Whether it is Christmas time, birthdays or another upcoming event, there are so many toys on the market that children are constantly asking for. While it is nice to surprise them with the latest “must have” toy, how about introducing them to a nice educational gift such as as an educational toy, board games or book. If your child has shown interest in one particular area, such as science or reading, an educational gift will be fun for the child as well as a great way to make learning fun.
A good idea for kids who seem to enjoy science would be the microscope. Since this educational gift will be used a long time you should think about splurging on a good, high quality microscope that will last for many years. Just be sure to shop around. You might be able to find a good microscope online for less cost than buying one locally.
Chemistry sets are a classic educational gift that kids love to learn with. Most chemistry sets are relatively inexpensive, and can be found both online and in local toy shops.
Books are a great way to combine fun and learning during the holidays. You can find many books inexpensively online and locally. Plan on giving a holiday book such as a Christmas story to read Christmas Eve. What a great way to start a new holiday tradition that will last for many years to come.
If you are choosing a book for a young reader but you aren’t really sure of their reading level, just choose a book that is meant for their age range. Even if they are unable to read the book now they will be able to eventually. In the meantime they will enjoy having it read to them.
Board games also make a great educational gift for young learners, especially those who are just learning the concept of sportsmanship. Kids can learn by playing almost any board game, but those that are age appropriate are the best choices for elementary aged kids. Kids that are younger than five should be given board games that teach basic skills, such as taking turns and counting. Board games are also a good choice when you simply want to spend more time as a family. You can make one or two night a week game night, and play the board games that you have received as gifts throughout the holiday season.