S.T.E.A.M. Inspired Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Need an engaging gift for your teen?  Inspired by the fun of S.T.E.A.M.  (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math), this is a list that you and your teen will love. There's something for everyone, and something for every budget.  Happy Holidays!

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IQ Twist : Starting with simple puzzles and advancing to complex challenges, this game will sharpen your mind and visual skills.

IQ Twist: Starting with simple puzzles and advancing to complex challenges, this game will sharpen your mind and visual skills.

Qwixx :  A game of probability and luck, and as the name suggests, it's quick!  And Fun!

Qwixx:  A game of probability and luck, and as the name suggests, it's quick!  And Fun!

Sumoko :  This crossword style number game has 5 ways to play and is perfect for the math-loving teen on your list.  And it may just convince your not-so-math-loving list members that numbers can be fun!

Sumoko:  This crossword style number game has 5 ways to play and is perfect for the math-loving teen on your list.  And it may just convince your not-so-math-loving list members that numbers can be fun!

Patterns of the Universe :  Coloring is for everyone!  Especially when it involves intricate patterns.  This book shows that math and beauty do go together.

Patterns of the Universe:  Coloring is for everyone!  Especially when it involves intricate patterns.  This book shows that math and beauty do go together.

Fibonacci in Nature : Explore the Fibonacci spiral as it's found in nature.  And allow the inner artist to create!

Fibonacci in Nature: Explore the Fibonacci spiral as it's found in nature.  And allow the inner artist to create!

Prismacolor Colored Pencils :  Nothing beats the vibrance and smoothness of these colored pencils.  Trust me.  Your teen will love them.  Actually, ANYONE on your list will love them!

Prismacolor Colored Pencils:  Nothing beats the vibrance and smoothness of these colored pencils.  Trust me.  Your teen will love them.  Actually, ANYONE on your list will love them!

Moleskine Sketchbook :  A blank book is so full of possibilities!  Art sketches, engineering ideas, writing, there's wrong way to fill a moleskine!  Add in some Prismacolors and your teen has the tools to share the amazing things they create in their minds!

Moleskine Sketchbook:  A blank book is so full of possibilities!  Art sketches, engineering ideas, writing, there's wrong way to fill a moleskine!  Add in some Prismacolors and your teen has the tools to share the amazing things they create in their minds!

Quadcopters  for all!  Need I say more ? :-)

Quadcopters for all! 
Need I say more ? :-)

Metal Earth : These aren't your average models.  Made of metal and small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, there are models for fans of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dr. Who, musical instruments, space exploration and many, many more!

Metal Earth: These aren't your average models.  Made of metal and small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, there are models for fans of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dr. Who, musical instruments, space exploration and many, many more!

Set : Can you make a set?  Do it quick before another player snatches it up!

Set: Can you make a set?  Do it quick before another player snatches it up!

Origami Kit : This mini kit is a great intro to origami.  With an instruction book, paper and DVD, your teen will be creating mathematical art immediately.

Origami Kit: This mini kit is a great intro to origami.  With an instruction book, paper and DVD, your teen will be creating mathematical art immediately.

Math Poet : Who says you can't play with math and words at the same time?  This little box of magnets just may change how you see math.

Math Poet: Who says you can't play with math and words at the same time?  This little box of magnets just may change how you see math.

Binary t-shirt :  Is your teen a computer programmer with a sense of humor?  Then this shirt is for them! 

Binary t-shirt:  Is your teen a computer programmer with a sense of humor?  Then this shirt is for them! 

Make: Electronics .  The Make series of books offers in-depth user-friendly project instructions for a variety of topics. This one about electronics pairs well with a beginning soldering kit.

Make: Electronics.  The Make series of books offers in-depth user-friendly project instructions for a variety of topics. This one about electronics pairs well with a beginning soldering kit.

Elenco Learn to Solder Kit : Many electronics' projects involve soldering and this kit is the perfect place to start.  Pair it with the Make: Electronics book and your teen will gain valuable knowledge and skills with electronics.

Elenco Learn to Solder Kit: Many electronics' projects involve soldering and this kit is the perfect place to start.  Pair it with the Make: Electronics book and your teen will gain valuable knowledge and skills with electronics.

Thanks for stopping by Nurtured Roots.  I hope you found something inspiring.  Have a happy holiday season!

Art & Music in Our Homeschool

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Art & Music

in Our Homeschool

Art and music are among our favorite "subjects" in our homeschool.  We love learning about artists, musicians and composers, finding new favorite paintings and pieces of music, and trying our hand at creating our own music and art.  The thing is we're not really picky.  We're open to exploring it all.  From classical to rock, from impressionist to abstract, we always find something to appreciate. My husband and I have always been clear that we want to expose our children to as many different forms of art and music as we can (and is appropriate for their age), so that they can form their own opinions and interests.  Other than live performances and lessons and crafts at the kitchen table, we rely on books and recordings to bring art and music into our family culture.  Below, you'll find a whole bouquet of art and music resources that we have enjoyed.*  You'll also find 2 videos, one explains these resources and how I use them, and the second is by Julie Bogart of Brave Writer.  It is chock-full of inspiration for bringing art into your family life. I'd love to hear how you bring art and music into your home.  Let's chat in the comment box:-)

m is for masterpiece

m is for masterpiece

story of the orchestra

story of the orchestra

Music Lab

Music Lab

museum abc

museum abc

usborne famous paintings

usborne famous paintings

lives of the musicians

lives of the musicians

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0000417_childrens_book_of_art_il_300

lives of the artists

lives of the artists

child size masterpieces cards

child size masterpieces cards

child size masterpieces guide

child size masterpieces guide

famous paintings picture cards

famous paintings picture cards

classical music sticker book

classical music sticker book

famous artists sticker book

famous artists sticker book

museum shapes

museum shapes

museum 123

museum 123

art nature poetry

art nature poetry

m is for melody

m is for melody

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