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So, you homeschool and you need some gift ideas? Or, maybe you have some homeschoolers on your Christmas list and have been wondering, “What are some great gifts for homeschool families?”

Ok, we all know books are great for homeschoolers, but what else?

No worries, we’re here to guide you through any gift giving season and help you with your homeschool christmas list, birthday party, or any other time you need to give homeschoolers a gift!

(Whew, I know!)

As you may have guessed, you can never go wrong with putting educational games and other learning items on that homeschool gift giving list. To save you some search time, we’ve put together a list of best educational toys for homeschoolers . . . that are also super fun!



Gifts for Homeschoolers

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get an Osmo Starter Kit (AFFILIATE)1. Osmo Starter Kit

This tech kit pairs up with an iPad for different learning items. My daughter has practiced spelling on it, math, coding, drawing and so much more!

The Osmo Starter Kit comes with reflector, base, Words, Masterpiece, Tangram, and Newton Games.

Since our initial purchase, we have also added: Osmo Coding Jam Game (that helps you practice how to code in a REALLY fun musical way), Osmo Numbers Game, and new this year, Osmo Pizza Co. Game (which is a game where you run a pizza restaurant that helps with math skills).

Osmo is hands-down one of my favorite learning tools. If you’re only going to buy one higher priced item this year, make it the Osmo system! It is an investment and it is only for iPad use, so you need to know that before you purchase. However, it is on of the best learning investments we’ve ever made!


Get Kindle Fire (AFFILIATE)2. Kindle Fire

If you’re looking for a tablet, Kindle Fire is one of the best, most affordable options out there. We have both an iPad and a Kindle, and we still use both!

And, it’s not just for reading books. You can access the Internet, play games, watch videos, and more. It’s really a versatile addition to a homeschoolers arsenal of learning tools.

These tablets are also very affordable because you can often find them for $49 and under in fun colors! (I got some on sale one time for $29/each!)


Get BLOXELS (Affiliate)3. Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game

Continuing our tech-inspired theme for a moment, if you have a homeschooler crazy about technology, coding, or video games, check out Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game.

With Bloxels, your homeschooler can “build your video games with a mix of physical and digital tools that include designs to help get you started creating your first game.” They then pair it up with the free Bloxels app on your favorite device.

This game was a Toy Insider STEM 10 winner.


Get VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180 (AFFILIATE)4. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like taking pictures. That’s why this VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180 makes a great gift for any homeschooler!

This one takes photos and videos, and you can even use it in up to 6 feet of water!

 


Get Wonder Workshop Dash Robot (AFFILIATE)5. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Ok, I’m just going to come right out and say it: the Wonder Workshop Dash Robot has been on my wish list for a couple of years now!

This cute little robot helps you your kids learn about coding and even responds to your voice! Using your iPhone or Android device app, you code things for the robot to do, like move around an obstacle course, light up, dance, and more! It also comes with an extender that allows you to pair it up with Lego Bricks. (I. KNOW.)

Awards: 2015 National Parenting Gold, Time to Play Magazine 2015 Holiday Most Wanted List, Opening Minds Innovation for Schools, ISTE Best of Show for Schools

(If we’re on your homeschool gifts list, then, YES, PLEASE.)


6. Microscopes

Get a microscope kit (AFFILIATE)Microscopes are so much fun for all ages! There are great ones for preschoolers, like this Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope, and this more advanced microscope kit for beginners. (We have this microscope and I was impressed with how good it is for the price and style.)

Microscopes are something that can be used for years, so they make great gifts. You can get prepared microscope slides or blank slides to make your own, so the educational opportunities are endless!


7. Anything You Can Build

Get KNEX set (AFFILIATE)Building works the creative and engineering mind, so any toy or game where you have to build something is a great learning tool! Plus, I love the staying power of building sets. My daughter still plays with her classic Lego bricks quite often and we got those over five years ago!

Try out building sets like K’NEX 100 Model Building Setor Mega Bloks Build ‘N Learn Math Building Set, and Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone.




8. Science Kits

Kids LOVE science because it’s fascinating and sometimes gross and gooey and you get to decipher stuff.

Get SQUISHY HUMAN SCIENCE KIT (Affiliate)OK, maybe that’s just me, but most kids love that stuff, too!

So, any kind of science-y gift that you pick up will probably be appreciated by homeschooling families. Plus, as an added bonus, there are science kits for all stages and ages and they can also be done as a family.

Try these hands-on science homeschool science kits:

Motorized Solar System Science Kit

SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

Sick Science Slick Tricks

Earth Science Crystals, Rocks, and Minerals

Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

My First Science Kit


9. Robots

Robots are super cool. If you don’t believe me, ask a group of kids. And, you’re in luck, because there are so many awesome robot gift choices on the market right now!

Check out:

Get this robot (AFFILIATE)LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Kit for Kids

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit

Jimu Robot – Builderbots Kit Interactive Robotic Building Block System

Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot

 


10. Cooking

Get MasterChef Junior Cooking Essentials Set (AFFILIATE)

Being a chef is HOT right now (pun intended) so cooking-related items could be a fun gift for your homeschool family members.

Try:

Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Culinary Skills for the New Cook in the Kitchen

Kid’s Garden with Pizza Party Activity Kit

MasterChef Junior Cooking Essentials Set

Creative Kitchen Junior Chef 35 Piece Cooking Set


11. Tools

Get this tool belt (AFFILIATE)I’ll never forget when my daughter was three and she asked for tool belt. Dang, she got A LOT of use out of that little tool belt. Know why? It’s FUN to fix things, especially as a kid! So, any fun fix-it tools will probably be a hit–especially with the younger kids. (If you have an older homeschooler, why not get them a complete, real tool kit? It’s something that they will use forever!)

Check out:

Durable Kids Tool Set with Electronic Cordless Drill and 18 Pretend Play Construction Accessories, with a Sturdy Case,

Toy Tool Workbench

Take Apart Toy Engine and Tool Set

Toy Workbench and Toddler Tool Set


12. Pretend Play

Pretend play is an awesome learning tool that is often forgotten. Pretending facilitates creative play, which is awesome for learning! Why not put together a pretend play box for your homeschooling gift?

get this pretend school play set (AFFILIATE)Here are some fun pretend play ideas:

Pretend and Play School Set

Melissa and Doug Order Up! Diner Play Set

Melissa and Doug Pretend-to-Spend Wallet Play

Liberty Imports Ice Cream Shop with Pretend Play Desserts, Treats, and Cash Register

5 Pack Cartoon Dress up Costume with Capes

Dress up Trunk Full of Costumes


13. Board Games

Homeschool families LOVE board games. And, most are fun AND educational, so they make a great gift! We recently did an extensive three board games post based on feedback from 42 homeschool parents. And, you can’t go wrong getting a homeschool gift recommended by homeschooling moms and dads!

Check out the posts for board game ideas for homeschooling:

42 HOMESCHOOL PARENTS RECOMMEND BEST BOARD GAMES

BEST BOARD GAMES FOR FAMILY OR GATHERINGS | BOARD GAMES LIST, PART 2

TOP BOARD GAMES FOR KIDS | BOARD GAMES LIST, PART 3

 

 

What are some of your favorite educational games for homeschoolers? Leave it in the comments so we can check it out!

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Jacqueline Wilson is a writer, mom, wife, homeschool super freak and #1 Bestselling Author of It's Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement. She has been featured at Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine, Redbook, Kiwi Magazine, Fox News, and more. She is a discriminating sock monkey enthusiast and has a small collection of rescued pets. One more and she gets a free set of steak knives.

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