The Best Educational Gifts for Kids Ages 2-12
Learning Through Play
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” ~ Friedrich Froebel
Call us sneaky, but when we give gifts, we like to give kids toys and games that have an educational value to them. That may be because we play for a living. At work, our job is to help children build skills and learn. At home, our job is to help our children grow and develop to the best of their abilities. We find that kids learn best when they are having fun so we try to gift wrap our lessons by playing games and doing fun hands-on activities. Over the years, we have discovered so many awesome educational gifts for kids. Games and toys that the children love to play, games and toys that we can use over and over again, and games and toys that help children learn and develop.
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Fort Magic (Age 6+)
One of our favorite childhood memories is building elaborate forts. This kit has all you need for many magical hours of building and playing in a fort.
Award Winning, Patented Fort Building & Construction Toy For Kids. Ages 6+
346 Piece Building Kit – High Quality, Sturdy Construction, Full Color Instruction Manual. Easily Store Kit Parts In Retail Box.
KEVA Contraptions (Age 4 – 12)
The smooth little planks feel awesome and it’s amazing all the different contraptions and structures that you can build. This toy will stimulate your mind and entertain with learning that’s right on track.
Create ramps, funnels, chutes and crazy contraptions like the “Black Hole” or the “Bounce Plate”
No Glue, no connectors – just loads of constructive fun
This toy is Great for Education: The letter and digital cards(not magnetic) could be inserted into the square magnetic block and used to teach young children spelling and simple math. As it says, the best way to learn is through playing
The magnetic building blocks could encourage kids for creativity, brain development, and critical thinking
Educational Games and Toys
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (Ages 3+)
This game has it all! Fine Motor, turn taking, social skills and more!
Color matching game for all ages
Designed to teach matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills
Great first board game for a child.
The Scrambled States of America (Ages 8+)
Not only do kids learn all about the states with this game, they have a blast while playing. This is one of the most requested games that we have in our game collection.
Turn-taking and quick thinking make this a fun fast paced game.
Fine Motor Toys
Froggy Feeding Fun (Ages 3+)
Roll a cube to determine which flies to munch- practice number and color matching skills too
Includes 2 durable rubber frogs 60 flies 1 number cube 1 color cube and activity guide
Design and Drill Activity Center (Ages 3-6)
Kids love this toy! They feel like they are really working while they develop their coordination, imagination, creative thinking and fine motor skills
Features 20 Activity Cards with design ideas children can follow for an additional color-matching challenge
Includes plastic bolts, a reversible power drill, a screwdriver, 3 drill bits, a combination wrench, and activity board
Mushroom Nail Baby Kids Play Toys (Ages 4+)
Builds coordination, imagination, creative thinking and fine motor skills
Kids can DIY many sorts of design with these colorful mushroom nails, amazing
Children can follow for an additional color-matching challenge
This product contains small parts, small age babies must be in parents’ care
Gross Motor and Active Toys
Gonge River Stones (Ages 3-15)
We have so much fun with these stones. More often than not, there is a pretend game going on at the same time as we use the stones to cross a river full of crocodiles.
Great for improving coordination and balance.
Each side of the stones vary in steepness and difficulty
May be stacked for easy storage
Rubber rim prevents slipping
Contains 3 large stones and 3 small stones
FlagHouse The Sound Steps (Ages 3-15)
Makes a fun sound when stepping up or down on the step, it tickles the kids’ sense of humor and makes them laugh.
The Sound Steps helps develop balance
Made with bright, engaging colors that lend themselves to color matching games.
YBikes (Age 2-6)
I wish they’d made this Award Winning Balance Bike when I was a kid. It zips around for a super fun ride.
Help your child build the skills, balance, and coordination necessary to ride a big-kid bicycle.
Two Rear Wheels for Additional Stability
High ground clearance allows for safer riding
Bigger Wheels for safer riding
CLUMSY THIEF – Adding to 100 Game (Ages 7-12)
A hilarious, fast-paced money game
Kids need to add the cards to make $100.
It helps develop quick response times. Kids need to pay attention to the cards that the other players have and react first to steal their cards.
