STEM-Inspiring Gifts Under $20 for your Little Valentine

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not skip all the candy and stuffed animals and foster a love of science in your little Valentine? I’ve included a list of products under $20 as I know most parents are always looking to save a bit of money.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

All three of my kids love Snap Circuits. They are a great way to encourage STEM play and enjoyed by a wide age range.

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Lego and STEM- need I say more? My oldest got this for Christmas and we’ve been LOVING it.

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

Why not give them science tools made for their little hands?

ScienceWiz DNA Experiment Kit

Extract DNA from fruit! Build a double Helix! Help your kids to learn the basics of molecular biology in a fun, easy to understand way.

4M Eco Science Toys

I love eco-friendly toys! The kit can make up to seven different toys, including a race car, a gravity-powered walking robot and a tornado inside a bottle. All for under $10!

Nellie Nova Takes Flight

Ok, you knew I had to throw it in the mix, right? If you don’t know about my book yet, here’s the premise:

Nellie appears to be a normal nine year old girl. But Nellie is not normal. Nellie is an amazingly gifted scientist who lives in a family of amazingly gifted scientists. One day, her brother, Niles, who is eleven, teases her (as all respectable big brothers do). This time, however, Niles goes too far when he tells Nellie that girls are silly and no woman has ever changed the world. This sets off a spark of an idea in Nellie’s most amazing mind and sends her down the path to create a time machine and meet wonderful women who made a mark on the world. First stop, Amelia Earhart! With a few bumps along the way and a government agency out to steal her technology, Nellie and Niles are in for an incredible adventure!

If you don’t have a copy yet, it is a great way to encourage kids, especially girls, to love science.

STEAM: Preschool Activities for STEM Enrichment

This book looks great for the five and under crowd!

KEVA Brain Builders Game

This looks great for little engineers over the age of seven!

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