Saturday, November 30, 2013

Recommended Educational Gifts for Kids

Do you like to give educational gifts to kids? Here are some great ideas for gifts children will learn from and enjoy.



Math Games
Math games are great fun and good for making kids and adults think.

Lost Cities is a two-person card game. After playing cards from the five different colors in number order, the winner is determined by adding the sum, subtracting 20 and then multiplying by any betting cards. It sounds complicated, but after the first round, the rules become easy to understand.

Farkel - Math Game for Kids is a dice game that's great for kids learning place value. The lowest possible score per turn other than a 0 is 50 points. Play ends after the first person reaches 10,000.

Sumoku - Addition and Division Game - After rolling the dice, multiples of the number must be played in scrabble-like fashion. The winner is the person with the highest total when all the tiles have been played.

Speed! is a fast-paced skip-counting card game. Two players race to be the first to discard all of their cards.


Books 
In the Katie Books by James Mayhew Katie goes on adventures with her grandmother. Usually she visits art museums and has interesting interactions with the paintings while her grandmother falls asleep and waits for her. These books are wonderful for ages 4-8.

The Toothpaste Millionaire and Lemonade War are two books that are fun to read and teach unforgettable lessons about economics. Great for ages 7-12.

The Wizard of Oz and more. Dorothy is not the only hero in Oz. There are eighteen books in the Oz Series and they are all delightful fantasy novels. I know because we have been reading them all year. The kids love them. Meet the Patchwork Girl, the Rainbow's Daughter, Tik-Toc and so many interesting characters in these fantasy novels full of visual description.


Historical Games 
Each of these games were played by ancient people and are still fun to play today.

Nine Men Morris also known as Muhle or Mill is a strategy game played by the Vikings.

Tabula is a game similar to Backgammon which was played by the Romans.

Royal Game of Ur is one of the oldest known games. It is similar to the modern game trouble and was played by the Sumerians of Mesopotamia.


Building Toys
Wedgits help kids learn to follow engineering drawings as they build structures shown on the cards. They are also fun for creating interesting 3 dimensional structures.

Magnetic Construction Set is a collection of round steel balls and rods containing magnets. Using the pieces, flat shapes such as triangles and hexagons are easily created as are 3-dimensional shapes such as hexagonal cubes and pyramids.


Craft Activities
Kumihimo - Japanese chord braiding is a traditional craft that can be used to construct handles for purses, decorative trim for clothing, chords and ropes, bracelets and other decorative designs.



If you still need more ideas, check out my Recommended Educational Gift list from last year.





This post is linked to:
Relentlessly Fun
Montessori Monday

Living and Learning at Home
Hip Homeschool Hop
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9 comments:

  1. Ooh - there are a few on this list that I may just have to get for my family. Great suggestions! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/

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  2. I need to check out the Katie series for my dd6. I think she would like those.

    Thanks for sharing these gift ideas at Motivation Monday.

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  3. Love your list. I am so tempted by Sumoku, but we have literally dozens of games we haven't played yet - my husband was collecting games since his college days in Germany. Thanks for sharing your gift guide with Afterschool!

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  4. This is a wonderful list of educational gift ideas, thanks for sharing! I found this post through Montessori Monday. I would love it if you linked this up at Anything Goes! :) http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2013/12/good-morning-you-ready-to-party-here.html

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  5. Thanks so much for all the great gift ideas! Wedgits is a favorite at our house. Thanks for linking up at After School!

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  6. Can't wait to read Lemonade War and Toothpaste Millionaire!

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  7. Thanks for the great list of ideas! We love the Wedgits :)

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  8. What an AWESOME list!! Thank you so much for putting it all together!!

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  9. Yes, very neat list. Thanks for sharing! We had been enjoying SPEED by the way...my son is a little obsessed =)

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