Christmas is less than a week away! It’s hard to believe! All of my shopping is done, except for maybe a couple of gift cards. With us going north to see family for Christmas, getting ready for a week away means a little extra work to do.
We have five kids, and we don’t go overboard with presents, but we do give gifts. Sometimes, that is the only time besides birthdays when we buy necessities like shoes and socks as well as some needed clothes.
I always like to buy some presents that make them think. Toys aren’t bad. My youngest will get a pair of roller blades for her birthday, which I like as well because it helps keep her physically active. Often, we have found that toys are expensive and are only played with for a short time. Crafts, STEAM activities, and books aren’t as expensive usually and keeps children’s brains active.
Here are some presents I have bought for my kids this Christmas:
Fun books that are also in spiritual in nature.
- My middle school daughter loves Chuck Black books. Since I had all of the ones previously released, I bought Nova which was just released for her.
- For my 5th grade son, I bought some more Imagination Station books. If your child hates reading, you could get them some CD’s of Adventures in Odyssey. We have the Club membership, so we get the magazine monthly as well as listening to unlimited stories on their app.
- For my highschool daughter, I am trying a books that Focus on the Family sells on their website. She loves history, so I thought she would like Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler’s Treasure. It’s 3 books in one and it is only 99 cents right now on Kindle. I bought her the real book though.
- Some 1st-3rd graders may enjoy Cul-de-Sac Kids by Beverly Lewis. My oldest daughters did.
Fun fiction books are good too!
- My 3rd grader doesn’t like to read like my other children do. My sister gave her the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo a couple of years ago, and she loved them. So I have bought all the easier books (about 48 pages) that Kate DiCamillo has written.
- Almost all of my kids love the Encyclopedia Brown books, and I have had almost all of the Beverly Cleary books, Little House books, and tons of other books as well. We are book people
- My middle school kids have loved the Percy Jackson books and Jennifer Nielson books, especially The Ascendance Trilogy.
Many kids will love STEAM books, educational, or craft books! Quarto Steam Club Picks for December are excellent choices to consider. You can sign up for free to be part of the club HERE and then you can always see what they think are excellent books and activities that make your kids think — and have fun.
The link above takes you to Amazon to see all of their picks, and then it says to go to QuartoKnows.com to learn more about their free club. I had to look around, but then I found the STEAM club HERE. Here is what you get for being part of their club:
- Quarto STEAM Club book and toy recommendations chosen by a panel of STEAM experts
- A discount coupon for 40% off the Quarto STEAM Club book picks on Quartoknows.com
- Free STEAM activity downloads
- Printable Quarto STEAM Club kid-member certificate
- STEAM activity videos
- Access to a dedicated private Facebook group for members to share tips and tricks
Here are the books and STEAM activites that I received in December from Quarto (no monetary compensation was received; this is my honest review).
- Spa Lab DIY bath bomb kit and Illustrated activity book — This kit offers hands-on explorations of basic science concepts, including acids and bases, carbonate reactions, measurement, proportions, and skin care
- Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids book — This book has an amazing collection of more than 40 hands-on art activities that make learning about math fun.
- Wonder Art Workshop book — 25 activities that let your child take the lead in developing their own sense of intrinsic motivation to imagine, experiment, and discover. All of these are hands-on, play-based learning activites.
- The Book of Big Science Ideas — looks at 15 brilliant science ideas and more than 50 ingenious thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of the world – whether they were right or wrong! Thinkers include, Wang Zhenyi, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, James Joule, Rosalind Franklin, Charles Darwin, Aristotle, Edith Clarke, Isaac Newton, Grace Hopper, Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace and many, many more!
- Encyclopedia of Animals book — over 500 creatures are included in this book. Every one is looked at in detail by a natural history expert. There are great illustrations that accompany every entry.
- Supersize Cross Sections Inside Engines book — See inside a submarine, dive below the decks of a tall ship, take a tour inside a tank, explore a zeppelin and step on board a space station. Each spread features a different and exciting machine and gives you the inside story on these fantastic creations.
There are also online learning activities.
I just bought a subscription to Typesy to help my kids to learn to type correctly. Like it or not, almost all of our kids’ schooling will include computers somehow. My youngest two (3rd and 5th grade) love it!
You can also gift a sewing or a craft class or craft kit deliveries.
We have done Joann’s sewing classes and I have bought I Create Art kits for my youngest. I love that it includes art supplies that can be used for other crafts as well.
There are so many gifts that encourage your kids to think and that don’t include devices. These are just a few. What are your favorite gifts that you like to give kids?
There will be no party next week. Have a great Christmas!
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