Top Toys of 2018 List

The DoSeum Store is more than a toy shop, and definitely more fun than just any museum gift shop. It’s worth a visit this December, with its broad selection of science kits, books, educational games, crafts, and knowledgeable staff who are enthusiastic and informed about every item in stock. Plus, 100% of store purchases go to our DoSeum For All fund, which pays for admission to The DoSeum, camp scholarships, and Field Experiences for kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit us. By shopping here, you’ll be directly giving back to San Antonio, helping us connect families and transform our community.

For every occasion you have to toy shop this holiday season, The DoSeum Store is a great resource. In fact, we’ve made it super easy to find great gifts with the Top Toys of 2018 List, curated by our own Store Manager, Jarrod Jones. Jarrod selected each of his gallery-inspired picks with an eye toward The DoSeum fans who want to continue their experience at home. Each of these gifts will encourage the child in your life to engage in STEM concepts, and of course play and learn at the same time.

Little Town
Melissa & Doug – Examine and Treat Pet Vet Set - $38

Jarrod says: “Give plush pets a thorough checkup and treat injuries with realistic veterinarian accessories. Keep records with the reusable examination and treatment checklist and use the handy tote bag to transport pets or to make house calls.”

Spy Academy
Melissa & Doug – Spy Role Play Set - $38.00

Jarrod says: “Sly spies will find everything they need to go on top-secret assignments with this deluxe undercover role play set. A realistic disguise and cool extras like rear-view glasses and a decoder lens help young investigators blend in and learn to decode, dig up clues, and solve mysteries.”



Imagine It
Faber Castell – Shadow Puppets Theater - $25.00

Jarrod says: “This mini-theater encourages imaginative play and storytelling. Puppets are customizable with movable legs, arms and interchangeable accessories. Kids can personalize their theater with stickers and a re-usable chalkboard marquee.”


Sensations Studio
Magna Tiles – Clear Colors 100 pieces - $135.00

Jarrod says: “Sparks hours of play while developing math, science, and sensory skills. Make a flat, colorful mosaic or create awesome 3-D structures.”



Explore Gallery
Toysmith – Solar System String Lights - $25.00

Jarrod says: “Explore all the wonders of outer space with this Solar System String Lights kit. Assemble and paint your own mini-planetarium that lights up in the dark.”



Innovation Station
Elenco – Snap Circuits’ Extreme - $183.00

Jarrod says: “Elenco's Snap Circuits® makes learning electronics easy and fun. Just follow the colorful pictures in the manual and build exciting projects such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and more. You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease.”

The Big Outdoors
Educational Insights – My First Telescope - $33.00

Jarrod says: “Discover amazing, up-close lunar exploration with GeoSafari® Jr. My First Telescope. Little ones can explore the moon with this focus-free telescope, built specifically for little hands.”


BONUS: Stocking Stuffers. No toy list would be complete without the extras!
Hogwild – Stikbot - $6.75

Jarrod says: “Bring your imagination to life with Stikbots. You create, animate and share with the free mobile app Zing Studio. Stikbots are posable action figures that can stick to almost any flat surface.”

Thames & Kozmos – Ooze Labs - $7.00

Jarrod says: “Ooze Labs are fun and simple science experiments in big chunky plastic test tubes! Each Ooze Lab tube contains a simple science experiment to create a safe material that is both fun to play with and chemically interesting.”



Pomegranate – Knowledge Cards - $12.00

“Forty-eight fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Perfect for table conversation and learning.”

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