It’s that time of year for me to release my annual Christmas gift guide for kids that has new toys and book ideas in it.
I’ve compiled an awesome list this year, and hopefully, you’ll want to check out these brands represented for a possible prominent spot under the Christmas tree this year! You’ll find many STEM educational toys, some video games and books, and lots of kits that pertain to slime (still so popular with the kiddos right now!) Leave any questions you may have in the comments section about any of these items and I’ll be sure to answer what I can!
Some of these items also have special deal promo codes – so don’t miss those if you are going to order.
Christmas Gift Guide for Kids – Toy Ideas:
These are not your Mother’s Rubber Ducks! These ducks are free of any opening; they are mold-free due
to our unique hole-less design that does not allow moisture from collecting inside the duck. Rubber ducks are the perfect collectible for water or land. Wild Republic has over 30 different unique designs that can be used to educate children on animals of the world and even has holiday-themed ducks including a snowman, Santa and reindeer. MSRP $6.99
A memory game of textures. Identifying and remembering textures is an important part of sensory learning. Touch and texture expose children to the world around them. Learning textures helps children with language.
Based in southern California, SMILE!SOX™ is independently owned and part of the Keepers International family. Founded in 1954, Keepers is a pioneering wholesale distributor of premium-quality, high-fashion socks that began by serving independent apparel and shoe stores along with larger regional department and sporting goods stores located on the West Coast. Today Keepers’socks are sold in Dress, Casual, and Sport styles for men, women, and kids at stores all around the world. Grab a pair of fun SMILE!SOX for your kids stockings this year!
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- MAKE and save your grossest, gunkiest play slime, dough, and putty with this reusable slime lab set!
- LEARN STEM skills including measurement, color mixing, and more!
- EXPLORE the full-color guide’s six easy kids’ experiments!
- SAVE your best slime for later gross-outs in the set’s storage dishes!
- AGES 3+
Children will have a blast as they crack open their jumbo sea shell carrying case to find three Lil’ Shuckie oyster shells, a magic sand package, and 60 baby filler pearls to complete a bracelet! Use the shucking tool to open the mini oyster shells and discover stretchy slime and gorgeous pearls inside. The play value continues as kids can collect all 24 pearls, from “common” to “ultra-rare”; to make bracelets swap, or collect! Super sketchy glitzy slime is inside of each Lil’ Shuckie oyster! Perfect Slime kit and craft for every slimmer in your life. MSRP: $19.99.
- PLAY AND LEARN – Welcome to the exciting world of slimy worms and bouncing balls to become an expert in all things that SLIME!
- 14 experiments & 19 lab tools that allows your little one to create blue blood, slimy coal, colored worms, and more
- STEM at Play kits prepares your kid for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Career by bringing science concepts to life through hands-on learning
- Our 36-page fact-filled colorful lab guide is jam-packed with pictures and information that will keep your kid busy with fun for HOURS in the comfort of your home
- The best STEM experiment, birthday, holiday, arts and crafts gift for girls, boys, kids, teens ages 8 and up with adult supervision
Tinkering Labs’ Electric Motors Catalyst (EMC) is for kids 8+ (but many kids 6+ use it, it mainly depends on the child) and focuses on challenging their problem-solving capabilities and creativity and empowers them with invention and project-based learning.
- “STEM kit” allows kids to build doodling robots, power electric model cars, add motors to legos, and more!
- Truly engages kids’ inventive imagination, unlike say coding where kids are forced to learn inside a box and not think outside of it, limiting their imaginative and inventor abilities.
- Comes with markers…can be used in the building process but the company also learned that when kids feel stuck, having an artistic avenue helps them recalibrate and then solve the problem.
- Inspired the company to work with both consumers and schools; they even have their own tinkering school!
