It’s official, Christmas is on its way! And while some may argue we shouldn’t be listening to our favourite Xmas songs (The Darkness all the way for me!) or watching rubbish Christmas films just yet, it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about presents for the curious people in your life. To make your life that much easier, we have put together some recommendations for fantastic gifts that would make any budding scientist smile on Christmas morning.
And don't worry, we haven’t forgotten about the grown-up geeks either- stay tuned for our next post, which will include goodies for them too (and a few items I’m hoping Santa might bring me this year!)
You can’t go wrong with a book, and there are some fantastic ones out there for little scientists of all ages.
A rhyming book by Kyle D Evans, beautifully illustrated by Hana Ayoob, this is a great introduction to the world of numbers, square, negative, prime and more!
CBBC presenter Maddie Moate’s first book is all about the stuff around us- how it’s made, where it goes when you are done with it, and how it can be reused
If your kids love all things icky, nurture that with this fab illustrated book about microbes, by the appropriately named Steve Mould.
At Braintastic! Science, we are passionate about championing women in STEM, and this beautiful book does just that, telling the stories of 50 amazing women.
While How the Body Works is technically aimed at adults, it’s illustrations and simple language make it a great option for older kids- and I’m not just saying that because I wrote part of it!
For year-round fun, you can’t beat a science subscription! One of our favourites is Curiosity box. These action-packed activity kits have been designed to get kids of all ages making, tinkering and asking questions. You can buy the boxes individually or subscribe for a whole year of fun!
If boxes aren’t your thing, you might want to consider a magazine subscription. Whizz Pop Bang is a monthly magazine packed with science news, fun facts and activities for readers to try at home.
At Braintastic! Science, we have our own subscription on offer- you can sign up to our online science club for 6 action-packed sessions that will help your little scientist learn about their brain and senses, while also developing their scientific reasoning skills. The club is now available on Udemy, and we have a special offer for Christmas, meaning you can sign up for just £14.99. Plus, if you send us an email, we will send you a special voucher for you to give the lucky recipient on Christmas morning- so why not give them a gift that will last- a love of science.
There is plenty of proof that toys can be both fun and educational on the fantastic Maths Gear website. Their selection of maths-based puzzles and games will keep kids (and adults) busy well beyond boxing day!
A fab way to inspire creativity and give kids the chance to make their own electronics projects, Circuit Scribe’s conductive pens allow anyone to doodle circuits while learning about electricity. They even have step-by-step projects and tutorials on their website
Or, if your child is more of a 3D thinker, why not try a 3D printing pen, allowing them to design and create their own inventions, quickly and easily
Whenever we are on stage, we always get asked about the giant neuron toys we use to explain what is a neuron and how our amazing brains communicate, so this list wouldn’t be complete without a shout-out to Giant Microbes, who make them. Though they started with a collection of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms, their selection of cuddly friends now includes organs, diseases, cells and much more!
Anyone who knows me will know that I am a sucker for a bit of science-themed fashion, and there is plenty out there for kids too (actually, I often find myself wishing kids clothes came in bigger sizes!) I have picked out a few of my favourite pieces, for any stylish future scientist!
I hope you've found some inspiration for what to get the small curious people in your life! Have a great holiday and do join our mailing list to hear about our upcoming events and for more great brainy content: