When I shop for kids’ gifts, I look for things that will keep their hands busy. Craft kits are perfect for this, especially ones that include some science, technology, engineering, ART and math, STEAM! They’re engaging, multisensory, come with directions, teach new skills and expose our children to new learning concepts!
To help with your shopping I’ve curated a few shopping lists. This list is full of STEAM ideas for kids of all ages. Remember, younger kids will need some help reading and following directions, so have some fun doing some science and engineering mixed with art together!
This kit is a great way to combine art and science. Kids can create their own shapes, grow crystals on the shapes and then place them in a jar to create a nightlight. That’s 3 different activities in one.
Do you have a dinosaur obsessed kiddo? Then what could be more fun than making their own dino soaps to play and wash with? The kids can play around with the colors and turn their bath or shower into a party… while learning fascinating dinosaur facts in the process.
This kit allows our kids to explore alternative energy. What happens when you add just a few drops of salt water to the engine? Kids will discover the magic of this new form of clean energy. This kit is great for kids 5+ to work on alone or with friends.
With this detective kit, kids will love to create new criminal stories again and again! Using real techniques to match fingerprints, analyze DNA, identify fibers, test for poisons, cast footprints and discover secret messages, your kid will become the household CSI agent.
I don’t know about you but I always wanted a science kit when I was a kid. This one comes with enough stuff to conduct 30 experiments like, creating rainbow rain, erupting volcanoes, rainbow fountains, bottle blowing balloons, etc. And, there are 15 colorful step by step instruction cards to learn about the scientific concepts.
Part science experiment, part arts and crafts activity, this bouncy ball factory kit arrives with all the ingredients they need to make magic balls in minutes, including 64 bags of color crystal powder, 10 ball molds and easy step-by-step instructions. They’ll be bouncing those balls all over the house in no time!
The concepts of space can be hard to grasp. Art and science combine with this solar system planetarium. Assemble and paint the sun and planets and set them into motion with this fascinating, glow-in-the-dark mini-planetarium.
A combination of science and art, this bubble dough lab is a make-your-own kit that teaches kids about compounds, soap molecules and the properties of bubbles through spa-themed chemistry experiments using common household ingredients!
Do you have a little engineer in your house? Your engineer can create 11 different robots and harness the power of the sun to get them moving! Kids can complete the robot assembly independently or with the help of an adult for younger kids.
This version of the ant farm with nutrient blue gel is the new thing! Let your kid feel like a real scientist by patiently observing the tunnel digging activity of the harvester ants. Then, turn on the light and the whole ant habitat is aglow with activity!
Here comes the meteorologist! Budding scientists will experiment with all sorts of activities, including creating their own artificial snow, building a solar oven, erupting a volcano and, creating a tornado vortex! Clear instructions are included but younger kids are going to need some adult help.
Looking for more crafting ideas? Check out Crafty Gift Ideas for Little Hands for some great ideas for your preschool and early elementary aged kids and Give the Gift of Crafting to Your Big Kids for ideas for your older elementary and middle school aged kids.
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