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Educational holiday gift ideas

Educational holiday gift ideas

T’is the season for giving. And when it comes to children, there’s an added bonus when the gifts you give also teach them creativity, life skills and even science while having fun!

Whether you’re thinking about your children or other special kids in your life, we thought we’d share some of our favorite educational holiday gift items—fun ways to show you care about a their education, too!

Games

Blunders – a game that teaches manners while generating a lot of laughs!

Suspend – a game that attracts all ages. Build and balance while developing hand-eye coordination. This game can even be played alone.

Gravity maze – This logic puzzle comes with many challenges and levels. It is played alone appeals to ages 8 to 15. The goal is to build towers that allow a marble to travel from a starting point to an end target using only gravity.

Toys

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn stride-to-ride puppy – Named as a top pick by Overstock.com for ages 12-24 months, this toy features music, lights, shape sorting, and also doubles as a large motor toy for riding and pushing.

Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board Set – The Melissa & Doug brand offers many educational options. This board has zippers, buckles, snaps, laces, and tying – the basic skills needed for independence during the toddler ages.

GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine – Educational Toy of the Year award winner. Teach children engineering principles and problem solving during imaginative play. This toy includes a storybook, figurines, wheels, axels, blocks, cranks, and much more.

Musical instruments – Who doesn’t love music? Those between eight and eleven are at a prime age to learn new musical talents.

Kits

Rainbow loom – Loved by both boys and girls and 2014 Toy of the Year! If your child doesn’t already have one, they probably have a bracelet or ring made by one. The technique allows kids the chance to create masterpieces with patterns, color, and individuality.

Terra Kids automobile kit – Perfect for ages 8 and up, this kit comes with instructions to build and engineer propulsion using rubber bands. Have several kids? Pick up one for each and have them paint and race them.

Tapeffiti fashion design challenge – Got a designer on your hands? This kit gives them the freedom to design cloths for a 12-inch-tall doll using decorative tape. Got a boy designer? Duct tape comes in many colors and hundreds of designs can be found using a simple Google search.

Stocking Stuffers

All ages – books! Kids can never get in enough reading.

Mad Libs – great for the tween on your list. These books teach kids the difference between nouns and verbs while giving them a burst of laughter.

Dice – there are so many games you can play with five dice or less! And, kids learn to count, pair numbers, find sequence, and calculate risk.

Mind putty – available in all varieties: magnetic, glow-in-the-dark, all colors. It is creative and a good way to develop fine motor skills (for adults, it may even be a great stress reliever).

Guide good choices this holiday season and make learning fun. Giving or receiving, gifts bring families together and keep them learning and laughing together! And don’t forget about those in need. Be sure to check out your local church, preschool or nonprofit organization for ways they may be helping families in need this holiday season.

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