This STEM Holiday Gift Guide for Kids includes affiliate links and some products were provided for review.
I know that you want the best for your kids and the best for your money! I’ve put together this small gift guide to help you find the best options for your little ones this holiday season. Whenever I shop for my children during the holidays, I always focus on at least one quality STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) toy or product that they can use to learn, gain skills or express their creativity. This guide includes gifts that will do that for your little ones, gifts that will make their world bigger and more exciting.
If your little ones are curious about medicine and love to play doctor, Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear Learning Kit will be the perfect gift. I had the chance to check out the new toys at Hamacher Schlemmer earlier this week and I fell in love with this toys as it’s clever use of technology. The app makes Parker come alive and makes the play really exciting and interactive. Parker is a healthy combination of technology and science to help kids learn, become more creative and learn. You can purchase Parker online, or at Hamacher Schlemmer store on the Upper East Side if you’re in New York City.
Are your little ones ready for their very first computer? Since the new school year started, it’s become really clear that the kids need their own computers. Their needs are mainly to practice coding and math, class projects and reports. The Lenovo Flip 14 laptop is a great choice for a first computer as it’s fast and functions as both a tablet and a laptop. It was easy for me to set up the parental controls and the kids have been using it to type-up reports (my 8-year-old) and practice coding on code.org. This is a touchscreen laptop and it’s really intuitive and user-friendly for my children. My five-year-old has been using this computer without any trouble, flipping between tablet and laptop mode.
I think my favorite features of the Lenovo Flip Laptop for kids is that is all of the creative artwork they’ve been doing using the Lenovo Active Pen to sketch and create art on Windows Ink. My kids have already been talking about creating their own cartoon series using this feature which makes me really excited.
This laptop is very thin, sleek and light enough for little ones to carry. While the kids will not be taking it to school yet, I know it would come in really handy when we’re traveling to keep them engaged.
I first discovered this robot in my son’s kindergarten classroom, he talks about it almost daily when he gets home from school so I started researching and learned that Dash could be used for much more than just coding. Kids can use it to collaborate and learn with others. I figured that all three kids could benefit from Dash plus it comes with extras like STEM apps so it may be worth the investment.
I bought this set for my kids two years ago and they still play with it and still love it! The quality of the magnetic pieces is really impressive given that my kids have gone through tons of other toys over the time they had these. This particular set is great for kids who enjoy building and love to see things in motion. My kids create structures that can rotate and it even comes with a generator so they don’t have to rotate the structures manually. My only gripe with this set is that you would have to purchase a storage box like this one to store the Magformers.
I hope you find a gift idea in this guide for the kids in your life and be sure to let me know in the comments which of these you would purchase.