As the holidays quickly approach, you may find yourself scrambling to check off every box on your gift list. Rather than giving your child another toy that will end up in the corner of the closet, how about surprising them with something that challenges them and captivates their imagination? Check out these gift ideas that will spark their curiosity (while secretly teaching them valuable lessons).
This interactive board is perfect for curious children who like to explore inside cabinets or behind closed doors. The variety of latch types help to improve fine manipulation and critical-thinking as children work to find out what’s behind every brightly colored door.
The brightly colored ergonomic (and soft) spikes of this adorable hedgehog make it simply irresistible. Children can remove the spikes and rearrange them however they like. Spike teaches children color recognition, sorting, and counting in addition to improving fine motor skills.
This 22-piece wooden instrument set introduces children to rhythms and sounds. A variety of percussion instruments and even a wooden recorder will have your children creating melodies for hours!
Sorting, grouping, color matching, and fine manipulation prevail with these adorable bears! Children will have fun creating patterns or developing teamwork skills while they occupy their hands and minds with this 71 piece set.
Sector 7 is a Caldecott Honor-winning book by David Wiesner. The catch? There’s no words! The intricate and beautiful illustration encourages children to create their own story as they interpret every page.
Introduce children to the world of geology with this hands-on STEM gift. Eight crystals are embedded in a plaster rock that children will need to use the included tools to extract. They can then learn the names of each gem and explore them further with the included magnifying glass.
Math and art meet in this simple yet surprisingly fun wooden geoboard. Colorful latex bands get stretched around pegs as children count each space, ultimately creating works of art, letters, numbers, or patterns.
This gift allows children to learn a practical life skill while creating adorable stuffed animals that they can be proud of. This sewing kit is great for an everyday activity at home or to occupy time on long car rides.
Critical-thinking meets creativity with these interlocking discs that give children the freedom to build 3D structures. Its unique design lends itself to teaching children spatial intelligence and the foundations for engineering. Plus, they’re BPA, lead, heavy metal, and phthalate free!
Learning life science has never been so fun! This terrarium kit offers children the ability to design their very own terrarium while learning about the environment. It also doubles as a fun nightlight!
More than 100 electronic circuit projects can be created with this incredible STEM gift! Your child will be captivated as they create a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, a light police siren, and so much more! Best of all? No tools needed!
Now that you’ve been inspired by this list, what gift do you think would inspire your child the most?