2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

I often get asked about good STE{A}M gifts for kids. I know that there are a ton of these gift guides out there, but I figured we'd share some of the things that we love at CodeForce. My rule was simple - if it is on this page it has to be something that currently is or will, in the future, be used as part of either our Little Makers Program or in one of our camps or classes.


There were a lot of items on our short list, but these made the final cut.


** Note: We receive no money from these companies. These recommendations are based on our own experiences and fit into the CodeForce curriculum.



Women In Science Hardback Gift Set

Why We Love It: This series of books is great for both boys and girls. It teaches them about 3 inspirational woman from the world of science; Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, and Amelia Earhart. The author does a great job of mixing facts with good stories. Plus, it gives us just another opportunity to read.

Cost: $28.07 on Amazon Ages: 3 to 7 years old.




 


Legos. Just a Big Bucket of Legos


What We Love: We love any Lego product, really. But with a big bucket of lego pieces your kid can spend hours building and tearing down and then building again. I doubt we have to sell you very much on Lego's, but no good holiday guide is worth its salt unless it includes Lego's.


Cost: $38.39 on Amazon . Ages: 4+



 

Robot Turtles


What We Love: We actually bought this game pre-CodeForce for Emily. We loved that it helps promote programmatic thinking. It also teaches them critical thinking and problem solving. But, what we love the most about this game is that it teaches them that it's okay to make mistakes! They will code their turtle and when there is a "bug" (i.e. they made a mistake) they have to fix it. Plus - its just a really fun game.


Cost: $24.95 on Amazon Ages: 4+



 


Mental Blox


Why We Love It: This game is amazing. It is designed for kids 5 and up, but we have seen kids as young as 2 use it. We love that it teaches critical thinking and problem solving - but that is only the beginning. They learn about stacking, patterns, communication, verbal skills, and so much more.


Cost: $26.99 on Amazon. Ages: 5 and up.



 

Jr. Snap Circuits