Our long-time friends at Code Like a Girl have really come to the table this holiday season with this gift guide to turn you from holiday zero into holiday hero!
As a parent, or someone who buys gifts for young children, you may notice that, unfortunately, stereotypes are still prevalent in the toy market. So it’s up to us consumers to remember that toys shouldn’t have genders. Toys should be for any child with a curious mind.
Thank you to Code like a Girl’s CEO, Ally Watson, and the entire team who’ve done the hard yards and put together a list of their favourite gender-neutral toys to help your favourite kiddos grow their STEM skills and develop a limitless imagination.
Code like a Girl’s great work to encourage more women to enter the tech industry through internships, hands-on courses and events, is one of the reasons DiUS is a long-time sponsor. It’s so important for us to be moving the needle towards a diverse workforce in the tech industry, both within DiUS and our wider tech industry.
The imagiLabs app and super-cute imagiCharm teach introductory Python coding skills is a fun, tangible and visual way for girls aged 9-15. Kids can create pixel art, animation and games to share with their friends. No previous programming experience necessary!
Join Luna on a whacky space adventure as she siz-zags across the galaxy helping all the planet with their tricky problems.
Playful, fun and engaging, Talu Tales’ newest release – Diary of an Astronaut – introduces young girls to the magic of the solar system, sparking a scientific curiosity that will stay with them for life. This story is recommended for kids aged three and up. But the beautiful illustrations will be enjoyed by all ages.
Not only does this kit provide a beautiful collection of rocks, polished gemstones and minerals, it also has genuine fossils geocodes to explore and choose your favourites for the display case. This gift is ideal for ages 10 to 14.
Meet three inspirational women from the world of science. Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie! This box gift set of three hardbacks introduces little ones to the lives of these amazing women. With easy to follow stories and colourful illustrations, these books are great for girls aged four plus.
Magnetic tiles have exploded into the toy market in the last few years, and for good reason! Young children love discovering mathematical concepts in the world around them. When a child has the opportunity to take 2D shapes, and successfully construct 3D projects using their imagination and creativity, the sense of discovery is exciting and empowering.
These come in a range of price points and quality to suit a wide range of budgets and a quick Google search of ‘magnetic tiles’ will bring up many options for kids aged three and beyond.
Similar to magnetic tiles, a quick web search of Marble Run will return many of these toys from retailers small and large varying in size, colour and price point. Marble Run is a top toy to consider as it can engage kids across many ages and promote problem solving and strategic thinking.