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With the holidays upon us this is the perfect time to introduce your child to some fun, new ways to explore the STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) world. There are definitely many toys, games, books, activities and overall cool things for your curious ones to choose from and we have curated the best of the best!

Whether your child has an interest in tinkering, building things, enjoys designing, wants to learn how to code or open to it all, this year help them continue (or get started) in their awesome STE(A)M adventure!

So, to get your holiday list checked off and ready, check out our list of unique and favorite STE(A)M gifts for this year. Happy Holidays!

Smart Sarah & the Magic of Science by Jacqueline Sanders-Blackman ($22.00)

Smart Sarah’s story is the first in a series of books that follows her and her family as they show how STEM/STEAM are a part of our world. She discovers how rainbows, cupcakes and a curiosity about colors can lead her to an appreciation for science.

Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons by Dr. Arlyne Simon ($14.49)

Tired of coloring with broken crayons, Abby invents the world’s first UNBREAKABLE CRAYONS. She even gets a patent to prove it! Through Abby’s failures and eventual success, she playfully introduces young readers to the scientific method. This book also contains a fun activity page, encouraging young readers to create their own unbreakable crayons. 

The Colorful Adventures of Cody & Jay: Coloring & Activity Book by Crystal Swain-Bates ($8.95)

Follow Cody & Jay throughout over 40 fun-filled coloring and activity pages that inspire creativity, promote self-confidence, and celebrate diversity. Activity pages include fill-in-the-blank exercises (for example, “You can do amazing things if you try”), thought-provoking questions (“If you could fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?”), and fun pictures to complete (“Add a design to Jay’s race car!”).

Black History Flashcards, Vol 3: S.T.E.A.M. by Urban Intellectuals ($14.99)

Enjoy these 52 cards that provide a strong foundation to the many untold stories, achievements, and unknown men and women that have given shape, color, and definition to the worlds of science, technology, engineering, arts & math. (S.T.E.A.M.). 

Steam Gears in Motion by Kidz Mic ($19.99)

This 81 piece electric gears and 3D puzzle building kits is a sure way to unlock curiosity, critical thinking and a ‘how to’ mindset. Unlock new STEM adventure today and Kidz Mic will also send you a STEAM Leaders “like you” guide to boost the confidence of every boy and girl to know that they can reach the science heights of Hidden Figures smarts…and beyond!

ExS.T.R.E.A.M. Baking Kits (subscription boxes) by Goddess Food Factory ($29.75-$34.99)

Chef Simone and her ExS.T.R.E.A.M. baking kits incorporate the academic concept of STEM into baking. The monthly subscription boxes infuse baking and cooking with Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Zumo Learning System by Zyrobotics ($89.99)

The Zumo Learning System provides an accessible learning environment for children of all abilities. Zumo helps children fall in love with STEM and icludes Math Games and a Wireless Smart Toy, named Zumo!

Brown Toy Box (subscription boxes from Pre-K to 7th Grade) $34.99 & $89.99

The Brown Toy Box focuses on STEAM activities for children 4-12 years old. And each box includes fun and interactive STEAM themed activities and toys, along with a book that highlights trailblazers from the African diaspora who have done or is currently doing awesome work in the featured field.  Exciting topics covered range from astronomy and marine biology to financing and architecture with many more!

Kids Making Cents Fundamentals of Finance Flash Cards by Financial Common Cents ($17.99)

These flash cards are designed to teach basic concepts of finance- saving, budgeting, debt management, credit, investing, and more – to children and teenagers, providing a strong foundation that will help them grow to become financially responsible adults.

Sasha Savvy Loves to Code by Sasha Ariel Alston ($14.99)

This early reader chapter book introduces us to Sasha Savvy, a super smart 10-year old African-American girl, who lives in Washington, DC. Sasha must choose which class to take for summer camp. Her mom discovers that the camp is offering a new class for girls on how to code. Sasha thinks this will be boring and doesn’t believe that she is good at computer stuff. Despite this, she decides to give it a chance & her coding adventure begins.

Gifted & Lit Volume 2 Animated DVD by Gifted & Lit ($24.99)

Gifted & Lit is an innovative program that uses Hip-Hop to teach kids lessons in mathematics, science, entrepreneurship, and more. This DVD includes songs like Hip-Hop Math, Coding, Space Squad, Scientific Method, Alphabet Lingo, Lit Letters, Reading, Own it, Stacks & I Believe. A great addition to your kid’s favorite videos!

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