This Ultimate Gift Guide For Homeschoolers has everything for just every homeschool child you know! The builder, the scientist, the musician and the artistic one… from the kindergartener to the high schooler Educents has exactly what you need.
It is no secret that Educents is the place to shop for homeschool resources, toys, educational games, printables and so much more!
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Ages 3 to 8
Life of Fred Math Books
Learning math, like literacy, is the key to endless doors in life. Story-based math learning has proven time and again to be one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to encourage this life skill. Math savant Dr. Stanley Schmidt created lovable characters Fred and Kingie whose adventures are so engrossing kids don’t even realize they’re learning m-a-t-h.
Gift a child in your life the beginning series to set them up for success in life. Don’t forget to add a plush Fred doll, adding another positive dimension to learning math. Friends help friends succeed – whether it’s math learning or otherwise. This holistic teaching method is sure to bring joy and success to your homeschool and beyond.
Reusable Wall Stickers
From the wonders of the solar system to the miracle of the human body, these interactive play sets spark curiosity, delight and learning in every child. Made from reusable, non-BPA decal materials, they can go on walls, car windows and any surface ready to be used for fun, discovery, and knowledge mastery. The durable mini-sets are especially portable, great for road trips or plane travel, and to pack for a play date.
Mona MELisa is a family owned and operated business, and manufactures products in the USA. Educents is proud to have her as a member of our community.
“The mini sets are perfect…We are homeschoolers and these are a great way to reinforce learning and encourage self-exploration/learning…What I love is when they get folded over or dirty can get back to full use and clean….so durable.” – Marlene G
Homeschool Complete Kindergarten Curriculum
How about one amazing bundle for all of kindergarten? This family owned and operated business created a complete kindergarten kit from Math to Language Arts and everything in between. Why? So you don’t need to curate resources and plan lessons yourself. New-to-homeschoolers will appreciate the detailed plans so you can follow along without hemming and hawing about what to do – it’s all laid out!
So much thought is put into this curriculum set – from the 3 ring binders and the especially durable paper, to flash cards for easy practicing, and calendars to keep you on track.
“As someone who is easily overwhelmed, an all-inclusive curriculum is a HUGE plus in my book.” – MaryEllen
This curriculum is created by a homeschool mom who knows homeschool experience through and through. Renowned and influential homeschool reviewer Cathy Duffy notes “Kindergarten Complete takes advantage of homeschoolers’ ability to interact closely with their children with lots of discussion plus hands-on activities.”
Ready to spark that moment when a beginner finishes their first book? Hooked on Phonics is the #1 recommended Learn to Read program in the US, and for good reason: it’s helped multiple generations of learners master reading and phonics. The Learn to Read Kit comes with 28 original stories and 8 bonus books by renowned children’s authors – one of these will be that first triumphant book! The pacing is designed to encourage those who struggle with reading to first gain confidence, have fun, then master reading. It’s so easy to follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with this program.
Literacy opens up the world of literature helping children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence. Beyond that, we can recall the Harry S. Truman quote – that not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
“Now every morning my daughter says mom we have to do my school. She loves it and I do too.” – Amanda P
Give the gift of reading this season and open a world of possibilities for your child.
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Ages 9 to 12
Times Tales – Learn Multiplications Fast
What if you could turn a discouraged learner into a confident master? What if you could make one the biggest challenges in your child’s academic life not only easy, but fun? That’s what you can do with Times Tales – kids learn their times tables in an hour!
This 1 hour DVD uses stories and mnemonic devices to help kids learn their times tables in a snap – without rote memorization.
“My 11 year old has been struggling to memorize her times tables for years. She understands the concept and can figure the problems out, but it takes her a while because she’s trying to calculate it in her head. We’ve done games to memorize, made our own times tables, used flashed cards, tried xtra math…all to no avail. Within 2 HOURS of getting Times Tables Tales in the mail, she already had a few of them memorized. She is a visual learner and so having the characters and seeing the drawings of the stories made all the difference in the world to her. She has gained so much confidence in her ability to do math in just a few weeks because she had been so discouraged before. Thank you so much!” – Heather B
Give the gift of earned confidence to a little one in your life. It’s one gift that will last a lifetime.
