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Gift Ideas for Kids
Every holiday season I rack my brain to think of educational gifts I can get my kids. Something that will help them grow as learners as well as be fun for them. It’s not easy! We’ve put together an Educational Gift Guide to help fellow parents find products and services that are educational, fun and will help their children grow. If you are looking for gift ideas for kids, you’ve come to the right place.
We hope this list of gift ideas for kids will help you through the holidays and beyond. As a homeschooling mom, 1/2 of my child’s presents each year are curriculum and/or supplements and 1/2 are fun toys and games they can play with immediately. After talking with hundreds of other homeschool moms over the last few months, it seems like this is the norm. Whether you are a homeschooler or not, I hope this list helps you find some great gifts that are both educational and fun for your kids.
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American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) – Provides free K-College homeschooler/teacher units, lesson plans, course guides, and more on America’s philosophical heritage and founding principles for Social Studies, US History, US Government, Civics, Humanities, and Bible. AHEF uniquely focuses on the Judeo-Christian, Bible-inspired roots of America.
BrackItz – Unleash your child’s creative power to play, learn, and grow! Brackitz Driver Set includes building pieces, wheels, and axles to let children create vehicles that move, providing a unique and fun toy building experience where kids can create, build, and engineer anything they can imagine.
Beautiful Feet Books – Beautiful Feet Books is pleased to offer three family read-aloud packs that will draw you and your children together over great stories, wonderfully told. Choose from the D’Aulaire Biography Pack, the Ralph Moody Pack, or the Billy and Blaze Pack. Take an additional 10% off our already discounted prices with coupon code “gift2017″. Use these books to connect through the lives of some famous, and some not-so-famous, people who both triumphed and failed and lived fascinating and admirable lives. A gift the whole family can enjoy!”
Beebliome – Beebliome ebooks offer well-told stories, often about a fictional teen involved with historically interesting people accurately portrayed, giving readers a fun way to learn about history and cultures through the ages!
Carole P. Roman Books – Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children.
Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group – Carson-Dellosa Publishing proudly provides teachers, parents, and children around the world with the best possible educational materials including interactive digital resources; supplemental books for math, science, social studies, language arts, and early childhood; classroom decoratives; pocket charts; and games and manipulatives for prekindergarten through the eighth grade.
Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit that helps students in high-poverty communities develop literacy and leadership skills through its program titled Read to Lead. By offering digital learning games and curriculum set in the professional world and supporting educators in creating student-centered classrooms, Read to Lead invites students to take charge of their learning.
Color the Classics – multi-sensory approach curriculum to expose children to the great musicians from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras. We aspire to impress young minds with the sense that there is a God-given purpose for music, thereby planting the seeds of appreciation for this music that has been around for centuries.
Cultured Owl – Discover the world, one country at a time, with Cultured Owl’s Country Kits. With each Country Kit, children journey to a new land, learning about its people, culture, and way of life. Available in bundles of 1, 3, 6, or 12 countries. Begin your tour today!
Dibbers & Doodads – Libby has a secret box, can you guess what’s inside? This short story for children creates fun conversations about cooking, saving for the future, and the value of helping others, even those who don’t know they could use a little help. This book is available in paperback or digitally on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. For kindle unlimited users, the download is free.
Dinah.com is your home for brain-friendly 3-D, hands-on interactive notebooking strategies and manipulatives which can be used with any curriculum for your PK-college student. Many budget-friendly downloadable materials are available in English, Spanish, or Dual English/Spanish and print beautifully in color or black and white.
DNA – Educational Games is an Israel-based company (Holy Land), specializing in the developing and publishing of faith-based educational [board and card] games, suitable for Christians of all ages and all denominations. Learn more here: www.dna-games.co.il
eLearning Academy – eLearning Academy is a place where exploration, creativity, and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams. Our purpose is to prepare, engage, and inspire our learners to be their best in a quickly changing global community.
