HOMESCHOOL GIFT GUIDE - 50 Great Gifts for Young Scientists and Artists



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It's December and of course I am still working on my holiday shopping list, or you, too?  Each year, when my 2e daughter was young, we always were on the look out for  hands-on fun holiday gifts for her, and if they were also educational, that was a plus, too.

My daughter learned so much from doing hands-on projects in our homeschool, especially during the cold winter months, when it was too chilly to play outside.

It was nice and cozy inside when my daughter had a fun project to do.  So we always included two or three hands-on kits or projects in our holiday gift buying for our daughter, when she was in the elementary years.

And she loved getting these gifts!  At the same time, she was improving in attention span, concentration, and more.

Here are 50 hands-on gift ideas for you, including
- arts and crafts
- knitting and weaving stuff
- hands-on science kits
- construction kits with wood, etc

Let's start with arts and crafts, which are so great for developing small muscle skills.

1.  ARTS AND CRAFTS KITS


Arts and Crafts were always big in our homeschool.  My daughter learned to hand sew early on, and loved making small sewing projects.  We also enjoyed spinning art, origami, and crafting with clay.  And anything project oriented from American Girl.  Here's some creative kits for each of these activities that I just mentioned.





Have you ever thought about teaching your kids how to knit or weave, using very simple projects? Oak Meadow Homeschool curriculum got us started with some knitting and weaving.  These projects were so fun to do together and also helped my daughter with her attention issues and concentration skills.

2.  HAND ARTS  - KNITTING & WEAVING



Each year, in the elementary years, we spent Thursday mornings working on a hand arts projects, using VERY small, VERY easy projects.







Now that we have touched on Arts and Crafts and Fiber Arts, let's turn to hands-on science FUN with science kits...

3.  SCIENCE KITS



Do your kids like to do science hands-on?  For science in the elementary years, we mostly focused on simple science projects from Evan Moor, and hands-on science kits that my daughter chose herself. These make great gifts for your young scientists!







One of my favorite companies for science kits is the Magic School Bus.  Do you love using Magic School Bus for science, too?





Then, when my daughter was all about science, we found some great educational science kits from Science Wiz Kits. We especially loved these.

Here is my review of them, if you would like more information.



And finally, I'd like to share some wonderful wooden construction kits that I found.   At our house, my daughter started out making things out of cardboard and tape, and here's one that she made of the rides that she took at our state fair.  Then she got into making things with wood.....

4.  WOODEN CONSTRUCTION KITS 


Building with wood, what a great way to play and learn on a winter's day!  Making things with kits like these below, improved my child's direction following skills, attention to task, organizational skills and more.  And then, there was the pride of creating something by hand, and a job well done!



I hope that this gives you some helpful ideas for your own holiday gift shopping list.

Here are reviews for 5 more of my favorite hands-on gift ideas for your kids, including:

 -  Fun with Paper Folding and Origami
 -  Clay Fun by Oak Meadow
 -  Science Wiz kits
 -  Art C by A Beka
 -  You Can Learn Sign Language


What would you add to this list?  If you share your ideas below, I am sure that other families would be interested in them.  I wish you a cozy and warm winter, with lots of hands-on learning fun with your kiddos!

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Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.


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2 comments:

  1. My boys love arts, crafts, building and baking. We're always buying things to foster their love of hands on learning. Great list of ideas.

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    1. How lovely that they love those fun hands-on activities! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! We also loved arts and crafts, and TONS of baking. It made great memories!

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