- MSRP: Tinkering labs found on Amazon ($59)
Build your own gumball machines and learn physics lessons in the process. A turn of a handle dispenses one gumball at a time out of the clear storage globe and down the track. As the gumballs roll down the track, they perform cool stunts and tricks. Stunts include a pulley lift, pendulum, funnel, trampoline, variable-slope ramp, pinball launcher, and domino slide. Each segment of the track teaches a different lesson in mechanical physics, allowing users to explore topics including simple machines, force, motion, momentum, gravity, Newton’s laws, energy transfer, and more. Trial-and-error experiments teach in a fun, hands-on way. AGES 6+ MSRP: $39.95.
Every Month, Kids Night In will send a box aiming to give kids the tools he needs to build memories with an important figure in their life. Kids Night In is an opportunity to spend quality time together and show the child in your life how special they are! In every box, you will receive everything you need for fun activities together, but remember the fun activity isn’t the important thing here… what is important is the fact that Mom or Dad is regularly taking time to invest in a relationship with their kids.
You can read my full review HERE!
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pixelate ANY design using innovative LIGHT TECHNOLOGY? Well, you can thanks to the smART Pixelator from Flycatcher Toys! The smART Pixelator empowers kids to design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and smART Pixel Beads, Sequins or Pegs. Right out of the box, kids have a choice of creating 50 step-by-step designs using Pixel Beads. A smART Pixelator app and any mobile device also let them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Additional beads, sequins, pegs, and extension sets, including the smART Pixelator Bracelet Maker, are available to keep the fun flowing. Ideal for kids 7 to 107 years old. MSRP: $59.99
To try a Kiwi-Co box, you first pick a line – Tadpole, Koala, Kiwi, Atlas, Doodle, Tinker, or Eureka. Each of those is for a different age group and/or interest. The science and art projects inspire kids to become creative problem solvers. When you choose your plan, either just one box for a monthly plan, 3, 6, or 12-month plans at the cheapest at $18.50 per box. The first crate ships in 2 days. Pause or cancel anytime!
Now thru the end of the year, save 60% off your first month with code EARLY
That’s $39.95 for 3 months, $17.95 for 6 months (2 months FREE), and $159.95 for 12 months (4 months FREE)*!
*savings based on $19.95 per month, Eureka and Maker crates may vary
Read my full and honest review of Kiwi Co boxes HERE!
Entertainment at your child’s fingertips! With the Playtime Pad 7” HD Kid Safe Tablet your child now has access to an array of
different educational experiences including PBS games, videos, and songs. Including parental controls, you now can have complete control over your child’s tablet and entertainment. Sold in a kid-safe durable silicone case this tablet was made for kids for the ultimate entertainment and learning experience wherever they go. Available now on Walmart.com. MSRP: $79.99
If you are on the hunt for a video game that brings something new to the table other than the usual shooter or adventure franchise, let me briefly introduce you to Bee Simulator.
Imagine a PG version of Grand Theft Auto wrapped around an eco-friendly educational experience. A mission-based arcade/adventure simulation for consoles and PC where you learn about the importance of Bees in our fragile ecosystem while fighing wasps, spiders, seaching for pollen and protect your hive and your Queen Bee from human interaction. Bee Simulator is scheduled to release on November 14 for the Xbox 1, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Move freely through the village and its surroundings, develop your farm and cultivate your land behind the wheel of realistic vehicles… Lots of challenges await budding farmers in Farmer’s Dynasty. Start with simple farming tools and grow quickly from there through deep gameplay: build, repair and harvest. Improve your yield by acquiring new agricultural facilities like greenhouses and silos on your way to becoming one of the top farmers in the village. Farmer’s Dynasty is scheduled to release on November 21 for the Xbox 1 & PS4.
Through this mechanic of traveling between worlds, The Unicorn Princess simultaneously offers two types of gameplay. Players can explore a vast open world, take care of horses and complete missions in the real world. Then, after a quest has been completed, the player can answer the call of Unica the unicorn and enter the Dream World for epic adventures.
