Are you looking for an educational gift idea for an 12 year old boy who loves science, technology, engineering or math? Educational “STEM” gifts are an excellent way to encourage and promote intellectual curiosities in young minds. Not only will your child learn something new (or reinforce a passion they already have), educational gifts can also be a TON of fun for the whole family. Whether you’re shopping for your son, nephew or other family member or friend, here’s a list of educational gift suggestions for 12 year old boys.
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope – MFL- 06
If you’re looking for a gift for a 12 year old boy that loves exploring the world around him, we highly recommend this great microscope from My First Lab. The microscope is exceptionally easy to use and has amazing optics for seeing every detail of each specimen placed under the lens. Our 9 year old daughter loved using this microscope on a variety of simple household items in the kitchen when she first opened the box. She was simply amazed at how cool even the most basic things looked under the microscope’s powerful magnification. The best was when she placed a dead ant on the lens to examine it, she was fascinated with what she saw. For a more formal scientific experience, we highly recommend buying a set of prepared microscope slides as well. You can get a great starter pack of 25 or so slides with a variety of different specimens for less than $15. Trust me, if your daughter or son loves science, he/she’s going to love this microscope.
Break Your Own Geodes
12 Year old boys are naturally curious about the world around them. One of our daughter’s favorite gifts last year was a “Break Your Own Geodes” kit she received for a Christmas present. As you may know, Geodes are those cool rocks that are hollow on the inside and lined with various color crystal formations. I’m not sure what our daughter enjoyed more, smashing the rocks open with a hammer or admiring the cool crystal formations on the inside. Either way, she absolutely loved breaking open her very own geodes and we highly recommend this gift for anyone shopping for a young girl or boy who loves science.
A Good Quality Metal Detector
Another great educational gift idea for 12 year old boys is a quality metal detector. While often overlooked, metal detecting or “treasure hunting” is a great family activity and a great way for teaching boys and girls about a variety of different topics including metal properties, geography, geology, ground sedimentation, and even local history. It’s fun digging up old coins and toys around older homes, beaches and other areas of interest (make sure you have the property owner’s permission first). Our son and daughters love guessing what is buried in the ground when we receive a “ping” on our metal detector based on the data on the metal detector’s screen (metal type, depth, etc.).
Build Your Own Rocket Kits
All three of our kids love building rockets! Building and launching rockets is a great way to learn about aerodynamics, material strength, gravity, and a variety of other topics. Just make sure the person receiving the gift has a responsible adult to help them and access to a wide open field for launching the rocket!
Snap Circuits: Electronic Experiment Kits
This amazing science project kit comes with everything you need to easily build over 300 amazing electronic devices and experiments. As the name implies, Snap Circuits utilize patented button snap wires, resistor and other electrical components that “snap” together with no messy wire terminations or soldering required. Each experiment is presented in easy to follow step by step directions and includes an explanation of exactly what each component in the experiment does. It is a great way to learn about the flow electricity and the capabilities of various electrical circuits. Our two daughters (ages 7 and 9) love this great gift.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our educational STEM gift recommendations for 12 year old boys. Good luck with your gift shopping!