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Need last minute ideas? Here is our STEM toy list for the holidays!

STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside of the classroom. Why not make learning at home FUN with STEM toys? We’ve pulled together a list of some great online STEM toy resources to help you with that last-minute holiday rush!

Here are a few of our favorites, followed by some great online resources filled with more ideas!

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Zoob BuilderZ kits

Available in many different kits and sizes! The ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge kit gives you the tools you need to design and build creations to solve challenges, such as hitting targets and making balls bounce. Dream up ingenious solutions for each test. Learn and apply STEM principles. Ages 8+

 

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Robot Turtles Board Game

This game teaches kids 4+ the ins and outs of programming in a fun, tactile game. Perfect for 2-5 players, this game has levels of increasing difficulty, introducing obstacles and more complex Code Cards. Beginner to Advanced levels will make it a family favorite for many years! Ages 4+

 

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Barbie STEM Kit

The Annual Animal Shelter Gala is just hours away! Help Barbie and Nikki prepare for the party as you learn important STEM skills.

A full-color storybook manual guides your journey as you explore physics and engineering. Construct 7 different models, including a spinning closet rack, washing machine, and greenhouse-all compatible with the Barbie Dreamhouse (sold separately). Then, conduct experiments to learn how and why your designs work! Ages 4-8

 

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Star Wars Lightsaber Crystal Growing Lab

Grow and display your own lightsaber crystal! Just mix a liquid solution and watch it crystallize over time and form into a real crystal. Then, display and light-up your creation in your room. Choose the light color from your side of the Force – blue for Jedi or red for the Dark Side! Ages 8+

 

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

See what develops as kids play with Code-a-pillar. Problem-Solving Skills Once kids can ‘program’ a path for Code-a-pillar, the sky’s the limit! It opens the door to problem solving as they figure out how to get Code-a-pillar to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing Skills After rearranging his segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan out a path for Code-a-pillar and put his pieces together in the right sequences, they can get him to follow it! Critical Thinking Skills The more kids rearrange Code-a-pillar pieces, they more they develop critical thinking skills by ‘programming’ different combinations to send him in different directions! Ages 3-6.

 

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Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Charged and ready to play out of the box, Dash is a real robot that makes learning to code fun for kids. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use the free iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps to create new behaviors for Dash – doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books, assembly, or camps needed! Ages 8+

 

Need more ideas? Here are some online resources you can check out:

Top Kids STEM Toys for Christmas, Techagekids.com

Top 15 Best STEM Toys for Christmas 2016, Heavy.com

Learning and STEM Toys We Love, The Wire Cutter

STEM Toy list for all ages, Toys’R’Us

STEM Toys for Holidays 2016, The Toy Insider 

 

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