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Don’t you wish you could find the perfect educational gift for your little ones this Christmas? As an early childhood educator, I am always on the lookout for meaningful, fun, yet educational gifts. Here is my list of the top 10 educational gifts you can give the children in your life!

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1. A Little Passports subscription. If you haven’t read my Little Passports review, check it out HERE. I can’t say enough good things about this program. Children learn so much about the world and other cultures. This subscription is amazing!

2. A set of wood unit blocks. Yes, you heard me… wood blocks. Blocks not only build strength in a child’s fingers and hands, but they promote social play, foster math skills, teach geometry, and the basic physics of balance and gravity! This is a must-have toy for every child.

3. A set (or two or three) of Magformers. Like blocks, these magnetic building shapes are amazing for building hand-eye coordination but also foster math and science skills.

4. A Dictionary! I swear this is a FANTASTIC gift! My grandma gave me an illustrated dictionary when I was in grade six and I swear I used that dictionary until it fell apart! It was one of the best gifts I ever received!

5. Foster creativity with a monthly subscription to Kiwi Crate. This is a subscription which delivers at least two ready to assemble crafts per month to your front door… and all of the materials and instructions are provided! Just sit back and observe as your children create and explore with this fantastic monthly subscription.

6. Books! Books! Books! I’ve written many times about the value of quality children’s books. If you would like to explore my lists of recommended board books, visit {HERE}. My list of quality children’s picture books for preschoolers can be found {HERE}.

7. Classes. Now is the time to gift a child with a new and unusual class. Are they interested in horses? What about a horsemanship class? A budding artist? What about a watercolour class? Would they like to try rock climbing? What about classes to teach them how to do so?

8. Cooperative board games! We have a whole selection of cooperative board games which we enjoy as a family. They provide opportunities to count, sort, and memorize. Some of our favourite games include: Mermaid Island, Stone Soup, and Count Your Chickens. The majority of these games are ideal for children 3-9 years old.

9. What about a Deluxe Art Set in a Wooden Case? Opportunities to explore creativity encourage brain development in children of all ages. Why not provide the tools for a child to exercise the practice of creating?!

10. Opportunities to dress up and engage in dramatic play. Whether it’s a toy kitchen or dress up clothes, children need the opportunity to explore different roles in the world through play. Not only does dramatic play foster social development but it encourages language development and emotional development as well!

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So that’s it! Those are my top 10 educational gifts for young children! Can you think of anything you would add to this list?

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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