I created this useful guide for smart homeschoolers while shopping from home for my children's Christmas gifts. Since homeschooling my son, his eagerness to explore and learn has skyrocketed! I want to build on that by providing him toys that will further his education while at the same time, giving him hours of device-free play. One way of doing this is by choosing gifts that go along with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM. Don't worry if you're not a homeschooler, these gifts are perfect for any child who has an interest in learning!
The election this year certainly had people talking about who will be living in the White House! This is the perfect gift for an election year! At under $50 check out the Nanoblock White House with 900 pieces, this project will keep your 12 and up child busy for a while! If you are looking for a similar gift a little lower in price check out the Neuschwanstein Castle for ages 8 and up with only 550 pieces at under $15 bucks it makes a great gift exchange item.
Makeblock DIY Starter Robot kit – Premium Quality – STEM Education – Arduino – Scratch 2.0 – Programmable Robot Kit for Kids to Learn Coding, Robotics, and Electronics great for ages 12 and up. My older son loved Lego Robotics classes! Look for one near where you live and get involved. This is a great set for beginners.
Laser Maze Logic Game – can be played alone! Ages 8 and up will enjoy creating mazes using a real laser. Under $20 bucks! Great idea for a unique gift at an exchange party.
I so wish I had this Lunar Telescope for Kids – Explore the Moon and its Craters during the Supermoon this year! Perfect for ages 8 and up, this gift will cost you less than $45 bucks.
Let your kids learn about renewable energy, sustainability, microbiology, electricity, and more with MudWatt using the power of Mud! For under $40 and perfect for kids 8 and up, although I read in the reviews a parent had used this with a preschooler! Weeks of STEM fun!
Dunecraft Tropical Jungle Science Kit – a themed terrarium for kids who love science and horticulture. Under $23 and perfect for all ages.
If your kids love collecting and studying rocks, like most kids do, then they will love National Geographics Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit that has everything you need to get started polishing rocks! Has an excellent rating and is perfect for kids old enough not to put rocks in their mouths!
For the 12 and up Junior Scientist on your list check out this Zometool Hyperdo Science Kit to explore the 4 Dimensional Universe. This company guarantees its products for life, BONUS.
Elenco SCL-175B Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit for ages 8 and up. Around $50 this kit has rave reviews from grandparents to teachers! Create hundreds of different electronic projects, combine to create a working circuit board!
Looking to start your little one out on the path to geeky success? Why not give the gift of the stars? I just adore this Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light Turtle and recently bought one for a friends child. If you are toy safety conscious like me, don't worry, this product is BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead-Free and safe for ages 2 and up. Children may float away in peaceful slumber under a beautiful star-filled sky with this turtle making bedtime fun and helping to ease children's fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky onto bedroom ceiling and walls!
For ages 3 and up, get out of the Lego box and into Fat Brain Toy Co Dado Squares made with heavy duty food grade plastic. Teach toddlers about balance, structure, color, and architecture! This is a set you can build on as the years go by.
Give your little book lover the gift of audio books; Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks! My children have listened to hundreds of books over the years and we still listen every day. In the car, at bedtime, and on their own audio books give educational entertainment anytime anywhere.
I use Amazon for gift giving, especially with my adult daughters who have left home! If you are like me and really do not like crowds, you might want to Shop Amazon -or Give the Gift of Amazon Prime to one of your adult children this year! It is definitely the gift that keeps giving. I use it for photo storage, free music, digital movies, keeping my pantry stocked with very little effort and so much more! Even when I am out shopping, I use the Amazon App to compare prices and almost all stores will price match; if not, I simply buy with 1-click!
Make sure when purchasing toys that you always put safety first!
I hope this educational gift guide has been useful! Let me know in the comments below what your ideas for educational gifts may be! If you enjoyed this post or if your child is super geeky and loves science experiments you might like my post about budget friendly science projects. I also have another gift guide for unique and interesting gifts for anyone!