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8 fantastic STEM Christmas gifts for kids

10 December 2021

These awesome STEM gifts are sure to educate and inspire the child in your life this Christmas.

8 fantastic STEM Christmas gifts for kids
These STEM gifts will delight kids of all ages this Christmas. Image credit: Shutterstock

It’s just 15 days until Christmas, but if you’ve not started Christmas shopping yet, don’t panic! Have you got a child in your life who is already taking a shine to science and engineering? These seven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) gifts are perfect for our little – and not so little – engineers of the future.

1. Kiwi Crates, by KiwiCo

  • Age: 2-16 years
  • Guide price: £26.95

Want your kids to have fun while unleashing their creativity? Kiwi Crates are the perfect gift to stimulate the imagination of the STEM-loving child in your life. Catering for all age groups, Kiwi is a subscription-based service with exciting new projects to explore each month.

There really is something for everyone, with boxes ranging from the ‘Koala Crate’ for kids aged between two and four to a ‘Tinker Crate’ for those aged nine to 16.

Subscriptions include a copy of Explore magazine, which includes games and comics, as well as detailed instructions on how to get the most out of each project.

Want to join in the fun? Check out the video below to find out more!

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2. Design and Drill See-Through Creative Workshop, by Learning Resources

Design and Drill
Design and Drill by Learning Resources. Image credit: Twitter/Rachel Neal
  • Age: 3+ years
  • Guide price: £43.50

Do you know a child who already loves constructing? This ‘Design and Drill’ set from Learning Resources is ideal for the architects and engineers of the future.

The kit includes a working drill, screwdriver, and combination wrench, helping kids learn all about the basics of construction. If they’re stuck for inspiration, there are also 10 activity cards included to get them inspired – and if they want to get extra-creative, they can even make their own.

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3. Artie Max, by Educational Insights

Artie Max robots
Artie Max, the robot that teaches you how to code. Image credit: Twitter/Educational Insights
  • Age: 8+ years
  • Guide price: £88.39

Would you like the child in your life to learn how to program, but in a way that is creative, accessible, and super-fun?

Enter Artie Max, the adorable robot who will have kids programming in no time. They can program Artie to draw different designs – and Artie will bring them to life through dazzling works of art.

The best thing about this brilliant STEM toy is that it’s ideal for everyone, from complete beginners to more experienced coders.

Kids with more advanced programming skills can code Artie in Blockly, Snap!, JavaScript, Python and C++, while those new to programming can get started by using Artie’s pre-programmed codes.

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4. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox, by LEGO

  • Age: 7+ years
  • Guide price: £149.99

Of course, no STEM gift list would be complete without LEGO, and LEGO's BOOST, the coding robot toy, is another way kids can engage with coding.

BOOST encourages them to create models with robots and sensors to code and create an interactive robot. After they've finished with their creation, they can even control their robot using their tablet, thanks to the free downloadable app.

Want to see LEGO BOOST in action? Check out the video above.

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5. Gaia’s Energy Adventure, by the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub

Gaia Energy Adventure
Gaia's Energy Adventure, University of Plymouth Press. Image credit: Twitter/Supergen ORE Hub
  • Age: 6-12 years
  • Guide price: £5.99

Do you want to teach your kids about the importance of climate change and what we can all do to help fight it, but don’t know where to start? Gaia’s Energy Adventure, published by academics and graduates from The University of Plymouth, is an excellent introduction to the vital role offshore renewable energy can have in helping our planet.

In addition to exploring the importance of offshore renewable energy, the writers behind the book hope that having a young girl of ethnic minority origin as the central character will help inspire girls and others from unrepresented groups to consider a career in engineering.

Find out more about the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub.

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6. Roller Coaster Challenge, by ThinkFun

Roller coaster challenge
Roller coaster challenge, by ThinkFun. Image credit: Twitter/BuyingToys
  • Age: 6+ years
  • Guide price: £31.48

If you’ve read our recent blog on 7 amazing jobs that you can do as a civil engineer, you’ll already know that building roller coasters is just one of the incredible jobs you can do in the engineering industry.

But kids needn’t wait until adulthood to start building roller coasters – this fantastic roller coaster challenge by Think Fun will have children becoming roller coaster engineers in no time! If that’s not exciting enough, the structure is transformed into a game, combining learning with fun. A series of challenge cards will provide them with everything they need to get started.

After designing a 3D roller coaster, complete with curves, loops and drops, they have the satisfaction of sending the coaster car spiralling down the track and seeing all their hard work pay off.

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7. Over the Moon: The Novelization, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Over the moon book
Over The Moon: A Novelization by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Image credit: Twitter/John Schu.
  • Age: 8+ years
  • Guide price: £6.99

If you’re worried that the kids are going to spend too much time staring at the TV this Christmas, here’s another brilliant book to get them excited about engineering. Over The Moon is based on Netflix’s animated film of the same name and tells the story of Fei Fei, a young girl who builds a rocket ship to the moon in the hope of proving the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess.

Packed with magic, science, and adventure, Over the Moon: The Novelization is a heart-warming and educational gift for aspiring engineers.

Want to discover even more incredible books that will get kids excited about civil engineering? Check out our blog on 11 inspiring books that teach children about engineering for even more gift ideas.

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8. Magna-Tiles, by Valtech

Magna-Tiles by Valtech
Magna-Tiles, by Valtech. Image credit: Twitter/Magna-Tiles.
  • Age: 3+ years
  • Guide price: £34.99

Magna-Tiles were the brainchild of a Japanese professor of mathematics, who thought that the best way to teach kids maths and STEM was to let them experience it hands-on.

The magnetic tiles click together, creating two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects. When it comes to Magna-Tiles, the sky is the limit – kids can create everything from houses to skyscrapers!

With sets ranging from jungle animals to glow-in-the-dark sets, there’s something every mini-engineer can enjoy.

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  • Jessica Beasley, communications executive at ICE