Gift Buying Guide: Top educational toys for children

Published: Nov. 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2016 at 1:49 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - For the third consecutive year, Purdue University has released its Engineering Gift Guide.

It's a list of toys, games and apps that have been evaluated by kids, parents and engineers. Professors within the College of Engineering Education's INSPIRE program collect the feedback and rate the gifts.

Professor Elizabeth Gajdzik said fewer robotics toys made the list this year. Instead, you'll find more coding (which she said has become popular) and hands-on toys. The guide is geared for those buying holiday presents for children ages three to 18 years.

"STEM is such a buzz word these days," said Gajdzik. "We really feel like we are helping parents identify engineering toys that are fun, affordable and they'll get a lot of use out of."

Gajdzik said engineering-themed toys get kids to think outside the box, to find multiple solutions to problems and help develop their critical thinking skills.

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