Glimpse of His Splendor Publishing – This textbook is designed to teach Astronomy and equip high school students to engage in respectful science and faith dialogue and defend their faith with sound reasoning and confidence. It is a unique curriculum developed by Christian professional astronomers who are familiar with the challenges students face during college years. It includes many inspiring interviews with professional Christian astronomers.
Glorieta Camps – Give your family the gift of adventure…and life-change! This summer, take your family on a vacation you’ll never forget. Family Camp at Glorieta is a Christ-centered family vacation designed to strengthen families through unique experiences.
Home Art Studio – Home Art Studio is a DVD/ROM based art education program designed specifically for homeschooling families. Your child will learn important art concepts and principles while creating art they will feel proud of. It’s easy to combine ages and work on one DVD/ROM level and they’re perfect for coops. Make this the year art gets done in your homeschool!
Lonely Planet Kids The Big Earth Book takes children on a roller coaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements – earth, fire, air and water – created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography, and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.
Lonely Planet Kids Dinosaur Atlas – Unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal where dinosaurs were discovered, discover how they evolved, what they looked like and how they hunted, learn about famous paleontologists, and measure yourself against photographs of life-size fossils.
Lonely Planet Kids Incredible Cabinet of Wonders – It’s time to peek inside the world’s most famous museums. 12 collectors, from toy makers and monster hunters, to sailors and archaeologists, have created their own themed cabinets and filled them with their favorite things. Lift flaps and open cabinet doors to discover 100 extraordinary objects from our planet’s weird and wonderful past and present, then read fascinating stories behind each one and find out where to see them in real life.
Lonely Planet Kids How Animals Build – Open flaps and unfold spreads to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land, and under the sea. From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, and even coral reefs and beaver lodges, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and how they’re built.
Lonely Planet Kids The Animal Book – Get ready for a walk on the wild side through every continent on Earth! Discover 100 of the world’s most diverse and fascinating creatures, from those they can spot in their backyard to more endangered species in jungles, deserts and freezing oceans. Packed with facts and illustrations, it also explores our relationship with these animals and how we affecting their lives and habitats.
LuLu Jr – Lulu Jr.’s IlluStory and My Comic Book book-making kits enable children to realize their potential as authors and artists by publishing their own professionally published hardcover book or comic book. Over the decade since being launched, IlluStory has been repeatedly recognized by parents and industry organizations as a valuable tool for strengthening literacy skills, nurturing creativity and building self-esteem.
Mama May i – Handmade Learning Toys – Connecting Through Play – Handmade Learning Toys that are Waldorf and Montessori inspired. Handmade from natural materials, they are back to the basics. Open-ended and inspire imagination and creative problem solving.
Monart Drawing Program is a Drawing Lesson Curriculum designed by Mona Brookes, international acclaimed art educator and founder of the Monart Drawing Schools using a method that has been used by thousands of Homeschool Parents, Public School Districts, Private Schools, and Private Art Teachers since 1981. The program is designed for students of all ages and you don’t need to have personal experience with drawing in order to use this program! Aside from the joy students have from drawing, Mona has had feedback for 45 years that endless students have gained concentration, critical thinking, attention span, and fine motor skills that increase their learning in other subjects. Teachers report major growth in reading, science, geography and handwriting. Field research has shown that “If you draw what you are learning about, you will learn it 8 times faster and retain it 8 times longer.”
Get the weekly Zone Control Awareness e-CoachFREE for 4-weeks. The number one cause of all crashes is driver’s lack of awareness. Receive step-by-step guidance to provide teens with situational awareness and car-control skills to avoid crashes. Teens 13-16 can learn to load their minds with awareness before beginning to drive!
Nicole the Math Lady – When it’s time for math, do you hear “ugh”, “sign”, or “grrr?” Are those sounds coming from you? Bring the joy back to learning math with Nicole the Math Lady. Following the Saxon Math curriculum, Nicole the Math Lady offers online math videos designed for today’s YouTube generation. They are engaging, entertaining and fun with most videos ranging from 3-8 minutes.
Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC) is an award-winning provider of value-based courses in print and digital format, designed for grades seven through twelve. Students can complete PAC anywhere, anytime, with very little dependence on proctors. PAC offers discounts ranging from 10% to 40% for single parents, military, first responders, wounded warriors, missionaries, pastors, ranchers, and farmers: the people who instruct, feed, and protect us. When other curriculum fails, PAC works. PAC is among the most popular suppliers for persons seeking school choice options in homes and micro-campuses. Learn more at www.pacworks.com. or inquire at Learn@pacworks.com.
Powerline Productions – Cookbooks, Bible Studies, and Cozy Mysteries make great holiday gifts! Or maybe one of their Teach History the Fun Way resources. Check out Powerline Productions! They offer Christ-centered curriculum, unit studies, and all kinds of resources to put the fun back in learning. Visit their Website: PowerlineProd.com.
Real Reading Company – Students struggling with spelling, comprehension, autism spectrum, dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, ESL, or ELL have all benefited greatly, and measurably, from using our curriculum. We have answers!
Right Start Mathematics – Math curriculum for education. This unique, award-winning, hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies and visual pictures for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
Songs for Teaching – Creative homeschool educators can use music to teach content across the curriculum. We offer thousands of children’s songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions organized by educational topic including math, language arts, science, social studies, foreign language, and more!
Stages Learning – The Link4fun experience feels nothing short of magical. Printed books link seamlessly with the iPad. no wires, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or any other physical or technical connection required. Turn the pages of the book the apps come to life! Research shows that when more sensory activities are involved, lessons are better absorbed and more neural pathways are formed, so Link4fun products are also links for learning!
Snuggle up as a family to read or listen to unique books that connect generations, tickles your funny bones and touches your heart. Based on true stories, R. Friend’s vintage farm series highlights life lessons, contains original songs, recipes, poems and historical facts/photos. Over 200,000 books have been sold with the guarantee your whole family will love them.
The Ultimate Green Store carries a huge selection of green gifts for kids including organic and eco-friendly toys, stuffed animals, blankets, soy crayons, recycled newspaper pencils (both #2 and colored), waste saving BPA-Free lunch boxes, backpacks and more. This holiday season The Ultimate Green Store introduces Organimals – handmade knitted organic cotton adorable heirloom-quality stuffed animals that are made by underprivileged moms. These mothers are trained in the art of knitting and provided with child care when they bring their kids to work. Every purchase helps a mom support her family.
uKloo Early Reader helps kids discover the joy of reading in a fun get-out-of-your-seat literacy game! It empowers kids with reading confidence and offers first research skills, all while disguised as a treasure hunt! Your kids will be reading without even realizing it!
Zoobooks magazines excite the minds of animal lovers with facts and photographs of wildlife creatures. For children aged 6-12, each issue of Zoobooks unfurls to 20 full-color pages of lifelike animal drawings, photographs of animals in their natural habitats, and activity pages. Free digital access.
2B Totally Literate – 2B is designed for youngsters from age 5-105. The program has over 20 super-duper interactive products and several free, complementary flipbooks. All the products are fun―not just for children, but for parents and teachers too. 2B’s flagship product, The Read Well-Read Reader, contains 361 rhyming stories, each one set to different accompanying music and with apt sound effects. Occasionally these stories will have adults smile more broadly and laugh more heartily than their children, as the humor goes slightly over the little ones’ heads. The beauty of 2B is that every child benefits according to his or her age and aptitude. Besides being fun throughout, all the products are extremely efficacious. for example, the vocabulary in the workbooks contains virtually every monosyllabic word in the English lexicon. Besides the stories and vocabulary workbooks, there are literacy games, phonics exercises, and much, much more―all requiring invaluable parental tutelage.