Keep your kids Holidays that are full of complexity are neither fun nor comfortable. Finding activities that are fun, but at least a little educational, is a worthwhile endeavor, and we’re here to help. We’re going to go beyond science, technology, engineering, and math and include the arts here. The best STEM (or steam) toy deals we can get for Cyber Monday. Check back for regular updates, as we’re still looking for discounts worthy of your attention.
It may be out of stock depending on your location. When your kids are old enough (Lego suggests 4 years or older), there are some toys that provide this kind of unbridled creativity. This classic set includes a total of 1,500 pieces, including four base plates, and a range of colorful bricks that can be made into anything your little ones can imagine.
Colored sand that can be cast in a variety of shapes is fun for kids three years of age or older, and my kids both enjoy playing with it. This set includes a range of plastic tools that help them to sculpt sand in interesting patterns and structures. The only thing that can give you a break? Sand tends to get everywhere.
My kids both play with this hard table that has space for a big brick inside. This is a great toy for kids who are not yet ready for something too small or unstable and it will inspire their interior architect. The legs are locked in place for playing and can be folded when they are done.
Packed with different circuits that can be snapped together, it’s a great way for kids to learn about the basics of electronics and get a taste for putting things together. There are over 60 parts, including a resistor, a microphone, a slide switch, and cables that can be used to make a lie detector, AM radio, and more.
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A mix of digital and physical worlds, Osmo’s innovative kits appear in our best STEM Toy Guide. Kids engage in educational puzzles and games by mounting their iPad or Fire tablet on a special stand and interacting with the pieces of a tablet. Your tablet’s camera initiates action and provides onscreen and audio responsiveness. Games develop skills like addition and multiplication, spelling and vocabulary, puzzle solving and physics, drawing, basic coding and much more. There are fun and imaginative kits for different ages ranging from pre-school to 12 year old.
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For those new to Osmo, a starter kit is the best way to go because it includes a base for your iPad or Fire tablet. The Little Genius Starter Kit is for pre-school.
One of our favorite family board games, Ride tickets Challenges you to plot rail routes across North America. It is recommended for kids ages 8 and up, as it involves a lot of techniques and some math, but it doesn’t take much time to play and it’s a lot of fun. Ride tickets to Europe Also on sale for 18.
Sounds easy to create matching groups of tiles to get the highest possible score from your game board, but Azul has enough strategic depth to challenge your kids’ math, planning and puzzle solving skills. This is one of our picks for the best family board games.
Tablets and Kindle Deals
For reading, eating educational apps, playing games or watching documentaries, a tablet can be a great shopping for kids. While you can read on tablets, e-readers are more comfortable for the eyes and allow parents to make sure their kids are reading instead of gaming. Check out our guide to the best kids tablets for more options.
A portable tablet with a protective bumper, a one-year Amazon Kids + subscription and a two-year worry-free replacement guarantee adds a great deal for families with young children (8/10, WIRED recommendation). There are lots of educational apps and games, videos and books, and hard parental controls.
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If your kids are a little too old for a “baby tablet” with a rubber bumper, this is an upgrade they won’t mind holding on to. It offers the same benefits as the smaller HD8 with educational content like National Geographic, Rabids coding and Lego. And there’s still a protective case, though it’s somewhat smoother and has a smoother kickstand.
This small, lightweight ebook reader (7/10, Wired Recommendations) is the perfect size for kids and it has a folding cover, Amazon Kids + for one year, and a promise that Amazon will replace it if it breaks in two years. Ebooks are easy to load, or check them out at the local library
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An upgrade to the Basic Kids Kindle above, PaperWhite boasts all the same benefits but also has a backlit screen for low light or night reading and the ability to withstand a slight dip in water.
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Learning to play an instrument is a worthwhile endeavor for any child, and this clever app uses the built-in microphone on a smartphone, tablet or laptop to respond as they play. See our guide to the best sites and apps for learning music for more information.
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These themed boxes cover everything from music to robots and disturb a wide array of carefully crafted items with different age ranges. Each box has lots of activity, which is why it’s our top pick in the kids subscription box.
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With a range of themed packages for different ages, these game-based science and geography kits are packed with toys and activities that are delivered monthly. Each has art and science activities to get stuck in, ranging from the deep sea and dinosaurs to road trips around the United States for older kids.
Our favorite subscription box for young children from 2 to 5 years old, Sago Mini Subscription Box offers a different theme every month. The Sago Mini app contains characters that can guide your child in open-world exploration, such as driving a tugboat around the ocean.
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For kids who love to craft, this subscription provides themed monthly boxes with lots of variety to keep them busy and creative. Sadly, you still have to clean up the mess they left behind.
The kids version of Amazon Echo Dot gets a cute animal transformation into a tiger or panda. It is a full-fledged smart speaker that enables children to ask Alexa questions, play music, listen to audiobooks and even try out educational skills. Like the rest of Amazon’s Kids range, it comes with a one-year Amazon Kids + subscription (3 per month), strict parental controls and a two-year worry-free guarantee.
It may be out of stock depending on your location. With some featured songs and stories from your kids’ favorite Disney and Pixar characters, this durable kid-friendly speaker is a great alternative to the screen. The children hold a plastic statue, such as Woody Fromm The story of the doll, Above the speaker to trigger related content. Extra packs are available for everything from Disney Princesses, including other character tie-ins Sesame road Character. You can record your own stories and songs or keep grandparents’ records so they can read to your little ones from a distance. The Basic Tonybox Starter Set is also on offer at $ 70 ($ 30 off) on Amazon.
Got a Yoto player (7/10, cable recommendation)? It’s a nice-looking speaker that kids can insert cards to play stories and podcasts. The speakers themselves aren’t selling, but Yoto is offering 10 percent discount cards and accessories, which can be effective if your child needs a batch of new content.