Tis the season, and if you are still cracking your brains for gift ideas for your little ones, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites from build your own electronic kits to blocks-based coding tools for young children.
Check out our top picks of STEM and coding gifts this Christmas.
The popular Kano computer kit lets kids build their own computer from scratch. Using Raspberry Pi and Kano OS, kids follow a step-by-step guide to build and explore each computer part, from processors to HDMI and pixels.
To continue, learn to code on your very own computer with access to 150 hours of coding challenges from Scratch and Minecraft to Linux.
Suitable for ages 6 and up, order from Amazon.
BB-9E App-Enabled Droid by Sphero
Jump on the Star Wars craze with the newest iteration of the BB8 series, the BB-9E maintenance bots on board the First Order ship.
Connect it to the Sphero iPad app to code commands for the Droid, explore augmented reality and holographic displays.
R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid also available for the R2 fans out there. Get it from Sphero.
Coding Awbie by Osmo
Using physical blocks, students piece blocks of code together to form programming commands to guide game characters through challenges, and learn logical thinking and problem solving.
Suitable for ages 5–12, learn more from Osmo.
GameShell Open Source Gaming & STEM Console by Clockwork
Build your own programmable retro gameboy and program your own games and mods using languages like C, Python and more.
Using the modular console, modify and develop more capabilities from adding wireless speakers, programming a remote and creating Lego-compatible smart toys. Of course, also access hundreds of open source games including the classic Atari.
Back this project on Kickstarter.
Ideas Women of NASA 21312 by LEGO
At First Code, we’ve always been supporters of Women in STEM. From our very first girls-only AppJamming workshop to Elle Lab, our girls-only coding camps, we hope to reach more young girls to join STEM.
That’s why we’re fans of this LEGO set, featuring the likes of key women in NASA such as Margaret Hamilton, Nancy Grace Roman, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
Get this inspiring gift set from Amazon.
Dash & Dot by Wonder Workshop
Featured in our popular Robotics courses, Dash is our top pick of tech toy for kids. With a host of coding apps available for iPad, kids get to learn programming and computational concepts through interacting with Dash in real life.
Best suited for children age 5 and up to pick up the basics of programming, get it from our tech store.
Looking for more gifts? Check out our littleBits Arduino and Space Kits, also in store now.