· A game designed for young players (ages 6-10)
· Advanced customization of your avatar and horses with a wide range of options
· Freely roam a vast open world
· Travel between worlds and experience varied gameplay and environments
· Escape into the magical world of dreams and set out on incredible adventures with Unica the unicorn
· 15 different missions in an expansive family game
Christmas Gift Guide for Kids – Book ideas:
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Deep in the forest, there lived a beautiful little fir tree who longed to see the world. When the tree is taken to town at Christmas, it feels like all his dreams have come true. But what will happen the day after? Find out in this beautifully illustrated modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale.
As the story of the little fir tree unfolds – brought to enchanting life with the colorful, folk art–inspired artwork of acclaimed author/illustrator Christopher Corr – so does a touching lesson on appreciating what we already have and a hopeful message of rebirth.
celebrates the birth of Jesus through the joy of a beloved Christmas carol. As you listen to the carol, you can read the ancient story of the first visitors who traveled to Bethlehem to worship the Christ Child. Inspired by this traditional carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” features new rhyming verses that give meaning to the wonderful traditions of Christmas and a caroling choir that sings the song. The combination of the children’s choir, rhyming verses and charming illustrations will captivate and delight young children.
The song, “Silent Night,” was composed in 1818 in Austria by Mohr and Gruber. It remains one of the most popular Christmas carols of all time. Silent Night commemorates the birth of the Christ child in humble surroundings. Inspired by the traditional carol of the same name, the lyrics in this version of “Silent Night” feature new rhyming verses that give contemporary meaning to the wonderful traditions of Christmas. It also features a caroling choir. The combination of lights, music, and illustrations will captivate and delight all young children.
Frankie’s Food Truck serves a different shape of food every day. On Mondays, Frankie serves squares. What kinds of foods are shaped like a square? Lift the flaps to unveil all sorts of tasty treats, learning about shapes and days of the week as you go. From a square piece of toast to a slice of watermelon in the shape of a triangle, readers are invited to see how many shapes and foods they can find on each spread.
Peg has a BIG PROBLEM. She is up in a tree with her yo-yo and can’t get down! Luckily, Cat is down below and eager to help. He finds two long poles and some short pieces of wood and ties them all together. But when his makeshift ladder sways and falls, Peg has to pull Cat up, and now they have an even bigger problem. Can their friend Ramone make the ladder’s vertical sides go up and down and the horizontal steps go straight across so they can get down safely? Could Peg’s yo-yo skills come in handy after all?
When Mazu, Rocky, Bill, and Tiny — four young dinosaur friends — set off on a Gigantosaurus hunt, they’re in for a wild adventure. They search far and wide, through jungles, rivers, and more, meeting all kinds of dinosaurs along the way. Eventually, unbeknownst to them, they end up inside the mouth of the very dinosaur they fear the most! With humor, engaging text, and bright, colorful artwork, this title is the perfect introduction into the world of Gigantosaurus.
Liz Ball’s puzzles are adored by children and also recommended by doctors, teachers, and parents to help improve eye coordination, spatial skills, memory retention and concentration. In Hidden Picture Puzzles at the Zoo children will learn as they play, with 50 black and white hidden puzzle pictures, all from inside the zoo.
Celebrate the most spectacular species in the animal kingdom with this amazing book of animals, illustrated by Tor Freeman. Fifty fantastic creatures are awarded prizes to celebrate their most dazzling talents and some unusual skills. Roll up, roll up! The Animal Awards are about to begin. Who will win the Terrific Teeth Award? Who will claim the title of Most Smelly? Who will win the prize for Best at Pretending To Be A Plant? Celebrate with 50 brilliant animals from around the world who represent nature’s rich tapestry.
The step-by-step drawing exercises in Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2 will have you drawing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and the new characters from Disney Frozen 2 in no time!
Kids and grown-ups need only gather a jar and a few other inexpensive and readily available household objects to begin investigating and confirming the science at work all around them. The 35+ experiments included cover various scientific disciplines: life science, earth science, physical science, weather, and more.
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