Shopping for the holidays is always a challenge, and finding educational gifts for kids is even more of a challenge. There are plenty of educational gifts available if you know what to look for. Here are some ideas for educational gifts for kids that enhance reading and writing skills.
1. Special edition books are great educational gifts for kids
Receiving a special copy of a favourite book or a classic book could motivate your child to get excited about reading. Owning nice copies of books also encourages kids to take care of their books in order to keep them in good condition.
2. Passing down books from generation to generation
Children are most likely interested in their parents’ or grand parents’ history, so they would probably really enjoy reading a book that their parents read when they were growing up. If you have old copies of books that you read as a kid or can find some of your old favourites in a used bookstore you can give them to your kids or grandkids as a gift. They will think it is pretty neat to be handling the actual book that you read when you were their age and it might make them feel like they are getting to know you better as they read the book.
3. Word games are fun educational gifts for kids
There are a lot of great word games that make fantastic educational gifts for kids. Scrabble and Boggle are popular games that even have special kids’ editions. These are fun games that help kids expand their vocabulary. Playing these types of word games gets kids to practice their spelling and it also exposes them to new words. The best part about playing word games is that most children will have so much fun playing that they won’t even notice that they are using their brains. Learning can be fun!
4. Diaries and journals are timeless gifts that encourage kids to write
Some of the popular books that kids read today are written in diary format like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid or the Diary of Anne Frank. If your children enjoy reading these types of books they might also enjoy writing in a diary or a journal of their own. There are so many beautifully bound journals that will help to draw out the thoughts inside of your child’s head. Learning to write in a journal is a great way to develop your child’s literacy development outside of the classroom.
5. Electronic word games and apps are educational gifts for kids that are entertaining and inexpensive (or free)
There are tons of games and apps for computers and tablets that are very inexpensive, and they will keep kids entertained while traveling in the car or when they need some quiet time during the holidays. Purchasing these electronic games and apps for your kids will keep them learning while they are on vacation from school!
Hopefully this list of educational gifts for kids will help you come up with ideas of things to get your kids for the holidays. If you have any other ideas or have given your kids any gifts in the past that promote literacy please feel free to share your ideas in the comments!