It can be so easy to end up filling your kids' stockings with items that will end up strewn across the living room floor in weeks to come. Here are five awesome stocking stuffers for kids which are sure to inspire long-term STEM play.
1. Plus-Plus Mini Maker Tubes,$7.99 each
These cool little building pieces travel with us everywhere! They are perfect for encouraging on-the-go play, and therefore avoiding too much screen time. Plus-Plus even have some really fun holiday-themed tubes this year, we love this Christmas tree one.
2. Glo Pal Light Up Cubes, $10 per 4-pack
Have you heard of Glo Pals? They are small liquid-activated cubes which light up as soon as you drop them in water. They are available in five different colors, and have a 'glow life' of approximately 8 hours. We use ours in the bath tub and also for sensory bins.
These small tubes of themed toys are an absolute must for creative play with our kids. They come in every theme imaginable, from animals, to vehicles, and even organs! We often pair them up with some LEGO, Plus Plus Big, or magnetic tiles and take them out with us through the holiday season. Great for restaurant entertainment!
You can't go wrong with a classic box of LEGO pieces. We especially love this style of small box because instructions are included for a variety of mini creations. Less is sometimes more when it comes to LEGO, and in this case a small box can bring about such amazing creativity from our kids which is why this set is a winner in our book.
5. Wonder Stix, $7.99 per set of 12
If you've got a kiddo who loves to get creative with arts and crafts then these Wonder Stix are an absolute must. They pretty much write on any non-porous surface! We use them on paper, windows, wood, magnetic tiles... the list goes on. We also love these because they are ideal for all our kids, despite the age difference.
We hope you have seen some inspiring ideas to make your stocking gifts STEM-filled and meaningful. What are your favorite stocking stuffers to help cultivate creativity and quality family time?
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.
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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.