Reinforces addition and strategy skills
Sum Swamp (Ages 5+)
Math becomes an adventure as children add and subtract their way across the swamp.
Fluency in early math skills is made into a social affair as children. take turns, follow directions and sequence steps to play.
Kids love playing this game so much that it’s a winner of 6 awards.
Cutting Fruit & Vegetables Pretend Set (Ages 1+)
Set (11pcs) includes: Orange, Apple, Watermelon, Corn, Grape, Strawberry, Banana, Eggplant, Chili, Knife, Cutting board
Set of colorful fruit and vegetable toys for your children
Made of environment-friendly plastic, no harm to kids Each fruit and vegetable can be sliced in half because they are connected with Velcro
Pretend and Play Cash Register (Ages 3+)
Four built-in learning activities, each with three difficulty levels, keep learning stimulating and fresh.
Transactions are rewarded with lights, sounds and voice messages
This cash register helps children learn practical money skills of coin identification and value.
Fosters healthy early childhood development by helping kids interpret and imitate the world around them. Winner of 15 awards
Story Cubes (Ages 7+)
Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages.
Story Cubes are a great way to get visual thinkers and reluctant writers to find the power of story-telling.
Reinforces artistic expression.
This toy makes a great travel or waiting room game.
Apples to Apples is the game of hilarious comparisons
It’s as easy as comparing apples to apples… just open the box, deal the cards, and you’re ready to play
Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge
Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things, and events
Science Kits and Games
Snap Circuits (Ages 5+)
Be amazed at what your music can do with the new Snap Circuits Lights
Color organ controlled by iPod or other MP3 players, voice or finger
Enjoy your music as the lights change to the beat
Plus many more Snap Circuits projects
Totally Gross: The Game (Ages 8+)
Play award-winning Totally Gross from University Games, the science game that makes learning fun
Kids and parents will enjoy plenty of laughs answering silly science questions and acting out the Gross Out challenges
Questions cover biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, zoology, anatomy, and physics
Salt Water Robot (Ages 9+)
This robot kit is a hands-on learning experience that illustrates the value of alternate energy sources.
The robot is powered by the chemical reaction of salt water and charcoal and is safe and non-toxic.
This kit contains all the parts and materials needed to create a salt-water-powered robot.
Make rockets from a chemical reaction or a balloon, make fizzy bombs, make a fun explosive bag, and create a color explosion.
The fact-filled colorful lab guide is chock-full of pictures and information for hours of fun in your own combustion lab!
Social Skills Games
Hedbanz (Ages 7-9)
The award-winning, goofy guessing game of “What am I?” with Hedbanz is a great way to get children to look at each other.
Kids use their heads in more ways than one while asking yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on their head
Be the first player to guess what you are and win by asking questions. This helps build conversational skills!
My Feelings Game: Fun educational family game to help kids express their emotions and learn self-regulation.
280 scenarios to help kids explore and talk about feelings! 260 regulation strategies to help kids manage their feelings in socially appropriate ways! 24 movement cards to keep kids engaged! Illustrated Booklet that introduces seven different kids with seven different feelings!
Active, impulsive children learn motor control, relaxation skills, how to express their feelings and how to problem-solve
Ideal game to help impulsive children think before they act
- 390 School Situation Cards (3 1/2" x 1 7/8") Color-Coded into Six Categories
- Sturdy, Colorful Game Board (18" x 18")
- Laminated, School Characters, Tokens, & a Pair of Dice for Game Play
- Educational - Teaches Children Important Social Skills in a School Setting
Vision Games; Toys for the Eyes
BusyTown (Ages 3+)
Kids love looking for items because of the wonderfully engaging illustrations by Richard Scarry. Kids have fun and build confidence every time they say, “I found it!”
Promotes attention to detail
Reinforces object identification and matching skills
Pictureka! (Ages 6+)
Exciting games of visual hide and seek
100 different mission cards in 3 categories
Includes 9 two-sided gameboard tiles, 108 cards, dice, timer, and instructions
For 2 or more people