STEM and STEAM Gift ideas for the New Year from the Children’s Dept.

In 2018, we will be promoting along with our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics). Naturally, we can not promote science and technology for the 21st century without promoting reading and the arts. Our programs for Winter & Spring reflect our dedication to STEM and STEAM and the promotion of reading and books!

WINTER & SPRING REGISTRATION begins Saturday, January 6, 2018 after 9:00 a.m.

Ms. Nicole  who does the Imagination Lab for grades 1-3 has these gift  STEM recommendations:

The Osmo Genius Kit

This kit works with your iPad to turn it into a hands-on educational tool. The tangrams are especially fun!

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LittleBits Electronics Synth Kit

This kit is an easy-to-use modular synthesizer that works with magnets to create circuits and amazing sound!

Tiggly Learner Kit Toy

Tiggly Learner Kit

This kit for tablets includes Tiggly Words, Tiggly Shapes, and Tiggly Math. The kit has 14 interactive toys with 12 learning apps  to make  it a perfect  fun and educational tool for children 3-8.

******These wonderful kits can be purchased through Amazon or any major department store.  To find out more information about each individual kit, check out these websites:

The Tiggly website
The LittleBits website
The Osmo website

Ms. Kristine recommends:

Tea Set by Green Toys

We have this kit in our play area on the mezzanine. It’s food and dishwasher safe and comes in 2 colors.

Melissa & Doug Extra-Thick Cardboard Building Blocks – 24 Blocks in 3 Sizes

Cardboard blocks may take up a lot of space but they are so much fun to build and then knock over!

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Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks

These blocks are easy to put together and pull apart They can stack up and even build sideways!

Ms. Heather S. recommends these STEM toys:


Zoob Builderz

The Zoob building kit contains gears, axels, and joints that click together so that your creation will move! The 6 instruction guides included will help you make over 30 creations.

 Learning Resources Gears

These spinning gears will easily set a child’s imagination in motion to create moving masterpieces!


These are similar to a soft version of Lincoln Logs. Children can design and build using the Playstix pieces, 6 small wheel and 6 large wheels on the Building Base. An Idea Booklet can help them get started.


Legos are always a popular toy for using your imagination to build and create.


Snap Circuits, Jr.

This includes over 100 different projects.  Some of them are easier than others but the electrical parts with provide children with a hands-on experience for designing and building models of working electrical circuits. 


Chain Reactions

You can use your LEGO pieces to design and build moving machines. The instruction book along with plastic balls, string, paper ramps and other components will help you make 10 moving machines.

 Ozobot Bit Coding Robot

This programmable robot comes with 20 games and activities.

I am recommending the GoldieBox  construction toys for girls.

Craft-Struction Box (Ages 6+)These toys are inspire girls to become engineers. A new chapter book series is now available to go along with the toys.  In the books for girls, ages 6-9, readers can follow Goldie Blox and her friends in their many adventures as she uses her engineering skills to have fun and to create new inventions.

Goldie Blox Rules the School! (GoldieBlox) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))    Goldie Blox and the Three Dares (GoldieBlox) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))    Goldie Blox and the Best! Pet! Ever! (GoldieBlox) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))


Check back to this blog for more STEM and STEAM gift ideas.

We hope to see YOU in 2018!


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