2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Educational Gifts for Children

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The Holiday shopping season has arrived, and we’re kicking off the 2015 Brain Foggles’ Holiday Gift Guide with some of our favorite educational gifts for children. We love toys and games that promote creative thinking and build brain power!

Educational Gifts for Children

 Laser Maze Jr.

Laser Maze Jr

Get the laser beam to the rockets so they can safely return to earth! You’ll need to use science and logic to reflect the laser beam to the rockets. Carefully place the satellite mirrors to guide your path, but watch out for space rocks that might get in your way. It’s one tricky job for any scientist, but with a little brain power you’ll be sure to ignite the rockets and your mind. One mission completed and 39 more to go! Available exclusively at Amazon.com.

Laser Maze Jr. has been a hit with our entire family, not just the kids. Our 6 year old can easily play the easier challenges and has moved on to some of the harder ones. My husband and I have been stumped by a few super hard challenges and had a blast figuring out the right sequence.

Suggested Age- 6+

Amazon.com Price- $29.95

 

 


 

Magformers

Is there anything cooler than magnets and Magformers Gift Guidebuilding blocks combined? Magformers promote creativity and critical thinking, and develop skills in areas of math, science, and arts. Use a combination of magnetized block shapes to build all sorts of 3D objects such as buildings, cars, and even animals. Each set comes with an instruction booklet packed full of different structures to build, or turn your child loose with Magformers and see what their little imagination creates! Available from Magformers.com, Amazon, and some local toy retailers.

See our full review of Magformers for photos of the creations we made!

Suggested Age- 3+

MSRP- $11.99-$749.99

Amazon.com Pricefeatured set is $99.99

 

 

 



Compose Yourself


Compose Yourself
is a musical game Compose Yourselfcreated by maestro cellist and composer Philip Sheppard. This unique game uses a set of musical “building bricks” to create your own composition. The cards can be arranged in any order to create your composition. Visit the Compose Yourself website (code included with game) to hear your composition played by a full symphony orchestra! There are also options to share with other or print your own sheet music! Available exclusively at Amazon.com.

My daughter really enjoyed creating her own musical arrangements and hearing them come to life. We loved Compose Yourself so much we gifted my daughter’s music teacher with her own copy of Compose Yourself to use in the classroom.

Suggested Age- 6+

Amazon Price – $14.99

 

 


 

VTech Write and Learn Creative Fun Center

vtech write and learn creative centerThis magnetic drawing board is a learning toy that provides a great way for toddlers and Pre-K kids to get a heard start on learning to write. Customize with your child’s name to teach them how to write their name with step-by-step instructions. The VTech Write and Learn Creative Fun Center combines learning proper stroke order for both uppercase and lowercase letters with a fun activity center that can be used for drawing and promoting creativity. Available from VTechKids.com and Amazon.com

Suggested Age- 3-6 years

MSRP- $24.99

Amazon.com Price- $24.88

 



Rush Hour Shift 

RushHShift-5060-WLD-HiResSpillThis multiple award winning 2015 sliding block logic game now available for 2 players. In Rush Hour Shift you must escape the board before your opponent! Block your opponent, move your Hero Car, and make your way across multiple board scenarios. The shifting Traffic Grid takes the game to a whole new level. One shift can change the whole game! The game promotes strategic thinking and builds problem solving skills as kids make decisions to move their own pieces to move across the board or opponent pieces to create a blockade.

Rush Hour Shift has been a big hit in our household for both children and adults alike. My 6 year old loves shifting the board to take the game to a new level, and has a blast beating her dad and I! Available exclusively on Amazon.com

Suggested Age- 8+ 

Amazon Price- $24.99 

 

 


 

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

Project Mc2 lab kitThe Project Mc2 team consists of 4 super smart cool girls who use their love of science and spy skills to complete missions for the NOV8 secret organization in the original Netflix series.

Now your kids can conduct their own experiments at home or even on the go with the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit.

Promoting S.T.E.A.M play, this kid consists of a working microscope with 4x power, 3 glass slides, 2 test tubes with stand, funnel, beaker jar, 3 lab flasks, 15 pH strips, pipette dropper, petri dish, safety goggles, and more! The included booklet has 15+ experiments or create your own. You can even make your own rock candy!

Suggested Age- 6-12 years

Amazon price- $59.49


20 Furry Tales DVD

pbs20furrytalesWhether you’re searching for a great gift or stocking stuffer educational DVDs fit the bill. PBS is known for quality educational shows that keep children engaged while providing valuable lessons, and “20 Furry Tales” is packed full of educational stories children will love! This DVD features approximately 4 hours of adventures from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, WordWorld, Super Why, Peg + Cat, Arthor, WordGirl, Reading Rainbow and the Wild Kratts.

MSRP- $6.99

Available From- Walmart (in stores)

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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Comments

  1. Great article! If you need a fun Hanukkah gift. Amazon is selling the Hanukkah TickleMe Plant Gift box . In it you can easily grow a real Hanukkah plant that closes its leaves and lowers its branches when you Tickle it! Plant 8 seeds to form a Hanukkah bush that moves when Tickled or when blown a kiss!