Christmas shopping for kids can seem like a massive haul, but it will all be over soon and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the holidays with family.
While doll houses, video games, and playsets are among some of the most popular (and expensive) gifts to purchase for your kids, I also like throwing in a few educational items for my child each year as well to encourage creative play and learning.
Here are a few of the best educational holiday gifts to get for your kids this year. Plus, they don’t cost a fortune.
The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling – $11.99
This $12 matching game is great for kids who are getting introduced to spelling and learning sight words. There are 20 words to spell and each letter has it’s own puzzle piece so kids can match it up easily.
4M Solar System Planetarium – $11.79
I might actually get this one for my son who’s birthday is right after Christmas. For kids who are interested in learning more about the solar system, this Planetarium set is a great gift. It’s easy to assemble and no batteries are required. Plus, the set includes paint and stencils so your child can paint each planet once everything is assembled.
The Magic School Bus – Chemistry Lab – $20.36
Encourage an interest in science with this unique chemistry set inspired by the popular T.V. show, the Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus was one of my favorite shows growing up and I always loved watching the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class go on exciting ‘field trips’ where they explored the world of science.
While it is definitely an educational show, this chemistry set will allow your child to have some hands on fun in real life by doing activities like creating sticky ice, making bubble sculptures, forming a bouncy ball, exploding a volcano and more. Science components, a data notebook and all the instructions for more than 51 experiments are all included in the kit.
LeapFrog LeapPad3 Kids’ Learning Tablet – $119.84
If your child is eager to get a tablet this year, the Leap Pad is one of the best educational tablets on the market. This item is pricier than others on this list, but you can do a ton with this tablet and use it as an educational and entertainment tool for your child.
This Wi-Fi tablet provides you with access to LeapFrog’s learning library with thousands of educational games, ebooks, videos and more!
Amazon Fire Kids’ Tablet – $99
Another tablet you can consider getting your child is an Amazon Fire tablet. They have models just for kids. Amazon is currently running an offer where you can get an Amazon gift card and 25% a fire tablet when you trade in your old one.
I’d recommend this tablet for older kids. My son has it and he loves it. He uses it to play games, download apps, and read or listen to educational content online. You can download books and use it as an e-reader
Osmo Numbers Game – $29.99
This game was awarded by Fast Company this year as one of the most intuitive product designs. It helps kids add, count & multiply tiles to pop the number bubbles. Popping enough bubbles will free fish & unleash a lightning storm. For kids who find math challenging or complicated, this game is a great option!
Melissa & Doug USA Map Floor Puzzle – $12.59
This floor map puzzle includes 51 pieces and helps kids learn state names along with their capitals.
Magnetic Building Blocks – $35.98
This colorful 60+- piece magnetic tile set provides hours of creative play for your young one. Magnetic tiles are durable, strong, and long lasting so while they may cost more than building blocks of similar products, they are well worth the cost. This particular product also comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty.
Marble Run Coaster 55 Piece Set – $32.84
Lets your kids construct and learn about velocity with this marble set which includes 90 pieces and glass marbles.
Smart Globe Infinity SG328 – $79.95
A smart globe is a must for kids who want to learn more about geography and the world. This globe comes with a wireless smartpen and 2.5 hours of educational content along with multiplayer games that the whole family and enjoy together.
This is another product we have and my son loves it. We use it to play games, get familiar with where other countries are, and to learn about them. The globe teaches you important information like the language, capital and more. It also quizzes you on geography.
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