Home / Steve McIrvin

Steve McIrvin

2019 Holiday Gift Ideas for Educational Games & STEM Toys

Gift guide logo with the year 2019 spelled out in numbers

SELECT ICON BELOW TO JUMP TO Robots & Coding Educational Games Stocking Stuffers STEM Toys for Girls Younger Kids Highest Rated — ROBOTS & CODING — Snap Circuits Snapino Price Tier: Under $50 Age: Jr. High and High School Summary: This is the easiest way to get into Arduino, which …

Read More »

Test Your Memory with Stare Junior

Front cover of the Stare Junior board game

How many details can you recall in just 30 seconds of looking at a scene? Can your son or daughter remember more than you? If you have a tired brain like me, the answers are “a couple” and “way more than I can,” respectively. Stare! Junior is a fun way …

Read More »

Book Review: Make Your Kid a Money Genius

girl holding a copy of the book Make Your Kid a Money Genius over her face

Which is easier, talking to your kids about the birds and the bees or about banks and borrowing? If you’re squeamish about money topics, or love talking about money but want a comprehensive guide to make sure you’re being thorough, then the book in this review might be just what …

Read More »

It’s a Strategic Time for a Blokus Game Review

The word blokus spelled out in colored letters using Blokus game pieces on the Blokus game board

The game Blokus has become a modern classic among board-game fans, who’ve known it well for over a decade. In this review, I’m hoping to introduce Blokus to a new audience as an educational aid, not merely a board game. Blokus hones three valuable skills for players willing to focus …

Read More »

Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Review: Electronics Kit Bliss

Image showing the outside box of Snap Circuits 3D Illumination electronics building set by Elenco

Snap Circuits 3D Illumination is another brilliant entry in the Snap Circuits series that continues the line’s fun and educational experiments with electronics. This edition offers the chance to explore various light projects, including mirrors, projectors and light sensors. As part of the “3D” branch of Snap Circuits, young engineers …

Read More »