Magic School Bus Science Club 12 – Month Subscription
This is the perfect gift to inspire and encourage the kids who ask “why?” The famous Magic School Bus series took hold in the 90’s and has been getting kids excited about STEM ever since. The Science Club Kit takes the story based learning to the next level with comprehensive, hands-on kits that come right to your doorstep each month for a full year. And each month, you have at least 7 experiments!
This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners – and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets – the world around us. Best of all, each kit comes with a colorful, Magic School Bus themed manual and a paired guide for adults. You don’t need to be a science nerd to be able to have fun leading and learning as a parent. There’s also an online clubhouse with further information for young explorers. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
“We bought these kits almost a year ago and my kids have been loving them. Each month they arrive, the kids get extremely excited to get together the materials to do the experiments…It gives a good outline and the kids enjoy understanding what is needed to make everything work. I would recommend this to a friend.”
“My children are really enjoying their science now! Any time they get to do hands on, it’s awesome!” – Kristina P
“The kids ages are 9, 7 and 4 and they really like these kids. We unschool so this brings science into the house in a fun way. The first kit we did led to other discussions, pulling out the microscope, books on microscopic things to look at, etc.” – Jennifer G
That feeling when…math finally clicks! The Shiller Math Fraction set is a complete package of lesson plans for multiple ages, manipulatives for hands-on and visual learning, and a truly step-by-step guide for parents. Thinking through and preparing every lesson detail is something you won’t have to do when teaching fractions, because Shiller Math already has.
Based on a Montessori teaching methods for a homeschool audience, this kit provides the play by play to teach fractions to children at different levels. And because it’s so drawn out, you not only get more for your investment for teaching multiple ages, but you save gobs of time in prep work, which is priceless. That, and when your child masters this important skill.
Colorful, varied, and well thought out, this is one of the best gifts you can give your children and yourself.
“I’ve been using ShillerMath Fractions for our homeschool with our 4 year old, 6 year old and 8 year old. My kids have learned so much! I’m in awe of how quickly they’ve learned addition and subtractions with fractions and even division and multiplication. They love the fractions disks and I love how easy it is to teach with this material. No preparation required. Excellent product!” – Ana Willis
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Ages 13 to 15
LearnToMod – Minecraft
If you have a youngster, you’ve probably heard of Minecraft. It’s one of the most popular games for kids. And this coding game takes it to the next level. Kids learn to modify their Minecraft world with a year-long online “course”, and in doing so, learn computer programming with Java™! This is not just a fun game. This is a game that stokes creativity and guides kids toward technological confidence: how about giving your child two of the most important attributes in the 21st century, wrapped up in a game?
“My ten year old daughter, who had NO previous Java exposure, began the Mod Design 1 course at the beginning of the year. She finished her first Mod within eight weeks. Since the license we purchased said it was good for an entire year, I told her to continue creating mods and asking the teaching staff for assistance. She’s now almost finished with her second, more complex mod and I am very pleased with the team responsible for interacting with the students. They are friendly, encouraging and seem sincerely excited to be teaching and shaping the next generation of IT experts. My daughter, my IT husband and I highly recommend this program and company!”
“My son is addicted to Minecraft. It’s is a creative game that challenges him to build ever more complex designs from buildings to creatures. As a homeschooler, this program challenges him to create on a whole new level. He learns basic Java language programming to design totally new tools, armor, ores and other things. He then “imports” his new design into the Minecraft game on his computer. This program has both engaging lessons and excellent tech support. I highly recommend this program.”
Youth Digital is a company with an express mission to empower kids to create with technology.
Math Madness Book Set
If you’re looking for new ways to inspire a child who’s already math whiz, or encouraging one who’s overwhelmed by the subject, look no further than the Math Madness Book set. The set includes two different books, “65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!” and “101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math” that children ages 10 to 14 find fun and entertaining.
Whether these replace bedtime stories at your house, or your little one reads them independently, these books teach your child how critical math is for their everyday lives. With each book, your child is challenged to solve math brainteasers and answer math questions related to sports, cooking, money, travel and more.
