Top 6 Smart Gifts for Smart Kids
The hardest people to buy gifts for are kids. With adults, you have a general idea of what they might need, but with kids, it is always going to be what they want and find interesting. Our default gives are toys, characters they loved watching on television or on film. The superheroes they know and love, cartoon characters with animal sidekicks, and LEGO blocks.
However, our kids are smarter now and also more tech-savvy than we were. So not only are we supposed to make sure that they love the gifts they will be receiving, these have to be stimulating too, or else they will easily get bored with it. In fact, mentally challenging activities have become so important to kids that even schools like a number of international schools in Singapore and the UK have incorporated various techs and apps into their curriculum to keep the students even more engaged.
Now that the holiday season is drawing near, here are a couple of smart gift ideas for our gifted kids.
Tinker Crate is a subscription service which sends your kids arts and crafts projects every month for a small fee of $19.95 per month. Think of this as their very own lab-in-a-box, as each box contains materials for STEM-related projects. The aim is to make studying science, mathematics, engineering, and technology fun for kids through experiential learning.
This is the world’s first holographic object which you can hold in the palm of your hand. Merge Cube specializes in virtual reality and transforming play into something out of science fiction novels. It is compatible with both iOS and Android operating systems, VR goggles, and is loaded with holographic games.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
If you want to help your kids learn about robot programming, this is the toy to get them. The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox comes with a free app which allows kids to code movements for any of the five multifunctional robot models. It has over 840 LEGO pieces, an interactive motor, and a Color and Distance Sensor.
Quick Attach Microscope
The Quick Attach Microscope from Skyrocket Toys is a small camera your kids can attach to a smartphone camera. They can take photos and videos of the microscopic world, from the movement of the ants to the minute details of a leaf. If they use the digital zoom, the microscope can offer a 30x magnification.
LEGO Mindstroms EV3
Another LEGO robot-building toy, the Mindstorms EV3 allows kids to experience controlling a rover. This is their first toy to include a Bluetooth capability so that kids can control the robot through an app, and new sensors that allow it to react autonomously with its surroundings.
This list will not be complete without a video game. The best thing about Never Alone is that kids will be treated to an amazing storytelling combined with the unique Alaskan culture. It has puzzles and games that stimulate the mind, but what it does best is make kids appreciate a culture they might not be aware of.