The Hottest Steam toys are here!

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, and MATH. Also known as STEAM.

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These days, children are becoming more and more advanced due to early introduction of technology and as such, so are their playtime choices.

As a parent, I understand that limiting screen time is important and with a child under 10, there is still imaginary play time to be had.

If you’re like me, you’ve been searching for items to wrap under the tree this year for your little one that meet the criteria of fun and keep their attention but also secretly teaching them skills.

Here are the top STEAM items this year to add to your holiday list!

smART Pixelator– See how it works HERE!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pixelate ANY design using innovative LIGHT TECHNOLOGY? Well you can thanks to the smART Pixelator from Flycatcher Toys! The smART Pixelator empowers kids to design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel Beads, Sequins or Pegs. Right out of the box, kids have a choice of creating 50 step-by-step designs using Pixel Beads. A smART Pixelator app and any mobile device also let them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Additional beads, sequins, pegs, and extension sets, including the smART Pixelator Bracelet Maker, are available to keep the fun flowing. Ideal for kids 7 to 107 years old. MSRP: $59.99  

 

PBS KIDS Playtime Pad+

Entertainment at your child’s fingertips! With the Playtime Pad 7” HD Kid Safe Tablet your child now has access to an array of different educational experiences including PBS games, videos, and songs. Including parental controls you now can have complete control over your child’s tablet and entertainment. Sold in a kid-safe durable silicone case this tablet was made for kids for the ultimate entertainment and learning experience wherever they go. Available now on Walmart.com. Ages 2+ MSRP: $79.99.

 

Air-Walker 

A robot that defies gravity?! That’s what you get with Air-Walker, a four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like windows. You can also build four other models with the same components and learn how suction and mechanical devices can be used in different real-world applications. A vacuum-suction machine sticks to and lifts flat panels, while a robot with just two suction cups rotates around a central pivot point.  This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work. Ages 8+ MSRP: $39.95

 

My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog

Build your own adorable robotic pet hedgehog! With the 172 building pieces in this kit, you can assemble a real robot that looks like a cute hedgehog. The robot has a built-in sound sensor and is programmed to react to different sounds. After you build it, you can play with it by making different sounds and watching it tumble, roll, spin around, bristle its spines, and scurry around. Clap once, and the hedgehog will roll into a ball and tumble backwards. Clap multiple times, and the hedgehog will count your claps and tumble as many times as you instructed with your claps. You can also get the hedgehog to bristle its spines and act in a playful way with different patterns of claps. The hedgehog’s eyes light up with LEDs. By building the robot, you will gain experience in the inner mechanical workings that enable the robot to move how it does. Learn about gears, motors, sound sensors, LEDs, and the other components of this funny little pet. Ages 7+ MSRP: $39.95.

Lastly, there are the Magformers Amazing Sets. These are so cool because even without knowledge of how they work, somehow children automatically know and start building.

Click and create your own adventure with Magformers AMAZING Sets! Magformers are a magnetic construction toy where the possibilities are endless. Kids now have the opportunity to live out their dreams and become one of their dream professions such as a firefighter, a police officer, and a construction worker through one of the four new Magformers AMAZING sets! Great for children aged 3 and up. Create 50 ideas with the follow-along idea booklet or build your own adventure! Ages 3+ MSRP $59.99

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The Little Book of You Review

The Little Book of you is a unique gift suitable for any age, but best for a baby arrival gift, a first birthday, or a Baby shower gift (as a giftcard!)

I had given this book as a gift to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She was amazed at the quality of the book and the questions that were asked. The detail about the year she was born was amazing and something to cherish forever.

Can we take a moment to just take in how adorable even the cover is?

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The book requires you to enter the following information about the child:

  • Full Name
  • Name Child Goes By
  • Birthday
  • Birth Time
  • Weather on Child’s Birthday
  • Birth Weight
  • Birth Height
  • Hospital or Place of Birth
  • Geographic Location of Birth
  • 4-16 Family Members Names and Their Relationship
  • 1-8 People the Child First Met
  • Doctor or Midwife’s Name (Optional)
  • First Home Address
  • Explanation of Why Their Name was Chosen
  • 1-3 Nicknames

They take all of this information and create a story filled with details including a family tree!

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The majority of the fields in the order form are required. Given the way the story is structured, the book was designed it this way to ensure you get the best possible product! You will not be able to complete your order without filling in all the required fields, so be sure that you have everything available. Unfortunately you are not able to save your entry and come back to it at this time. That said, everything you have filled out will stay filled out as long as you keep your browser window open.

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“Little Book of You” is a magical and one of a kind illustrated memory book created by you for any of the special little people in your life. Parents and kids alike will love the book. It’s a great alternative for parents to the traditional baby book but is also a storybook older kids will love to read about themselves. We currently have versions available for children 0-11.

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The first option is you can fill out the online form yourself and give the gift of the finished book product. This will provide a great wow factor but can be tricky if you don’t know detailed information about the child since most of the fields on our order form are required. Click here to see all the questions you will need to fill out and see if this option is right for you.

The second option is you can give a gift card to the parents of the child and they can fill it out themselves for their own child. We offer the option to have a gift card emailed to you right away or a nicely wrapped gift experience delivered to you by mail for a more special gift giving moment. A gift card is the right option if you a) don’t have all of the information you need to fill out the online form b) are giving this as a gift before the child is born or c) think the parents would enjoy filling it out themselves or would prefer to put their own touches into the book.

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Filling out a book for a friend or relative is a great option as people love receiving the finished product! Before starting with this option though you’ll want to click here to see the list of questions we ask on our our order form. Don’t know the answers and not sure how to get them? Give a gift card!

With a price tag of $49.95, it seems like an expensive book. But with that being said, it is not just a book you are giving. It is a personalized keepsake to be cherished by the family, as well as the child for years, even decades to come.

The only downfall would be the material of the book itself. It seems like it could easily get dirty if not stores away. You can get a gift box with it to prevent that and make for better storage for an additional fee, but hey, it might just be worth it.

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Marina and James Cummins live in New York City with their daughter Lila and golden retriever Stella. They founded “Little Book of You” in 2017. James is a co-owner of his family business, James Cummins Bookseller, a rare bookshop on the Upper East Side, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Marina has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. This project combines their love of books, technology and most of all their family.