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Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your kids? Cue and the Dot Creativity Kit are both great STEM toys your kids will love. These educational toys will have your kids learning basic coding skills and having a blast at the same time.
With 6 kids, finding the perfect holiday gift can be tricky, especially for the younger kids since it feels like they already have just about every toy out there (adding de-cluttering to my list now). I’m getting pickier about what I’ll buy too. I want toys that are not only entertaining, but also help my kids to develop the ability to think for themselves and teaches them important skills they may need later on.
I’ve seen how competitive the job market is now, and it scares me a bit for my kids when they are ready to branch out on their own. My job is to make sure they have the experiences they need as they grow to help them have a foundation that they can build on when they join the work force down the road.
Technology and engineering jobs are in high demand and I suspect that will only grow. Since my kids have a strong interest in STEM toys already, I try and encourage that however I can.
I was so excited to discover two fantastic STEM toys that would be perfect under the Christmas tree this year. Cue and Dot Creativity Kit get kids learning about coding in a way that is fun and keeps them coming back for more.
Cue is Wonder Workshop’s newest robot toy, designed for kids ages 11+. My 11 year old has absolutely loved it and he’s found so many different ways to play with Cue that it never gets old.
This STEM toy has some fun little features that tween boys absolutely love. You can even choose from four quirky avatar personalities – Charge, Smirk, Zest and Pep. My 11 year old loves that he can text Cue and have it respond. He gets a kick out of texting “tell me a joke” and seeing what Cue responds. Depending on what he asks, Cue will either respond verbally or text back.
For a kid who loves any sort of video game (and can get lost in them for as long as I’ll allow it), having a toy that is interactive but still holds his attention is fantastic. I love seeing all the creative things he comes up with and he has so much fun showing off the tricks he makes Cue do.
Dot Creativity Kit
The Dot Creativity Kit comes with Dot, a clever little robot, and everything you need to complete dozens of Do-It-Yourself projects. Designed for kids ages 6-10 and with fun colors and projects that are appealing to younger kids, this STEM toy is the perfect introduction to programing.
My kindergartner loves being like her big brothers. She’s watched them play with all kinds of robotic toys for years so she was thrilled to have one that was on her level.
The app was very easy to use and walked through progressively more challenging tasks as you go. There are so many cute project options. My daughter is especially excited about one project in particular: building a personal room guard to alert against pesky sibling intruders. With younger twin sisters, she can’t keep anything in her room out of their way so maybe she can code her way to personal space.
I really appreciated how easy it was to jump in and figure out what the next step was. My Kindergartner is still a bit on the younger age for this so there were a few things she needed help with (or just wanted someone to play along with her). The instructions are so straight-forward that I had no problem helping her, even though I don’t have much experience with coding.
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