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Category: holiday guide
  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of programming toys & games for kids of all ages!

    Computers and technology are all around us at both work and play — which means that knowing the ins and outs of programming is an ever more essential skill! While in the past kids could only start learning about programming when they were ready for text-based computer languages, today they can get started from with board games, color-coded programming languages, and much more, encouraging kids to see themselves as programmers from an early age.

    At the same time, sexism and stereotypes about computer programming can still pose obstacles to girls and women interested in getting into the technology industry. Although women were some of the first programmers in the world, today men outnumber women by a substantial margin, with only 19% of computer science degrees being awarded to female graduates in the United States. So now, more than ever, we need to show girls how programming fits into their lives — and teach them about the many contributions that women have made to the field!

    With that goal in mind, in this blog post, we're showcasing a selection of our favorite resources to encourage girls with an interest in technology — and to introduce coding to girls who may have never even considered the possibility. In the first part, we provide an array of toys and kits that teach kids the basics of programming logic and coding, and show them the amazing possibilities that come along with computer know-how. While in the second part, we share a selection of books for all ages featuring female programmers and coding pioneers. Together, we can raise a new generation of savvy Mighty Girl coders! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's round-up of the best last-minute deals on girl-empowering toys!

    In our final toy round-up of the season, we're helping out the last-minute shoppers: all of the girl-empowering toys featured in this blog post are currently on sale and still available in time for Christmas. From science sets to pretend play sets featuring popular characters like Princess Leia and Wonder Women, we've included a range of options to appeal to Mighty Girls' diverse interests. And, best of all, with free two-day shipping for Prime members, you still have time to have it under the tree on Christmas morning! Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of science toys for curious Mighty Girls of all ages!

    Kids are full of curiosity about how the world works, so why not give them a gift that helps them explore it? With a high-quality science kit or toy, kids can incorporate the wonder of the everyday world into their play. In fact, it's amazing how much they can learn that way!

    In this blog post, you'll find our favorite science toys and kits for curious kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. These toys encourage kids to explore a wide selection of sciences, including chemistry, geology, physics, astronomy, biology, and more. Whether you know a would-be star-gazer, a budding dinosaur expert, or an eager young rock hound, there are options here that will fascinate them. And who knows? Play alongside them and you might just learn something new too.

    While this post showcases our favorite science toys and kits, you can find our top picks of building and engineering toys in our blog post Building Her Dreams: Top Building Toys for Mighty Girls and our favorite programming and robotics toys in our blog post Top Books & Programming Toys to Inspire Mighty Girl Coders.

    You can also discover many books about science-loving girls and women in our blog post, Ignite Her Curiosity: Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty GirlsContinue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of building and engineering toys for inventive Mighty Girls from toddlers to teens.

    It starts the first moment an infant or toddler realizes that one block can balance on another block. Before you know it, building a tower to the sky (and making it crash down!) has become a favorite activity. For many kids, building toys remain favorites throughout childhood, with structures becoming more complex as kids' building skills advance. And once they can incorporate moving parts, budding engineers get to really explore all the incredible things they can put together!

    If you have an amateur architect or engineer on your hands, some intriguing new building toys make a great gift idea. By expanding the materials available for building, you can help kids develop useful skills like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, planning, and spatial perception — and, of course, let them have a great time doing it! With that in mind, we've showcased our favorite building and engineering toys for kids from toddlers to teens in this blog post, with classic building toys featured in the first part and engineering sets featured in the final section. Whether they are interested in building with blocks, bricks, rods, and connectors, or experimenting with magnets, wedges, and more, there’s something here that will intrigue every child!

    Science lovers can also find plenty of empowering options in our blog post Top Science Toys for Mighty Girls.
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  • A Mighty Girl's top arts & crafts toys for creative Mighty Girls all ages!

    As many kids — and adults — know, there are few things as satisfying as expressing your creativity! Whether you're painting a picture, playing a song, or making something beautiful, arts and crafts inspire the maker as much as those who see them. And there's no better way to keep hands and minds busy if the weather is bad than with a fun new project!

    If you'd like to give the gift of creative play this holiday, we've collected our favorite arts and crafts toys and kits in this blog post. In the first section, we've featured toys and kits for drawing, painting, and sculpting; in the second part, we've shared our favorite fabric craft kits; and in the final section, we've showcased a variety of real and pretend play musical instruments for all ages. So take a look, and see what things your Mighty Girl could make by hand this holiday!

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Continue reading Continue reading

  • From science to art to pretend play, our recommendations will help you pick the perfect toy for the special "big box".

    If your Mighty Girl is especially drawn to science, art, robotics, or something entirely different, it might be worth spending a larger portion of the holiday gift budget on one very special present that will allow her to delve deeply into that interest.

    In six thematic sections below, we recommend a number of toys perfect for filling the "big box," ranging from large-scale building sets that can be easily shared among siblings to dollhouses that will provide endless opportunities for imaginative play. While more expensive than the average disposable toy, the high-quality nature of these toys also means that they last for years to come — and be there to pass on to younger children in the future.

    For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2018 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide. Continue reading Continue reading

  • A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering box sets and collections for children and teens!

    If there’s anything a reader loves more than a new book, it’s a captivating new series! A series is an excellent way to encourage kids' interest in reading as they get drawn into a story over several books — and, for those rabid readers, collections let them find out what happens to their favorite new character without having to wait for the next book to be released!

    Fortunately, there many book series featuring Mighty Girl characters, and, in this new post, we've highlighted our favorite girl-empowering collections for both children and teens. We've included a mix of Mighty Girl classics and recent releases — all of which will keep her busily reading to find out what happens next!

    For more girl-empowering books for children and teens, you can also browse our full book collection of over 3,000 titles.  Continue reading Continue reading

  • Today's deals feature Hape wooden toys and craft kits for kids!

    With a week full of great deals — perfectly timed for holiday shopping — we know that our community has their eyes open for exciting options for the kids on their gift lists. For Wednesday only, Amazon is offering a special promotion on toys from Hape, a company that makes high-quality, gender-neutral, ecologically-conscious toys, and we wanted to make sure our community didn't miss out!

    Their solid wood construction ensures that they're durable enough to take everything that your Mighty Girls have to dish out! Parents will also appreciate eco-friendly details like the sustainably sourced wood, BPA-free plastic, and non-toxic dyes used in Hape's construction. In addition to a selection of Hape toys, we've also featured a variety of craft kits that are available as part of this one-day deal. Whether you're looking for a ride-on for a toddler, pretend play toys for a child, or a creativity-inspiring craft for a tween or teen, there's something here for every Mighty Girl! Continue reading Continue reading

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