So, you’re looking for the best educational toys for those special kiddos in your life?
Or, maybe you have some homeschoolers on your Christmas list (or other gift list) and have been wondering, “What are some great gifts for homeschool families?”
We all know books are great learning tools, but what other kind of fun learning toys really float a kid’s boat?
No worries, we’re here to guide you through any gift giving season and help you with your Christmas list, birthday party, or any other time you need to give kids a cool gift!
As you may have guessed, you can never go wrong with parents when you put educational games and other learning items on that gift-giving list. But, you want to make sure the kid is all like YAY! and not BOO!
(Because, let’s face it, educational gifts can be boring sometimes…)
To save you some search time, we’ve put together a list of best educational toys . . . that are also super fun (and many of these are award winning educational toys!).
(No wah-wah-wah sad trombones in your gift giving anymore!)
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13 Best Educational Toys (for Any Kid on Your List)
This is one of our favorite learning tools!
And, if you’re looking for children’s educational toys that can continue to grow with the child (that parents or others can also add to for special occaisons), then Osmo just might be your thing.
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!
(It was really a life saver for spelling. She just told me again the other day, “Remember how much Osmo Spelling helped me?”)
The Osmo Starter Kit comes with reflector, base, Words, Masterpiece, Tangram, and Newton Games.
(NOTE: You need to the base to work with any of the games, so it’s good to start with the Osmo Starter Kit or Osmo Genius Kit so that you don’t spend more money buying all the things separately.)
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 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 for iPad, iPhone, and Kindle Fire use, so you need to know that before you purchase.
However, it is one of the best learning investments we’ve ever made!
READ MY FULL REVIEW: OSMO GENIUS KIT (AND OTHER ADD-ONS)
2. Kindle Fire
If you’re looking for a tablet, Kindle Fire is one of the best, most affordable options out there.
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 family’s arsenal of learning tools.
These tablets are also very affordable because you can often find them on sale, especially during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
(Disclosure: We have both an iPad and a Kindle, and we still use both!)
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, a child 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.
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 kid!
This action cam takes photos and videos, and you can even use it in up to 6 feet of water!
Beach vaca videos?
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!
Um, I mean my kid’s list…
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.)
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 affordable price and style.)
Microscopes are something that can be used for years — at all ages and stages — so they make great gifts.
(TIP: Get both the prepared slides and blank ones. We’ve had so much fun with both! The kids will love nature hunting for things to make their own slides!)
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7. Anything You Can Build
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!
(Hellllloooo! Bang for your buck!)
8. Science Toys
Kids LOVE science because it’s fascinating and often gross and sometimes gooey and you also get to decipher stuff.
So, any kind of science toy that you pick up will probably be appreciated by kids.
Plus, as an added bonus, there are science toys for all stages and ages and they can cover a large age range (and also be done as a family).
Try these cool hands-on science science toys that cover STEM / STEAM:
9. Robot Toys
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!
(You’ll also find them at multiple price points from mid-point to expensive!)
Being a chef is HOT right now (pun intended) (you’re welcome) so cooking-related items could be a fun gift for foodie kids on you list.
I’ll never forget when my daughter was three years old and she asked for tool belt.
Dang, she got A LOT of use out of that little tool belt.
It’s SUPER FUN to fix things, especially as a kid!
So, any fun fix-it tools will probably be a hit–especially with the younger kids.
And, if you have an older kid on your list, why not get them a complete, real tool kit? It’s something that they will use forever.
I know one family who gets kids a new tool each year and then by the time they are 18, they have a complete (basic) tool set for when they venture out on their own.
(Great idea, right?)
Check these out for your builder kids:
12. Pretend Play
Pretend play is an awesome learning tool that is often forgotten.
Pretending facilitates creative play, which is awesome for learning!
So, why not put together a pretend play box for your a child’s gift?
13. Board Games
Homeschool families LOVE board games.
(So do many other families!)
And, most board games are fun AND educational without kids even realizing it, so they make a great gift!
We recently did an extensive best board games series based on feedback from 42 homeschool parents.
And, you can’t go wrong getting a children’s gift recommended by homeschooling moms and dads!
Check out these best family board games:
What are some of your favorite educational games for homeschoolers? Leave it in the comments so we can check it out!