“These books are a fantastic set for children 10 and up that are struggling with math anxiety. They present the problems in a very fun and approachable way that makes sense. It’s math in the real world and helps kids understand how they will use math in their daily lives. I highly recommend starting with 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. It’s fun to read and extremely enjoyable in the way it’s laid out. Check out these books, you won’t be disappointed.” – Shelley B
This is the perfect gift for kids, parents, educators, and anyone else interested in knowing the difference between an Olympic event score of 9.0 and Richter scale score of 9.0.
Life of Fred Pre-Algebra
“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts! How does he do it? Silly stories! The stories about Fred are so memorable, they will last a lifetime. As will the math lessons that are weaved into the stories.
In the Pre-Algebra series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course! In this 3-book series, Fred covers concepts like numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, photosynthesis, metric system, and more.
“My girls have never liked math because it does not come easily for them. I ordered Life of Fred Alg. 1 as review for them this summer. They like the fun and easy way it is presented and are understanding math more clearly. They agreed that they had fun with math for the first time ever!” -Judy
Parents of “non-math” kids will thank you for giving a gift that will help kids fall in love with math.
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Ages 16 to 18
Life of Fred High School Math
Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey.
“My oldest has been going through LOF for a while and found these books really fun. Fred makes concepts really easy to follow and is interesting to read. High school math has never been easier and more fun to learn!” -Kelly H.
Fred is also a great gift for adults who are interested in developing their own math skills. One of Fred’s mom students says, “After buying Fred Apples for my daughter, I bought myself Fred Trig. I tried taking Trig in college, but I had signed up for a 7 a.m. class (big mistake the first semester of college). I could barely stay awake; my professor wasn’t as engaging as Fred. I later took Statistics and stopped with math there. But I’ve always wished I had taken more math, because math is really just a language – it can be learned. I’m currently on page 80 of Fred’s Trig book. With Fred, doing Trig is like completing a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. It’s my new favorite leisure activity.”
Shockingly Awesome Books
From a book to create lego-based Christmas ornaments, to the popular comic book style books about electricity, physics, and even regression analysis, Shockingly Awesome Learning does a fantastic job of curating innovative books that make learning fun. Definitely worth checking out for older kids in your world!
Art is a broad and important part of life, and fostering artistic expression in kids sets them on a positive path, whether it’s hobbyist, professional, as an outlet or pure aesthetic expression. The common thread is that it is creative, expressive, it can inspire us, and lead to that wonderful thing called “flow.” So this holiday season, why not give a gift that fosters that gift of a lifetime.
Rather than leave you to a google rabbit hole, I thought I’d share some inspiring gifts for budding artists in your life. Find 12 winners broken down in the following categories:
- Hands-on visual art
- Music – appreciation and musicianship
- Art history – giving context to culture
- Digital art & design – for our “digital natives”
Each section is geared toward an age range, but let’s be honest – there are plenty of adults in your life that will like these, too!
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Hands -On Art Activities
It’s a wonderful world. And this giant coloring poster is just what the doctor ordered for quiet creative time this winter.
The huge poster map (63″ x 36″) gives scale and context to our globe. Details include a delightful celebration of cultural diversity, from traditional dress and historical landmarks to iconic foods and natural wonders. It’s definitely a conversation starter.
You can lay it on the ground and invite friends to join in, hang it on the wall with painter’s tape, or even tape it to the ceiling or under a table to unleash your child’s inner Michelangelo.
Mom point – these posters are made in the USA and are printed with vegetable ink on recycled content paper!
“Grandkids age 3-15 all coloring together! Asked each to color the [places] they live/lived in or have visited. Great conversations as they learn and share while coloring together.” – Grandma Z.
This low-cost art experiment is the ideal stocking stuffer or small gift for extended family members.
Just Add Milk is a kit for all children – boys and girls – and mom and dad, to express themselves in an educational way. Create your own natural science experiments with some at home ingredients. Just add the milk! Learn a brief introduction to surface tension and experiment with other ingredients around the house such as food coloring, soda pop, vinegar, and glue!
Kids love watching what might happen when you add food coloring to milk. Once their creations are complete, they will have a fun story to explain how to create milk art.
Bring coloring to the next level with these beautiful intricate designs!
Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, it’s for everyone! Let this package of 6 coloring books serve as a generous gift to one artistic child, or as 6 gifts to kids and adults in your family or community. While coloring can be a wonderful form of artistic expression, it’s also a great way to exercise brains – coloring requires focus, logic, and coordination. Much better than hours of television, as much as we like our stories – and far more meditative.
Kids and families who love to color will rise to the challenge of turning these intricate, black and white sheets of paisleys, mandalas, and zen designs into blooming pages of colorful artworks. The pages are perforated so that each one can be removed, easily be colored, and even framed!
So inspire your child to explore their creative side, and discover the fun and relaxing benefits of coloring!
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love The Art (and Sound) of Music
Dive into the depths of music appreciation and storytelling with the Maestro Classics 12 CD Music Collection.
The high-quality collection includes 12 CDs, each with a 24-page activity book, that feature classic musical tales such as The Nutcracker, Peter & the Wolf, the Story of Swan Lake, and the Tortoise & the Hare. In the activity books, your child have fun solving musical puzzles and games while learning important musical concepts and vocabulary. Good practice for parents, too!
Pair listening to classics with the coloring above, and you have cozy, enriching plans for the whole family for months – and an appreciation for the arts that will last a lifetime. Plus, get over 50% off on Educents!
“The Maestro Classics are so much better than having some kiddie movie soundtrack while we drive. We can have a mini music appreciation class while we’re on the road and the colored booklets that it comes with are perfect to follow along since it gives some background to the composer. Some run for about 45 minutes to an hour so this classical collection ensures there are no repeats per car ride!” -Sarah
Let the festivities begin with this handcrafted set of musical instruments to your family’s quality time.
Whether you’re a seasoned musician, or there is a spark of musical interest in your family – this set of musical instruments is guaranteed fun for the whole family. The wooden set includes seven pieces: A bucket drum with a natural skin head, a pair of drum sticks, a single jingle stick, a handled castanet and a pair of mini maracas. It also includes a parent-friendly activity guide with fun ideas on how to use the instruments to encourage child development.
For beginner pianists wanting to become more skilled and confident players, the eMedia Play Piano Pack Deluxe is an amazing value!
This package not only includes a high-quality, full-size keyboard, but it also comes with two full piano courses containing over 450 lessons taught by instructors from the Juilliard School of Music. The piano course software contains videos and interactive feedback technologies to help your child learn quickly and understand lessons more easily. Before your teen knows it, they’ll be proficient at playing piano chords, reading sheet music, and performing solos!
“My daughter and I decided to learn the piano together, and we love this! The keyboard is a good size, with good sound. The software is very extensive. It provides a full curriculum of over 300 lessons, end-of-chapter tests, and lots of videos. Someday we might try lessons, but this is a great way to start!” –Leslie
It’s easy for anyone ages 5 and up to learn how to play the violin!
Truly becoming a master of music takes years and hours of practice, but kids can’t always start out that way. Many kids have very short attention spans. Luckily, the computer-based violin lessons included in this Violin Starter Set is just a few minutes long, which is perfect for those days your family is in a time crunch or the kids just can’t sit still.
In the lessons, an animated character named Val the Violin guides students through lessons by New York City Ballet violinist Sabina Skalar. eMedia My Violin guides you through the core elements of violin playing in over 160 lessons. It covers such basics as proper violin, hand and finger position, the elements of correct bowing technique, how to tune the instrument, and play rhythmic tunes. Games make learning fun, and your child will learn songs that they can share with friends!
“My daughter wants to learn the violin but I didn’t want to shell out a fortune to pay a teacher or purchase an instrument–this is perfect for the price. It’s beautiful, comes with extra strings, and comes with everything you need to learn to play and take good care of it. Really like the case and the presentation. My daughter was thrilled when she opened it and excited to start using it!” -Celena
Does your child dream of taking center stage to share their art with the world? Gift the tools of artistic expression for the holidays. This Guitar Starter Set has everything your child needs to start learning the very musical instrument that played by visionaries like Santana, Taylor Swift, and Jimi Hendrix.
In the Guitar Starter Set, kids get a quality beginner acoustic guitar with a resonant, bold sound. The computer lessons allow kids to learn at their own pace. The lessons use video instruction to illustrate proper technique and guide your child through how to tune a guitar, how to play simple guitar chords, and all the guitar basics. Guitar lessons are fun when kids practice with the 70 songs across a multitude of styles with hits made famous by Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, the Rolling Stones, and others.
