Steam Kits

Check out one of our Steam Kits! They each have interactive STEAM (science – technology – engineering – art – math) resources to create safe and innovative learning environments that foster the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Each kit includes a high-interest prebound book paired with interactive STEAM resources on the same topic. The kits are available for checkout in the Children’s Library.  

Kit Reminders and Rules:

·  They are non-renewable. 

· 14 day checkout duration

· Only one steam kit is allowed at a time per household

· Place holds through Library staff

Thank you and have fun!


All About Dinosaurs Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | Explore what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw that you had become part dino! Enjoy imaginative play with dinosaur figures and reusable sticker scenes. Dinosaur Escape allows kids to work together, use their memory, and incorporate simple strategy to rescue the dinos from volcanic eruption.

Arts & Crafts Creative Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | The Arts and Crafts Creative Kit lets kids express their creativity using a variety of materials and recycled items for hours of fun. The hands-on manipulatives can be used individually or as a group for left brain development and critical reasoning skills.

Castles and Dragons Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | Coding with a dragon and castle engineering bring together imaginative play and early STEM learning. Multiple challenges and fantasy fun with parental help or alone.

Construction & Building Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 |This Engineering focused STEAM kit encourages young readers to become interested in construction and engineering while they are still learning basic life skills. This fun reader follows a ninja visiting a construction site, paired with construction blocks can keep little ones happy and busy while channeling their inner engineers.

Electronics, Coding & Bots Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | Science Comics gives us a high-interest graphic novel packed with facts on robots and drones: past, present and future. Kids apply the information to coding with Artie the programmable robot that draws whatever you code on any sheet of paper. Use Snap Circuits to enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics and circuits with hands-on manipulatives and easy-to-follow activity guides.

Engineering Gears & Mazes Kit

Interest Level: K+ | Hands-on crafts, rolling marble gravity mazes, and machines that move, the Engineering Gears and Mazes kit has all the enrichment a future engineer could need. With open ended play and building options, these items help kids learn and build STEM skills like critical thinking through trial and error. Colorful pieces help keep kids engaged and drive imaginative thinking. Get the ball rolling and the gears cranking with this great kit.

Everyday Science Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | Explore popular science topics in DC Superhero Science, an action-packed nonfiction title, featuring experiments led by beloved DC super heroes. Use the scientific method like Bumblebee, defy gravity like Superman, or make things out of light like Green Lantern. Perform cool chemistry experiments and dig into the fascinating world of insects with simple activities that can be completed with items found around the house or in nature.

Examine Science & Nature Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | The Examine Science and Nature Kit encourages kids to explore everyday items in their house, backyard or on a nature walk. The Handheld Mini Microscope and specimen slides gives children a lens into assorted specimens including: algae, fish scales, coffee, grasshopper, silk to name a few. The fun and memory boosting game features essential science and nature topics to teach life science topics.

Explore Circuits Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | Interest Grade: 4+ | Play and learn with this circuits kit. Develop problem solving, cause and effect, and logic skills in this addictive marble circuits game or learn the fundamentals of circuitry with this imaginative play set made to teach key engineering and design principles. Wrap it all together with a look at 101 incredible technology facts that every kid should know.

Explore the Outdoors Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | The Explore the Outdoor kit encourages kids to explore the great outdoors. Perfect for nature walks and backyard exploration with the submergible SeaScope and 2-1 Explorer Scope for up-close examination of everything from rocks to bugs. Perfect for STEM learning and exploration on the go. 

Food & Nutrition Kit

Interest Grade: 3+ | Get kids talking about the science of food, the five food groups, and the composition of a healthy meal. Practice healthy meal building skills with the Healthy Helpings Game. Learn how to garden with pretend flower pots, watering cans, a shovel, plants and vegetables. Then develop color recognition and sorting skills with bushels of produce, and learn the nutritional value of eating the rainbow.

Green Energy Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | Our world runs on energy and the Green Energy kit teaches kids about alternate energy sources that are clean and renewable. The kit introduces young engineers to energy and promotes hands-on exploration of energy concepts. Kids will be introduced to solar, wind and geothermal power and encouraged to build over 125 different projects using alternate energy sources.

Lace, Stack & Sort Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | The Explore the Outdoor kit encourages kids to explore the great outdoors. Perfect for nature walks and backyard exploration with the submergible SeaScope and 2-1 Explorer Scope for up-close examination of everything from rocks to bugs. Perfect for STEM learning and exploration on the go. 

Learn to Move & Play Kit

Interest Grade: PK-3 | This kit is focused towards preschool age kids with two fun games to help them get up and move. These games help develop gross motor skills in a fun manner. Children will learn how to listen and follow directions, take turns, and imitation. Kids will enjoy reading this simple book with their parents as they learn what animals can jump along with them. 


Machines & Contraptions Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | Young thinkers explore the ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci through his notebook sketches, showing how his ideas foreshadowed modern inventions. Students construct, examine and explain simple machines to develop a deeper understanding of how they make work easier. KEVA planks build an early understanding of proportion and balance, while teaching basic principles of physics and engineering.

Math Patterns & Tactile Kit

Interest Grade: PK-3 | This Math focused STEAM kit encourages critical thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversations. Colorful, engaging pieces with rich textures provide a great way to encourage a child’s sense and strengthen fine motor skills.

Money, Math and Economics Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | The Money, Math & Economics Kit introduces the concept of money recognition, money management and math skills using play money in a hands-on play environment. The kit encourages interactive play to help children buy, sell and learn the value of money and teach basic financial literacy concepts.

My Amazing Body Kit

Interest Grade: 4+ | From your head to your toes, the My Amazing Body kit is an introduction to anatomy and explains the important parts of your body. The hands-on manipulatives for the heart, brain and skeleton will provide children an in-depth look into the human body and create an appreciation for everything their bodies can do.

Paw Patrol Phonics Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 |  Paw Patrol is on a roll in this phonics set featuring a Paw Patrol phonics book set, Penworthy Prebound leveled reader, Wipe-Off phonics workbook and two activities. The first is three sets of soft foam phonics cubes and a second is a game focused on sight words. 

Paw Patrol Play Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | It’s all Paw Patrol in this kit. Join Chase, Marshall, Skye and other characters exploring Adventure Bay with multiple imaginative and pretend play options sure to entice any fan and create some new ones.

Peppa Pig Phonics Kit

Interest Grade: PK – 3 | Help your kids take to reading like a pig to a puddle with this kit featuring a Peppa Pig phonics set, Penworthy Prebound 8×8, Wipe-Off phonics workbook and two phonics games. The first is a reading rods phonics game and a second is a quick card based phonics game.

Pete the Cat Loves Preschool Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | Settle in with your preschooler and Pete the Cat. Enjoy two great books and a variety of lessons with Pete the Cat. This kit featuring two interactive preschool sets promotes groovy, independent, interactive learning. Press the Pete the Cat pen on the answer for an immediate audio and visual feedback on lessons in reading, math, science, social studies, and more.

Police & Firefighter Play Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | Head to the fire station with Elmo and then play with these buildable police motorcycle, firetruck, and interactive keys & car garage. Imaginative play meets early building, construction and fine motor play sure to delight any kid.

Robotics and Coding Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | The world of coding continues to expand every day. This kit is full of fun facts about robots, computers, x-rays and other cool technology and inventions. Kids will get active with the interactive coding games that keep bodies busy while brains gain valuable practice in sequencing, decision making and following commands just like a computer.

Sound, Music & Band Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | Children will delight in this silly sing-along story with funny, eye-popping illustrations and informative picture guides to help readers mimic and act out the hand and foot movements and develop their fine motor skills. Play along and create fun songs using the band equipment provided to encourage creative play and to help children experience the fun of making music.

The Shape of Things Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | Drive learning about shapes in 2D and 3D with this kit. Play with large plastic shapes, draw two dimensional shapes and build both flat and three dimensional shapes across this kit’s activities. Supplement this engaging tactile learning experience with the great book A Trapezoid Is Not A Dinosaur.


Trucks and Tools Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | The Trucks and Tools kit is designed for the young gearhead. The two-piece tractor trailer and the Design & Drill Bolt Buddies are interactive hands-on manipulatives for building fine motor skills. Kid friendly tools are designed for tiny hands and encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. Kids will love Trucks!, a level two Ripley Reader featuring great pictures and information about various trucks. 

Understanding Our Universe Kit

Interest Level: PK – 3 | Learn about the position, order, size, and shape of the planets using inflatable models. Project real images of our solar system including stars, planets and galaxies. Learn about our solar system’s planets and moons.

Building & Design Kit

Interest Level: 4+ | Dive into a behind-the-bricks look at the beloved LEGO toy with this hands-on STEAM kit. Kids can take what they learned in the world of LEGO engineering and apply it to the KEVA Brain Builders and City Engineer sets which give you the tools to design and build creations to solve challenges.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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