“STEM learning” may be a widely discussed topic within education and children’s media, but the discussion doesn’t necessarily make it easier to determine
which products help teach STEM concepts. Therefore, instead of attempting to tackle the entire world of STEM education, Purdue University narrowed down their findings to a segment they’re already experts in, engineering.
As a leader in engineering education, Purdue aims to help gift givers with their
Engineering Gift Guide, a comprehensive list of toys, games, books and apps to encourage engineering thinking and design for girls and boys ages 2 and up.
These toys, which have been rated on their ability to teach problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, are meant to inspire your young one to reach new heights and think outside of the box.
If you’re looking for
creative gifts for kids that aren’t exactly toys, check out our favorite gifts from Purdue’s Engineering Gift Guide below: 2+ Bee-Bot
Even 2+ year olds can develop some serious beginner coding and programming skills from the
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Not only does this
get your kid thinking creatively, but it helps with spatial reasoning according to Purdue.
More Q-bitz Jr.
If you thought basic engineering skills couldn't be learned at a young age, think again. This
is great for engineering design process.
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will have your child thinking of creative ways to become a better builder.
More 5+ Roller Coaster Challenge
of both critical and logical thinking is perfect for the 5+ year old in your life.
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will not only inspire your future engineer but carries a strong message of girl power.
More GeoSmart StarShip
will help your child develop a keen eye for design.
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With 250 pieces to build from, these
will help with creative thinking and spatial reasoning.
More 8+ Electronic Motors Catalyst
The possibilities are endless with this
design driven toy
that comes with motors, various shapes, and multiple connectors.
More Coding Jam Create and layer melodies
, drum beats, and more while building original compositions with fun characters from different worlds.
More CODE Robot Repair
programming logic game
you’ll use problem solving to reactivate a set of robots so they can get back to doing important things for the planet.
More Color Cube Sodoku Sodoku
is quite challenging, but this game is all about perseverance, even when the going gets tough.
More Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers
If your child ever wondered how bridges and skyscrapers are built, get them this
structural engineering set
that applies both mathematics and the sciences.
More 12+ Marbleocity Dragon Coaster CoDrone Pro RoKit Smart
can be transformed into 11 different types of robots, perfect for a beginner.
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award-winning AR toy
is the world's first holographic object you can hold in the palm of your hand. For less than $20, let your kid experience another dimension with the merge cube.
More Garden Tool Kit
These garden tools for kids feature
a STEM early learning guide
to help them learn about nature and animals. On top of that, it encourages them to explore the great outdoors.
More LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light MyEduCrate MyEduCrate
delivers educational themed items to motivate and engage your 6-11 year old child's growing mind.
will include learning challenges, hands on learning materials, resources selected by certified teachers, and non-fiction readers.
More Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
This adorable scooper lets your kid learn the skills needed to
operate a small business
by running their own ice cream cart.
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Whether it be a Broadway show to one of their favorite childhood movies or tickets to see their favorite musician, being able to
watch your child react and get excited
over an unforgettable performance is priceless. Check out the lineup of kids' performances on
More GeoSmart Lunar Rover GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
Slide one of the 20 realistic microscope slides into the
and take a look while listening to cool facts about what you’re looking at.
More Mind Blowing Science Kit Jigsaw Puzzle
Get their minds moving with
that force them to think strategically while also working with some beautiful imagery.
More Kanoodle LEGO Chain Reactions Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
complete droid kit
comes with everything kids need to create and control their own droid.
More LEGO Friends Snow Resort Ski Lift Kings Bobble Bitz Creation Station Fingerlings
These learning toys have been selling out everywhere, but luckily eBay still has a bunch in stock. While this may just look like a lifeless toy, these
respond to sound, touch, and movement.
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This adorable yet smart tiger pet
responds to movements
and roars with 100+ sound and motion combinations. Unlike other plush toys, furReal pets aren't intended to be merely watched or collected; they're designed to be played with, lived with, and loved.
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