Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Best STEM/STEAM Toy Gift Ideas for Kids



If you are thinking about getting gifts for you kids this year that are fun AND educational--I am totally with you!

I have been taking my kids to some STEAM classes that they really enjoy so I LOVE the idea of children getting STEAM toys as gifts. They have such a blast and always beg to go back!





In case you didn't already know--STEAM is the acronym:

Science
Technology
Engineering
Art &
Math

The toys teach them all the good stuff including imaginary play!

So I have run across some toys that I think will be of interest to you if you are wanting to help your child learn while they are playing--let me know if you have any of these!

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Let's begin:



  • Build the world's most famous towers - or create your own designs
  • Flexistix encourage creative thinking and active construction with these easy-to-connect sticks
  • Made from sustainable bamboo, silicone, and water-based paint
  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up



You can find it HERE.



Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot 




  • Early STEM skills: Botley helps your child learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. He teaches kids to code with active, screen-free play that's perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ready right out of the box: Botley is ready to code right out of the box! Have 5 AAA batteries and a Phillips screwdriver nearby and this coding robot will have your kid coding in minutes with code games, creativity and fun
  • Screen-free: Botley features Completely screen-free coding: no phone or tablet required Botley's easy-to-use remote programmer transmits your commands and sends him rolling
  • Smart logic: now Smart logic gives Botley the ability to detect objects in front of him and avoid them. He can also follow looping commands, take on obstacle courses, and follow black-line paths. He even has hidden features to unlock
  • 77-Piece activity set: coding Robots are great at learning new things, so Botley comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges
  • Botley is a great educational toy for 5 year olds+. with his advanced features, he can grow with children for many years of fun together


You can find it HERE. 



SNAP CIRCUITS JR. - SC 100 ELECTRONICS EXPLORATION KIT: OVER 100 PROJECTS




  • BUILD WORKING CIRCUITS Build over 100 different electronics circuit projects with 30+ electronic components
  • SUPPORTS a vigorous STEM / STEAM curriculum
  • NO SOLDERING - NO TOOLS - IT'S A SNAP ~ Snap Modules require no tools and and click together to ensure solid electrical connections
  • LEARN BY DOING Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts
  • DESIGN electrical circuits using the knowledge gained from building over 100 circuits found in the illustrated instruction manual
  • AWARDS ~ Snap Circuits brand kits have received the following awards: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products, STEM Approved
  • SNAP CIRCUITS provide students ages 8+ with hands-on experience building models of working electrical circuits





OSMO GENIUS KIT FOR IPAD






  • Five award-winning games that transform your iPad into a hands-on learning tool
  • Turns core subjects, like math (numbers) and spelling (words), into fearless fun
  • Encourages visual thinking (Tangram), problem solving (Newton), and creative drawing skills (masterpiece)
  • Designed to adjust to kids aged 5-12 skill level. Toy-of-the-year-2015|time-best-inventions-of-2014
  • Genius kit comes with the Osmo iPad base (stand & reflector), game playing pieces (including upper and lower case words tiles) and stackable storage containers. Requires iPad to play.





SHIFU ORBOOT - THE EDUCATIONAL, AUGMENTED REALITY BASED GLOBE







  • ► COMPATIBILITY - Orboot app is free on iOS, Kindle and Android. Compatible with - iPad 3 & above, iPad mini 2 & above, iPhone 6 & above; Kindle 8 and above; Android 3GB RAM and above.
  • ► ORBOOT GLOBE + APP takes the child on an Augmented Reality based journey around the world. Fun. Interactive. Educational. (NO BORDERS OR NAMES ON GLOBE)
  • ► THE BOX comes with a 10” globe, passport, stamp, country flag stickers, and a detailed help guide.
  • ► CATEGORIES IN APP - cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps and weather for various countries across the globe.
  • ► STEAM Ahead - A perfect toy for the ever-curious kids that sparks their imagination and curiosity. It helps build knowledge, linguistic and cognitive skills. Makes for an amazing and unique gift for kids!


YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.


MY SUPER SCIENCE DISCOVERY BOX - STEM SCIENCE KIT



  • STEM EDUCATION KIT - Children create their own experiments
  • IMAGINATIVE PLAY-Children create their own mini projects; light show, music, stories and more
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX- Tongs, pipettes, funnels, magnifying glasses, vials, sponges, powerful flashlights, strainers and many materials to explore; HAND ASSEMBLED IN THE USA
  • AWARD WINNING - Winner of the Academics’ Choice Brain Toy Award, Tillywig Best Creative Fun Toy Award, Child Magazine Product of the Year and Preferred Choice Award 2017- Science Activity Kits category
  • EASY STORAGE - Durable storage case makes transportation and clean up easy







K'NEX 100 MODEL BUILDING SET - EDUCATIONAL ENGINEERING TOY






  • CLASSIC PIECES – This set comes with 863 classic K’NEX rods and connectors. These pieces can be attached to one another in different ways. It allows your children to create a multitude of shapes, figures, and structures with ease. The snap fit pieces stick together securely and can be easily reassembled into other creations
  • REAL MOVING PARTS – Unlike other building toys, K’NEX allows kids to create unique models that actually move. Kids can make interactive toys using K’NEX parts whether its wheels, rotors, wings, and tracks. Making rolling cars, working amusement park rides or a transforming animal isn’t just a dream when you have this 100 Model Building Set!
  • STEAMagination – It’s the connection of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) with a child’s natural curiosity and creativity and it powers the fun of each and every K’NEX building set. Building with K’NEX puts children on a path towards a fundamental understanding of STEAM/STEM subjects.
  • DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS – K’NEX supports key areas of a child’s developmental growth. As they click the different parts together and discover how the building system works, they’re strengthening hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, spatial awareness, and exercising their imagination!





