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Whether it's for birthdays or Christmas, buying gifts for children can be a little
too overwhelming and confusing. All children love toys but it is recommended that
you give kids gifts that are both educational and fun. Educational toys are great
as they allow children to learn while playing and help build a solid early foundation
for a lifetime of learning.
If you have no idea what gift to get for a child, here are the best 10 educational
toys that are readily available locally or online.
1. Learning Toys
Learning toys help children develop motor, cognitive and social skills. When purchasing
learning toys, make sure the toy is challenging – appropriate for his age and gender
– and made of safe, durable materials.
Avoid toys that can only be played with one or two ways. The more activities a kid
can do with a toy, the better it is. For younger kids, look for toys that can be
opened, closed, twisted, pulled, dragged, formed, changed, preferably all at the
As for slightly older kids, the best learning toys are those that stimulate imagination
and encourage creativity.
2. Hobby and Science Toys
Hobby toys help your kid discover his lifetime passion by offering hundreds of educational
toys that catches his interest. Good examples include science projects, electronic
kits, Lego Mindstorms, and robot projects, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physics
3. Nature Toys and Pets
Nature toys allow your child explore the wonders and mysteries of the world around
him. They can cultivate curiosity and help a child become a lifelong learner. Consider
gifts such as microscopes, telescopes, planetariums, and globes.
Pets also make excellent gifts as they instil a sense of responsibility in a child.
For example, an aquarium can educate children about aquatic life while keeping small
pets at home – terrapins, rabbits, chinchilla, and hamsters – can be a great way
to teach your kid about love and respect for animals.
Watching seeds grow into a plant will fascinate any child so you might want to purchase
a kids’ sprout kit, which can be found at Amazon for a very small price.
4. Personalized Gifts
Studies have shown that kids learn best when their activities are personalized. Babies
and young children love hearing their own name sung in songs, printed in books, built
with trains, or just hanging on the wall. Moreover, personalized books, music, and
toys also improve your kid’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Check out mooo.com.au for custom made name puzzles, books and more.
5. Computer Software and Games
Not all video games are created equal. Some computer software are actually effective
teaching tools. They help build math, reading, and many critical learning skills.
If you decide to buy a video game as a gift, look for those that build high level
logic skills like strategy thinking and problem-solving, and not violent video games
that only “frag” the enemy. You might want to look at these strategy games such as
Railroad Tycoon, SimCity, and Age of Empires.
Although “fragging” the enemy is said to develop hand-eye coordination, some psychologist
are concerned that the “killing” nature of these games can desensitize children to
Books are and will always be a young mind’s best friend. Aside from keeping a child
quiet and happily entertained for hours, reading builds the language neural connections
in your kid’s brain and expands his knowledge.
7. Magazine Subscriptions
Other than books, magazines can be a great way to start kids off on a life-long passion
for reading. And, since magazines feature what is current and up-to-date information,
kids will take a great interest and make time to read.
8. Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles and games simulates the brain. The best puzzles and board games teach your
kid how to plan, decide, and think through a difficulty. Board games, when played
with friends or family, helps enhance social skills as well.
9. Musical Instruments
Many studies have suggested that learning music has a profound effect on your kid’s
brain. Music is shown to increase IQ, improve school grades, and prepare your kid
to learn the advanced concepts of math and science.
10. Educational Videos
Educational videos have proven beneficial to preschool and above kids. Children who
watch informative and educational shows as preschoolers tend to watch more informative
and educational shows when they get older.
There are educational movies online where kids of the “You Tube” generation not only
watch, but also interact for a greater learning experience.