“Perfect for beginners. My daughter has been wanting to learn to play the guitar but unfortunately, we’re unable to afford lessons. So, I purchased this Teach Yourself Guitar pack and it’s great! My daughter has had it for a few weeks now and is really starting to pick it up….all by herself! The included DVD and other helpful media are awesome.” -Kristen
This electric guitar starter kit is the complete package designed to let first-time musicians start rocking.
At some point in their life, no matter how briefly, everyone dreams of being a rockstar. Performing in front of thousands, selling out huge stadiums and touring the world are just a few of the draws. But even the biggest names in music started somewhere.
Lesson plans and music tutors can cost a ton of money, time, and energy and might not even work, but there is a solution that does. The Alfred Music Electric Guitar starter set is the perfect place for any aspiring rock legends to start their journey. For one reasonable price, your child will get a high-quality 3/4-size Firebrand™ electric guitar, portable amplifier, gig bag carrying case with straps, Firebrand™ portable electronic tuner with batteries included, a set of Firebrand™ guitar picks, and the Alfred’s Kid’s Guitar Course (Book, CD, DVD and Software).
There isn’t a better value out there. You get the book, CD, DVD, Software, beautiful 3/4 size electric guitar for kids, padded carrying case, amp, tuner with batteries included, guitar picks: everything.
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Art History
A great way for kids to live history, and bring context to modern life.
History Unboxed is perfect for any family that wants to get kids more involved in studying history. Recipes, crafts, art, myths, and relatable details enable students to experience history with many of their senses and form a lasting and meaningful bond with the past. And the best part? Everything ships right to your door. All you have to do is open the box and start learning.
The adventure begins when the first box arrives to your doorstep. As your child completes the art activities in the box, they will be time traveling with brother and sister duo Zane and Ava.
Zane and Ava magically travel through time, and their adventures will present the time period to your child through the activities in the box. Each month will feature a different time and place with hands on crafts, activities, and art so that your child can learn about history in a memorable and exciting way.
“Comprehensive and perfect! Our favorite thing in the box was truly amazing. We filled the terracotta bird with water, blew into it, and the song was as lovely as any songbird! I wish I could have all of their past boxes!” -Celena
Add history to art projects for hands-on learning!
This complete ‘experiential’ enrichment learning kit for children offers 10+ hours of hands-on learning. The kit contains all resources and materials required for the program – making it easy for parents to get kids started with limited hand-holding.
This kit is introduces kids to 6 world famous artists through activities, multimedia interaction, games and puzzles. Through this program, your child will appreciate art, recognize the work of top artists, recreate his/her own masterpieces and enjoy the fun lessons. The kit covers Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet, Michelangelo, Picasso and Warhol.
“I’ve seen other art programs teach things like lines and composition while others take more of an art history approach. This does a little of both! I would say it leans more toward the history side of things but with real hands-on application.” -Amanda
“I’m using this with my 4 children whose ages range from 8-11. We love it! The workbooks are nice and colorful, the lesson plans are incredibly easy to follow, and the durable box came packed with absolutely everything we need, down to the glue and pencil sharpeners. The variety of artists (6 different ones) and mediums is great. Highly recommend it!” – Celena
Help your young artist “de-code DaVinci” and different kinds of visual expression from the greats.
In this online course, art students will study 10 renowned artists and discover 10 art movements in history. The Famous Artist Online Unit Study is all tied together by creating art exhibits about each artist in a virtual art gallery. Watch videos and visit websites to learn about the artists’ lives and styles and create masterpieces inspired by each artist. No downloads, books or papers are needed. Everything is just a click away.
“Not only have we been introduced to some great ideas and discussion, we’ve also learned to use some new digital/on-line tools! Beth has put a tremendous amount of time and love into this course and it is well worth the cost to enjoy this experience with your kiddos!” -Lynna Brooke
“These unit studies are phenomenal. Beth has perfectly blended technology and the much-loved unit studies together to make a hard-hitting learning tool.” -Forest
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Photography & Design
Fashion-forward kids will love this Fashion Design course, and you will love that your child is learning a unique and applicable skill!
