understanding of gravity, babies don't realize that things dropped do fall. Having a toy in her grasp, releasing it and watching it fall to the ground is an important learning milestone. Magnetic toys and squishy balls, two educational science toys, serve this purpose.
Educational science toys such as oversized shape mats and plastic tweezers also help children exercise their gross and fine motor skills, in addition to coordination and balance. Science toys including instant snow, toy figures and science lab kits encourage children to ask questions and then experiment to discover answers. They also invite children to use their imaginations and help build self-confidence.