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STEM is fun! Cool gift ideas for kid engineers

06 Dec 2013  | Suzanne Deffree

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MaKey MaKey

Your kids could be playing piano right now on bananas. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that allows users to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet.


Forget Barbie. Here's a blonde with brains who wants little girls to engineer.

GoldieBlox construction toys help kids develop spatial skills and get them interested in math and science. And the company has launched a full-on campaign to target Jills, not just Jacks, aiming to get more girls into STEM.


Give a kid a toy, and they'll play with the box. Give the kid tools to create with a box, and you've got a winning gift.

STEM is fun! Cool gift ideas for kid engineers

Unlike scotch tape and glue, Makedo tools build and connect things quickly, neatly, and sturdily. Offering the "make anything" kit and "guided" kit, Makedo comes with three simple, re-usable tools: a safe saw, clamping re-clips, and lock hinges for creating joints.

Makedo tools can be used with various materials—from cardboard boxes to plastic containers, foam packaging to fabric—and encourage kids to build with whatever they have available. Check out the web site or below video for ideas.

Bedtime Math

STEM is fun! Cool gift ideas for kid engineers

When you just can't read Goodnight Moon one more time, reach for Bedtime Math. With more than 100 math riddles, puzzles, and stories broken out over three age groups (wee ones, little kids, and big kids), this book aims to make math fun and part of your child's bedtime routine.

Local science museum membership

Give the gift of experience. Instead of a boxed item, consider a year-long membership to a local science or children's museum for the little ones on your holiday list. Search Google for museums nearby and look for ones that update their exhibits throughout the year, offering kiddo a chance to explore different STEM focuses.

And if you're an aunt, uncle, godparent, or friend buying for someone else's child, offer to spend the day at the museum with the child once or twice. The gift of one-on-one time with you will be priceless to the kid and their parents will surely appreciate the free babysitting.

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