While your child creates their own fashion collection, they’ll be learning important graphic design skills that can be used in a variety of careers, gaining fashion business knowledge, and working within a professional design program. Plus, parents love that this is a safe learning environment where kids design age-appropriate garments.
It’s $100 off, too.
“What a unique, fun, and educational course! My daughter loved everything about this course. She is so proud of her fashion portfolio! More importantly, she learned how to use professional software – a skill she can use in the future.” –Annie
Photography is a great way for students who lack the ability to draw or paint explore their creative side. From the great outdoors, to food, to machines – no matter what your child is interested in, there is a way for them to explore it through photography. This downloadable lesson is great for students who want to be able to work on their own time at their own pace.
Included in this package is 15 downloadable pages of lessons covering the history of photography, the photographer’s toolkit, exposure, camera settings, lighting, composition, and careers in photography, lesson plans & instructor notes – explains how to structure the class/course, a printable card game – laminate and use as a learning game, a printable sheet of photographer badges and much more.
Plus, it’s over 60% off. Beautiful.
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Building
Finding the right holiday gift can be a struggle. Rather than leaving you to a google rabbit hole or a bunch of recommendations to sift through, I’ve pulled together a one-stop shop filled with meaningful gifts for the tinkerers in your life…Whether they’re 3 or 83.
In this gift guide, you’ll find:
- classic blocks reinvigorated
- gifts for mechanical tinkerers
- super cool robot kits
- gifts for computer savvy kids
Building Blocks 2.0
Tiny builders, start here!
These soft tactile blocks are great for truly little littles to learn on. Made of natural rubber foam, they are squishy but perfect for building. They’re colorful and durable and fit together easily. Children can create a variety of shapes and structures!
Using imagination and coordination, young children work on spatial, fine and gross motor skills. For kids who need sensory input, the tactile stimulation provided by this toy is fantastic.
And while we’re thinking about giving, it’s also important to think about responsible buying. This is a green product, made in India at a fair trade factory using premium quality, child-safe materials. The surface is 100% nylon and wipes clean, making it perfect for little chewers!
“My husband is quite the handyman. I purchased these for my son (and a different set for my daughter), to encourage their interest in making/building things and in fixing things. So far, I have a new a bird feeder and a bat house. Yah!” ~ Gail R – Teacher
The unmatched magnetic building set. Talk about STEAM!
Perfect for large families and ambitious builders, the Challenger set encourages kids to explore magnetic construction through modular play. Magformers believes it is vital for children to develop through creativity and constructional play. This set does not disappoint.
You’ll find a variety of magnetic shapes in this set, both Rainbow and XL cruiser pieces so that children can design and build ideas from both lines including the ‘magic ball’ and super fast XL roadster.
This set makes a great addition to a math or art curriculum, that’s super hands – on. Children of all ages can build and create together making it a great social gift set.
Tegu blocks are finely crafted with magnets embedded so kids can build multiple structures form various shapes. Like Rubbablox,Tegu is made from eco-friendly material (in this case wood) and comes in a variety of color schemes to suit preference and mood. Honduras and named after the capital city Tegucigalpa.
Kids defy gravity and push their imagination in previously unseen ways. No instruction manuals or electronics; just toys that demand imagination and inspire limitless creativity across all ages.
Tegu Blocks are bringing back open, creative play with style – right in time!
This makes a great gift because it unlocks a child’s mind through innovative play. The pieces are small enough to be portable.
“I believe this is an AMAZING product. Something amazing happens when kids use their hands and imagination to create.” ~ Harvey S
“Bought these for my 6 year old grandson for Christmas and we now call his creations ‘the work of a City Planner.’ The different shapes and structures take on the look of city skylines with random items like trees, bridges, etc. Geometry was never so much fun.” ~Deborah F – Homeschooler, Teacher
“My first reaction was “these are pricey!” but they were highly recommended to me so I gave it a go. Now I can tell they will be loved for years. My 3 year old loves stacking them and clicking them together and a part. I even have fun playing with these and I’m an adult. They are high quality and the colors are great. ~ Summer H – Homeschooler, Parent, Teacher
Packed with step-by-step instructions for 15 charming builds, The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book is the perfect family activity this holiday season! It’s one part coffee table for adults, and two parts instruction book kids of all ages.
