Some families love to go all out on Christmas gifts for kids. Some families keep it simple with a “4 gifts” route (Something to… wear, read, want, need). Whatever your gift-giving style, you want quality gifts kids will be excited to unwrap and want to PLAY with for hours. Right?! I have unique, fun, and engaging Christmas gifts for kids right here!
Christmas gifts for kids: Games and Puzzles
Puzzle games kids will not put down
Remember the Rubik’s Cube? Yeah, well they’re back and… they aren’t your uncles Rubik’s! These puzzle cubes from agreatlife brand have had a generation to develop into: The Cube – The Next Generation of Rubik’s Cube! This is an all-new, magic 3-D puzzle and comes with an online solution guide so you can solve it twice as fast! Fun, inexpensive (just $12), and loads of playing power. A great gift idea for kids and teens (but hey, we all know we grown-ups will be trying it out too!). Pop it in a stocking or wrap for a unique gift.
Cooperative Board games for kids
I have two boy at that age where one wants to play strategy and the other just doesn’t want to lose. But they both LOVE board games! When faced with this dilemma, instead of packing it all in, bring out the cooperative board games. Cooperative board games teach kids that winning can happen together.
The Baby Beluga Game (remember Raffi!? He helped develop this game too!) is a fun cooperative play game where kids play together to free Baby Beluga and Friends to swim “wild and free.” Kids learn to deal with emotional situations like getting a “trouble” setback, but they do so with the teamwork and compassion of the other players. I think this encourages kids to overcome disappointments and gain confidence. Plus, kids learn about whales and sea creatures and engage in creative problem-solving and critical thinking as they have to make choices that affect the fate of their animal friends.
Find The Baby Beluga Game and other games at Cooperative Games.
Christmas Gifts for Kids: Plushie Friends!
Cuddly friends are always well-received
My children are stuffed animal lovers to the core! They simply cannot get enough and they use them ALL in their imaginative play. When I help them gather up the animals after a play session, I understand why their new Moosh-Moosh animal pillows are always in play- it’s like hugging marshmallows! . Moosh Moosh toys come in over 72 styles. My boys love their shark, penguin, bat, bee, and dog! But there’s also unicorns, zebras, piglets and more! (Did you know they make Slipperz, Hooded Blankets, and a piggy bank, too!?)
These squishable friends are also stackable! My boys love to stack theirs up: Large-Medium-Small! They have no end of fun watching them topple. The small Moosh Moosh animal pillows are actually clip-ons that can dangle from a backpack or jacket. These are great stocking stuffers! The medium and large sizes are perfect for snuggling or just as a–pillow!
Find them at local stores and Moosh-Moosh.com.
Christmas Gifts for Kids: STEM and Educational toys
STEM toys build imagination
I love giving kids open-ended play toys that have loads of replay value. Toys that teach STEM concepts are high on my list. Geomagworld is an award-winning magnetic building system with sets to appeal to all kinds of kids. My 6-year-old enjoyed the Geomag Classic panels. This set had several designs to build from the instructions and then left room for imagination to take over! Abstract sculptures, buildings, and structures made from magnetic rods, spheres, and different geometric panels offer endless building opportunities.
My 7-year old enjoyed learning more about how magnetics can make things work through attraction and repulsion with the Geomag Mechanics kit. Build the constrution and then move the parts with your hand or a mechanical knob. Learn about chain reactions! He loved building his magnetic motion device so much, he even did a homeschool presentation on magnetism and brought this toy into our co-op for show and tell!
See all the kit choices for kids 18 months-adult at Geomagworld!
Science kits spark discovery!
Have you seen the new Ms. Frizzle show? Our boys have been Miss Frizzle fans for years (I, myself, am a fan of her and her quirky dresses!). To celebrate the new show, The Young Scientists Club updated their award-winning science kits! We’ve reviewed these kits before and love them!
This year, we checked out the Volcano kit. As usual, this kit was jam-packed with information and experiments to “take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” as Miss Frizzle always said! The boys labeled volcano parts with stickers, referenced the large information poster for answers, and created several eruptions using the enclosed volcano and lab gear. We still haven’t even finished all the experiments in the kit!
Other kit themes include: Going Green, Human Body, Slime, Electricity, Magnets, Space, Solar Energy, Flight, Dinosaurs, Rainbows, and Microscope Lab.
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Moosh Pillow Plush ToyGeomag 86-Piece Mechanics Construction SetThe Magic School Bus – Erupting VolcanoesThe Magic School Bus – Chemistry LabThe Baby Beluga GameSpin Master Games Perplexus OriginalSainSmart Jr. Wooden Tetris Puzzle
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