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It’s that time of year. The Thanksgiving feast is behind you and now it’s time to conquer all the shopping because the real American holiday is here: BLACK FRIDAY!

It’s so easy to just grab the first shiny toy at the top of the department store’s blowout sale list, but holiday shopping is actually a great time to buy intentional gifts for your students that keep their mind growing and their hands busy. We’ve compiled some of our favorite STEAM gifts for all age groups that might help you check off another thing on that list.

Preschool

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

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! 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! The more kids rearrange Code-a-pillar pieces, the more they develop critical thinking skills by “programming” different combinations to send him in different directions! Can your child make Code-a-pillar go from “Start” to “Finish”? Place the “Start” and “Finish” targets on the floor. The path he takes to get there is up to your preschooler! Or you can turn any room into an obstacle course! Have your child figure out how to rearrange Code-a-pillar to send him under a table or around a chair. Or draw a map together and see if you can get Code-a-pillar to follow it!

Learning Clock – Educational Talking Learn to Tell Time 

“What time is it?” The smartest interactive talking clock toy to engage youngsters on how to read the clock with the movable hour hand and minute hand to the minute! Durable toy and its interactivity is essential to keep children absorbed in Quiz Mode! Also as a musical and colorful nightlight in sleepy time.

 

6-12

Osmo – Coding Jam – Ages 6-12 – Music Creation, Coding & Problem-Solving – For iPad and Fire Tablet (Osmo Base Required)

As parents you can expect your child to have the following gameplay experience: Use coding blocks and create music beats while coding, making your beat come alive, while learning patterns & problem solving (Coding Jam). A great introduction to the concepts of coding.

i-Poster My World Interactive Map – Educational Talking Toy for Kids of Ages 5 to 12 Years

An interactive talking world map provides children a simple way to get comprehensive concepts about the 92 countries around the world! Learn their geography, official country names, capital cities, national flags, populations, spoken languages, famous landmarks, fun facts and much more! Both kids and adults can enjoy the thousands of facts as well the exciting quiz games!

 

Over 12

 

Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit

Catapults were first invented in Ancient Greek and Roman times, however, our common idea of them is based on drawings we have from the Medieval Ages. Leonardo redesigned the catapult around 1485 and used the springlike energy stored in bent wood to give power to the swingarm.

 

4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit

The 4M Crystal Growing Experiment teaches kids and adults about the beauty and complexity of crystal growth with stunning results. Simply follow the directions to conduct seven different crystal growing experiments. Watch as each sparkling crystal forms and grows inside its own unique display dome. Once grown, these crystals will last indefinitely for family and friends to enjoy.

This kit is an excellent gift for any child who’s interested in science or geology. It has everything you need to get started, including crystal growing compounds and mixtures, seven display domes, stirring supplies, and detailed instructions. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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