Overcast   37.0F  |  Forecast »

Metro Parent's Holiday 'It' List Gift Guide 2013

S.T.E.M. – science, technology, engineering and math – is the focus of this year's toy selection for kids of all ages. Plus, you'll find holiday 'hot toys,' books, music and more.

(page 3 of 6)

Invent and Building Toys

Nancy B's Science Club Science Kits

These gender-neutral teal-and-purple sets, created by a mom/former science teacher, come complete with cool activity journals. We love MoonScope ($49.99) and Microscope ($39.99). Ages 8+.

YOXO

This inventive building line (say "yock-so") includes three shapes – Y's, O's and X's – made of sustainable material kids can turn into rovers, robots and more with household stuff. Ages 4+. About $12.99.

Play-Doh Plus Sweet Shoppe

"Fluffy fantasy ice cream swirls" – yes, please! This nifty gift for future kitchen chemists features Play-Doh Plus, which is softer, fluffier and less rubbery than the original. Ages 3+. $14.99.

Bendastix

Bend, curl, manipulate, create. With these soft squishy reusable play pieces, kids can whip up jewelry, critters, picture frames and more (loads of ideas online too). Ages 6+. $19.99 for a 38-piece set.

That's Gross Science

Lab Four words: motorized toilet bowl mixer! Discover 26 "extreme lab" experiments like foaming flush, cabbage crud, yellow snow, popping poo and stink bubbles. Ages 8+. $24.99.

Edu Science Wacky Lab

Prime for "mini mad scientists," the chemistry intro set ($29.99) has basic gear for 99 experiments, from giant bubbles to making your own yogurt and cookies. Ages 8+. Line ranges $4.98-$49.99.

Crayola Marker Maker

Classic eight-pack not cutting it? Hook kids up with the ultimate mix kit: They can create 16 custom markers using three primary ink colors, complete with DIY labels. Ages 8+. $25.99.

Mod House

Dull doll house, step aside. Aspiring architects build, decorate and rebuild on a dime with this 105-piece set that has moveable walls, reversible furniture and crayon-erasable surfaces. Ages 6+. $55.

Powerup Toys

Electric paper airplanes and motorized paper boats? Budding mechanics will dig these green contraptions that mesh origami, wind-up propellers and waterproof paper. Ages 8+. $9.99-$16.99.

 

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Craft Roundup for Earth Day Fun

Craft Roundup for Earth Day Fun

Repurpose stuff around the house with these family DIY projects, including a jewelry pom-pom box, cereal box gift bags – even a cool makeover for old balloons.

Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

It's a formal spot in the house – mainly used for entertaining – that gets less foot traffic on a daily basis. This also means it's easier to clean! Get the scoop here.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Haven't kept up on scrubbing your tub or shower? Now is the time to clean up this much-used space – with these helpful tips.

Basement Spring Cleaning Checklist

Basement Spring Cleaning Checklist

Whether it's leftover holiday decor or old toys, this spot in your home becomes the catchall for your family's stuff. Organize it this season with these tips.

Garage Spring Cleaning Checklist

Garage Spring Cleaning Checklist

You just don't park your car there! This space does serious double duty as family storage space. Get everyone involved in cleaning it up with these tips.

Office Spring Cleaning Checklist

Office Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s filled with papers, old files and tons of stuff to toss. Get started with these tips for organizing your home office.

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

Ah, sleep. Busy families definitely need a good night's rest after a long day, so why not spruce up your sleep space? We've got tips for you to use!

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement