Cool Toys That Make You Think


Not done with your holiday shopping list? 

 

Not sure what to get your children? You might want to consider some cool toys that promote curiosity and creativity.  Toys that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) not only help children achieve academically but also help them achieve in life. Exposing children to STEM through toys cultivates interest in these subjects in school.

In addition to STEM products, children should be exposed to the Arts.  There is evidence that children involved in the Arts experience both social and academic benefits.  Children tend to have better critical and creative skills and are better at independent learning when the Arts are part of their lives.

So, whether you choose to buy some gifts focused on STEM, the Arts, or better yet, both, your child will benefit from your thoughtful gift choice.

 

Here are some examples of some cool STEM or Arts related gift ideas:

  • ThinkFun
    • From the Escape Game puzzle phenomena to circuit board building games, your child will learn valuable STEM skills sparking an interest in these critical subject areas.
  • Color Alive
    • Color Alive combines art and technology. Design a character with color, then capture the figure on the app and see the character in full animation — lots of popular characters to choose from for boys and girls!
  • Fat Brain Toys
    • A variety of active learning toys including the Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity.  With this toay, children "can build a maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for the programmable robot mouse. Create endless maze path possibilities, and then watch the mouse race to find the cheese."

 

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Cultivate curiosity and creativity at home.  The holidays are a perfect time to bring some of these toys home to spark the passion of learning in your child.



CONCLUSION:

Last week we included three STEM focused examples to assist in your holiday shopping. We hope the addition of these three sites helps you find the perfect gift for your child this year.

From all of us at Thrivist, we wish you a very Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year!



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WRITTEN BY

Barbra Thoeming Director of Education Strategy at Thrivist, LLC