Get your kids into math and science with these fun learning science and math gifts. In no particular order, my favorites for 2012 gifts . . .
Begin building with LEGO Bricks and More DUPLO My First Build 4631
Playing games with friends and family is great way to develop children’s social and verbal skills. And what an adorable first game this is! The charming game board is a path of colored splotches. Players roll the dice and move to the corresponding color. Simple rules are easy to grasp, and so are the game pieces in cute animal shapes (a kitty, a dog, a bunny and a cow). The game can be played in 10 minutes. Even better, kids can also play with the animals separately from the game!
Tame a volcano or let it tame you! These undersea volcanoes erupt colorful “lava” beads that are mesmerizing to watch as they spew up and float slowly back down. LED lights enhance the magical effect. Great on a bedside table or desk; they make great night lights as well. Small Lava Volcano features a black case and a red LED lighting system, and requires 4 AA batteries (not included).
• Lava volcano
• Colorful “lava” beads that spew up and float back down
• Red LED lights enhance the effect
• Features a black case
• Great on a beside table or desk, or as a night light
Each kit includes everything you’ll need to make your very own moisturizing lip balm from Fair Trade cocoa butter and organic spearmint essential oil, for a delectable and refreshing fusion of chocolate and mint. Inside the recycled box, crafters will find a vibrant, soy-ink-dyed recipe card and valuable information about the contents of their lip balm to be, including cocoa butter, sunflower oil, beeswax, and organic essential oils. Every kit makes five tins of mint-cocoa balm, making it an ideal endeavor for a rainy day or a fun task to take on with a group of good friends. Made and assembled by hand in Washington D.C.
From the simplest of materials, this brilliant, open-ended learning game introduces children to a world of creativity and problem solving. Inspired by the ancient game of tangrams, this set simplifies the tiles into brightly colored felt triangles, which can be arranged and reassembled in infinite combinations. It comes with a deck of 50 stylishly designed cards illustrating 100 practice patterns to create, organized into categories ranging from basic shapes and colors to perspective, negative space and translucency. Children can also let their imagination roam free, creating patterns and creatures of their own invention. Comes with 72 felt triangles in 9 bright colors, and a flocked playing surface that helps hold them in place.
Delight your budding city planner with this eco-friendly building set and empower them to design the metropolis of their dreams. One side of these cardboard pieces depicts the New York City waterfront while the other side features close-up views of Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers—so the act of building a mini-city can help make aspiring designers more eco-conscious while providing them with new ways to appreciate the city in which they live. Made in West Orange, New Jersey.
Players take turns evenly stacking cannon balls, kegs and treasure chests onto the wooden deck of this pirate ship as it rocks and sways. Tip the ship, and you’re sunk!
Includes one boat with flag, 25 cargo pieces and 1 die. Made in China.
If you like Sudoku, you’ll love this! We are totally addicted — it’s fantastic for logical thinking, too.
A colorful spin on Japanese logic puzzles, this wooden board uses wooden marbles in nine great colors instead of numbers to solve each game.
Start the game by placing the marbles on the board as shown by one of the 104 puzzle cards. Solve the puzzle by placing one (and only one!) of each color marble in each of the nine rows, columns, and three-by-three squares. Strategy is the name of the game.
UnCommon Goods sent me a review copy of Colorku. This in no way affected my opinion of the game. (Uncommon Goods has lots of other Christmas gift ideas you might like, too!)
Fit the last piece in place on this fun runabout and let ‘er rip–this model can move! Wind-up rubberband propulsion is the key–and for children, a cool discovery. Kit includes precision-cut balsawood parts plus step-by-step instructions.
• Automobile kit from Terra Kids
• Car model that really moves
• Wind-up rubberband propulsion
• Includes precision-cut balsawood parts
• Comes with step-by-step instructions
This rock collection & game is so FUN!! (We’ve been playing it at the dinner table.) Plus, you’ll learn about rocks. I highly recommend it.
Includes an 18-Specimen Rock Collection any kid would be happy to own.
Plus bingo-style Player Cards for up to 6 players along with a Master Rock Guide, 18 Rock Call Cards chocked full of fun facts, 48 polished Rock Marker Chips, and instructions. All enclosed in a kids Carrying Case with an easy-grip handle.
The Super Shell is a kid-friendly foam frame that fits the iPad 2 and the New iPad (aka iPad 3). All the relevant ports and buttons are available for use while thick, high-impact corners stand ready to protect. The Super Shell is made from ultra-protective, closed-cell foam that absorbs shocks from accidental falls or purposeful temper tantrums. Ridges on the edges make it easy to grip for little hands. Bonus for Adults: The Super Shell makes an excellent case should you take your iPad to the gym.
