We enjoy hands-on homeschooling projects and delight-directed learning as I’ve mentioned before. When it comes to Christmas shopping time, we always have cool educational things on our list. Because learning should be — and is — fun! Check out what’s on our Ultimate Hands-on Homeschooling Christmas Gift Guide this year!
The Ultimate Hands-on Homeschooling Gift Guide
For hands-on geography, we recommend Little Passports for the elementary years. Not only does it provide a hands-on activity for kids, they can look forward to getting a new package in the mail each month. It makes planning easier on homeschool moms, too. Win-win! It is available in World or U.S. editions. They send everything you need to create an interactive geography lesson that your kids will remember. You can save 15% right now!
For the creative kids in the family, we’ve used Doodle Crate and Kiwi Crate. They send a new project each month that encourages interconnected play and learning with a theme. Kiwi Crate is for the 5-8 year old range and Doodle Crate is 9-16 and up. These kits are perfect for encouraging creativity! There is also Tinker Crate for kids ages 9-16+ who enjoy science and putting together STEM projects! Koala Crate is a cute option for preschoolers.
Lapbooks are one of our favorite ways to learn and follow interests. You can download a lapbook and print it out instantly, so this could be a nice educational surprise under the tree. Pick a subject you know your kids will love and have fun exploring! I recommend A Journey through Learning and In the Hands of a Child.
PBS Kids now has a line of creative play toys available at Nest Learning. Kids can role play with their favorite PBS Kids characters Dot and Dash in different careers, transportation/vehicles, and more. Play equals learning in the early years, so these can be used as creative learning manipulatives in your homeschool! Nest offers other hands-on learning toys and tools as well as DVDs with interactive unit studies.
See the Light offers hands-on art lessons for homeschoolers. From Bible stories to art unit studies, they teach kids how to create beautiful artwork using mixed media. What makes them different is the use of neon colors and black light so the art glows in the dark! It’s a really neat effect and can encourage reluctant artists to give it a try.
Another hands-on option in the science and STEM category is Groovy Lab in a Box. It also offers a monthly subscription so planning is super easy. Everything you need for the projects and experiments comes with the kit. Open and go! What kid doesn’t look forward to getting a package in the mail?
The Draw and Write through History series is a good choice for hands-on history. Kids can enjoy drawing their history lessons and will retain the information well. If you have a child who likes doodling and sketching, this can be a perfect gift! The entire series is 35% off through Dec. 22 on CBD. Each book covers a different time period from Creation through to modern times.
Tegu Blocks – Give your kiddos the opportunity to defy gravity! These wooden blocks are embedded with magnets so that kids can build structures they have only dreamed of! Magformers Challenger Set – With this 112-Piece magnetic building set, kids ages 6 to 12 imaginations are guaranteed to run wild! This is a great gift to give to siblings to share.
Slimy Squishy Polymer Set – Give the gift of science exploration! This fun, hands-on experiment only requires water, adult supervision, and creativity! What a fun way for kids and parents or older siblings to learn together!
Human Body Puzzle – This classic puzzle from Melissa & Doug stretches four feet long after your little one assembles it! Encourage critical thinking and study the skeletal and circulatory systems.
Books are always a great choice for gifts, at least in our opinion. 😉 Usborne Books has some great drawing and doodling books, as well as books for just about any interest and age. The Kid Kits are a hands-on way to get into reading and learning, like this Volcano Kid Kit that comes with everything you need to make your own volcano model at home:
Some of these can still be ordered and arrive in time for Christmas. Others could be ordered now and you could get creative with wrapping a gift certificate or something to represent the present that will be arriving. I know homeschoolers are good at thinking outside of the box, so use this opportunity to show your imagination and give the gift of hands-on homeschooling to your kids!
What are your favorite hands-on homeschooling gifts?
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