We love toys for kids that are educational too, which is why we’re so happy to share of these some favorite cool STEM toys and gifts for kids as the next installment in our 2015 Holiday Tech Gift Guide series.

And we’re extra happy to share this guide on behalf of our sponsor, Tile Bluetooth tracker. If you’ve ever lost your keys, or been asked “Where’s the charger?” for that awesome tech toy your kids love, well you need to meet Tile. We think you’ll become great friends.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cool Mom Tech guide without a fab giveaway. This year’s fantastic prize includes a brand new iPad  Air 2 and a gorgeous designer case.  With so many awesome tech gift ideas for the kids, we had to have something just for you too, right?

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Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Sphero SPRK

Sphero SPRK Edition

The newest in the amazing Sphero series of toys makes learning the basics of coding principles super fun. You’ll be amazed at how even preschoolers can figure out basic coding that makes the little guy move, play games, and complete tasks using an Android or iOS device. Just order soon — this is a hot toy that’s already on backorder through the manufacturer, but not from the retailers. ($129.99, Amazon)

 

 

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Roominate Townhouse + RPower

Roominate Townhouse + rPower

We’re all big fans of the Roominate toys that take imaginary play to a new, scientific level. Building a two-foot tall townhouse is awesome on its own, but on top of that, you add circuitry to bring it to life. And now there’s the all new rPower hub which lets kids control the circuits they build, all from a phone or tablet, to make a ferris wheel move or light up a dollhouse. ($39.99 for kit, $29.99 for rPower hub, with other options available, Roominate)

 

STEM toys and gifts for kids: Steve Spangler Science Club monthly subscription boxes

Steve Spangler Science Club Monthly Subscription

With a new theme each month, kids in grades K-6 will love getting this monthly science subscription box they can use for science fairs or just to impress friends and scare the cat. ($24.99-29.99/ month depending on length of subscription, Steve Spangler Science; save 50% on first box with code cyber50 while it lasts)

Also be sure to check out three science subscription kits just for girls that we’ve featured from some great companies, though we remain a little torn on whether girls need “girl kits” to get them excited about science.

 

Great STEM toys + gifts for kids: The new Snap Circuits Beginner Kit for kids 5 and up

Snap Circuits Beginner

Kids as young as five can now start understanding the basics of circuitry, problem solving, and engineering with the brand new, and very affordable beginner kit made just for them. From the maker of the popular Snap Circuits kits, the beginner kit has 14 parts to help build more than 20 projects — and we love the extra safety features included her for younger kids. Hey, we are parents.  ($21 on sale at Amazon)

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Curious Kids science book

Curious Kids Science Book

If you’re big DIY-ers at home, this is an awesome book for preschoolers through middle-graders that can keep you busy with kitchen experiments every weekend this winter and beyond. ($16.41 at Amazon)

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Thames & Kosmos Smart Machines Science Kit

Thames & Kosmos Smart Machines Science Kit

If you know a tween or teen who’s seriously into robotics, these advanced building kits let kids build eight motorized machines right from the free companion app for Android or iOS. They can even rpogram the robots to behave in response to an ultrasound sensor which will kind of blow their minds.  ($97.49 at Amazon)

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Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: The new Ozobot Bit teaches coding and sequencing

Ozobot Bit

This tiny little programmable robot lets kids explore sequencing and coding through challenges, competitive play, and interactive games that are as simple as opening up an app, or just drawing lines on paper to create color-coded code commands. ($59.95 at Amazon)

 

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Orion travel telescope moon kit

Orion travel telescope moon kit

If your kid is always staring into space, turn it into a hobby with this highly rated telescope kit from Orion that’s lightweight and compact enough to grab and go during the next full moon or meteor shower. It’s also great for daytime birding, should the natural world here on earth be of interest too. ($89.99 at Amazon)

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Wonder Workshop Dot and Dash robots

Wonder Workshop Dot and Dash robots

We have been huge fans of these cute little guys since we first played with them at CES about a year ago. They’ve been a recent sponsor and we’ve been more than thrilled to welcome them on our pages. Especially now that they’ve introduced  a cool new Launcher Accessory Kit that turns Dash into his own physics lesson. Or wait, maybe Dash is a she? That’s the cool thing about robots, isn’t it.   ($199.99 for both robots now on sale at Wonder Workshop through 12/31/15, including four free apps; Launcher accessory pack, $29.99)

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STEM toys and gifts for kids: the LEGO Chain reaction kit gives kids tons of building experiments to try

Klutz LEGO chain reaction kit

If you have boxes of bricks around the house, give them new life with this cool kit from Klutz which includes 30 LEGO elements plus instructions for building ten different moving machines. But we bet your kids will come up with even ten more. ($11.38 at Amazon)

 

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Women in Science cards

Women in Science playing cards

We discovered this cool Indiegogo campaign which passed its funding goal in no time, and no wonder! It’s just so cool. You can purchase a set for playing, but we think all 52 cards would be cool framed on a wall.  Bonus: If you want a set for free, download the free DIY kit and print your own. Pretty neat. ($20 at Luana Games; or free for printable PDF )

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Ultimaker 2 GO 3D Printer

Ultimaker 2 GO 3D Printer

If you are looking for the coolest of the cool STEM toys out there, how about a gift that lets kids make their own toys? Or really, whatever they can conceive of using this amazing 3-D printer. We’ll just call it a gift for the whole family. ($1450 at Maker Shed, filaments additional. Also seen in our Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide under the coolest craft gifts for kids.)

 

SICK! Science kits are amazing STEM gifts for kids

SICK! Science Kits for Kids

We love the SICK! Science kits, which you can buy individually as really affordable STEM gifts or stocking stuffers. But if you want something to keep the kids really busy, check out the entire SICK! Science Kit Collection  which includes 12 of the most popular SICK! Science experiment kits, plus a huge full-color instructional guide, access to exclusive videos and more. We love that kids will learn about everything from optical illusions to color mixing to physics. ($149.99, only at Steve Spangler Science; individual kits also available at Fat Brain Toys)

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: Space graphic tee

Space graphic tee

We love that even bigger brands like Lands End are supporting kids who love STEM. We can think of a few girls on our list who would love this Space Graphic Tee — though there are plenty of cool options for both boys or girls on the site, lots on sale. ($12.50 at Lands End)

 

Cool STEM gifts for kids: Membership to the local science museum | Science expo at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Membership to your local science museum

Experience gifts are always a favorite of ours, and if you have a kid who loves STEM, consider a family membership to the local science museum. Between the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Science and Technology Centers, we bet you’ll find something perfect near you ($ varies; shown here, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)

 

Cool STEM toys and gifts for kids: On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne

On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein

There’s no more wonderful gift for any kid than a terrific book, and this one from Jennifer Berne with evocative illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky remains a favorite of ours. And our kids. Maybe yours too. And who knows, maybe his story will inspire children to invent their own STEM toy for kids one day. ($15.54 at Amazon)

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The 2015 Tech Gift Guide giveaway

Of course we couldn’t have a tech gift guide without a giveaway, and wow, it’s a good one (if we do say so ourselves). We’ve got a silver iPad Air 2 (WIFI, 16GB) + a gorgeous Hayden-Harnett snakeskin case up for grabs for one lucky winner. Nice!

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The nitty gritty: You can enter a total of three times on each Tech Gift Guide post, for a total of 18 entries. Contest ends 11:59pm PST on 12/25/15. You must be 18 years or older to enter. U.S. residents only, void where prohibited. Official sweepstakes rules and disclaimer here.

And stay tuned for more 2015 Tech Gift Guide posts (and chances to enter our giveaway) over the coming weeks!
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