For Day 8 of our 12 Days of Shopping, Jeanette and I thought we’d explore gifts for both sides of the brain for kids and adults. I have a selection of STEAM toys. STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art an Math. I think the math belongs with its more popular cousin, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), because creativity is the root of all problem solving!
I also have two gift guides that fit the bill: Science and Math Toys and Gifts for Arty Kids. I’m pulling out tried and true toys that we’ve really enjoyed for Right Brain/Left Brain toys for kids and adults!
We own a few different sets of Snap Circuits. It’s probably the best science building toy my son has played it and I’ve happily doled out $100 per set because it’s both creative and educational. That’s right! Left and Right Brain. There are many different sets but this one, though pricey, is versatile. I think my son built a crazy amount of projects before he got tired of it.
You can follow the instructions for each project step by step and once you get the hang of it — this is where adults come in– you can wing it and make up projects of your own.
Because Snap Circuits are not an inexpensive toy, I’d recommend using this for a science club and having a small group of kids pitch in for a set. Then (especially in the winter), you can meet weekly to do the projects as a group.
Snap Circuits, $95
Perplexus Epic, $23
We’ve tried a few versions of Perplexus and they are all fun. My dog even likes them; he chases the ball when it rolls on the ground and chews on it. I don’t recommend that but the Perplexus is fun for adults and kids alike. It requires hand dexterity, logical and creative thinking to move the metal ball through the 3-D maze. It’s fun but it’s not easy!
Color Cube by Ikoso, $20
This is an artist’s version of the Rubic’s Cube that tests your understanding of color. It’s an optical brainteaser for artists that can also think logically!
Unlike a sketchbook, this is not completely free form so it will appeal to those who desire a little structure along with their creativity. There’s even a pocket folder to store images, scraps and photos. It includes 14 project pages, 5 pages of handmade decorative papers, 6 solid colored papers; all on artist-quality drawing paper.
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p.s. Here are a few more gift ideas: