Some kids are mini engineers from the get-go. Always building or exploring, they love figuring stuff out for themselves. Nurture those important skills with toys that use the concepts of science, technology, engineering and maths to help them understand the world around them. While having fun of course! Here are some of our favourite STEM-inspired Christmas gift ideas for mini engineers.

Nurture important skills with toys that use the concepts of science, technology, engineering & maths to help them understand the world around them.

Vilac Construction Site Balancing Game

Vilac Construction Site Balancing Game

Helps young scientists to develop their fine motor skills and dexterity while also nurturing their creativity and imagination. It's good for turn-taking too and a nice toy to take on holiday or to bring out for a playdate. It includes 27 pieces in a handy cotton storage pouch.

Little Dutch Children's Workbench

Children's Workbench

Comes with wooden tools and plenty of things to fit, fiddle and bang. The complete set consists of 48 parts, including a child-size play hammer, wrench, screwdriver, nuts, and bolts and loads more. Whatever the job that needs doing around the house, you'll never need to call someone in again. (Think of the savings!)

Hape Sonic Playground

Hape Sonic Playground

A xylophone rail that plays a musical scale as marbles race over it. It's made from durable wood and non-toxic water-based paints and helps to develop their spatial thinking and understanding of the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It's weirdly relaxing for adults to play with too!

Hape Monster Math Scale

Hape  Monster Math Scale

This cute monster family-themed weighing scale set includes 9 larger weights and 11 small soft weights and is great for learning about simple addition and subtraction. It introduces children to weight measurements and balance and helps to promote their fine motor skills and concentration. The scales can be used for other play too - or evein in a monster-themed greengrocers, perhaps?

Abrams & Chronicle Books Little Scientist Board Books

Little Scientist Board Books

Great for teaching kids about real scientists from different eras who have made a historical impact on the world. With bold portraits and simple sentences for pre-schoolers to understand, it's a set that's desi gned to encourage kids to dream big dreams and to get excited about learning and discovery.

Janod Construction Truck

Janod Construction Truck

An ace 2-in-1 toy that comes in 43 pieces with tools and instructions for assembly. They might need a little bit of help, or a lot - or maybe even none at all - but they'll get a great sense of acheivement when they're finished and they'll have a very cool digger truck to drive around and carry their toy tools in.

We hope this has given you some inspo. And, remember you can shop for your Christmas gifts by price as well as by age and type of gift. Still not sure what to get? Pop us a message on Live Chat: we're here every day from 8am-10pm and we’ll happily help you suss out the Best Gift Ever. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.