I love buying gifts for my kids that are dual purpose. I like gifts that are fun to play with, meaningful, and that they can actually learn from.
I have four children, and have been homeschooling for over 15 years now. I am always on the look out for educational toys and presents. The more children we have added to our family, the more I have realized that we need less toys that get piled everywhere. That’s when I started looking for toys that would last a long time, that were educational, and that we could also use in our daily homeschool life. These are the types of gifts that I love Grandparents to pick up for our kids too!
If you are looking for good educational gifts that can be useful for your homeschool, check out this fun list:
Science and STEM Gifts – These gifts will let your kids be creative and keep them busy, while teaching them about science and engineering skills at the same time! These are a favorite in our home!
Goldieblox toys are designed to get girls building by tapping into their strong verbal skills, bolstering confidence in spatial reasoning and problem-solving and encouraging creativity through stories and hands-on construction. Purchase of this toy provides access to a multitude of videos at bloxtown.com, where girls can learn and become inspired to build even more. New videos are added every single week!
Snap Circuits Jr. 100 Piece Electronics Discovery Kit will give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics. This innovative kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 101 do-it-yourself projects that will give your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work.
4M Magnet Science Kit – Perform fun magnet games and experiments with the 4M Magnet Science Kit. Learn the science principles behind magnets! This kit contains a super magnet set. Fun and educational for learning about magnets.
Prepare Biology Microscope Slides in Wooden Storage Case – The AmScope PS25 microscope slide set includes 25 prepared slides of a variety of specimens including plants, insects, and animal tissues used in basic biology education. Slides are composed of optical glass for clear view. You don’t even need a microscope to view these! The set comes in a fitted wooden case to prevent breakage and ease handling.
Strawbees Maker Builder Kit eatures 100 connectors in one color, 100 straws, and an instructions manual. The connectors are compatible with all standard size drinking straws! Start exploring the Strawbees universe by building a bridge, a crane or your favorite animal. The kit is non-hazardous for children of all ages and educator-approved you can be 100% certain your child will be safe as they learn. Weird experimental structures to the seven wonders of the world – if you can imagine it, you can make it. My girls LOVE creating with these!
Outdoor/Nature Lover Gifts – if your kids love nature study and outdoor time, these gifts will be the perfect fit for your homeschool!
4M Pressed Flower Art The 4M Pressed Flower Art Kit is the perfect introduction to a classic craft hobby that can last a lifetime. The kit’s 4-inch flower press will make attractive cards, bookmarks, trinket boxes, and more. The kit includes a flower press, glue, brush and double-sided tape. Detailed instructions for use and care are included.
Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher for Live Butterflies Watch the Miracle of Butterfly Metamorphosis with the Original Butterfly Garden with Voucher from Insect Lore! We’ve been shipping our special caterpillars to families and classrooms for almost 50 years!
Haba Terra Kids Binoculaurs Open a whole new world of exploration with safe and sturdy Haba Terra Kids Binoculars. Whether it’s a baseball game, bird watching or spotting a deer, this uniquely designed binocular makes it easy for kids to watch . It features 4x magnification and rubberized lens guard bumpers, soft and adjustable eye-piece spacing and break-free neck strap. These binoculars come with hand grips and focus knob. . Why You’ll Love It: Haba Terra Kids Binoculars help kids explore the world around them from both near and far.
Nature Walk Journal Invoke your inner Thoreau with the Nature Walk Journal–the ideal companion for bringing with you as you wander through the woods, take a hike, or appreciate the great outdoors. Filled with illustrations of leaves, cloud formations, and animal tracks for easy reference, as well as lists of national parks, scenic trails, and botanical gardens, this journal provides an ideal place to jot down what you see, hear, smell, and notice on your walk.
Art Gifts – your artsy kids will love these products! My 11 year old has all of these and uses them during our daily art time and in her free time!
Sharpie Color Burst Permanent Markers Fine Point 24 Count – Make an electric-bright impression with limited edition Sharpie Color Burst permanent markers. Intense and vivid, these pumped-up shades compel you to create energetic and bold visuals anywhere. #1 Best Seller!
Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of several professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience. After a brief introduction to the various tools and materials, artists and lettering enthusiasts will learn how to master the art of hand lettering and typography through engaging, easy-to-follow step-by-step projects, prompts, and exercises.
Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils 48 Pack Develop your craft and practice essential drawing skills like blending and shading using this 48-pack of Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils. Ideal for beginning and intermediate art students, these color pencils feature richly saturated pigments for vivid color along with strong cores to minimize breakage. I love the price on these, and the quality is just as good as the professional Prismacolors!
Royal and Langnickel Pink Art Beginner Artist Sketching and Drawing Wood Box Royal & Langnickel Pink Art – Great Fashion. Great Art. Great Fun. Royal & Langnickel Beginner Art Sets have everything you need to start creating what you have always wanted to. This set includes a “How To” guide with step by step instructions, teaching you how to apply your new found skills. Once you have established the basics, let your creativity flow.
Educational Games – these games will enrich your children’s education, while they are having fun at the same time! We love games in our homeschool.
Scrambled States is a fun way to enrich basic knowledge of U.S. geography. Players learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes and positions of the states through a myriad of visual teasers, language riddles and geography challenges. After playing, you’ll see that there’s more to the 50 States than meets the eye!
Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game is great for families, with kids and parents giving spoken instructions to their teammates. Encourages verbal skills as kids ask to clarify what they hear. Challenge any age and boost memory. Can you glance at the card and re-create the structure without peeking? With 20 different blocks, it’s trickier than it seems!
Wildcraft an Herbal Adventure Board Game is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It’s a beautifully illustrated, nature based, educational, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games. It is a cooperative board game that explores healing herbs. Wildcraft teaches 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations.
Settlers of Catan In this popular strategy game, players collect resources, like bricks and lumber, and build roads, settlements and cities. Players plan and strategize, and learn resource-management skills. Ages 10 and Up.
Bananagrams is the Anagram game that will drive you bananas. The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Fast and fun. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. Great to take on the go!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!