We put together a list of the best 25 empowering toys for girls, so you won't feel guilty when buying yet another toy for your daughter (or niece, or friend's child!). Enjoy!
1. Space Tent
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Blast Off! Climb into your very own "Space Module" for interplanetary exploration. Pacific Play Tents' Space Module tent comes complete with two roll-up "hatch flaps" for secret access. Exciting graphics make this a real life play experience. This "Space Module" has a roll up entry door for easy passage. Measures 48" x 48" x 42".
2. Mix&Measure Set
Mix, measure, and learn key science concepts while you scoop, pour, weigh, and play with this Learning Resources Primary Science Mix and Measure Set! Make mystery goo, slime, puff paint, and more, while learning the concepts of weight, volume, and even fractions. Kit includes mixing bowl with lid, scale, six cups, and three self-standing spoons, plus 10 two-sided activity cards. High quality; withstands hands-on play. Fun for experimenting with water, dry beans, uncooked rice, or cereal. The perfect pre-chemistry set! Largest piece is a 4-cup bowl; smallest piece 1/2" teaspoon.
3. Skateboard - Cherry Blossom
This skate board is constructed from Punisher sports gear crafted around a 9-ply Canadian maple blend deck. The skate board features a 31-inch x 7.5-inch concave deck, double kick tail, White 54mm x 36mm Polyurethane-casted wheels with full color graphics and 5-inch heavy-duty seagull trucks in anodized red.
4. Birds of Paradise Sand Art Kit
The kit includes 12 colors of sand in individual containers, stickers to mark the sand containers, a pealing tool, 4 activity pieces and an instruction booklet. The theme is colorful birds. The variety of colors make the activity pieces really colorful and beautiful. Bright colors with earth tones give them a nice balance of colors. The kits are designed to be done in their boxes. Each box has a small hole in a corner for excess sand to be funneled back into the containers.
5. Volcano Making Kit
Make your own volcano and watch as it erupts with bubbling, fizzing "lava." Geology rocks when you can make your own erupting volcano! You only need to supply the baking soda and vinegar. The kit includes fast-drying plaster, a 4" volcano-shaped mold, as well as paints and brush to decorate it to your taste. Once it's complete, you can "erupt" the volcano over and over again!
7. The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara, and of how she rescued a Nutcracker Prince from an army of mice using only her slipper and her courage. It's the most magic tale you can read to a young, brave heart on Christmas Eve. Plus, this version is Timbuktu's latest book! So it's a guaranteed marvel :-)
8. Spaceships Magnetic Design Set
Mudpuppy Spaceships Magnetic Design Set provides hours of portable fun! A hinged tin holds 4 illustrated background scenes on 2 double-sided cards plus 3 sheets of interchangeable magnets. Stephan Britt has illustrated scenes of planets with craters, asteroids, comets, gas planets, and a planet with an extraterrestrial civilization. Create all sorts of rockets and spaceships and don't forget to enjoy the view of Earth!
9. Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine
On the eve of the annual Bloxtown Film Festival, Goldie learns the movie theatre's projector is broken. that means the festival will likely be cancelled! Heartbroken but determined, Goldie resolves to engineer a solution to save her favorite Bloxtown event! After gathering her friends Ruby Rails, Li Gravity, and Valentina Voltz, Goldie and the gang work together and invent a way to save the day. As kids read the story of Goldie and the Movie Machine, they learn to build their very own zoetrope using the GoldieBlox pieces in their tool kit. In addition to building the machine, kids learn how to make their own movies, first with stickers, then guided illustrations and then with their own drawings and ideas.
10. Little Bits
The Gizmos and Gadgets Kit is the ultimate invention toolbox. Motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers, even a remote control -- snap it all together to spark creativity and fun. Want to invent a remote control racecar? Do it. Create an automatic bubble blowing device? Go for it! Comes with 15 electronic building blocks, detailed instructions for 12 projects, and all the accessories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within.
11. Pop Up!
Do you delight in seeing an ingenious pop-up "pop" but feel utterly daunted at the thought of making one yourself? Get your hands on this all-in-one guide and kit, combining the simplest of instructions and the coolest of components. There's no need for scissors or glue, thanks to press-out, pre-scored, peel-off sticky-back pieces. And for those inspired to learn more, there's also a guide to basic folds and techniques -- plus a sample pop-up robot showing how those techniques may be used. The kit's eye-popping features include a roaring dragon, a medieval castle, Frankenstein's laboratory, and a jungle scene full of animals for you to assemble.
12. Stormy Seas Balance Game
Hey Ho, Sailors! The boat is ready to be loaded with cargo. Heads up - the loads and boxes must be balanced equally on the boat because the valuable cargo can go overboard if the seas become rough! Stormy Seas is a balancing game for the whole family where a high degree of strategy is required.
13. Scavenger Hunt
Take the Scavenger Hunt inside with this amazing indoor search board game. Can you find a tape measure, an ugly shirt, and something that begins with the letter C all somewhere inside of your house? Players move 1 space for each item found and additional spaces for cleaning up. The first player to reach the You Win space, wins the game. It's the classic game of search and find but this time, the fun's inside!
14. Big Bag of Science
The Big Bag Of Science by Be Amazing Toys is designed to whet the appetites of budding young scientists of all ages. With more than 70 unique, fun, hands-on science activities, this kit guarantees hours and hours of science fun. Set up your own science lab. Amaze your friends and family with such activities as making water disappear, having a liquid flow uphill, making a 30' soda geyser, growing fake snow instantly, balancing 6 nails on the head of one nail - and much, much more. This kit covers the three areas of science (Physical, Earth and Life) as well as activities in Chemistry, Physics, Magnetism, Weather, Biology, Geology and Flight. The re-usable zipper bag is great for storing all components when it's time to put your lab away. P.S. You'll even learn why you might hate your vegetables and what the iron in your breakfast cereal looks like.
