It’s Day 2 of the Fancy Girl Holiday Gift Guide. Yesterday, was Gifts for the Young Trendsetter, and today I’m focusing on STEM girls.
STEM is an educational acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Statistics have shown that while the opportunities are there for girls to peruse STEM studies and careers, they just aren’t. The media and retailers still market STEM-related toys and activities with boys in mind, but there has been a growing push from parents, educators, and bloggers to change that thinking and to encourage more girls to tinker, experiment, blast off into space, and play with code. And thanks to companies like GoldieBlox and educational initiatives like Made with Code, we’re on our way to having more STEM options for girls that will make them excited to explore their interests and develop skills.
Today’s gift guide was inspired by my middle daughter who loves building and tinkering. She has block sets, legos, and whatever else that can be stacked and made into a little city for her My Little Pony and Thomas the Tank Engine toys. My eldest is also starting to show her investigative and experimental side, now that she has more formal science lessons in school. And both of them know more about the various settings and functions of my iPhone than I do. I’m actually really excited about some science-related gifts that I picked up for them when I was at the Franklin Institute for the Mom Mixer back in November. Below are just some ideas to get your Fancy Girl started, but there’s even MORE in my Pinterest board.
1. Outfit: “Girl Astronaut” tee, $25, Girlwonderful.com; Celestial Seamless Leggings, Kohl’s | 2. Cool Engineering Activities for Girls, $6.51, Amazon | 3. Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Mini Kit, $18.36, TeacherSupplySource.com | 4. “Made with Code” 3D Printed Jewelry from Shapeways | 5. Makey Makey Invention Kit, $64.99, Franklin Institute Store | 6. Playskool Tinkertoy Pink Set by K’NEX, $42.49, Kohl’s | 7. GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure, $24.99, Nordstrom | 8. Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope, $34, Gilt Groupe
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