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Best Gifts for School Aged Kids
Learning Toys – Ages 5-10
My oldest daughter is 5.5 years old and man does time fly by. Writing these gift posts of different ages and stages has brought back so many memories of that curly headed little girl playing and squealing over our most loved toys.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I try to be intentional about the toys we bring into our home. Mostly because I don’t like clutter. So, I try to only purchase things that meet these three requirements: educational, durable and loved. Many of the items on this list are things that we own and love, but, since this is a newer season for us, some toys are on our wish list as well.
My hope is this will ease some of the stress of Christmas shopping and give you more confidence in your purchases. I’m sometimes a bit overwhelmed with all of the options out there for kids toys and trying to weed through which ones are actually worth the buy. If you feel that way, this list should help.
Best Gifts for School Aged Kids – Learning Toys – Ages 5-10
These ZOOB builders are so neat! We’ve built so many things together: dinosaurs, crowns, scorpions, birds. The building guide with the set has some awesome ideas of things to build, and the instructions are easy to follow. This is a set she will continue to use for a few more years atleast.
This Snap Circuits Jr set has a grid that allows students to snap circuit connections easily. The kit includes instructions for over 100 projects, including a flashlight, siren, photosensor. How awesome is it for kids to build their own working models!
Can you tell we love building things? It gives kids such a great sense of accomplishment. My daughter will usually carry around whatever model she built for a few days before she takes it apart to build something else. I love seeing her take pride and joy in her work. This K’nex building set is a great addition to the building toys. Kids not only create models of cars, helicopters, amusement parks, transforming animals, but the parts move! They’re creation moves and transforms creating a moving model to play with for days to come.
Let’s wrap up our building toys with one of the classics – Legos. We only have a handful of lego sets. So, we are not lego experts by far, but my daughter really enjoys the building kits. We also have a large Lego Classic set that you can’t go wrong with. What is your kid’s favorite lego sets?
Have you seen this Lego Tape?
This lego tape allows your kids to create there own building area anywhere. On a notebook, tabletop, up the wall, a bracelet. How exciting!
We love this book! It has so many fun and easy science experiments. Kids love science experiments, and now you can do fun easy ones with them at home without searching on pinterest. Some experiments the kids can even do themselves. So Fun!
This kit has everything you need to do 11 different science experiments. We got this last year and had so much fun with it! The supplies in the kit go a long way, and once you’ve used them all you can substitute many for household supplies.
This is one neat gift! It is a device that you put your iPad into, and it has a reflector to see the table top in front of it. What this allows is for your child to have hands-on interaction with the game. Build puzzles, draw, answer questions….all with real hands-on manipulatives.
Kids love this! this kit has everything they need to make colorful fun bracelets. The bracelets range in difficulty from easy to harder. It’s a lot of fun, and kids love making gifts for other people.
My daughter loves making videos! Right now she uses an old digital camera. It has a terrible picture because it’s about 10 years old, but she happily uses it anyway. It’s so funny watching her walk around the house talking into the camera. Lol! That got me looking into kids cameras for her, and this looks like a great choice. It’s an action camera that takes videos, photos, stop-motion video, and time-lapse photos. It mounts to bicycles, skateboards, etc. Also, it is waterproof! You can use it to take photos under the water!
So many kids love to draw! These drawing books are easy for kids to follow and create real pictures. This one is an animal book, but he has many others.
I’ll be honest and say that having my 5-year-old in the kitchen gives me anxiety. Lol! But she loves it. So, I’ve been trying to take deep breaths and let her make a mess in the name of learning and having fun. 🙂 This Kid Chef cookbook is a great addition to have to get your kids in the kitchen and having fun!
This last section is all games. This semester I taught an elementary learning through games class with our homeschool co-op, and we had so much fun!! I also found several games the kids really liked. These games had to finish within 1 hour (that includes learning how to play and then playing the game.) Also, it had to be team friendly so the class could play the same game together. It was a blast!
This was their favorite game by far! They kept requesting to play it. It is a kids version of Cranium. There are different cards to choose from that direct you to either answer a question, solve a puzzle, act something, draw something, or sculpt something. It’s fun for kids and parents to play along too!
This is a fun strategy and grouping game that can be played with younger players, age 6, and still engaging and fun for older kids and parents. It’s a favorite!
This game is similar to scrabble because you build words. It’s a simple game that also cultivates learning.
I completely forgot how fun Pictionary was, until playing it with my class this semester! The calling out guesses, laughs at drawing, explaining what you were trying to draw. Having a plan in your head until you try to draw it and then it all goes downhill. Is that just me and my lack of drawing skills? Lol!
Another fun strategy game that has simple rules. There are 4 different colored block sets that you strategically place as many of your pieces that you can while blocking your opponents moves. We had fun playing this one too!
We gave my daughter my old Kindle at age 3 and purchased Kindle Freetime. We still have Kindle Freetime, and she’s 5.5 now. I know some kids have ipads, and that’s great. But the Kindle is much more affordable, and with the Kindle Freetime subscription (only 3.99 per month) it gives them books, games, shows, all included and kid safe. It’s a great set-up.
Obviously, when your kids get a little older, you can buy them digital books for the Kindle or check them out from your library! Seriously, most libraries let you check out digital books right from your Kindle or Ipad. Great time saver and you never have late fees. 🙂
There are special Kid Kindles like this one. Amazon replaces it if it gets broken.
We’ve used a regular Kindle Fire for the last almost 3 years without a problem.
This is what makes the whole thing work so great! Kindle Freetime is a $2.99 monthly subscription if you have Amazon Prime. We’ve had it for almost 3 years. You get 13,000 kid friendly books, games, apps, and shows. It has material for kids from ages 3-12, and you can limit the content of the app too. This way your child is always ONLY viewing age-appropriate material. Kids have unlimited access to the materials.
They are locked into the Freetime App. So, no erasing the Kindle or messing up other apps for the 3-year-old. You have to put in a password to exit Freetime. Also, you can set time limits in each area. So, a total screen time limit. Or games and shows only limit. You can set up goals for reading that have to be met before they can play games. It’s customizable for what works best for your family and your parenting ideals.
There are lots of books that read to kids for the young ages. Also, lots of themed books for the holidays which is nice. We’ve been happy with it for the 3 years we’ve had it.
If you haven’t caught the Amazon Prime bug yet, now’s the best time to get it. Hello, no lines or traffic or multiple stores for your Christmas gifts! 🙂
Here’s a link to a free trial. Seriously, you’ll never go back. Lol!
Last for this list is another item I waited a long time to purchase, but I wish I would have gotten it sooner. Get a free month with this link – ABCmouse.com. My daughter absolutely loves it! You can get a great trial with this link. They have material from 3 years old to 2nd grade. Your kids will quickly fall in love.
I hope this short and sweet guide helps you get the best gifts for school aged kids. I try to keep the toys at a minimum here. So, we TRY to only buy them if they are durable, learning toys, and going to be well loved.
What would you add to this list? How many of these do you already own?
I love Christmas time! I hope this helps make your shopping easier.
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