2020 has taught all of us the usefulness of technology and its ability to bridge gaps. That’s why the Coding Lab team has compiled a Christmas Gift Guide (and arranged it by age groups) to save you from the endless browsing or last-minute shopping frenzy for the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones!

Be it to kickstart or further their interest in technology, these gadgets and games are sure to bring hands-on joy to children aged 4 to 18 this season! 

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Tiny Hands, Mega Minds. At Coding Lab, we believe that one’s age and size do not matter when it comes to coding and tinkering. At preschool ages, it’s important to select educational toys for our budding tots. Here are some great ideas for a headstart in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)!

Read: STEAM is the new STEM

Magna-Tiles

Hands-on, screens off! Think building blocks – tiles – but magnetic. You have Magna-Tiles. 

These 3-dimensional magnetic building sets stand by encouraging and integrating math, science, creativity and imagination. The vibrant tiles have magnetic sides that come in various shapes and sizes for your child to connect them together with a ‘click’ sound. A butterfly, a castle, your child can build anything! The simple idea behind Magna-Tiles is that if you can click it, you can create it. 

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

$29.90 to $249.90 at Playhao, Pupsik Studio, The Children’s Showcase and Le Petit Society

The Learning at Home Set

Let your kids learn how computers work… without using a computer.

Developed in and inspired by Montessori classrooms, these wooden toys designed at MIT impart computational thinking. The hands-on materials that ethically manufactured in USA include wooden binary towers, circular logic gates that represent Boolean logic, and binary trees – all computer science concepts. You’re never too young (or too old) to start learning the basics! With this, you can truly learn beautifully with your tiny techie. 

Find out more and get free activities here.

$235 (Launch Special) at Learning Beautiful Singapore

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit

It’s not just another app. Change the way that your children interact with the iPad! 

Simply set up your device, then let your toddler play with the physical, tangible game pieces in front of it. Before you know it, those pieces are showing up on the iPad. Four games are included for your toddlers to improve their reading, storytelling and fine motor skill development. 

For older ones (up to 12 years old), you can choose from the many other games, such as Math, Coding, Business, Spelling and Drawing. For $39, you can even get themed sets, such as Disney princesses, The Incredibles 2, Mickey Mouse and Friends, as well as Frozen 2! 

Find out more here.

$129 at Playhao and Real Cool Tech

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We believe that everyone should learn to code – and that it should be fun for everyone (parents included). Here are some gadgets that can help to jazz up learning for our young ones:

Makey Makey

Turn bananas and plants into your own game controllers with science and coding – all in one handy invention! 

The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

$67.35 from Amazon

Hot Wheels ID

This is what we all envision when we say “toy”, but they’ve brought it up a notch to make it educational.

We’ve all known the brand Hot Wheels, and now they’ve combined their signature race cars with coding. All cars are Uniquely Identifiable Vehicles, so the more play that happens on the Smart Track, the higher the levels climb on the free app. Kids can also learn Swift, Apple’s programming language, through interactive storylines, puzzles and Augmented Reality. The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

Find out more here.

$159.99 from Amazon

mBot

Looking for a fun and affordable robot for a beginner programmer? You’ve got the mBot. 

This four-wheeled STEAM education robot lets children learn about machinery and electronics, fundamentals of programming, and develop their design and logical thinking skills. The mBot comes with an instruction manual, which makes it easy for children to set up and pair with the app (Scratch and Arduino). The cute robot also motivates kids to experience the joys of making, which is why we have it as part of our Young Computer Scientists curriculum.

Find out more here.

From $109.90, available in blue and pink, from Toytag and Playhao.

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Coding is the new literacy. We’ve all seen the might of technology and coding seems to be the next ‘it’ thing. Here are toys that can help to pique your child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

Read: STEAM is the new STEM

Zometool

Recall your Chemistry classes where you had to visualise atoms and particles? Chances are, your kid will have to go through that someday too – and here’s how you can make their understanding of it easier. 

Inspired by real-world architecture and used by mathematicians, research scientists, physicists, and at NASA, the idea for Zometool began in 1969. Boxes come with parts of colourful pieces of different sizes – similar to the ball-and-stick models, but with more varied shapes and lengths – that can connect to one another. Kids are then given the freedom to discover and explore the endless possibilities that they can build with the open-ended creation system that imparts complex STEAM concepts and also improves spatial awareness. 

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

From $29.90 at Playhao

Arduino Starter Kit

This kit is for the more serious tech tinkerers to dip their toes in STEAM and to self-learn even more with Arduino. 

We often have curious parents asking if we teach Arduino here. Our answer? If they can do basic programming (Scratch included!), then they can transfer that knowledge to Arduino. These kits have hardware (i.e. programmable boards, sensors, mechanical parts) and open-source software, which introduces concepts such as electricity and Arduino code. Activities and tools include sensors, buttons, and more! 

Find out more here.

Access free tutorials here.

$128 for the Starter Kit from Duck Learning

Micro:Bit

Take coding one step further with one of the world’s smallest programmable computers. 

Image of children trying out the maze game with Micro:bit controls

Pop two AAA batteries in, and you’re ready to create your projects. The pocket-sized computer has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and a compass, which you can work with Scratch, Python, Microsoft MakeCode, and more. Created by news agency BBC, it was distributed to children in the United Kingdom – Singapore is following suit with select schools – to heighten curiosity and interest in coding. Join in the fun! Make a random number generator, light-up compass and more – like what we do in our Young and Advanced Computer Scientists courses!

Find out more and get FREE activities here.

$30 at Playhao

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We nurture future leaders in technology, so we recognise that it’s important to be tech-literate in today’s world. Here are some tech gift ideas to keep our teens curious and hungry for more knowledge:

Raspberry Pi

Nope, we’re not talking about raspberries or the magical 3.14 number. 

The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, pocket-sized computer that could be the key to unlocking the door of physical computing. You can connect it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Learn with Scratch, use Python, make websites and more!

It makes picking up computing more accessible and seamless, so people are able to harness the power of computing to solve problems and express themselves creatively.

Find out more and get free learning materials here.

From $35 from Argon and Cytron

Laptop or Tablets

Remember the moment you first got your own desktop or laptop? 

Our ACS student exploring the course

Perhaps now is the time for your teen to experience that moment too. Many of us have fond memories of tinkering with our own blogs, using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, playing Maple Story, navigating Friendster and the old Facebook. Whether it’s a laptop or tablet that you purchase, it will be a great time for your teen to take on the responsibility of a device, hone his or her typing skills, get familiar with technology and have knowledge and information at his or her fingertips! 

Psst, Apple fans! Tertiary students (University, Polytechnic, JC, ITE) can get Apple Education prices.

Kiwico Crates

At a complete loss as to what fun and enriching presents you should get and you only know the child’s age? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Need a shortcut to letting your child DIY things – without having to source for the materials? The STEM projects and kid-friendly content by KiwiCo is delivered in a crate. With so many crate choices, they have filtered it out by ages (from 0 to 104 years old) and various interests for you to narrow down the perfect one. Whether you’re interested in Science and Tinkering or Art and Design, monthly, 3-month, 6-month and annual subscriptions, they have it all! 

Find out more here.

From $20.16/month from KiwiCo

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