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Stem toy that kids are guaranteed to love

Kids can learn all about the digestive system

Kid approved STEM kit

HVP received a STEM kit this summer so I decided to take it over to my grandson to get his approval. With the STEM toys from this company, you can keep your kids learning all year. Plus, they will have a great time doing it.

Meandmine sent us a STEM toy that helps kids learn about the digestive system called Journey Down The Belly. I enlisted my 8 year old grandson for this project. He was very excited to see what was inside the box and so we got to work right away. 

One of the best things about this kit from an adult point of view is that is comes with an easy to put together structure that hold all the (potentially) messy stuff your child will be using for this project. My grandson had it unfolded and put together in just a few seconds without even looking at the directions.

What's in the box
  • Book about digestion
  • Sturdy cardboard stand
  • Stomach bag
  • Straw
  • Ring to hold up the "stomach"
  • Glue
  • Small plastic pieces of fruits & veggies
  • Test tube
  • Fizz tablets
  • Baby Oil
  • Mesh bag with tissue paper
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup 
  • Large plastic bag

There are 3 separate "experiments" in this toy. How the stomach works, digestive enzymes and poo. A cool thing about this is you use the same cardboard stand for all of the activities.

The Stomach

With this one, you get to make "stomach slime". Everything you need comes in a packet that is marked as such. My grandson had a little trouble getting everything put together but I think it was because he was so excited he did not properly read the directions. With a little intervention from mom he was well on his way. He was very impressed with end product had to show it to his dad and brother right away.


Break out the test tube and start filling it with baby oil and water. Insert fizz tablet and watch it do it's thing. My grandson was pretty sure this is how you burp. That was pretty awesome he thought. Again, he had to take it and show off what he did to his dad and brother.

Making poo

For this one, you turn the box sideways and insert the large plastic bag. All he had to do was put the mesh bag containing the paper into the bag and pour some water on it. He squished everything around for a bit and then opened the bag. He was delighted to find the paper actually looked like poo. He actually pranked his dad with this one by putting it in front of the bathroom door so when his dad came out he would be surprised. He couldn't contain his excitement waiting for dad to open the door.

All in all this toy was an absolute hit. We had a great time doing it and watching him get so excited over something that teaches was the best part for me and his mom and dad. I highly recommend you try this with your little scientists. We can't wait to try another one.

See more of these award-winning toys at Meandmine.

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