I love that my girls are creative and inquisitive. Yes, sometimes it drives me crazy, but I know it’s how they learn….because that is how I learn/learned. Being science and math-minded (after all, I spent 7 years in college + grad school getting my degrees), it is extra important to me that we nurture it in them.
When given the chance and the time, I do experiments with them. We’ve done chromatography, acids and bases and even experiments with dry ice. We build and craft with recyclables and try to turn all experiences into learning time. They really enjoy it and pay close attention.
So when it comes to gifts this year for Christmas, I want to try to get them gifts that will continue to nurture their inquisitive nature. I want to be smart about gifts to keep their love for learning going strong.
They have really shown interest lately in building things on their own. They just follow the directions and complete projects with minimal help. Check out these great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) gifts for my girls.
STEM gifts I’m loving this season
Synthesize with circuits: They can build their own circuits in seconds using littleBits modules that snap together with magnets.
The littleBits Synth Kit is simple enough for kids to use to explore an analog synthesizer and make their own music. This kid comes with 12 BITS modules, but there are over 65 modules available resulting in billions of creative ideas, like a fish feeder or water cooler.
Learn about electricity: Electricity was always a concept that was interesting and confusing to me at the same time. I have a huge and healthy respect for it because it can be amazing and dangerous if we don’t take the proper precautions. But, learning about it in a safe environment can be great fun. The Electronics 101 Snap-Kit beginner’s collection of color-coded, snap-together components geared at kids ages 8 and up. It comes with instructions for experiments and encourages further learning.
Build a room in the air or under the sea: Using the Ruminate 3-in-1 helicopter, they can create a flying craft by wiring a spinning propeller with a motor and design pieces. The 44-piece set can be used to create a helicopter, airplane,or even a submarine. There aren’t many toy sets that come with a motor, battery pack, screwdriver and doll and pet.
RadioShack has great prices, but should you find the price lower, like at Amazon, they will happily match the price.