15 STEM Gift Ideas for Building Kids' Ingenuity and Creativity
Spark curiosity and inventiveness this holiday season with these 15 mind-boosting gifts for kids.
When it comes to shopping for Christmas, I look to strike a balance between the just-for-fun toys and the ones that stretch my kiddos' brains and originality. The great thing about these gift ideas is that they are toys that hone STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills and artistic abilities while also being a blast to play — a win-win for parents and kids.
I've found that these double-duty toys are the kinds that my kids will continue to pick up and play with, building, rebuilding and customizing, long after other toys have lost that "hottest toy of the season" stigma in the playroom. Shop our favorite picks for igniting little minds and imaginations.
Expand your child's mind all year long with a subscription box. Each month features a different theme to explore — science, history, animals, geography or fantasy — giving her a fun, hands-on learning experience. The box includes everything needed to complete the project, plus step-by-step photo instructions, as well as a reading book and keepsake.
Perfect for early math learners — five- to nine-year-olds — this 100-piece building set embraces STEM skills and creativity. The activity guide leads your kids through 10 building challenges or allows them to come up with their own original creations.
Art meets science in this clever combination. Kids learn how crystals are formed, and then, they get to grow their own. Taking it one step further, they're then able to add their crystals to three mini dioramas to create their own little worlds.
While waiting for his letter to Hogwarts, your wizard can build his very own wand. Wave it in front of a tablet to perform spells and create creatures and sweets in more than 70 creative challenges that help him learning coding and computer skills — as well as a little magic.
Whether your child needs help fine-tuning or building confidence in his art skills, this classic book is a wonderful gift. It guides kids through drawing more than 400 things — from trains to airplanes, elephants to dinosaurs and so much more.
Help adorable rabbits hop safely home by avoiding foxes and mushrooms all while learning problem-solving skills, spatial insight and planning. This travel-friendly game comes in a compact case so your kids can take on the 60 challenges when heading to visit family during the holiday break.
Send your kids into orbit with this hand-controlled indoor drone. Scoot hovers in the air while you put your hands up to guide him around the room. Not only is flying him kid-friendly, but he's also made with a bendy shell to withstand bumps into the wall or an inevitable crash.
Liven up her bedroom with a pillow she can customize to her heart's desire. Featuring four different designs from which to choose, the kit includes everything needed to color the pillow. If she messes up or just wants to color it again, no worries. Throw it in the washing machine, and the pillow goes back to a blank slate.