Try this hanging balance game from Melissa and Doug and you'll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This game comes with the 24 colored game rods, rods and connectors to construct the base, and a colored die. The rules allow for four different game variants: the beginner level allows players to work from long pieces to shorter ones, while the expert tournament level includes a point system for keeping track of winners.
16. DNA Experiment Kit
Dive into the world of DNA! The central concepts of molecular biology become child's play with this set of favorite experiments in the ScienceWiz DNA kit. Extract DNA from a fruit, probe and spool real DNA, build a double helix, solve a chromosome puzzle, ask is it a boy or a girl?, do gene analysis, extract your own DNA and make forgery proof DNA ink - all in with one kit. Step-by-step, highly visual instructions lead a child successfully through each of the 18 activities. The full color illustrations present central scientific concepts which allow children to discover the "why" as well as the "how" of these great projects. Bring the fun and learning further by utilizing the animations that compliment the book on the ScienceWiz website to deepen and extend comprehension.
17. Mockingjay Doll
The symbolic Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen, and her trusted friends from District 13 engage in an all-out mass rebellion against the Capitol in the fourth and final installment of the Hunger Games franchise. This doll from the Collectors line is outfitted in a detailed costume based on the wardrobe from Mockingjay, Part 2; Katniss wears her hair in a long iconic braid and carries a bow. You can even see the Mockingjay pin.
18. Electricity Kit
A classic set of children's experiments is right here in the ScienceWiz Electricity kit. Build circuit loops, light lights, buzz buzzers, spin pinwheels and whiz bangs, send coded messages and play hours of motor mania - all in one kit. Step-by-step, highly visual instructions lead a child successfully through each activity. The full color illustrations present central scientific concepts which allow children to discover the "why" as well as the "how" of these great projects and the use of everyday materials demystifies the workings of common electronic components. Bring the fun and learning further by utilizing the animations that compliment the book on the ScienceWiz website to deepen and extend comprehension.
19. Lego Minecraft
Battle the hostile mobs at The Nether Fortress! You're running low on supplies that the Over world just can't offer. Light the obsidian portal and step through to reach The Nether Fortress! This forbidding structure is protected by an array of hostile mobs. Help Alex defeat the Blaze that guards the fortress, then take your diamond pickaxe and mine glow stone to light your way. Just be careful not to trigger a lava flow! This 571 piece set includes 3 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Steve, Alex and a Zombie Pigman, plus a Blaze and a Ghast. It also features a Nether portal with light-up effect, 2 brick-built glow-in-the-dark glow stone elements, a Ghast with changeable expression and fireball-shooting function, a lava flow function, 3 brick-built portable fires, mushroom and Nether wart elements, 2 Nether quartz brick-built ores and a chest with 2 diamond elements.
20. Solar System Planetarium
Art and science combine with the 4M Solar System Planetarium! The Solar System Planetarium set teaches children about the wonders of the solar system as they paint the planets to match their real-life colors and assemble them in the correct order. Just assemble, paint and learn. This set includes planets with textured details, paints, a paintbrush, a set of rings for Saturn, and a base with movable planet stands.
21. Robot Turtles
Robot Turtles is the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history! It sneakily teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 4 and up. Inspired by the Logo programming language, the game lets kids write programs with playing cards. The parent "computer" moves the turtles according to the program -- but watch out for bugs! Debugging, longer code strings, and functions, as well as obstacles for the turtles to move around or smash through, add additional complexity as kids get the basics. This game for 2 to 5 players is a great way to get kids into programming!
22. Archery Set
The Wizard Bow Set from Bear Archery provides aspiring archers with everything they need to get started and learn to hit the target. The set features a 44-inch bow with durable composite limbs, two safety glass arrows, an Armguard, an arrow quiver, a finger tab, and a target. The bow offers a 17 to 24-inch draw length and a 10 to 18 pound draw weight. Please note that this is a real archery set, not a toy. Adult supervision is recommended while using this set. Ages may vary for the bow depending on the child's size and shooting ability.
23. Magic Science for Wizards Only!
Unleash your inner wizard with this magical science kit! Cast color changing spells, make smoke appear from your fingers, create magical potions, and much more! This awesome kit will teach you the science behind your favorite magic tricks. Also included are laminated cards with magic tricks to baffle all your friends, an instruction booklet with 11 activities, lab equipment, and mysterious wizard powders that will mix together to mystify you!
24. DIY Girls Creative Electronic Kit
This DIY Kit is the perfect gift for that future tech CEO you know! DIY Girls and Kit Hub have teamed up to offer a creative electronics kit to help instill a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering and math in girls everywhere. You can think of the DIY Girls kit as a Pandora’s box, but for good. When you open it up, you’ll unearth a treasure trove of kid-friendly knickknacks, from a tutu and googly eyes to techie trinkets like sewable LEDs, a conductive thread bobbin and a hobby motor. What on earth is a girl to do with all of these Macgyver-esque gadgets? Simple. Using the instruction cards supplied, girls aged six and over can build whatever their minds’ eye can see.
Replicate all your favorite board sports, in any location and on any surface -- safely! The Spooner Freestyle Board is a virtually indestructible balance board that spins, flips, slides, wobbles and more. Designed for beginners, this board allows kids as young as 3 to simulate spins, twists, slides, wobbles, and more, which improves core stability, balance, coordination and gross-motor skills.
Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play. Voted among the 100 best invention of the year by Time Magazine, Osmo comes with 5 games: Numbers, Tangram, Words, Newton, and Masterpiece.