Engineering Gift Guide for Kids

by Amee Meghani

Gift guide for the kid in your life.

Still seeking a gift that can promote engineering concepts for the kid in your life?  Take a look at my top 10 suggestions to consider this year.

  1. Lego WonderWoman $34.89

GoEngineer is full of “Wonder Women”!  This movie soared at the box office this summer, and earned an impressive 92% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.  It’s only logical we foster Wonder Woman-ness early on.

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  1. Toy Dyson $29.99

We bought a real ‘grown-up’ Dyson this summer, but I never get my turn with it.  My son is obsessed with vacuuming.  I’m lucky to have the help, but this Christmas, I bought him a toy Dyson with real suction capability, although reportedly weak suction. Still, parents find this toy a winner.

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  1. Littlebits Rule Your Room kit Coding Toy $84.99

The Rule Your Room Kit empowers your kids to transform any boring old object into an awesome, interactive invention. They’ll have so much fun controlling their stuff with touch-activated inventions, they won’t even realize they’re gaining STEM/STEAM skills.  Reading the bio of the founder of LittleBits is enough for you to want to add this to your shopping cart.

  1. Kano Computer Kit $119.99

Gift your child with a DIY Computer, display and keyboard included.  For just over $100, I think this is a great deal.  Wait until you see all the possibilities that you can pack into this computer.

  1. 7Tech 3D pen $49.99

THIS.  Do I even need to offer you extra words?  I mean, buy one for me!

  1. Lego Chain Reactions $17.29

If you’re interested in any kind of Rube Goldberg chain reactions like this Ok Go video, then you’ve got to get your child a set of these.  The best part about this gift is that you can work together on a ‘vision’ and help your little one create it.  This set is compatible with any standard Legos you already have.  The kit gives you ‘kinematic’ parts.  Here’s a quote from one reviewer:

“Not sure who is having more fun, my husband or the kids.”

  1. Polaroid $59.99

How Polaroid is able to be successful in the digital era is very inspiring to me.  This says so much about product design choices and how appealing to the consumer is a real art.  The Polaroid cameras are candy-like art for any child, and it’s a chance for you to geek out and explain the nerd jargon behind thermal print heads.

  1. Smartphone Photography Class for Teens $20 – $60

An online smartphone photography class will put that mobile device to better use than incessant texting.  Give your tween an opportunity to use that noodle and push the limits of their creativity with filters and composition while they learn about lighting, tethering, etc.

*There are many online classes…find the one that works for your teen’s interests!

  1. Zodiac Pro Selfie Remote $24.99

This Selfie Kit comes with all the bells and whistles, including a mini tripod, wrist strap, and more.

  1. Learning Resources Playground Set or City Center Set $13.99 – $24.99

I really love this playground set because it’s relatable.  They understand what the end product should be.  I recommend this as an ‘under-the-radar’ STEM toy.  Activity Cards are included to help you coach your young one along.

The holidays are the perfect time to cultivate the young engineer in your life.  Happy shopping!

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