Let’s face it, this year has been anything but normal and kids have not escaped the stress we’ve all been feeling. Today, I’m sharing some non-toy gift ideas for the young people in your life. These are the educational gifts for kids that will nurture their learning, creativity, and inspire them to think outside the box. Outside the toy box.
Books and Reading
If you can instill a love of reading in a child, you open the whole world up for them! My dad instilled a love of books in me which I passed on to my children. It’s a magical way to visit other places and go on adventures, from the comfort of their little chair.
You could either give them a gift certificate to a book store or get them a book subscription which sends 2 hardcover books every month. They feature new releases, classics, and hidden gems tailored to your reader’s age.
I am excited about this adventure book that my brother just published! It’s a good old fashion adventure tale geared for kids between 9-12. I’m about halfway through and it has sure grabbed my attention.
Not surprisingly, these are still around! Start them on a series and once hooked, you can let nature takes its course.
Hi-Lights is a classic! They started with award-winning magazine subscriptions and have branched out to offer clubs, apps, puzzles, experiments, crafts, games & even podcasts.
Ranger Rick is the oldest children’s nature magazine in print with over 500,000 copies in circulation. This gift of wildlife adventure is published by the National Wildlife Foundation. Intended to instill a passion for nature and promote outdoor activities for kids ages seven and up.
Ranger Rick Jr is uniquely designed for kids four to seven. Your Big Backyard magazine includes activities and simple stories that both entertain and educate. It provides developing readers the opportunity to read stories on their own or follow along with a more advanced reader. Eye-catching photos bring animals to life, while fun wildlife trivia lets children learn all about animal traits, habitats, and survival.
Ask Magazine investigates the world with past and present inventors, artists, thinkers, and scientists. It has cartoons, contests, projects, Web experiments, games, and puzzles for kids ages 7 to 10 (grades 2 – 4).
My grandson and I just finished using the last of our crystal solutions from last Christmas. We had so much fun creating new colors and he loves to “make magic”. We did stain our fingers blue a time or two but it was worth it to watch the crystals grow. Great fun!
A simple project that’s self-contained and fun for them to watch.
Metal Detector for the treasure hunter on your gift list. Even if they’re only finding dimes buried in their backyard, a metal detector makes the hunting fun.
Arts and Craft Supplies
We never tire of drawing, coloring, painting, and molding with clay. This Modeling Clay kit is still going strong for my grandson…even Grandpa likes to create with it.
For the young artisan on your list. Get them some leather gloves to protect their hands as they trace, burn, and paint to their heart’s content.
This fun kit builds a Solar Powered Robot. The directions say it’s for boys which is nuts! Have we learned anything?? Girls enjoy building too and make wonderful engineers.
These kits from Creation Crate are amazing. Each month, they get a tech subscription box that combines hands-on learning with online courses. This is for 12 and up.
Do you have little people on your list this year?
What can you add to this list?