Tuesday, October 3, 2017

10+ Learning Gift Ideas for Kids

A few years ago we started doing the "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read" thing for Christmas gifts. I liked the idea of it, because otherwise I just go crazy buying so many cute things for Christmas and it's overwhelming, but after a couple years of it, I found I was really just buying certain things to try to fit into one of those categories. It wasn't working for us anymore, so we switched up the categories a little bit. What's working for us right now is: something you want, something educational, something to DO (or use for something you do), and something to wear. The 'something educational' can seem kind of boring, but I've found SO many cute learning toys and books and items that I had to share some! These gifts are perfect for challenging little one's brains and I promise they'll be having so much fun, they won't even know they're learning!

We got these for both of our daughters last year for Christmas and they are obsessed with them. They get them out all the time to use different parts of it and love having their own science kit. They come with a cute little set of cards that have different (easy) experiment ideas on them. 
(Here's a cool science activities book we love to go with it!) 

2. This playground design building set looks so cool! I think kids would have such a fun time building things and letting their little people or finger puppets or something like that use the playground they built! 
3. Picasso tiles are a hit in our house! Just like magnatiles, but a lot easier on the pocket book, my girls love using them to build castles for their characters, or shelters for their animals. My toddlers enjoy messing around with them and building towers with them! They are fun for such a wide age range of kids, I think that they would be a good investment for any family. 

4. Beautiful book sets are always such a nice gift. Our family loves reading series of books, and I love aesthetically pleasing sets! Here are some of our favorites, or ones we have our eyes on: Mercy Watson, Roald Dahl, Puffins Classics, Ordinary People Change the World, Chronicles of Narnia, Oz, Winnie the Pooh , The Little House , and for when my girls get older, I'm coveting this Puffin in Bloom collection.  Of course you also couldn't go wrong with an American Girls set for girls 2nd-3rd grade and up or so. 
5. My girls saw this Project Mc2 Ultimate Spy Bag when we were browsing in Barnes & Noble and were over the top excited about it. There may have been tears from one child who didn't want to wait until Christmas for it. The thing IS pretty cool. Upon further investigation, I found out that this is apparently based on a Netflix Original show, and that there are a bunch of other really cool kits as well, including: nail science kit, spa studio, create your own lip balm kit, crayon makeup science, and more! I'm going to see if I can talk my girls into each requesting a different kit, instead of 2 of the spy bag so we can check out a couple of them! 
6. Usborne Big Books are SO cool and a great way to learn about a specific topic. We have both the human body and sea creatures big books, and many more on our wish list! They have giant fold outs and are just huge with tons of details in the beautiful pictures and awesome facts. At only $15 a book, these are a great investment! 
7. I saw this ALEX future coders kit the other day, and thought it was a really cool idea! There is a whole line of them for ages 4 and up, and all are under $30! My kids have several friends who would absolutely love these (parents, too)!

8. My daughter has had {a similar} magnet kit for probably 3 years or so, and all of my kids still love it! They like to try to duplicate the pictures, or just make up designs of their own. It keeps them busy (and quiet!) for a long time. 
9. My kids really enjoy learning about geography it seems, and I think one of the learning globes could be a really cool addition to a homeschool room, or even just a kiddo's bedroom! They have some really cool options out there, but here is one of the more reasonably priced ones that still has really cool features. 
10. This Art Lab for Kids book has been on my list for awhile, as I've thought of using it to "teach" art in our homeschool. I think paired with a little art kit, this would make a great gift for a budding artist! They even have a version for younger kids

There are a few things on this list that I think my kids are going to be getting for Christmas this year! What other great learning gifts have you been given, or gotten for someone else that were a hit? 
I'll see you all again tomorrow for Blogtober day 4 where I'll be sharing a favorite recipe!  

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