This holiday season, we want to help you give the kids in your life a gift that will encourage their innovative spirit. So we’ve put together a fun selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) toys, books and experiences, both from the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) and from some of our favorite brands.
Categorized by price, this gift guide includes ideas for everyone from toddlers to teens, so you can cross off every kid on your holiday shopping list and give them something truly special to unwrap this year!
If you’re doing your holiday shopping on Amazon.com, you can also use the link smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1580038 to donate a percentage of your eligible purchases to NIHF as you shop. Your support will help bring fun, hands-on STEM education programs to more children across the country.
Free STEM Activity Guide (1) Ages 3+
This collection of STEM activities incorporates easily found materials from around the house so that families looking for something fun to do together can do so right away! Featuring 10 easy-to-follow challenges, from designing a smart room-cleaning robot to (safely!) taking apart everyday items to better understand how they work, our free guide is fun on its own or as an easy add-on for any gift.
Coding Critters (2) Ages 4+
This 22-piece playset offers a screen-free way for young children to build coding skills. With the included storybook and interactive mode, kids can also simply play without the need to code.
Beautifully illustrated and told with a childlike sense of wonder, “Guitar Genius” tells the story of how NIHF Inductee Les Paul created the first solid-body electric guitar, as well as many other inventions that transformed modern music.
Made famous by the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” “A Computer Called Katherine” focuses on the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose pioneering calculations helped NASA launch America’s first manned space flight.
I Can Invent® Innovation Exploration Kits™ (1) Ages 5+
Are you shopping for a kid who’s interested in becoming a veterinarian, or someone who loves remote-controlled robots? Our I Can Invent® series of add-on activity kits could be exactly what you’re looking for!
Choose from a variety of kits to complement the Starter Set, with each one featuring an interactive robot, plenty of creative materials, a step-by-step activity guide and access to exclusive digital content. Learn more about these STEM activity kits by visiting our website.
Flight Lab Innovation Exploration Kit (2) Ages 5+
It’s a bird…it’s a plane, it’s LINK! With the Flight Lab Innovation Exploration Kit, kids get two high-tech flight simulation LINK robots — one to take apart and one to customize. Through hands-on exploration, kids experiment with the principles of flight while their imaginations take off.
Designed for preschoolers, this interactive toy helps develop fine motor skills by using a toy drill, screwdriver and wrench. Additionally, 120 colorful plastic bolts allow kids to explore their creative side by designing fun patterns.
Magna-Tiles (4) Ages 3+
These 3D magnetic tiles encourage children to let their imaginations run wild by combining STEM concepts like math and science with creativity and design. With 32 translucent, colorful shapes, this gift helps kids develop critical spatial and tactile skills while providing countless hours of free play fun.
I Can Invent® Starter Set (1) Ages 5+
The I Can Invent Starter Set includes both a high-tech agricultural robot called Bot ANN-E™, which provides hands-on beginner coding experience, and an Innovation Force® Kit, packed with all the materials a kid needs to design and create their very own superhero disguise and gadgets.
Included in the purchase of the Starter Set is an Inventor Log, where kids can record their ideas and prototype designs. Plus, they’ll get access to exclusive digital content including step-by-step instructional videos that will guide them through each activity.
Consider pairing this Starter Set with add-on kits for even more creative STEM fun!
With Snap Circuits, kids can explore circuitry in a safe and accessible way, by snapping electronic components together with corresponding colors, symbols and labels. Without the need for specialized tools or soldering, children can start practicing engineering as soon as they open the box.
JuniorScope Microscope for Kids (3) Ages 6+
Thanks to its high-quality glass lenses, this microscope allows kids to explore objects at 40x, 100x and even 400x magnification! Perfect for backyard experiments, the JuniorScope is battery powered and portable enough to take out into nature to observe the microscopic world.
Keva Contraptions 200 (4) Ages 5+
Designed specifically to encourage countless hours of creative free play, this STEM toy allows kids to build intricate ball track structures and develop design thinking skills. Through hands-on exploration and play, kids learn about the elementary properties of physics and engineering.
Summer 2021 Camp Invention Connect™ (1) Grades K-6
Looking for a fun and innovative experience for the young creator in your life? Camp Invention Connect is a weeklong, at-home program that introduces fundamental STEM concepts through hands-on fun.
Featuring action-packed activity kits shipped directly to each participant, this program gives kids a choice between a screen-free, self-led experience or the opportunity to connect with a certified educator and fellow campers online for authentic collaboration.
For 2021, we’re excited to announce our Camp Invention Connect program, Recharge, with all-new activities that really get kids thinking big. You can reserve a spot for a special kid today and save $40 by using the discount code “STEMFUN40” at checkout.
December 2020 Camp Invention Connect™ (2) Grades K-6
Can’t wait until next summer for Camp Invention Connect? Dec. 28-31, kids can join a special at-home version of the Elevate program enjoyed by tens of thousands of children this past summer! With all the necessary materials shipped directly to kids’ homes, each day is packed with engaging activities that can be completed either off-screen or with the help of a certified educator who guides live collaboration sessions!
Bring home the entire set of I Can Invent kits for the ultimate STEM experience! With special digital resources and easy-to-follow instructional videos, kids can confidently complete each activity on their own. This exciting bundled gift includes each of these five kits:
Bot ANN-E Kit: Features a codable agricultural robot that encourages children to use their problem-solving skills to help it navigate customizable landscapes.
Innovation Force Kit: Provides creative materials for kids to design their very own superhero identities and gadgets.
Optibot™ Kit: Includes a self-driving robot with a special sensor that allows it to follow any line you draw.
Robotic Pet Vet™ Kit: Invites kids to become veterinarians by taking apart a robot dog and comparing its inner workings to the anatomy of a real dog.
DIY Orbot™ Kit: Packed full of materials for customizing a remote-controlled robot to help it complete a series of fun and challenging tasks.
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FlashForge Adventurer 3 Lite 3D Printer (4) Ages 10+
Perfect for kids who are interested in exploring the amazing capabilities of 3D printing, the FlashForge Adventurer 3 Lite has everything they need to design and create 3D plastic structures or even prototypes of the next great invention. A full-color touch screen and detachable nozzle for easy cleaning make this one of the most user-friendly 3D printers on the market.