Features that the best learning toys should have for low tech STEAM activities

1. Flexibility

Toys that allow for open-ended play and exploration allowing users to develop imagination as well as building skills.

2. Ease and Reliability

A toy or tool that works right out of the box. Less fiddling to get it up and running.

3. Printed Instructions and Information

For many of us printed instructions are easier to follow than text on a screen.

4. A Robust Educational Community

A toy that you can go online and find tons of videos and projects showing how others have used them.

5. Lesson Plans Online

Availability of detailed examples and projects on the web where teachers could go to find detailed examples of how to use in a classroom or enrichment program.