STEM gifts for kids are really important in this day and age. It's all about learning about math, science, and technology but in playful ways. This list of gift ideas is a great place to start when you are shopping.
STEM Gifts for Kids
If you are wanting to go a little less traditional gift route, start by looking at STEM gifts for kids. These are fun, but also totally hands-on learning. From the toddler games that encourage understanding of numbers and scientific thinking to the larger programming options, this list has something for everyone.
Of course, I always say to start small and that might include a few printable games to use with the family. I love our Simon Says cards and especially, these Christmas games for families. You might also like the printable Challenge Game. All of these are great for families and have elements of STEM to encourage learning with your kids.
Tacto Dino allows your little one to unlock a treasure of games and stories with a tap of their favorite dinosaur figurine. Loaded with interactive games and activities for dino-loving children, this dinosaur game set takes kids back in time to the prehistoric world, helping them develop attention to detail, scientific thinking, and problem-solving skills. Price: $49.99
KidX Classbox is an interactive educational toy that bridges physical play with online interactive learning. This learning platform is hosted on iPad’s, Android Pads, and televisions with internet capabilities.
A Montessori blocks-based activity is ideal for kids who like to be on a device but still need to learn. With AI design, it really helps focus on your child and their unique learning needs.
LaTanya Brooks believes that education is a powerful tool in overcoming obstacles. Her website Grow With STEM provides information for parents, mentors, and educators for guiding their children and students down a successful path in STEM-related careers. The site also features works that aim to inspire diversity in STEM-related fields as well as help guide children through difficult situations.
In Marisol: A Little Girl with a Big Dream, young Latina Marisol dreams of a career in a STEM field, but her mother doesn’t appear to understand Marisol’s grand plans. Marisol’s tía (aunt) Chely gives Marisol some hope and advice about communicating with her mother.
Through this powerful resource, children are empowered not only to dream big but to pursue their passions and not be limited by anyone’s expectations of them.
Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer is about an autistic boy who also dreams of a career in STEM. Adam even dares to dream that he could become “the best mechanical engineer ever, but he struggles to make friends because they see him as too “different.” One day, Adam uses a secret talent that really impresses his peers! This inspiring story sparks meaningful conversations about compassion, bullying, humanity, and respect.
All children’s books also feature reading comprehension questions to reinforce the lessons in the story, so educators and parents can create a dialogue with their children about what they’ve learned through Marisol Adam and Aubri’s cleverly written journeys.
Dabble & Dollop is the only mixable children’s bath brand - we allow children a safe opportunity to mix scents and textures together to create their own unique concoctions,” explains brand Founder & CEO Stephanie Leshney. “For example, children can take a dabble (pump) of Strawberry and a dollop (pump) of Vanilla and make a strawberry shortcake bath. Or, a dabble of Tangerine and a Dabble of Lemon for a Citrus Body Wash.”
Christmas Box: Celebrate Christmas with the Red, White & Green colors of the Holiday Season! Nearly 30 oz. of our magical 3-in-1 shampoo, bubble bath & body wash packaged in a "gift ready" Dabble & Dollop Deco box. Mix our Strawberry & Honeydew Gels with our Vanilla Whip to create 7 unique scent and texture combinations! MSRP: $42
STEMulate the future for all children. With this culturally representative puzzle, children can envision themselves in every profession. The heads and bodies are interchangeable so your child's STEM careers are limitless.
Each kit has 40 puzzle pieces that form 10 complete puzzles. The puzzles are 4x6 inches and are recommended for ages 2-6.
Included in the STEM careers featured in these puzzles are:
- Marine Biologist
Learning Blankets is a wonderful resource that is both cuddly and warm as well as a great fun way to learn new things. With options for so many different areas of education, you can choose this as a blanket, play mat, or even hang it on the wall of your classroom!
This game is fun and easy for toddlers. The perfect starting game that is hands on and ideal for getting your kids started learning from day one. These Skoolzy apples are ideal for learning numbers and colors.
This is a great STEM gift that is educational and tons of fun. I love that Electronic Snap Circuits gives kids over 300 different experiment options. It's ideal for learning about how resistors and capacitors work and is safe for younger kids ages 8 and over to use in play.
If you have someone on your list who is interested in robotics, programming, and coding, the Raspberry Pi is a wonderfully affordable option that is a microcomputer with tons of options for use. From building a classic game emulator to using it to run your own robotics systems, it is the ultimate in STEM gifts. Grab the Raspberry Pi then this Raspberry Pi Beginner Kit with tons of extra tools to get started. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of Raspberry Pi projects for kids.