PIPER COMPUTER KIT - MINECRAFT RASPBERRY PI





  • Build your own computer: solve puzzles in Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft by building your own computer from start to finish and continuing to build power-ups within the game through physical controls, switches, buttons, & lights
  • Increase creative confidence: research proves that kids who use Piper show growth in creative confidence around building electronics by 54%
  • Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft: self contained computer running on Raspberry Pi 3 Project board - 1GB RAM - 1.2GHz Quad core CPU
  • For kids ages 7+: the Piper computer kit is an exciting and educational gift for kids of all ages and experience levels. No technical experience is required to begin to build or play
  • Hands on play: learn about technology while having fun! Replace touch-screen, video-games, puzzles and apps with healthy, educational, hands-on construction and discovery.





KIDTASTIC MICROSCOPE SCIENCE KIT FOR KIDS






  • ⚛️ SPECIALLY MADE FOR KIDS AGE 3 + - This toy microscope with extra-large eyepieces with comfortable viewing angle, chunky knobs and an LED light make this beginner science kit ideal for small children. Watch as they independently focus on different objects, using this toddler learning kit. Kidtastic Science toys for preschoolers can be used both at home or in the classroom.
  • ⚛️ COMPLETE STEM EDUCATIONAL KITS FOR LITTLE ONES – Kidtastic Science Discovery Toys for Toddlers/ Science Kits for Girls and Boys are an amazing learning resource for young developing minds. This microscope kids kit comes with an assortment of 12 specimen slides – so kids can see things like tarantulas, ants, beetles, and ladybugs up close!
  • ⚛️ LITTLE SCIENTISTS LEARN THROUGH DISCOVERY - This teach my preschooler learning kit really helps kids to learn so much about the world around them. They can examine anything they want, such as coins, rocks, snail shells, bugs, flowers, leaves and more! With the right educational tools for preschoolers, you can give your kids a head start, and help them recognize that learning can be a fun, exciting activity.




SKY TRACK MAGFORMERS

  • Watch as your shuttle does a 360 spin and climbs the lift elevator! Control your designs with the stop-go button and watch the shuttle pass over the seesaw!
  • Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store.
  • Equipped with a sky shuttle and multiple track accessories, you can create loops, ups, and downs, twists and turns for endless flight fun.
  • 4 geometric shapes and Track accessories including sky vehicle
  • Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity










LEGO MINDSTORMS ROBOT KIT WITH REMOTE CONTROL FOR PROGRAMMING AND LEARNING HOW TO CODE




  • Builders of all ages will love building and coding their fully-functional robot to walk, talk, and even play games or complete tasks! This educational STEM robot toy makes engineering fun for everyone who builds it.
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is built with 601 pieces and includes the intelligent EV3 Brick, 3 servo motors, plus color, touch and IR sensors. Connect with your smart device and download the free EV3 programmer app to control the robot!
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 comes with instructions for 17 different robotic designs, each with its own unique features. Builders can program their STEM robots to talk, walk, grab, shoot targets and more! Kids will love this creative and educational toy!
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building.The perfect tech toy if you want to build your own robot and explore endless learning activities






THAMS AND KOMOS KIDS FIRST BOTANY




  • Learn about plants and seeds by conducting experiments in a specially designed botanical laboratory with greenhouse domes
  • Construct an automatic watering system to keep your plants from getting too thirsty
  • Grow beans, cress, and zinnia flowers, and learn how each plant has different needs
  • Experiment with plant cells and capillary action
  • Learn how roots work to transport water and nutrients throughout a plant






MOTORIZED GEAR UP TO LEARN 162 INTERACTIVE BUILDING TOY SET







  • ASSORTMENT OF FUN - Motorized 162 piece set that includes gears of various sizes, 2 battery powered motor gears, flat bases, figurines, merry go round, see saw, swing and a light up jewel. Hours of fun with easy connect to kid-friendly interlocking blocks. Add excitement to family bonding time.
  • KID'S FIRST S.T.E.M. KIT – The perfect kit to prepare kids for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning. Hands on learning tool for the aspiring little engineers. 6 fun colors allows them to learn matching, grouping, snap together puzzle pieces, sorting, building, designing and physics. A toy that shows how gears work!
  • THE MIND IS EVERYTHING - Let your child’s creativity take you where you’ve never gone before. Different every time when put together, your child will expand their problem solving and motor skills with simple mechanics and science. From big to small, there is no wrong way for this set to be built.
  • IT ALL HAPPENS WITH A FLICK OF A SWITCH - Turn on the motorized gear to instantly activate their own ‘spinning machine’ while inspiring creativity, imagination and the love of engineering at a young age. Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)






Which are your favorites?

Do you have any that you would add to this list?

We'd love to hear about them so please share them in the comments!



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