Each year when we put together a STEM gift guide, we look for things that are educational. STEM, after all, does refer to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Sometimes you’ll see it referenced as STEAM to include Arts. Either way, they are items that are more than just toys. They’re tools for working your brain in a variety of ways.
When you’re looking for gift ideas, it’s great to get toys and games, both of which have other benefits that promote things like social interaction, imaginative play and cooperation. But looking for things to supplement that (with educational benefits) is even better. The list this year is filled with so many things that I am ready to go play with: Puzzles of all sorts, crafts and other items.
Katamino includes 500 challenges to complete solo or head-to-head! The first player selects one wooden shape and places it anywhere on the grid. The piece must lay flat and completely inside the grid area. The second player then selects another wooden shape and does the same. The winner is the last player to cover their side of the board completely.
Osmo Reading Adventure
Osmo Reading Adventure is a personalized reading program where kids build their skills and confidence through interactive games. Developed with educators, the program uses physical and digital play along with speech recognition & AI technology to cover critical reading skills from K through 1st grade (ages 5-7). Osmo Reading Adventure includes an app (available on iOS), physical books, and an interactive crystal wand. The program also includes skill building games and activities focusing on phonics and sight reading, and adapts to meet the skill level of the player (or child) for a more dynamic, fun experience. Age range: 5 – 7 years (K – 1st)
Water Power: Rocket-Propelled
Just Add Sugar
Kids First Andy: The Code & Play Robot
100 Piece Brain Puzzle
Squishmallows 1000pc Puzzle
Grow your Squishmallows Squad with the plushiest puzzle you’ll ever put together! This 1,000-piece Squishmallows “Share My Squad” jigsaw puzzle features Squishmallows from various Squads including Puff the Penguin, Austin the Avocado, Monica the Axolotl, and more, all cuddled up around Cam the Cat for a collection you can display in a 19”x27” frame!
Creatoo Sunshine Sabertooth & Ferocious Friends
Match Madness Duo
Spy Labs Master Detective Toolkit V2
100 Piece Human Heart Puzzle
As a reminder, if you spotted the logo next to something, that means we’ve written about it in more detail. Click on it to get more information along with personalized photos. Several of these items are also part of our holiday giveaway promotion so keep an eye out for those!
Which STEM item would you want to play with first?