Educational Toys For Your Family This Holiday Season
If you’ve read any of my Christmas related posts that I’ve written, you know that our family usually does 4 gifts per person….something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. To keep the clutter and the chaos to a minimum, we’ve also had a talk with our friends and family about gifts and we usually encourage them to give either experience gifts or educational gifts if they feel they must buy something.
Sometimes it can be hard to think of ideas for educational gifts so this post is here to help you today! Here are some great gift ideas for preschool/elementary age children. Feel free to pass this list along to your family members that need some tips. 😉
Magformers are pretty cool and a great gift idea for several different ages of children. They help brain development and they allow children to explore their creative side and learn about magnets. The nice thing about Magformers is that they can make a great gift for a family if they have multiple ages of children.
I remember loving the Magic School Bus books when I was little and then being so excited if we got to watch a Magic School Bus episode for school! If you know a little one that loves the Magic School Bus and science they would love the Magic School Bus Science Club. Each month kids get a fun Magic School Bus themed science kit with enough supplies to do 7 science experiments based on the month’s theme. It’s a great gift for a budding science lover.
So here’s something you don’t know about me…I recently decided to start teaching myself to play the Fiddle. When I was little I never really had a desire to pick up an instrument but now I think it would be fun to know something, even if I’m never that great at it, it’s been fun to try! If you are looking to inspire a little one to start to love music and playing an instrument you may want to consider getting them a starter instrument set like this Violin Set.
Tegu Blocks are really neat, especially if you are like us and love a quality wooden toy. We purchased a small set earlier this year for our boys to play with when we needed a little something for them to do. They love stacking the blocks into fun shapes and it’s much easier for them to do than with regular blocks because they have magnets in them so they stick together better.
I love teaching my boys new skills so I really love it when I can give them craft kits like this Beeswax Candle Kit. Rolled Beeswax Candles are so easy to make that even my preschooler can make them, but they also can be fun for an older child as well. This Soap Making Kit would be super fun too, good for a little bit older child.
My boys love matching games! They are perfect for the younger ages because they teach them early math skills and they are a game that they can play fairly independently. These little Wooden Farm Matching Pieces are so cute.
If you are on a tight budget but still want to put together a nice little educational gift for a loved one, making a homemade coloring book is always a great choice! There are plenty of free printable pages that you can put together like this Free Holiday Coloring Book. Gift it with a new pack of crayons or colored pencils.
I’ve always had a love of history so when I was growing up and I would have loved something like History Unboxed. They send your child a box each month that tells your child (between the ages of 5 to 15) a story from ancient history plus a kit to create a special craft memento from that history time period.
What are some of your favorite educational gifts to give or get?
This post is sponsored by Educents. All ideas and thoughts on the website or products are my own.