Children’s Gift Ideas That Teach Them And Stimulate Their Curiosity
Children’s Educational Gift Ideas
Finding Children’s Gifts That Teach Them Lessons
With so many children’s toys and games to choose from, coming up with educational children’s gift ideas that teach them important lessons can be a challenge. The Internet is a great resource for educational children’s gift ideas that children will not only enjoy, but will also teach them important lessons and skills to assist with their intellectual development. This article provides educational children’s gift ideas for children and Internet resources that can be utilized to come up with additional educational children’s gift ideas. The educational children's gifts highlighted below help children learn valuable lessons while having fun. These educational children’s gifts can be found be searching either Amazon or Google.
Professional educators are increasingly recommending toys and games that help children develop science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) understanding and skills, as well as toys and games that help children learn to read and develop their reading skills. The following educational toy and game gift ideas challenge children to learn and assist them with developing STEM and reading skills in ways that make learning fun and enjoyable. Some of the educational toys and games also help children develop a number of important skills and to understand important topics, including: pattern recognition, creative expression, small-motor skills, cause and effect reasoning, following instructions, collaboration, problem-solving, creative thinking, structural engineering basics, computer programming, earth science, astronomy, and biology.
Educational Children’s Gift Ideas That Inspire Learning
Leap Pad (Ages 4 to 9)
The hot Christmas toy of 2011 was Leap Frog’s Leap Pad, which is modeled after Apple Computer’s I-Pad. Leap Pad is a durable hand held computer tablet that has a touch screen interface and a built in camera that can be used to take pictures and videos, and a built in microphone for make sound recordings. Leap Pad contains numerous entertaining educational games and exercises that make learning fun. Leap Pad’s games are not only entertaining, but also require a child’s input to solve various math and reading puzzles that teach them math and reading skills in a fun way. Leap Pad comes with three free applications (apps) that can be downloaded from Leap Frog’s website. After that, new apps and games must either be downloaded or purchased, which are excellent future children’s gift ideas.
Kaleido Gears (Ages 3 to 5)
Many young children, especially boys, are obsessed with mechanical and transportation toys. Kaleido Gears is the perfect gift to provide children a close-up look at how gears and wheels work in a playful way that they control. The toy consists of multi-colored moving parts that teach children about how parts interconnect and interact, small motor skills, design, and basic engineering concepts.
Citiblocs Cool Colors (Ages 3 to 12)
Citiblocs Cool Colors consists of 200 identically shaped precision-cut blocks that are shaped as narrow rectangles. Young children use the blocks to build and create their own small creations. Older children collaborate when using the blocks to create innovative and complex creations. Citiblocs Cool Colors help children develop design and creativity skills, collaboration, planning skills, basic structural engineering concepts, and problem solving both on their own and with others through collaborative efforts.
LEGO BuildingSets (Ages 3 to 14)
LEGO Building Sets come in many varieties that are suitable for different age groups. As children grow older, they can play with more advanced LEGO Building Sets to provide them the challenge and fun that they desire to continue to learn. LEGO Building Sets help children develop small motor skills, creativity skills, building skills, and to learn how to follow instructions.
Geomate Jr. (Ages 5 to 8)
Geomate Jr. is a hand held electronic device that uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system in a fun and creative way to alert children to the nearest treasure locations that contain items such as coins, plastic jewelry, notes, in approximately 250,000 treasure locations throughout the United States. Geomate Jr. teaches children navigation skills, how to use technology, how to explore, and how to follow directions.
Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope (Ages 5 to 15)
The Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope connects to a computer and presents its images of what is seen under the microscope on a computer screen. Children can learn about the microscopic world that is all around them using this innovative microscope. The Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope teaches children about the world of microbes that are invisible to the naked eye, how to use technology, scientific exploration, and biology.
Cardtivity Plastic Card Building System (Ages 7 to 15)
Cardtivity is a patented plastic one-size card building system that simplifies the construction of models by keeping things simple. Instead of having pieces that come in a variety of sizes, Cardtivity’s one-size cards and easy to follow step-by-step model construction instructions make model construction easy, which encourages children to build models and develop their creativity. Cardtivity helps children develop small motor skills, creativity skills, building skills, and to learn how to follow instructions.
Math Magic (Ages 7 to 13)
Math Magic makes learning math fun and interesting by using brain teasers, miniature card games, and magic tricks to teach math concepts and fundamentals. Turning math lessons into games is a perfect way to keep children entertained and occupied and to help them learn useful math skills at the same time.
Sustainable Earth Lab (Ages 8 to 13)
The Sustainable Earth Lab satisfies children’s curiosity about the earth’s environment. The Sustainable Earth Lab includes a well rounded assortment of science projects relating to the environment that make learning about the environment interesting and fun. Environmental topics covered in this product include:renewable energies, natural resource usage, climate change prevention, waste and water management, and energy conservation. These topics are explored by performing hands-on experiments that yield real results, which helps children develop a solid grounding in these sometimes difficult to understand scientific topics. The Sustainable Earth Lab teaches children experimentation skills, the scientific method, ecology, environmental science, and how to follow instructions.
The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (Ages 8 to 15)
The Klutz Guide to the Galaxyis the perfect gift for a budding astronomer or any child who wishes to learn about astronomy and the galaxy. The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy includes a telescope, sundial, night-sight flashlight, star and moon maps, and scores of activities children can undertake to learn about astronomy and the galaxy. The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy teaches children navigation skills, astronomy, and cosmology.
ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover (Ages 8 to 15)
The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover is a robot toy that children can program and play with, learning important skills as they play. The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover can be programmed by children to navigate a specific course to perform a number of fun tasks, such as delivering a treat to a family member or pet, surprising someone, delivering a personalized message, among many other possibilities. The owner's manual guides children through basic programming projects to develop a child’s understanding regarding how the ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover works, so they can build a foundation to implement more advanced programming techniques. The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover teaches programming skills, cause and effect concepts, and how to follow instructions.
ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover
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