Update: 2012 Learning Gifts for Kids
2011 Science and Math Gifts
Ready for the best holiday, educational gift guide for kids who want math and science toys and games? Read on!
Giant Microbes Christmas Ornaments | $24.95 | All Ages
|Penicillin, Salmonella, Red Blood Cell, Dust Mite and limited edition Green Amoeba! Festively adorned with decorative puffs, embroidered holly, snowflakes, reindeer nose and antlers, and cute scarf and ear muffs!|
GeoMag Panels | $44.95 | Ages 3 and up
|GeoMag Color combines magnetic bars and steel balls to make shapes, models, and figures.||Buy GeoMag Color|
GeoMag Panels | $44.95 | Ages 3 and up
|GeoMag Panels adds clear and colored panels to it’s rods and balls. Includes 48 magnetic rods, 36 chromed steel spheres, 24 square panels and 42 triangular panels. Panel colors include: turquoise, green and white.|
Math Dice | $7.95 | Ages 5 – 8
|Introducing Math Dice Jr., the perfect complement to ThinkFun’s ever-popular Math Dice! Simple rules and chunky, brightly colored dice make this game fun for early math learners. For 2 or more players. 12-sided Die, five 6-sided Dice, Scoring Track, Instructions, Bag.|
Rock Hound’s Backpack Kit | $74.95 |Ages 8
This deluxe kit is designed for kids who like rocks!
Use the field guide to classify and identify all the interesting rocks and minerals you find. Expand your collection using a rock pick, a mineral test kit and hardness scale set, a crack-open geode, display box, safety goggles, a notebook to record details about your finds, and a sturdy backpack to carry your gear as well as the rocks you find out “in the field,” just like a real geologist!
|Buy Rock Hound’s Backpack Kit|
Tin Can Robot | $14.98 | Ages 8 and up
|This kit turns an aluminum can into a walking, wobbling, googly-eyed robot. A fun project for parents and kids to create together. Requires a soda can (not included). A fun project for a parents and kids to create together.|| Buy Tin Can Robot|
Fraction Formula | $24.99 | Ages 7 – 10
|It’s a race to “1” with this four-player fraction game!1. Draw a card and find the corresponding fizzy fraction tile|
2. Drop the tile into your cylinder
3. “Hold” if you think you’re as close to 1 as you’ll get without going over or draw another card if you think you can get closer by adding another fraction tile
4. The player who gets closest to 1 wins the round!
| Buy Fraction Formula |
I Can KenKen! 75 Puzzles for Having Fun With Math |$5.35 |Ages 9 – 12
|Not only are these puzzles fun but KenKen helps children improve concentration, logic and arithmetic skills. Children ages 9-12 have excelled in math and gained real-life problem solving skills all from playing a puzzle so engaging that it keeps them coming back for more.• 75 easy addition and subtraction puzzles.• Introduction and how to solve instructions from Marilyn Burns.|| Buy I Can KenKen|
Tickle Me Plant Greenhouse | $19.95 | Ages 4 +
|Tickle Me plants move when you tickle them! They fold up and sleep at night. A great gift for growing scientists of all ages.|| Buy Tickle Me Plant|
Super Sorting Pie | $27.99 | Ages 3 and up
|Reinforces fine motor skills when children use jumbo tweezers, featuring depressions that guide little hands into the proper pincer grip. Includes 60 counters (5 different colors of apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, grapefruits, apricots and plums), durable plastic pie (8.75″ in diameter), removable divider, 3 double-sided sorting cards, 2 jumbo tweezers and Activity Guide.|| Buy Super Sorting Pie|
Elephant Money Box | $26.99 | Ages 4 and up
|A handmade leather item from an Artisans fair trade organization in Kolkata, India.||Buy Elephant Money Box|
Move With Me Action Adventures |$19.99|All Ages
|Play-along movement adventure for yoga-based active play & exercise that builds strength in body, mind and heart. 30 min. DVD with warm-up / yoga story / relaxation / adventure skill review||Buy Move With Me Action Adventures|
Healthy Me in a Jar | $9.99 | Ages 3 – 6
|Buy Healthy Me in a Jar|
Multiplication & Division Story Cards | $19.95 | Ages 7 and up
|Supercharge your child’s memorization skills! It’s the fast, fun and easy way to memorize multiplication and division facts!The Memory Joggers method is based on associations and rhymes. 25 colorful Multiplication & Division 0-9 Story Cards.|
Buy the Multiplication & Division Story Cards
The Geekbox | $34.99 | Ages 7 and up
|Assembling these handsome little puzzles is harder than it looks. To succeed, you’ll need a hefty dose of memory, visual perception, and strategic thinking skills. The payoff is a smarter brain and a desktop or tree decoration that’s both beautiful and brilliant.||Buy The Geekbox|
DaVinci’s Catapult | $24.99 | Ages 12 and up
|A build-it-yourself, working recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th Century catapult. With just an hour of assembly time, this bad boy can hurl a small clay ball over four meters! All pieces are pre-cut and made with natural, untreated wood from sustainable forests.||Buy DaVinci’s Catapult|
Steve Spangler’s Fire Bubbles | $10.76 | Ages 6 and up
|Steve Spangler takes his geek chic approach to exposing some of the coolest science tricks that will surprise teachers and amaze your friends. Over 200 color photographs accompany the step-by-step instructions, and simple explanations uncover the how-to and why for each activity.You’ll have a blast with these experiments…||Buy Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste|
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