Non Toy Gift Guide for Learning
Home Ec may not be in schools anymore, but our kiddos still love making their own pillows, sewing random fabrics together, and it’s a good life skill for them to learn. There a ton of tutorials on pinterest, but for more hands on kits, books and tools here are a few goodies:
We LOVE the Kiwi crate around here! For my 8 year old the tinker crate was too much, she loved that the kiwi crate had several small projects vs one long consuming project despite her totally being a STEM kid. And for our 5 year old the Koala crate was perfect. Last Christmas we ordered ahead of time so we would have our first “crate” under the tree for each kid and then we told them they’d be getting a new one each month in the mail! And they so loved that!
Check out my blog post on the best subscription boxes for kids this Christmas post for more ideas and boxes!
A lot of museums this time of year will have a sale on getting a season pass. And most of the time when you become a member, you also get deals when summer rolls around and it’s camp time. You’ll have a great gift of unlimited visits and a possible discount on summer camps later in the year!
There a many local places that provide cooking classes for kids. Hit up good ole google and type in kids cooking classes near me. If you REALLY want to go for it and have some at home cooking lessons these tools are what you need to make cooking with your littles a success!
Building and Designing
Maybe you’d consider these toys, I am kinda pushing the non toy boundary here…but in our house I consider it dual purpose learning. Blocks can be built into anything. They’re simple but they help your kiddo use their minds to build and create! Plus I find these are the “toys” that keep our kids busy the longest. Here are a few of our faves!
All Things Science
I know I know, you don’t want messy things or things that you end up doing yourself. so I think the key in this area is to pick items that you KNOW your kids could handle on their own and you just plastic cover everything around them lol
Kids love getting things in the mail! Magazine subscriptions are SUPER cheap through Amazon. The same magazines that sell $5 a pop are less than $2 a month! So get them some magazines that will spark that brain power this Christmas!
Don’t kill me, but there are so many ways to utilize art supplies for learning. Just ask Pinterest.
Gardening is not typically done during the winter in most of our locations, HOWEVER..you can still teach your littles about gardening with a small indoor or herb garden. The cool thing about these (pending you don’t kill your plants) is that you can show your kids how you cook with them! Eating something they grew themselves will have your child feeling proud and excited to use it more.
If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em! If you have a natural or aspiring actor this one’s for you!
Because I didn’t have a category for these…well here they are. lol