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Educational Gifts

Updated on April 26, 2013

Toys That Are Fun and Educational

Educational gifts are abundant, can be fun, and you can feel good about giving a gift that will get them thinking and learning.

When you're tired of giving them an electronic gadget, stuffed animals or dolls, balls in all shapes and sizes, and are ready to give a gift that will engage their brains, consider one of these educational gifts that all have a 4-star rating or higher on Amazon (out of 5 stars).

Photo of Thames & Kosmos Chemistry set courtesy of Amazon. Check it out here: Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000

Hands-on Science Gifts - Educational and Fun Since Kids Can Do Experiements

Wild Science Wild Physics and Cool Chemistry
Wild Science Wild Physics and Cool Chemistry

This set includes 10 chemistry and physics activities and experiments including Rocket Ball and Slime Laboratory. Students learn about force, mass, acceleration, long-chain polymers, and catalysts.

Ages: 10 to 12 years

4.7-star Amazon raring

Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000 (V 2.0)
Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000 (V 2.0)

This chemistry set has equipment and instructions for 360 experiments. This set does not come with several chemicals needed for some experiments but can be purchased separately. Made in Germany.

Ages: 12 to 16 years old

4.1-star Amazon rating


Reading is the Foundation of All Learning

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia 5e: Fifth Edition
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia 5e: Fifth Edition

Reinforce reading and understanding with this reader's encyclopedia. My copy is well worn from looking up references to things like science and history that I never learned but this book has it. With biographies of authors of all kinds, this reference book is like a well-rounded college liberal education in one volume.

Ages: a serious reader of any age can enjoy this reference book

4.5-star Amazon rating

Rory's Story Cubes
Rory's Story Cubes

Children and adults use their imagination to create stories from the nine cubes with images on them. Use them in numerous ways: one person rolls all nine cubes and tells a story; each person gets one or more cubes and the group tells a story one person after the other; tell tall tales or realistic ones.

Ages: 8 and older

4.7-star Amazon rating


Educational Math Toys

Texas Instruments TI-1795 SV Standard Function Calculator
Texas Instruments TI-1795 SV Standard Function Calculator

This basic calculator is a good first calculator for a younger child to help teach the fundamentals of math. It has both a battery and solar power capabilities. Clue them in on fun words to spell for a little calculator humor.

Ages: any age

4.4-star Amazon rating

ThinkFun Math Dice Junior Game for Boys and Girls Age 6 and Up - Teachers Favorite and Toy of the Year Nominee
ThinkFun Math Dice Junior Game for Boys and Girls Age 6 and Up - Teachers Favorite and Toy of the Year Nominee

Math Dice is just that: dice with numbers for doing math. If you have a youngster who is less than enthusiast about math, this fun game might reinforce what they're learning.

Ages: 6 to 10 years

4.7-star Amazon rating


History Brought to Life

American Trivia: Junior
American Trivia: Junior

This board games encourages children (and adults) to learn about American history through play. The game is for 2 to 8 players.

Ages: 9 and older

4.9-star Amazon rating

The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events

Using timelines, this book puts multiple historical events into context so history makes more sense. "Oh, so this happened before that!"

Ages: any age reader

4.1-star Amazon rating


The Story of the World - Volumes 1 through 4

These books include interesting stories about all the major events in history to present day.

School boy. Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
School boy. Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

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      5 years ago from Ipswich, England

      I still don't think you can beat a good book.


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