Gift giving sure can feel complicated and overwhelming during the holidays, especially when buying for children. Not because there is a shortage of options, but because most toys on the market feel like something you’ll end up adding to the donation pile in three months. When looking for gifts for my kids, and other children in my life, there are 3 criteria they need to meet: I want them to be affordable, useful and fun. It’s the icing on the cake, or rather, the ribbon on the box, when it also incorporates learning in some way. Enter the Annual APEGA Holiday Gift Guide!

APEGA Gift Guide CoverEvery item in this gift guide has been carefully reviewed and selected by the experts at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Move over playthings that quickly get discarded and enter unique, captivating and educational STEM toys that will have my kids coming back for more, time and again. The guide features toys from trusted brands like Snap Circuits, Learning Resources, Thames & Kosmos, National Geographic and more! The guide is conveniently sorted by age group, with a variety of price ranges represented. Read on for some of Family Fun Edmonton’s top picks in each age category!

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For the younger kids, there’s plenty of ideas geared toward hands on learning. Give your kids the freedom to experiment and they’ll discover just how much fun simple science can be! Help them gain the foundational STEM skills that will set them up for future success in our fast-paced world.

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Pipe Lock STEM Building Toys $42.00

Keep children engaged, curious, and learning with this construction kit that includes 64 colourful, durable plastic pieces ideal for building towers, flowers, and more.


Build a Garden $32.99APEGA Gift Guide Build A Garden

Kids can build their own garden with different shapes and colours, including dark green bases, petals, stamens, pistils, and leaves.


Primary Science: Leap & Launch Rocket $29.99APEGA Gift Guide Leap and Launch Rocket

Young learners will enjoy countless adventures in space science while building gross motor skills as they send their rocket soaring.


Coding Critters Ranger & Zip $26.18APEGA Gift Guide Coding Critters

Meet the Coding Critters—your child’s first coding friends! These playful puppy pets bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100 per cent screen-free coding.


S.T.E.A.M. School Painting Science $22.99APEGA Gift Guide STEAM School Painting Science

Kids learn math and science concepts while creating five fun art projects, including folded paintings and blooming paper flowers.



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It’s clear the creators of this guide “get” the stuff that excites and intrigues kids! There’s something for every child – whether they lean more to creativity, outdoor exploration, or interactive technology.

Snap Circuits: Power! $69.98APEGA Gift Guide Snap Circuits Power

Learn about electricity with easy-to-use snap circuits and discover the science behind electrical currents.



Artie 3000: The Coding Robot $93.86APEGA Gift Guide Artie 3000 Coding Robot

The fun way to learn coding: write the code and watch Artie 3000 draw the lines!



My Robotic Pet: Tumbling Hedgehog $49.96APEGA Gift Guide Robotic Tumbling Hedgehog

Build an adorable robotic pet hedgehog and watch it react to different sounds, bristle its quills, and more.



APEGA Gift Guide Star Wars The Force Coding Kit Star Wars: The Force Coding Kit $39.99

Learn about loops, logic, variables, and more to create a Star Wars adventure with coding.


Mega Gemstone Dig Kit $39.99APEGA Gift Guide Mega Gemstone Dig Kit

Experience the thrill of excavating a gem mine and identifying real crystal treasures.



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As kids grow older, they get harder to impress and gift giving gets even tricker. Luckily APEGA provided ideas for them too!  The 11+ age group will love the electronics, microscope, chemistry kits and more advanced coding robots offered in the guide.

Sensors Alive $169.53APEGA Gift Guide Sensors Alive

Use real-world sensor data to generate a diverse array of creatures. Create, collect, play with, and take care of the creatures in the app.


APEGA Gift Guide Unicornbot Kit

Mythical Series: Unicornbot Kit $149.99

This kit has everything needed to build a codable robot—or to invent one.



APEGA Gift Guide Snap Circuits Light

Snap Circuits: Light $99.99

Build more than 175 exciting projects—and then connect a music device and watch the lights dance to the beat.


APEGA Gift Guide VR Universe

Professor Maxwell’s VR Universe $59.99

Explore our galaxy, solar system, and everything in between—in virtual reality. This immersive space science kit for kids includes dozens of physical projects and activities to inspire them as they play.


APEGA Gift Guide Music Circuit

Music Circuit $14.99

This music circuit is a science experiment, a technology lesson, and an art project all in one!



APEGA Gift Guide Pipe Lock STEM Building ToyscAPEGA is even running a contest – you can find Gus, an adorable dinosaur that has been hidden in four spots throughout the guide. Readers who spot him can head online and enter to win one of the amazing toys featured in the catalogue! Make your way to to fill out the entry form before December 7, 2021. Contest rules and conditions apply.

With gifts starting at just $7.99, the APEGA Holiday Gift Guide is ideal for gifting smarter on a budget. This holiday season, choose toys that will educate, empower and excite – and plant a seed for a smarter New Year!

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