The Ultimate Guide To Gifts For Young Makers & STEMists

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

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.

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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.

VR for Kids and Educational Games


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.

Sphero BOLT: App-Enabled Robot Ball with Programmable Sensors + LED Matrix, Infrared & Compass - STEM Educational Toy for Kids - Learn JavaScript, Scratch & SwiftSphero SPRK+: App-Enabled Robot Ball with Programmable Sensors + LED Lights - STEM Educational Toy for Kids - Learn JavaScript, Scratch & SwiftSphero Specdrums (2 Rings) App-Enabled Musical Rings with Play Pad Included - Create Sounds, Loops, Beats for Musicians of Any Skill Level - STEAM Educational Music Toy for KidsSphero Mini (Green) App-Enabled Programmable Robot Ball - STEM Educational Toy for Kids Ages 8 & Up - Drive, Game & Code with Sphero Play & Edu App



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.

littleBits Base Inventor KitlittleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit-Build and Control a Space Rover tech Toy with Hours of NASA-Inspired Missions!littleBits Electronic Music Inventor Kit - Build, Customize, & Play Your Own Educational & Fun High-Tech Instruments!littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor KitAvengers Hero Inventor Kit - Kids 8+ Build & Customize Electronic Super Hero GearlittleBits Hall of Fame Crawly Creature Starter Kit, Purple


Snap Circuits

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

Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 300 Projects | Full Color Project Manual | 60+ Snap Circuits Parts | STEM Educational Toy for Kids 8+Snap Circuits LIGHT Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 175 Exciting STEM Projects | Full Color Project Manual | 55+ Snap Circuits Parts | STEM Educational Toys for Kids 8+Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 750 Projects | Full Color Project Manual | 80+ Snap Circuits Parts | STEM Educational Toy For Kids 8+Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 125 STEM Projects | Full Color Project Manual | 40+ Snap Circuits Parts | STEM Educational Toys for Kids 8+



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!

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Outer Space Model Rocket for Kids and Adults, Science Building Kit (1969 Pieces)LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle 60226 Space Shuttle Toy Building Kit with Mars Rover and Astronaut Minifigures, Top STEM Toy for Boys and Girls, New 2019 (273 Pieces)LEGO Ideas 21312 Women of NASA (231 Pieces)LEGO Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Knight Bus 75957 Building Kit, New 2019 (403 Pieces)LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall 75954 Building Kit and Magic Castle Toy, Fantasy Creatures, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Hagrid (878 Pieces)LEGO Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge 75946 Building Kit, New 2019 (265 Pieces)LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083 Race Car Building Kit and Engineering Toy, Adult Collectible Sports Car with Scale Model Engine (3599 Pieces)LEGO Technic Remote-Controlled Stunt Racer 42095 Building Kit, 2019 (324 Pieces)LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265 Building Kit, New 2019 (1471 Pieces)LEGO Technic WHACK! 42072  Building Kit with Pull Back Toy Stunt Car, Popular Girls and Boys Engineering Toy for Creative Play (135 Pieces)


Lego Books

Genius LEGO Inventions with Bricks You Already Have: 40+ New Robots, Vehicles, Contraptions, Gadgets, Games and Other Fun STEM CreationsIncredible LEGO® Creations from Space with Bricks You Already Have: 25 New Spaceships, Rovers, Aliens and Other Fun Projects to Expand Your LEGO UniverseAwesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have: 50 New Robots, Dragons, Race Cars, Planes, Wild Animals and Other Exciting Projects to Build Imaginative Worlds


Tinker Toys

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.

TINKERTOY - 100 Piece Essentials Value Set -  Ages 3+ Preschool Education ToyK'nex Tinkertoy Retro Tin


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!

Winter Science Experiments making fake snow.
Combustion Chemistry with MEL Science
DIY Rocket Launcher blasting off!

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.

An Ice STEM Engineering Challenge that is fascinating and an inspiring learning opportunity. Perfect for homeschoolers and young scientists, with everything you need in one box.

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.

DIY Mood Lamp - Electronics, Circuits, Programming, Tech & Engineering. I've discovered a fantastic program that makes learning tech fun and easy! Creation Crate

Hopefully you will find the perfect present to keep your young STEMist making, tinkering, building, exploring and embracing their curiosity and passion for discovery!

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