With the holidays coming up, many parents and educators have a great excuse to go out and purchase some educational gifts. And while certain staples like colored pencils and books never go out of style, there are hundreds of less obvious gifts that might be perfect for the children in your life. Here’s a list of 10 great examples of unusual and unique holiday gifts for kids that you should consider.
Sometimes to get the imagination going all you need is a little spark. The Story Starters set is perfect for helping get the creative juices flowing for children ages 5 to 9. Along with a notebook and pen, the Story Starters set comes with four “story cubes” that help supply the who, what, when and where of a story, leaving the child to figure out the why.
“What’s great about this resource is it can be used for many years. The quality of the hand-stamped images on each die, topic suggestions and tin box makes the Mama May I Story Starters capable of encouraging creative writing from preschool years all the way to high school.” – Teri via Mommy Wife Life
Have you ever wanted to learn about the wonders of the world without leaving your house? Well, now you can! With each Kiwibop postcard, your child will learn all about exciting places from tropical rainforests to the far reaches of space. The membership comes with an initial welcome kit including four postcards, stickers, and a fun activity, and then your little learner will receive four exciting postcards every month. Best suited for developing and independent readers ages 5 to 10.
Is a child from your family interested in traveling, or loves learning about other cultures? Gift the gift of learning a new language!! Choose from six different languages – English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, German or French. With PetraLingua’s program, children will learn how to talk about everyday topics. Kids can also learn on-the-go with access to Petra’s program on tablets and mobile devices!
Cooking isn’t something many people get experience with until adulthood. It can be overwhelming to dive in without any knowledge, so why not start children earlier? Ages eight and up can get a jump on developing cooking skills with Your Kids: Cooking! Not only does the book teach delicious, easy-to-make recipes, it also helps teach kids what they should be eating more and less of.
The Honey and Zip DigiPuppets Bundle combines technology and finger puppets to create a unique learning experience. Pre-K and kindergarten-aged children will love playing these informational and fun games with some real life puppet pals. The bundle comes with two stylus-like puppet pals and app store downloads for iPad and Android tablets.
History should be FUN! Give your kiddo the opportunity to travel back into time! Each month will feature a different time and place in the ancient world with hands on crafts, activities, and art so that your child can learn about history in a memorable and exciting way.
I really enjoyed History Unboxed. My children, especially my oldest son, loved “The Rose Slippers”. History Unboxed is the first subscription box that I have found for kids, that exposes them to history. On a personal note, I have really been impressed with History Unboxed and their communication. The owners really seem passionate about their box and they listen to feedback. –Subscription Box Mom
One of the best parts about America is each of our states’ unique identities. Learning all 50 states can be tough, but with the Grand Tour Bronze, you can teach your child all about the wonders of America. The kit comes with 34 books, each written and illustrated by teachers and students living in all 50 states.
Does your child have bad dreams? One of the best ways to assure them that everything will be okay is by helping them understand that everything will be ok, and a dream catcher will help. Included in the kit are yarn, feathers, beads and a ring. Some fun exercises to do are have children come up with stories of how the bad dreams are caught, and imagine the good dreams that will come.
This is a unique gift that is as practical as it is crafty. The Mini Hand Soap Making Kit is an awesome DIY project for children of all ages. The set comes with enough supplies to make six small soaps or one large bar. Maybe with this ti will even be easier to encourage children to wash their hands.
Developing social skills are just as tricky as developing other educational skills, and this kit can help. The Being Kind to Others Play Kit encourages children with special needs or learning disabilities to learn how to play well with others through fun activities. The kit includes make-a-puzzle kits, thank you notes, crayons, and a copy of Boom Boom! Cards.
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