Some parents prefer to seek out educational items when shopping for Christmas gifts for their older kids. Being one of those parents myself, I’ve come across some phenomenal choices for educational gifts during my two decades as a Mom. There are a lot of great choices when searching for educational Christmas gifts for older kids. Some are really affordable, and others will make a significant dent in your wallet. So, whatever your budget looks like this Christmas, check this list for the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids.
Give them the moon and stars with a telescope! A telescope is the cream of the crop when it comes to the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids. You can find telescopes at toy stores like Toys’R’Us that range in price from about $30 to over $100. For a high quality telescope that has a much better viewing range, check specialty stores.
Consider a musical instrument. One of the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids is a musical instrument. Whether your child likes guitar, flute, or the drums, a musical instrument is a great choice when your goal is to give Christmas gifts that possess educational value.
Legos and K’nex are good choices. Building systems like Lego and K’nex make some of the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids. These sets range in skill levels from ages 5 to adult, and some sets are even motorized. K’nex has a really fun series of motorized amusement park rides to build, like a giant rollercoaster. Check early in the holiday season though, because the best sets go fast.
Field Guides make a unique Christmas gift for kids. For any kid who likes a specific type of animal very much, then a field guide makes a fantastic educational Christmas gift. Field Guides are small books which contains an abundance of information and photos of a specific species, such as birds or spiders, in a specific region, such as North America. Their small size makes them easy to carry, and kids who have an intense interest in animals will likely love being able to quickly identify creatures wherever they are, with the turn of a page.
Netbooks are becoming more affordable. Better yet, they are definitely at the top of the list for the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids. If your holiday budget can handle it, netbooks range in price from about $200 to $1000, depending on what you’re looking for. Just about any kid would quickly find ways to utilize a netbook for fun, research, and keeping in touch with friends.
Consider art & craft supplies and equipment. Items like specialized paints, brushes, pencils, papers, and drafting tables are among some of the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids, particularly those who have a flair for the creative. Additionally, toy and craft stores have some great kits that kids can use to make everything from beaded jewelry to personalized, screen-printed T-shirts.
Got a kid who loves to cook? Cooking is definitely an educational endeavor, which also stimulates a child’s artistic side. When searching for the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids, consider cooking specialty items like Magic Bullet, Mickey Mouse pancake rings, or fun-shaped baking pans.
Don’t forget the standard science kit. Not surprisingly, science kits qualify as some of the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids. Even stores like Toys’r’Us carry a great selection of science-based kits, from your basic chemistry sets, to C.S.I. themed kits that focus on the science of forensics.
Keep these suggestions in mind when shopping for the best educational Christmas gifts for older kids.