Any cool learning gifts for your kids this holiday?

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Any cool learning gifts for your kids this holiday?
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Wed, 12-19-2012 - 11:40am

We got a starter set of Snap Circuits and a tiny solar powered toy car, for Chanukah, plus he's getting a chess set as part of his birthday next week.  A little bird tells me that grandma may be getting him a simple microscope, too.  DS turns 7 next week.  How about you all?

 

Gwen

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Thu, 12-20-2012 - 11:56am

I guess it depends on what constitutes learning. DS 12 is getting a crepe pan and recipe book. The boy LOVES crepes and he loves to cook. Other than that, he's getting Globe Trotter tickets and some graphic novels. We got DD 15 a "Finish this Book" book. It looks sort of interesting and supposed to help you get started on various writing projects within the book. No idea if she'll actually use it. Otherwise, clothes and books. 

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Zeph 12 is receiving the Lego Mindstorm Kit and some Mindstorm books to go along with it plus other assorted Lego sets.  Several historical nonficiton books and some new toy soldiers to reenact historical battles with.   Settlers of Catan Star Trek ( hope it wasn't a mistake rather than the original) and Lord of the Rings Monopoly and Tops Trump Greek Mythology.  The ITouch, while not something I consider educational, will be a good foray into the modern age of technology-texting, face time/skype/apps etc.  He is behind his peers in this area as DH and I have kept it out of our home as much as possible.

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DS6 is getting some new pipettes to replace the ones that really need to be thrown out.  A few chemicals for new experiments, a modern car motor working model, Legos, and a kit to observe/compare the various types of alternative energy (solar, wind, hydro, etc.)  Other things include a calorimeter and thermometer to learn about chemical energy in food substances.  In addition, he's getting writing things (different papers, cutters, etc) for him to use while he explores his creative writing phase he's in.

I insisted on a game - Spot It.  It helps build vision skills, which we desperately need here.

I'm salivating over a microscope.  DS is into physical science rather than biological science.  So I have to wait until later for that one.  I'm trying hard to hold out until next year.

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I don't know, does giving DD 17 a sweater drying rack so that she can LEARN to not shrink MY sweaters in the dryer count as a learning gift?

Ashley, mother to a formerly expensive, now doll-sized black cardigan sweater

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Ha! I love this... and yes, at 17, sweater drying racks ARE educational!
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Ladybug, you can totally use a microscope for something other than biology.  Salt crystals can be cool.

Gwen

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Chiming in late, but wanted to share.  My child is 5, we have been through all the snap circuit sets, he loves them, we have added on to them, but now he only plays with them sporadically.  We got him a Perplexus Rookie, he took that to show n tell today in his kindy class.  My SIL got him a makey makey (look it up on Amazon) ages 12 and up, but we are having trouble installing the driver software for it.  Still, he has that all hooked up and plugged in ready to go once we figure out the softtware.  He is obsessed with electronics and my mom and sister got him his own Ipod Touch, although right now he is grounded from it because he has changed passcodes twice and can't get into it and he forgot to back up his stuff to the Cloud.  But one of the best toys I got him that he uses every single day and is so simple is his Melissa and Doug wooden easel.  We play "class" where he is the teacher and I'm the student.  Since he is good in every subject, it is fun to challenge him.  He can read really well and will write these long complex sentences that I'm supposed to decipher (his writing is not entirely legible), and will write math problems on the board that I'm supposed to answer (trying to trip me up "what's 1472 plus 813").  I also got him a big book of facts that we read 2 pages out of every night before reading the "fun" books.  Anyway, there you have it if you want any gift ideas for other occasions! 

Blessings, Michelle