These gifts for young makers will encourage inquiry, curiosity, playing, inventing, discovering and most of all, making! Exciting new products to proven winners. It’s all here.
Gifts for young makers are fabulous for all the kids on your list this year because all children are naturally curious with a desire to create and learn. We are all born makers! Gifting something that will encourage my children to interact, create and grow is so rewarding. It is these STEM and maker gifts that stand the test of time. Many of the ones we have gifted in the past are still being pulled out and played with years later. Here is our ultimate guide to gifts for young makers!
Kits & Gifts For Young Makers
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VR (Virtual Reality)
VR headsets are all the rage with kids of all ages, yes that includes adults! We are big fans and have a lot of experience with VR sets, including owning a number of them. Check out all of our thoughts and tips if you are thinking of gifting one this year.
We have enjoyed Sphero products for many years now. They hold a special place on our shelf and even after years of use, they are still one of our most popular toys. I love that the coding difficulty grows with my kids! Plus they have some really cool tech toys.
We love our littleBits kit! So much fun exploring, building, tinkering and discovering. They have kits for almost every interest and level of ability. A fantastic way to get kids exploring circuits. The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit has been especially popular with STEAM Powered Family readers.
Snap Circuits – It’s no secret, we LOVE our Snap Circuits around here. If there is one kit every elementary aged kid should have, this is it. There are many different types of kits, so you can pick one that suits your child’s interests and ability level. They go together quickly and easily, with an instruction booklet full of ideas. But it won’t stop there, once kids have figured out how to create circuits, the possibilities are endless as they begin creating their own circuits that light up, buzz, set things flying and more! It’s not just us, check out the thousands of 5 star
Lego – What can’t you build with Lego? During our many creations, builds and make it sessions, the one thing that comes out regularly is Lego. From building bases for things like our Circuit-Tree to learning about gears with Technic. You really can’t go wrong with Lego as a gift for young makers. We especially love the NASA and Harry Potter sets!
Tinker Toys are another basic that all young makers needs to help them on their creative journey. They connect easily and are great for teaching engineering skills. They are also very handy while making and creating, such as when we needed to build a launchpad for our bottle rockets.
Board Games for Makers and STEMists
When it comes to learning STEM nothing is better than a good game for teaching and reinforcing concepts! Here are some amazing game ideas for you!
Epic Marble Maze
Gravitrax is one of our favourite kits! It takes marble mazes to a whole new level of awesome and keeps kids building, testing, creating and exploring physics like nothing else! A must have!
SmartLab – Lab Kits for Kids
These kits are great for kids that want to start learning science in a hands on way. The kits are all themed, so you can find the one that sparks your child’s passions and interests. We have used many of these kits and highly recommend them as starter kits for kids starting STEM work.
Book Gifts For Young Makers
Gifts For Young Makers That Keep On Giving
MEL Science – We discovered MEL Science and MEL Kids this year and we are completely OBSESSED! These kits are perfect for your kids that love science, engineering, lab work, discovery and being curious. Highly recommended for all kids that love hands on science fun!
Groovy Lab In A Box – This subscription box set for young STEMists is a fantastic program with each month offering a unique, in-depth study of a different topic. The projects involve a little science, a little math and lots of engineering to keep your little makers busy learning and creating.
Creation Crate – This kit is best done with students in upper elementary or older. It is set up as a curriculum based program with each box building on the knowledge and skills gained from the previous box. It is packed full of so many fantastic projects that build knowledge on circuits, programming and more.
Hopefully you will find the perfect present to keep your young STEMist making, tinkering, building, exploring and embracing their curiosity and passion for discovery!