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2021 Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Call me a boring mom but, I always prefer and value educational toys over any other trendy or popular toy for my daughter. If you know me, then you know that Christmas gifts for Celine should be something that will be more than just a fun time. I truly believe that play and learning can co-exist. There's no better way to aid in your child's development then by giving them the gift of a toy that can be fun to play with and educational at the same time.


Here's a list of my favorite picks on my holiday shopping cart for this year:


1. Osmo-Little Genius Starter Kit

Osmo provides fun learning games for kids ages 3 and up.


Skills Learned:

  • Pre-reading

  • Letter formation

  • Phonics

  • Age-appropriate vocabulary and verbal proficiency

  • Listening

  • Attention to detail

  • Creativity and imagination

  • Social-emotional Learning

  • Cognitive & memory skills

  • Early literacy memory

  • Fine motor skills

  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and spatial reasoning

2. Green Kid Crafts

Green kid crafts provides eco-friendly educational toys and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) kits celebrating creativity through craft projects which support key developmental skills for kids ages 2-10+.


Skills Learned:

  • Creativity: Projects allow kids to be creative, build confidence and enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they produce crafts and conduct experiments they love, that are unique and special to them.

  • Activities develop fine and/or gross motor skills and encourage active play.

  • Sequencing, reasoning, and/or problem solving skills.

  • Open-mindedness: gives kids a wider view of their world, from either a nature-based, scientific, or cultural perspective.

  • Kids develop a care for themselves, others, and the planet. Teaches children to be considerate and respectful towards people and nature.

Another great benefit of shopping with this brand is that, Green Kid Crafts plants one tree for every order placed through a partnership with One Tree Planted.


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3. Lovevery

Lovevery provides sustainable, organically made play products that support child brain development at every important stage of their growth.


Skills Learned:

Various skills such as exploration, spatial reasoning, fine motor skills, imagination, independence, and so much more are learned based your child's current stage.


4. Hot Dots Jr.

Hot Dots Jr. provides children the opportunity to prepare for school, or catch up where they need support by allowing for self-paced reinforcement and review of key early learning topics for grades Pre-K+.


Skills Learned:

Alphabet and letter sounds

Long and short vowels

Beginning reading comprehension, and prepares children for reading success.




5. Put Me In The Story

Put Me In The Story creates personalized books for kids by taking bestselling children’s picture books and well-loved characters and allowing you to make your child the star of the story alongside their favorite characters.


Skills Learned:

By putting growing readers in the middle of the action, Put Me In The Story creates an instant, profound connection to the story, the moments shared while reading, and the person who made it possible. When kids see themselves in the middle of the action alongside their favorite characters, children feel an instant, profound connection to the story—and to reading in general.


6. Plugo

Plugo is a word building kit that combines the benefits of hands-on learning and healthy screen-time. It allows children to learn to spell words through the use of alphabet tiles, grow their vocabulary, and improve grammar with story-based spelling games. The best part is that with over 250 levels, the games adapt to your child's grade from pre-k to 4 for a progressive educational journey.


Skills Learned:

  • Linguistic development and improvement

  • reading & comprehension

  • cognitive skills

  • fine motor skills

  • letter recognition & identification

  • spelling, grammar and word usage


7. Skillmatics Preschool Champion

Skillmatics provides highly engaging and repeatable activities which build core skills through fun learning for ages 3-6 years.


Skills Learned:

  • Reading and Comprehension

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Focus and Attention

  • Observation

  • Writing

  • The Alphabet

  • Number Names

  • Counting and Addition

  • Time and Routines

  • Colors and Shapes

  • Animals

  • Me and My Family

  • Vehicles

  • Fruits and Vegetables

8. Skillmatics I Can Write

Skillmatics provides highly engaging and repeatable activities which build core skills through fun learning for ages 3-6 years.


Skills Learned:

  • Problem solving

  • Creative thinking

  • Reading and comprehension

  • Focus and attention

  • Writing

  • Patterns and strokes

  • Alphabet and numbers

  • Writing words

  • Colors and shapes

  • Body parts

  • Calendar planning

  • Creating sentences


Other Great Small Businesses to Check Out:


Norman & Jules


DarylngandCo


Kido Chicago


Just Like Me Box


*Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate and brand affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases on the items listed at no additional cost to you. However, all opinions and ideas are my own.





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