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Christmas Gift Guide for Spirited Girls, Girls with Grit, Tomboys

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This post is not sponsored, compensated, affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in any way. I just love sharing good products! 

At my job, I read a lot of research and articles decrying the small percentages of women in science, math, technology, & engineering (STEM) and how difficult it is to attract minorities to STEM fields when they have so few role models. This is especially troubling for me as the mom of a little black girl. Marlie shows a interest in natural science and computers. I want to encourage that, but most of the toys and games marketed to girls are dolls and princess paraphernalia. I don't mind if my daughter plays house or castle. I just want her to also have the option to play doctor and engineer too.

This holiday season I am seeing a host of girl-centric "maker" toys come onto the market and I am so geeked. There is hope! I present to you for your shopping consideration:

  • Roominate (age 6-10): the original wired dollhouse building kit. 
  • Dazzu Lighy Craft Studio (age 8+): Spice up craft projects with interactive lights that you program right from your computer, tablet or smartphone!
  • GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine (age 6-10): a series of interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a curious girl with a love of engineering. Goldie’s stories encourage girls to build, developing the spatial skills that are fundamental to engineering

These two aren't available yet, but you can pre-order and get a jump on next year's Christmas shopping!
  • StoryWalls (age 4+): constructible play-sets for girls from Build and Imagine. Get your budding architect these beautifully illustrated magnetic construction sets invented by mompreneur Laurie Peterson. They aren't available until summer 2014, but early backers can get special pricing and reserve play-sets.

  • Bo and Yana (age 5+): delightful robots that fuse play with programming for kids of all ages. Robots ship summer 2014, but you can reserve them and accessories now at special introductory price.


brokenteepee said...

I am all over any kind of learning toy for my nieces and nephews and to see these types of toys especially for girls is really fantastic.

I love the little robots!

Momma Told Me said...

I think that Roominate kit is really neat looking. Kind of like legos for girls!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I wouldn't mind playing with that Science Club Microscope myself. :)

Cinny said...

Super in love with the tomboy gifts...totally up my alley!

Jenn said...

Great ideas. I think my daughter would really love the microscope set.

Lena B said...

Bo and Yana look super cool and I can't wait to learn more

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I'd like to play with the Smart max magnets. That looks fun.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

These are great...I think I might get some for my son he loves technology and all that stuff!!

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