Every year at Thanksgiving it’s our tradition to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while we munch on homemade pumpkin bread. This year, while watching the parade one of my daughters noticed a new parade float whose description intrigued her: GoldieBlox.
When the parade was over, she asked me if I’d heard of GoldieBlox, and I realized that I thought I had heard of it, and that I could’ve sworn that she was a STEM toy created for girls by a woman who was originally from our own home state. Sure enough, we did our research, and I was right! The fact that the creator was from our state made us even more excited about this new toy created especially for girls with interests in STEM. My kids have always loved STEM toys, and we have had our share of “boy toys” such as Hotwheels matchbox cars, building blocks, Lincoln Logs, and LEGOS over the years. This toy however, seemed to also combine an element of literacy with the STEM skills, because the toy kits often come with a
book, as well as the doll and the items needed to build the particular project in each kit.
My daughter had two specific GoldieBlox toys on her mind, and she was thrilled when she received the Zipline kit, which included the doll, for Christmas from a family member.
The kit came with all of the tools and instructions my daughter needed to create a zipline for GoldieBlox and came with a great deal of information to explain why the zipline had to be put together as it was, and what made it work. It was exciting as the girls got the pieces put together and Goldie took her first ride from the top of our sliding glass door down to the handle of the door next to it.
Before we knew it, Goldie was zipping all over the place, even outdoors. Thankfully we have had a relatively warm, snowless winter so far, and playing outside in the days after Christmas was definitely an option. Goldie zipped right off the deck and into the yard in the sunshine and fresh air.
Afterwards, my daughter played with the part of the toy that Goldie holds on to when she’s zipping, to see what else she could create with all the same pieces and materials. At one point Goldie was even on a scooter that my daughter created.
I like everything about this toy, all of the STEM parts to it, all of the reading and learning that goes with it, and the fact that it can come with a doll that’s a smart doll who’s into reading, building, math, science and engineering just like my girls always have been. I’m also always very proud when I can show my daughters a local person, especially if it’s a female who has done great things, and this latest opportunity made me especially happy.
I also like that GoldieBlox toys are reasonably priced. They range anywhere from about $25 for some of the simpler kits like the Zipline, to more expensive for more complicated kits like the one that replicates the Macy’s Parade float, and everywhere in between.
We have one more GoldieBlox toy here that I’ll talk about next week, but if you haven’t heard of GoldieBlox until now, I encourage you to check out their website and learn more about her! You can buy right on their site or find a store locally that sells her near you! There’s even an interactive game spot on the GoldieBlox site!