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Educational gifts for kids

Abbi Perets lives in Houston, TX, with her husband and five children.

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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.

For younger children

Go beyond simple memory matching games with the Silly Socks Game. The game teaches turn-taking, matching and counting. Each player receives three different silly socks to start the game. Players take turns picking an item from the washing machine. If it's a sock that matches one of the socks the player is holding, the player places the pair in the laundry basket. But be careful! If a player pulls out a pair of pants, they will lose one turn until they can try for silly socks again. The first player to collect three matching pairs wins!

My Pal Scout, for children six months and older, is a plush puppy friends that you can personalize (via a USB connection) with your child's name, favorite food, favorite color, and so on. Scout introduces learning skills such as first words, daily routines and counting.

Let's hear your ideas! What are you getting for your kids this year?

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