I have two little boys and that means the house is full of toys. Since they have a slight age gap between them, they share a set of common toys that they play together. Playing together is something that they look forward to. It is possible that they may like beating one another in the game or they genuinely like playing together. As a mother of two, I was obliged to pick the best games for them throughout. But, as time passed by, I found a significant change in my approach to choosing games. Earlier on, I focused more on the fun factor, but with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) wave coming in, I have done an extensive research to find the best STEM toy gifts for kids this holiday season or otherwise.

I have listed below my favorite STEM toy gifts for kids this holiday season in the four primary categories of STEM learning namely:

  • SCIENCE
  • TECHNOLOGY
  • ENGINEERING
  • MATH

MATH

PET ME

Age range: 7 and up

Buy here, $23.91

The cute Math game PET ME is the best mix of a loved theme and well-aligned skill put together in a playful story. The game focuses on division skill where kids need to divide food pieces between adorable pets and receive hearts in return. It is perfect for kids of age 7 and above. The game is a special division game because someone who does not know anything about division can also play this game. It is so well weaved in the interesting story that the practice happens so effortlessly.

CLOUD HOPPERS

Age range: 6 and up

Buy here, $11.99

The game does not only have an exciting name but, it is one of the best board games for kids in the math section of the STEM category. The game focuses on addition and subtraction skill. It comes with a 10 face dice that is a stand out feature. All you need to do is, take up the role of the aliens and try to capture the mgical Cyta flower by using your subtraction and addition skills. You meet friendly elements like safe cloud, rain lcoud and not so friendly ones like dark cloud, lightning cloud. Enjoy strolling in the sprongi zone and try to reach the Cyta flower.

SCIENCE

SCIENCE EXPLOSION BOARD GAME

Age range: 5 and up

Buy here, $28.12

Science explosion presents you with two fun and educational games in one! You discover the fun of science in an exciting way. As you draw cards and move your game piece around the board, you learn about every field of science. From, insects to dinosaurs. You also learn about different chemical reactions such as how rusting takes place, etc. The unique property of this game is that it has a two-sided game board. One side has the more basic gameplay with easier concepts. The other board has a relatively difficult gameplay where players use strategy and memory skills to win.

CARDLINE- ANIMALS

Age range: 7 and up

Buy here, $14.04

With beautiful and brightly illustrated cards, you will compare sizes, weight, and lifespans of animals. It is very easy to learn. Kids will enjoy reading new fun facts about animals. It is a great choice for learners who like animals are highly motivated by memorizing facts. It incorporates several science skills along with critical thinking and reasoning skills. The game has cards with front and characteristics side. Players can play around on the basis of the lifespan of animals, size, and more.

SOME BODY

Age range: 8 and up

Buy here, $21.05

Featuring reusable peel and cling stickers, this game will help the kids learn basic anatomy knowledge. You draw cards relating to the different body parts and attempt to place them into the correct position and at a higher difficulty answer basic anatomy questions. This is an educational game designed to teach children basic and not so basic human anatomy.

TECHNOLOGY

CODE MASTER

Age range: 8 and up

Buy here, $15.85

This game will teach your kids the basic of computer programming. It teaches programming logic through fun gameplay. Playing through the challenges builds reasoning and planning skills to provide a great learning experience for young learners. In code master, your avatar travels to in an exotic world in search of power crystals. Along the way, you use programming logic to navigate the map.

ROBBORALLY

Age range: 12 and up

Buy here, $150

It is a super fun and learning game where you get to pull defective robots out of the maintenance bay, pit them against one another in destructive races against the dangerously cluttered factory floor. At the far end of the galaxy lies a fully automated grid-widget factory. As one of the factory’s eight redundant super computers, you have a lot of responsibility and even more free time. When boredom creeps into your circuits, you and the other computers have a little fun at the factory’s expense.

Code and Go Robot Mouse activity Set

Age range: 4 and up

Buy here, $38.96

This is a game that turns coding into a hands-on analog activity for tactile and visual learners. As kids learn to program, they build key skills that include critical thinking,  problem solving, sequencing, and programming fundamentals. Colby lights-up makes sounds and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. This coding set includes 16 maze grids, 22 maze walls, 3 tunnels, 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and activity guide to provide a hands-on introduction to coding concepts.

ENGINEERING

DELUXE BUILDING BLOCKS SET

Age range: 3 and up

Buy here, $21.96

Simple principles of construction and mechanics underline this collection of gears, clanks, pillars, and collectors. It supports kids to sort, group, count, design, construct, and put physics into play with spinning gear movement. It highly encourages creativity in kids. Set features gears in 6 vibrant colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple so kids’ creations are as colorful as their imaginations!  This Deluxe Gears set encourages creative thinking and takes building to the next level by adding fascinating spinning motion with the included crank.

THAMES AND KOSMOS GECKOBOT WALL CLIMBING ROBOT

Age range: 8 and up

Buy here, $29.99

This astonishing wall- climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glasses, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates. There are an additional six models that come with the game that you can build and learn. The kit comes with 176 building pieces, including suction cup pads for the feet of your Gecko, a motor to get the models moving, and two different pairs of eye stickers to give your Geckobot character!

LEGO: JUNIORS CITY CENTRAL AIRPORT

Age range: 4 and up

Buy here, $54.95

It is a classic for a reason. The tiny plastic blocks have innumerable possibilities. It encourages kids to use creativity and promote skills such as problem-solving and logical thinking. It serves as a great building block for your child’s growth. This early-years LEGO airport playset includes 5 mini figures: 2 pilots, 2 airport workers, and a tourist.

I hope my list helped you in finding some interesting STEM toy gifts for kids of your family and friends. These are games based on the four major divisions of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). I and my entire family are board game enthusiasts and therefore we love to know the benefits of playing board games as well as try new board games. What works for us is the fact that they are highly playful and fun. Of course, the learning factor holds importance, but learning has to go hand in hand with fun. A colleague of mine list down the best gift ideas for 10 to 13-year-olds, I did buy a few toys from the list. I hope it helps you as well. I conduct play dates with my friends and their kids where everyone brings their own favorite board education board game. There are days when the kids do not feel like playing games, so they go ahead and solve colorful math worksheets.