Making Learning Fun! Educational Gifts for the Holidays
EdIf you have a child aged kindergarten to grade three on your gift list this year, why not consider developing their cognitive abilities – instead of their wardrobe?
While it might be tempting to grab that adorable onesie covered in plaid, there are plenty of gifts that children between the ages of 4-8 won’t outgrow. Here are some of the best educational gifts on the market, a collection of both old and new toys that every child will be sure to love this holiday season.
Traditional Toys That Never Go Out Of Style
Building Blocks | Math, Problem Solving, Motor Skills
Building blocks are a fun play-based learning activity that teach children both patience and planning. Construction of different projects helps to develop both motor skills and hand eye coordination. Planning and execution of different tasks encourages kids to get creative and make calculated decisions, while developing problem-solving skills that create a solid foundation for years to come.
Crafts | Creativity, Confidence, Team Work
For parents looking to invest in educational presents this holiday season, crafting is an easy go-to gift idea. Whether they’re designing holiday cards with a new set of smelly markers or creating DIY jewelry for all of their friends, kids who craft are unknowingly developing their bilateral coordination and fine motor skills as they play. While younger children enjoy working with a variety of textures and materials, older children take the opportunity to experiment with boundaries, working with little to no direction and building their self-esteem.
Puzzles | Problem Solving, Confidence, Team Work
Puzzles are a great way to encourage learning through play. For younger children, puzzles introduce the concept of shapes and colours, and demonstrate how multiple pieces can come together to form a whole. For older children, puzzles introduce the concept of goal-setting, encouraging them to work either by themselves, or as part of a team, to reach a tangible end-result.
New Age Toys Kids will Love
Learning Tablets | Literacy, Numeracy, Reasoning
Parents, prepare to take back your smart phones; the learning tablet has arrived. With an enormous selection on the market, these highly evolved tablets encourage interactive play, giving kids a glimpse into how to navigate their way around the digital space. Equipped with screens that replicate a PC, tablet or smart phone, kids develop an instinct for operating keyboards and control panels while engaging with age-appropriate activities that stimulate different parts of their brain.
Coding Kits| Math, Problem Solving
Looking to prepare your child now for a world where coding can get you everywhere? Invest in a game that helps your kid get comfortable with code and you’re one step ahead of the game. Whether you prefer a traditional board game or a high-tech, robotic approach to play, there are tons of options for parents looking to introduce their toddlers or teens to the wonderful world of code.
Books | Communication skills, Enhanced Vocabulary, Imagination
There’s a reason that books have been around as long as they have, but they’re slowly being repackaged to satisfy the needs of a generation who will be more accustomed to scrolling through pages than flipping from one to the next. With dictionaries available on most e-readers, kids are launched into a world of higher learning, improving their vocabulary and communication skills while embarking on a new adventure at every click.