November 23, 2019

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I get a lot of parents asking me for Christmas gift ideas. I love sharing suggestions, so this year I’ve decided to pull together a list of SciGenie approved holiday gifts perfect for your curious kids.

Building Toys

Building toys such as LEGOS, blocks, and magnetic building toys are great for fostering creativity! As a bonus, they also teach kids how to follow instructions and helps them to think logically.

As a parent, you are probably thinking of all the pieces but don’t let that get in the way of the fun your kids will have.  There are many options and varieties to select from and at varying price ranges.

Experimental Toys & Activities

There are tons of experiment-based toys ranging from science kits, food experiments, and circuit boards. SciGenie recommends squishy circuits since it’s a fun way to introduce kids to the basics of electrical circuits. Perfect for kids ages 5+.

Board Games

Who remembers their favorite childhood board game? How about sharing this experience with your children too?

We can all agree that board games are a timeless classic!  These games give kids a break from electronics and an opportunity to spend quality time with family.

Our holiday top picks include games such as:

  • Bugs N Slugs
  • Connect 4
  • Cheese – fosters strategic thinking
  • Monopoly – comes in many editions for all ages

There are many options to select from so pick the ones that best fit your child’s age and interest.


For my kids, I also like to get them experiences in the Northern Virginia Area. We have lots of great STEAM experiences for kids such as iFLY, a great introduction to velocity and Newtons Law, and science centers.

Flying drones with your kids can also be a great way to share a STEM experience. For that, we recommend Tello Toy Drones.

STEAM Subscription Box

Subscription boxes, such as Little Passports Science Expeditions or Science Explorer, are also great Christmas gift ideas. It’s literally a gift that keeps giving. Most subscriptions are monthly so each month kids can experience a new activity!

Other Great Ideas

We also recommend online websites that you can set up on your child’s devices. Below are a few websites we use and approve.

SciGenie Safety Tips

STEM play can be loads of fun for families but remember to always practice safety and use your own best judgement. Adult supervision is advised.

Follow us on Facebook, @SciGenius1, and on Instagram, @scigenius_steam, for more gift giving inspiration!

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