Looking to buy smart this year when it comes to holiday gifts for your kids? Here are six awesome and open-ended STEM toys which will be played with for years to come, making them a great investment.
1. Building Bricks
An obvious choice, but building bricks are so versatile! Whether you choose to buy the larger size DUPLOs for a younger member of the family, or maybe LEGOs for the older ones, you won't regret it! Creations will be proudly built, destroyed, and used to make another magnificent display over and over. And that's exactly how it should be. The constant engineering and use of fine motor skills is so good for your kids. As kids get older you can continue to add more complicated pieces and sets, and watch as more complex builds are made! If you wanted to add a DIY touch to the gift, why not use our Peel 'n Stick Baseplates to make a DUPLO & LEGO Compatible play table?!
2. Primary Science Lab Set by Learning Resources
If your kids are anything like ours, they will spend hours playing with liquids. Tipping, stirring, coloring, reacting, you name it, they do it! This kid-friendly science lab kit from Learning Resources is the perfect gift for your little scientist. Great for developing STEM skills, as well as encouraging an investigative mind. The set also comes with some activity cards which will keep your kiddo busy.
3. Magnetic Tiles
Another awesome toy for encouraging engineering skills. Kids love the fact that they can easily build large colorful structures all by themselves. We are fans of Picasso Tiles as they offer such a wide range of tile shapes and they come in at a pretty reasonable price. Our kids' favorite add-on item is the car base as they spend hours creating and crashing their magnetic tile cars!
4. Fort Building Kit
Kids love forts. And so do adults if we are honest! So why not embrace the excitement and let your kids construct their own ultimate fort with a fort building kit. There are lots on the market but Fort Magic seems to top the list. There are so many ways your kids can use their imagination to combine the materials and design their own house, castle, space ship, train... whatever they want!
5. Snap Circuits Jr. by Elenco
Snap Circuits Jr. is a great way to make learning about electronics hands on and fun. It's a simple system of color coded components which easily snap together to form different electronic circuits. This toy actually hits all four aspects of STEM and is sure to get your kids excited about circuits! As confidence grows, so does the complexity of the circuits.
6. Botley the Coding Robot by Learning Resources
Coding is so much fun for kids, especially when you have a cool little robot to work with! Learning Resources have done a great job of making coding interesting and achievable for kids with this fun product. This coding toy is particularly clever as it is 100% screen free and has hidden features to unlock. That means that your kids will continue to be challenged!
Which one do you think your kids would love most! We are definitely adding a few to the Santa wishlist in our house!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
"LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site."
Creative QT® co-owner, Adam Hinkle, lovingly refers toPixel Bricks™ as 'LEGO™ glitter' because they do seem to have a way of finding their way all over the floor if not properly stored. The good news is, however, we have loads of simple and affordable ways to store them all in this one blog.