It’s once again time for Holiday shopping for the most important gift recipients of all: the children in our lives. While there may be a little bit of the scientist in all of us – regardless of what we ended up doing for a living – many children turn an early love of science into lucrative, rewarding and fascinating careers later in life.
NBC Latino put together a list this year of five toys for any child who is just plain curious or gets excited by science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). All the gifts are available at Amazon.com.
Squishy Science from Head to Toe by Smart Lab
$35. Ages 8 and up.
Anatomically-correct and gender-neutral models made up of soft organs and glow-in-the-dark bones, nerves, and eyeballs help teach children about the human body. Children can use the organizer and surgical tool set to explore and sort organs, nerves, and other body parts in a miniature model.
*Snap Circuits by Elenco
$24. Ages 8 and up.
Snap Circuits Jr., part of an award-winning series, has more than 30 snap-together parts that let children build more 100 projects, including a sound-activated switch, musical doorbell, voice-controlled lamp, flying saucer, light police siren and burglar alarm.
*6-in-1 Educational Solar Kit Build Your Own Science Toy DIY by Solar Educational Kit Educational Products
$13. Ages 10 and up.
All that’s needed for this set is a sunny day to let your kids learn about solar energy while building six different models including a solar revolving plane, solar windmill, solar plane, solar airboat, solar puppy and solar car.
*Telegraph Kit by The Science Cube
$19.50. Ages 7 and up.
This will teach your child how people communicated across long distances before telephones. The kit incorporates history with lessons on Morse Code and how to send secret messages to friends.
*Little Labs Intro To Engineering by Thames and Kosmos
$33. Ages 5 and up.
Children can learn the basic principles of engineering in 25 projects by experimenting with levers, forces, and pulleys and building simple devices. A 48-page guidebook includes building projects such as race cars, parachutes and paddleboats.