Brain Building Gifts For Kids
Are you looking for an educational or brain-building Christmas gift for the kids? The holidays are here, with all the TV-watching, mall-hopping, sugar-eating frenzy that they bring. But your kids' gifts don't all have to be mindless games, There are plenty of educational toys out there -- that are a lot of fun to use. Here's a look at some of what's available for kids.
Before you head out to the stores or fire up your favorite shopping site, take a few minutes to look over our picks for top educational toys that kids will actually use and enjoy.
Toys for the whole family
It's rare to find a toy that spans age groups, but when it happens, it's fantastic. The brand new Brik-A-Blok, a system of modular, easy to assemble polymer panels is that toy: it provides children with hours of fun, allowing them to safely build playhouses, forts, castles, and anything else they can imagine. It's designed for 6 to 12 year olds. At my house, minutes after the box was opened, my 3-year-old and special needs 6-year-old were entranced. My daughters, ages 8 and 10, soon joined in, and even my husband and I had fun with the Bloks. Want a toy the whole family can enjoy? Try this one.
A gift that keeps on giving
It's no fun to get a gift for a special kid in your life only to see it forgotten a few days later. With Project of the Month Club, that won't happen. POM (pictured) produces and delivers creative do-it-yourself arts and crafts project kits to children (ages 3-11) each month. All materials are included in each project -- you won't need to provide any extra supplies. Photos of finished projects can be uploaded to a private photo gallery and emailed to parent-approved recipients.
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Got a girl who dreams of being a designer? Let her flex her creative muscles with Harumika, a girls' fashion design activity where kids create their own looks and share them with friends on a safe online community! No cutting, gluing, or sewing required to design outfits with colorful fabrics and fashion accessories.
Leapster2, the industry's first educational gaming handheld and best-selling system, offers kids from four to eight years old learning fun, with great content and a wide mix of kids' favorite characters and themes. And now kids can also expand the fun online with game downloads and rewards -- and you can keep tabs on what they're playing and learning.
Want to teach your kids about their bodies in a fresh, fun way -- without feeling awkward? Grab a copy of My Silly Body by P. Hanson and Eric Nagourney. The hands-on approach engages children and introduces them to fascinating facts about their bodies -- from the organs to the bones to the funny noises they make after eating too many beans. Boys and girls will learn the basics of the human body through a life-size, interactive, die-cut figure and a 64-page illustrated owner's manual.
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