We’re not here to take sides in the Goldieblox debate. And there’s no way we could say “Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow” without rolling our eyes a little. We will join the chorus who calls out Lego Friends for being the epitome of all that is annoying about The Pink Aisle. (An indoor AND outdoor bakery set? What variety!)
Really, Riley said it best a while ago and it’s pretty clear that girls can make up awesome superhero costumes on their own. (And of course, you can get all your holiday shopping done in one stop if you head to our new swag store.)
Inspired by our conversation on WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift (above) and your tweets, here are five STEM-focused toys and games we think little nerds would love.
For the green thumb
Root Vue ($30) Stoke the interest in your summer gardening plans even in the dead of winter. Plant the seeds and then watch a carrot, radish and onion grow. It’s like an art farm for vegetables. (H/T @MyVoganPoetry)
For the filmmaker
The Stopmotion Explosion starter kit ($79) includes the software, camera, and instructions to shoot a stop-motion movie.
For the kitchen scientist
Learning Resources’ Primary Mix and Measure Set (about $25). Kids can use the recipes included to create puffy paint, slime, and other fun stuff. (And of course you could skip buying the extra measuring cups and find your own recipes. The key is quality time experimenting and fractions that turn into ooey gooey fun.)
For the architect
Roominate ($30) Build a house, cobble together some mod furniture and design your own rooms. Plus throw in some engineering fun. Sets includes circuit components so kids can set up miniature working fans and lights.
For the astrophysicist
Mathmateer (99 cents) If they’re staring at the screen, they might as well be doing math in service of a worthy goal: to build a spaceship. This highly-rated app is definitely more nutritious for little brains than Fruit Ninja.
Gillian Anderson, aka Agent Scully of X-Files, nerds out about the ocean’s health and talks about playing smart characters. Plus a behind-the-scenes look at a Shakespeare/Star Wars mashup play and we finally crack open the homemade Nerdette soda with Meghan Murphy-Gill. Thanks for listening and sharing!