Is Your Kid a Future Scientist? Check Out These Fantastic Toys to Help Them Learn!

Shopping for the holidays can bring on a range of emotions. Often, parents feel excited about the joy their little ones will experience as they open their gifts, stressed about the amount of money they’re spending and very thoughtful about how the toys and gifts they give to their children now will impact them as they grow and develop.

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If you’re interested in raising a future scientist or encouraging your child’s natural curiosity in how the world around them works, the holidays can be a perfect time to stock them up with a range of toys that will transform your home into the STEM lab of their dreams. The toys on this list are all designed to create hours of fun as they boost kids’ STEM skill for life!

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Plus-Plus Construction Toys

Plus-Plus construction toys come in one simple puzzle-piece shape but can be used to create a wide range of projects. Plus-Plus pieces can create flat designs, tall towers, and sculptures of everyday objects. Learning to manipulate shapes to create new designs will help your little one develop the skills they’ll use as they problem solve complex challenges as they grow.

Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set

Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set is the perfect gift for a kiddo who's already interested in coding and technology or for a child who hasn't tried it yet but who you suspect would be a whiz with a little practice. This activity set is unique not only because it will grow as your child’s knowledge expands but also because it’s 100% screen free!

Beaker Creatures

Beaker Creatures provide children experiences that highlight all the fun of space with real, hands-on experiments that will get them thinking as they play. This toy set is also perfect for a child who likes to play with their parent as even grownups will enjoy the challenges this toy set offers.

Kanoodle Jr.

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Puzzle play engages many of the same parts of the brains that scientists use at work each day. The Kanoodle puzzle set includes over 60 puzzles and, as kids work and play, they won’t even notice that they’re developing both spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills.  

Electro Dough Kit

The Electro Dough Kit allows kids to build and create their favorite play dough structures and learn about simple circuits at the same time. Using this kit, your future scientist will first create conductive playdough, then make a plan to build and connect and, finally, to put it all together and watch their circuits work.

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope

Curious kids often can’t get enough once they turn their faces upward and realize how magical space can be. Encourage your kiddos' interest in the stars and planets above us with the GeoSafari Talking Telescope. This telescope will keep your child engaged by sharing facts, asking quiz questions, and giving them guidance as they explore all that outer space has to offer.

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Is Your Kid a Future Scientist? Check Out These Fantastic Toys to Help Them Learn!

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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