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STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Many of the hottest holiday toys this year are STEM-related, and I couldn’t be happier to see that so many kids are loving the learning process and having fun with it! These fields of learning are not only essential for academic success, but they also add to a well-balanced education and teach students problem-solving techniques and learning methods that help them learn other subjects more effectively. This is real world stuff, and that’s so important for our little ones!
Most of the holiday gifts in our home this year will be STEM toys, so I thought I’d share some of our more unique finds in a holiday gift guide that I’ll be updating throughout the season. Enjoy!
Squirrel King Build With Stickers Sets
Squirrel King building kits inspired STEM-oriented construction fun! Kid can build with stickers (no glue required) to create fun squirrel-sized playsets that teach STEM principles like physics of leverage, center of gravity, stability, and why round wheels roll best!
See a building kit in action here:
Most building kits are under $10, and you can also get kits with all the supplies to build some cheeky little squirrel friends! (sample received)
Visit Squirrel King to learn more and see the whole line of kits.
Building sets are huge these days, but Pinblock gives builders new possibilities for creating more than any other set on the market. All Pinblock sets have one piece that can turn, twist, stack or lay flat, allowing for loads of 3D building fun! Each Pinblock piece is the same, which lets kids build creations with a pixel-like quality. Choose from the Pinblock Red/Blue Fusion Jet, Silver Falcon or the Pinblock Freestyle set with no instructions – just more colors and pieces for free imaginative building! Smaller princess, spaceship sets are also available, as well as single color sets. Ages 7+. (sample received)
Visit Pinblock online to learn more and see the variety of sets available.
Drawing in 3D?! Yes! IDO3D is the leader in kids’ 3D art, using technology to bring amazing artwork to life. The specially crafted pens contain 3D printing ink that magically transforms liquid into solid in just seconds with the IDO3D spotlight. The familiarity of a pen with new 3D technology will open kids’ minds to a whole new way of creating. Guidebooks are included, or kids can simply draw in 3D straight from their own imaginations. Ages 8+. $19.99–$24.99 (sample received)
Visit IDO3D online to learn more and see the 3D Art Studio Sets available. Don’t miss the cool videos that show you what a 3D drawing looks like!
Electronic Snap Circuits by Elenco
Got an electronics enthusiast at home? Keep that STEM energy flowing with the Electronic Snap Circuits Discovery Kit from Elenco. The set contains over 60 parts so your little scientist can construct over 300 exciting electronics projects. Winner of the Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products Award. Ages 8+.
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit is available on Amazon. (Price subject to change.)
Solar System Planetarium
4M educational toys cover a wide range of educational subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more. The 4M Solar System Planetarium is no exception, with planets, stencils, squeeze glow paint pen, rods, string, a fact-filled wall chart and 10 sets of Kidz Quiz questions. No batteries required – just interest and imagination! For kids ages 8 and up.
4M Solar System Planetarium is available on Amazon (as of this post date, only $9.00!)