The Ultimate STEM Gift Guide for Kids. This gift guide is packed with 20 gift ideas to foster your child’s inner engineer! This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase from one of these links, not only are you getting a great product (because I only recommend things that I love), but you are also helping to support this blog, at no additional cost to you! (Your cost is the same, but I may receive a small commission.)Please check out my disclosure policy for more details.
I love the emphasis being put on teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) principles to young children. Science and math were my favorite subjects, and I want to foster that same curiosity in my children. I have put together a list, below, of 20 building sets, science kits, and games that will challenge and entertain your kids. (I have given several of the items on the below lists as gifts to my own kids, nieces and nephews, and friends! )
Snap Circuits Jr – Design and build electrical circuits using snap-together parts. This kit includes instructions for over 100 projects, including a voice controlled lamp and a flying saucer! (I gave this to my 11 year old nephew for Christmas last year. Next I’ll be working on him to get an engineering degree from my alma matter! 😉 ) (Ages 8-up)
OWI 14-1 Solar Robot – Build 14 different solar powered robots with this kit. Reviews are mixed (some reviews say the pieces are flimsy), but I gave this to my nephew, and he enjoyed putting it together. (Ages 8-up)
ZOOB BuilderZ S.T.E.M. Challenge – Solve challenges by designing and building creations using ZOOB pieces. Build a catapult, zipline, trampoline, and more! (Ages 8-up)
LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit -This kit includes instructions and special LEGO pieces needed to create 10 moving machines. In addition to this kit, you will need basic LEGO building blocks to build the machines. (8-up)
Klutz Crazy Action Contraptions – Create 16 projects, including a Wall Rocket Racer and a Battle Top Spinner using the instructions and provided LEGO pieces. (Ages 7-up)
LEGO Technic Sets – Build a vehicle powered by a pull back motor. Combine 2 coordinating sets to create a third vehicle! (Ages 7-14) (I bought this as a birthday present for a friend’s son. It was a bit challenging for a 7 year old.)
LEGO Elves, Friends, and Disney Princess LEGO kits are geared toward girls, and include female action figures and pastel colored pieces. My daughter has received several of the LEGO Elves kits and LOVES them! (Ages 7-12)
GoldieBlox sets – These adorable sets include construction toys and story books geared toward girls, featuring Goldie, a female engineer! (Ages 4-up)
K’nex building sets – Create designs with moving components – build from the included instructions or create your own unique design! (I have also purchased this as a Christmas present for my nephew!)(Ages 7 -up)
Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal – This set includes a “moonscope” with 18x and 90x magnifications and an activity journal. (Ages 8-up)
Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal – This set includes a 30x-400x light and dissecting microscope, a 26 piece scientific tool set, and activity journal. (Ages 8-up)
Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab & Kitchen Experiments Journal – This set includes a beaker, 4 test tubes, rack, graduated cylinder, lab glasses, dropper, funnel, and stirring rod, in addition to an activity journal filled with experiments using common household ingredients. (Ages 8-up)
This kit will have your child thinking like a forensic scientist! It includes two mysteries that will have your child learning about DNA, fingerprints, and decoding messages! (Ages 8-up)
Geode Explorer Science Kit – This kit includes 7 premium-quality geodes, magnifying glass, adventure guide, activity booklet, 2 display stands, and safety goggles.
ROCK ON! Geology Game with Rock & Mineral Collection – This is a bingo-like game (for up to 6 players) that teaches kids about and how to identify rocks and minerals. It includes 60+rock and mineral pieces. (Ages 5-up)
Mastermind – The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker. A two player game where players take turns setting secret codes and solving the codes. (Ages 8-up)
Gravity Maze – A falling marble logic game. This game builds spacial reasoning and planning skills. A player creates a marble run maze to complete the challenge indicated on the game card. (Ages 8-up)
Blokus – A strategy game for the whole family! In this game, players stake their claim by placing as many of their pieces on the board as they can, and blocking their opponents. (Ages 7-up)
Robot Turtles – This board game introduces basic coding concepts to young children. Use code cards to “program” (give directions to) the turtle so that it reaches the jewel and can move on to the next level of play. (Ages 4-up)
No Stress Chess – This game teaches players how to play chess using action cards that indicate what piece to move (and how it moves). As players progress, more strategy is introduced. Once players have mastered the “No Stress” Chess, they are ready to flip the board over and play Chess! This game has a 5 star rating on Amazon with over 900 reviews. (Ages 7-up)
I hope this list helps you find that perfect gift for your young engineer! If you are looking for more gift ideas, check out my gift guide page for a full list of the gift guides I have put together!
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