Published : Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 3:36 PM
The holidays are fast approaching, and with that comes holiday shopping! If you’re stumped on what to get your child this year, or maybe they don’t have any ideas themselves, here are some unique and educational gifts for kids who love science.
1. Polym Dinosaur Paradise Kit
Who didn’t love dinosaurs when they were young? Hape’s dinosaur-building kit contains 200 polyms, soft and flexible building blocks that snap together for endless possibilities. The set also comes with sets of wheels and eye stickers, so your little one can create much more than just dinosaurs. It’s great for improving hand-eye coordination and tactile skills, as well as nurturing imagination.
2. PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set
When your child is ready to move on from polyms, get them a set of the extremely popular PicassoTiles. These clear, colorful tiles snap together via magnets. With squares and triangles of various sizes, your child can build structures, objects, and environments of all kinds! PicassoTiles are perfect for budding architects and artists.
3. Electro Dough Story Kit
Toymaker Tech Will Save Us created a brilliant kit that lets kids create their own figures out of salt-based play dough. And because salt conducts electricity, these dough creations can be powered to move around or interact with their environment. Kids learn the basics of circuits and electricity with these ingenious kits.
4. CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
Cats in space! In this adorable graphic novel series by Drew Brockington, cats run the world. So when a global energy shortage occurs, it’s up to the fearless CatStronauts to set up a solar power plant on the moon. CatStronauts blends substance, humor, and sci-fi concepts together seamlessly. Plus, the CatStronauts series tackles many other space science topics, from robots to the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope.
5. Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit
Magic and science collide in this educational and fun kit from Scientific Explorer. Magic Science for Wizards Only includes nine activities that teach kids about chemistry, as well as famous wizards in history. Make your own potions, craft your own magic hat, create your own wand, and more.
6. Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) by Asia Citro and Marion Lindsay
In the award-winning Zoey and Sassafras book series, the titular characters encounter a magical animal with a problem which must be solved using science. Sometimes Zoey has to investigate a mystery, sometimes she has to conduct research, and other times she needs to run experiments. With fun illustrations and whimsical stories, Zoey and Sassafras teaches kids the importance of inquiry and using the scientific method.
7. Turing Tumble
With the Turing Tumble, kids build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s a creative, hands-on way to learn how computers work without screens! Turing Tumble teaches coding strategy, binary, binary operations, and logic gates through tactile games.
8. The Friendship Code #1 (Girls Who Code) by Stacia Deutsch and Reshma Saujani
Computer science meets The Babysitters Club in this book series published in partnership with nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. When Lucy is put into a group of girls she barely knows in her new coding club at school, her excitement turns to disappointment. However, Lucy begins receiving cryptic coding messages, and turns to her new buddies for help translating them.
9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
“It was a dark and stormy night.” When you’re stumped for gift ideas, turn to the classics! Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel was first published in the 1960s. Since then, the unique characters and stories have endured. There are journeys through space and time, battles between good and evil, and learning how to grow up in the midst of it all.
10. Cue Robot
The award-winning Cue Robot from Make Wonder is a great gift for kids interested in coding. Customizable and packed with engaging coding challenges, the Cue Robot builds coding skills as well as critical thinking and creativity. The Cue app lets kids explore multiple programming languages, as well as choose from one of four personalities for their Cue.
BONUS: Give the gift of STEM
Your budding scientist is sure to love these thoughtful gifts for science-lovers. And if you’re looking for a new school when the holidays end and the new year begins, consider Stratford School. Our curriculum fuses STEM-focused academics with a true appreciation of the arts. Learn more about our philosophy on our website!