It’s that time of the year! Here is a list of gift ideas for your kids. I am big on hands-on learning experiences. Children should be given the opportunity to explore and discover when they are not outdoors. They are easily hooked onto gadgets, so whatever you can do to provide engaging opportunities that do not involve an ipad or iPhone, the better.
Stem Bridge Building from Lakeshore Store- for elementary aged kids – For the kid builder, consider giving them something that challenges them, but also makes it fun. There are 8 picture cards and bridge building materials included. Children pick a card and try to create the bridge with the materials in the box. This helps kids problem, solve and compromise. They can work alone or with a partner, or a few friends.
Me Reader Kit-found on Amazon and Costco!- great for toddlers, pre-k-2nd grade kids- This is a gift given by a dear friend. L- loves this book set. It is a modern version book on tape/CD listening center. There are 8 color-coded books that match a recorder. The reader chooses the book you want, and presses that color on the recorder. The narrator starts reading the book to your child. When the narrator is done with the page, the reader hears a bell and they know to turn the page. On the top of the next page is a colored square. The reader presses that same color on the recorder and the narrator reads the next page. After a few tries, Lucas caught onto the color coded system for reading the books.
I can’t tell you how beneficial these books are to pre-readers/early readers. They are listening to model reading, they can point to the words as the recognize them. The stories are short and cute. My son can sit there for a long time and just listen to the stories over and over. I’ve seen other ones at Costco such as Frozen and Thomas The Train.
Osmo – If you are looking for an I-pad gift consider Osmo for children ages 3-11. This game hooks up to your I-pad. Young children can learn the alphabet, build words, work on matching games, and it offers coding and number activities. We don’t have one yet, but we are considering it for our son. Here is their website, you can also find them on Amazon. https://www.playosmo.com/en/
Dollhouses- Kidkraft has great choices. They are wooden dollhouses that last a long time and they have quality roomsettings to add to the dollhouses. They are a bit pricey, I attached some Amazon choices as well. Amazon has Hape, which is also a great choice! What better way than to het your kids interested in imaginative play than through providing a setting for them.
Lil Libros are great beginner books for bilingual children. My son loves to read them over and over. I’ve shared then on my blog before. We recently purchased El Chavo. If you are raising a bilingual baby, consider these books. Their website is linked here. https://lillibros.com/ They can also be found at Target and Amazon.
They have a Loteria for children. We don’t own this because I bought a different version for my son a few years ago. This is a great way to make Spanish learning fun.
Spanish File Folder Game-Lakeshore- I am considering this game for my pre-reader. If your child is on the verge of reading in Spanish, this game looks like it will help your bilingual baby work on his/her conversational skills. You can find it here. https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/products/language/spanish-ell-materials/spanish-file-folder-game-library-pre-span-stylewhite-space-nowrapk-k-span/p/FF374
Here are some of my top picks. I hope you find them helpful.