If you’re learning Chemistry, you’re going to need to know your Periodic Table. It’s up to 118 elements now, so it’s even more to memorize than when your parents or grandparents took Chemistry. As geeks, we know that one of the best ways to learn is through games, so we had to bring you this double deck of playing cards. Each card features an element of the Periodic Table, color-coded and fully statted up for for your memorizing pleasure.
littleBits is a system of modular electronics that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play. The littleBits starter kit is the first kit by littleBits and contains all you need to get started within seconds. Each bit has a simple, unique function (light, sound, sensors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to put the power of engineers in the hands of artists, makers and children. Included in the kit are 10 color coded modules (power, input, output, and wire) that snap together magnetically to create larger circuits, guaranteed to keep kids (or you) occupied for hours. Comes packaged in an attractive case with a magnetic closure and includes an instruction sheet, 9v battery and a custom plastic screwdriver. littleBits starter kit contents: – A quick-start instruction set. – A custom-made 9V battery – A 9V battery connector. – Custom plastic screwdriver 10 littleBits: – power – button – dimmer – pressure sensor – pulse – LED – RGB LED – vibration motor – barograph – wire.
Bill & Betty are on top of each task. Are you?
To play, first choose a challenge and place all the needed blocks and builder figures as indicated in the challenge book.
Complete the building, block by block until you arrive at the finished design pictured in the challenge guide. Make sure your builder is on the building at all times. Finally, when the building is complete with the builder is on top – you’ve found the correct solution!
While having fun, you’ll develop your spatial perception as well as your fine motor skills. With 60 challenges, 10 colorful wooden blocks and Bob & Betty characters – playing alone or with a friend is equally fun.
Children build tons of essential math skills…as they race to collect, count, add and subtract spots on friendly Dalmatians! In this lively board game, players move around the board to the fire station, adding or subtracting spots on their Dalmatians as they go. When everyone has reached the station, they count up their spots…and the dog with the most spots gets to be the Fire Station Dalmatian! Includes a 16″ x 16″ game board, 25 game cards, over 70 Dalmatian spots and 4 game markers. For 2-4 players.
We LOVE this game! Math becomes an adventure with this addition and subtraction game that takes kids on a journey through Sum Swamp. They’ll make their way over the crocodile shortcut and through the endless loop by adding and subtracting the numbers rolled. For 2-4 players.
This kit contains over 60 different experiments in a reusable bag. Blast off with a soda explosion from a Geyser Tube‚ learn about the science of polymers including giant spheres, growing crystals, and Insta-Snow, learn about acids and bases, or even make your own slime… over 70 activities in all!
What do the mighty Pegasus, a horse trainer, and Ben Hur have in common? If you guessed that you can own all three in one kit you are 100% correct and possibly psychic. Spangler Lab’s newest solar robot kit is the 3-in-1 Solar Stallion. Kids can follow the easy building instructions to build their own mini versions of a horse trainer, Pegasus, and a chariot. The 3 forms of the Solar Stallion all have moving parts and require no batteries because it operates on solar energy! It’s a great toy that incorporates great science.
The NXT generation of buildable, programmable robots is here!
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 combines the unlimited versatility of the LEGO building system with an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then tens of thousands of other robotic inventions that do what you want!
Play chess with minifigures in regal LEGO® Kingdoms style!
Turn up the fun with your ipod® or any MP3 player! Connect your music device to new Snap Circuits Lights. The results are AMAZING! People of all ages are mesmerized.
Lights flash and change to the beat of your music. Integrate different types of music and rearrange the circuitry – experimentation with technology is real and beautiful!
Adjust the circuit design by simply snapping pieces in endless arrangements. Experience the real joy of engineering.
Grow a magical crystal dinosaur wonderland! See crystals form in minutes! Includes precut and colored paper Stegosaurus and T-rex, volcano and tree, magic crystal liquid plastic tray, paper grass cutout and easy instructions.
eeBoo Make a Pie! Game – It’s a Slice of Fun! To make a pie you’ll have to spin and gather slices on your tin. Slices of a certain size will help you to complete your pies. Spin well and take a piece of pie from your opponent’s own supply! Finish with most pies complete? You will! Ah, victory can be sweet!
With Make a Pie! (A Simple Game of Fractions), kids ages 6 and up learn math skills and more using a spinner and pie-shaped cardboard pieces. A wonderful learning tool games. Includes 5 pies and a real tablecloth.
As children put together these super-simple match-ups, they create and solve simple math problems! Set includes 20 two-piece puzzles with a problem on one half and the answer on the other…with helpful picture clues that kids can count to reach the total! Plus, each 3″ x 9″ puzzle is self-correcting—for instant reinforcement.
If you’re like me, you kind of want these gifts for yourself . . . SO FUN!!!
Which are your favorites?
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