With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as their guide, kids make classic globe and barrel ornaments, all out of LEGO! Other possible creations include original gingerbread houses, a merry Santa, arcade cabinets, and so much more!
This makes a perfect gift for the child who already owns tons of LEGO blocks but is always looking for inspirational building ideas.
Put some STEAM in your holiday plans! This math activity set stimulates learning through magnetic construction and creation. Activities in the set utilize the always attracting magnets to solve math problems such as patterns, addition and subtraction, and 2D nets to 3D structures.
Use the 50 page math book included to layout Magformers shapes and complete the mathematical challenges! The set contains 12 different geometric shapes including squares and triangles, rectangles and trapezoids through to the super squares and triangles.
Realistic building for young builders! This set makes a great gift for children who love to help parents and grandparents in the workshop.
Encourage children to spend valuable imagination time learning new skills with this 10-piece set tool set. It includes screwdrivers, hammer, handsaw, bar clamp, file, tape measure, ruler, safety goggles, and tool belt.
Work and play are intertwined with building activities that are challenging, educational, and – most importantly, fun! The tool designs are authentic so children can make-believe they are true woodworkers.
Ages 7 to 10
Build big connections! Kids work together to literally make bridges, obstacle courses – anything they imagine.
Start fun-filled construction with just three simple steps: connect, twist, and create. Toobeez Original Building Kit is a life-sized construction toy. Unlike regular blocks, this kit comes with interlocking tubes and spheres that can be linked to create structures right out of kids’ imagination. They can construct anything from a doll house, a helicopter, lemonade stand or a pirate ship.
Just connect and twist the tube into the connector spheres. It’s a great set to be used indoors for forts as well as outdoors for lawn activities.
This set makes a lasting gift because it promotes creativity and inspires imagination with unlimited building possibilities. Adults won’t be able to resist creating with their kids!
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Robotics
The 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot kit is the recipient of the “Best Green Products Award 2013” from Dr Toy and Creative Child Magazine has anointed it with “Top Toy of the Year Award” and “Kids Product of the Year Award.”
This robot can be transformed into 14 different robot modes which include a multitude of comical and functional movements. The user can easily change from a Wagging-Tail Dog to Running Beetle to Walking Crab to Surfer to Speedster to Zombie Chaser!
It’s super versatile, too – there are parts that make the robot move on land and water. Like an amphibian! This a great gift for more advanced robot aficionados.
“Excellent resource for my Middle School STEAM students. Anything robotic is extremely appealing and interesting to them so this was a big set!!! Great resource, highly recommend it.” ~ Faith B., Teacher
“We purchased this for our just-turned-9 year old’s birthday. He loves it! It’s a nice size and there are so many things you can do with it! It comes with about 200 pieces and a thick instruction manual on how to make 14 different bots. Of course, the limit is your imagination and I’m excited to see how many things my son can come up with!” ~ Celena M
“Fun and educational. I like the snap together concept and the ability to take apart and reassemble multiple times. A very good price for all that you get.” ~ Martha M
Build a 3D bot! This makes a creative and thinking gift for the child fascinated by robots.
Young innovators will click, connect, and create with the NEW Magformers 45 piece Walking Robot set! Kids will love following along with the step-by-step idea booklet to discover the possibilities of the colorful Walking Robot Set. Eight walking characters are built using the STEAM engine block and walking accessories!
Building with Magformers encourages children to use their imagination and show their creativity while developing skills and knowledge critical to their development success. Magformers uses high quality “always attracting” magnetic technology that provides endless constructional play.
An electrifying gift! This kit is perfect for the budding electrician looking to be stimulated by simple but intriguing experiments.
Mand Labs KIT-1 is one of the coolest Educational Electronics Kit that you will ever find. With their powerful step by step visual instructions, teens can create a variety of fascinating electricity and electronic projects. They will be able to understand how real world electronic component works, test laws of physics, gain technical skills and have fun. Watch out, Nobel!
The best part is that the kit is all-in-one. It comes with all requisite parts and tools for making 50+ projects and venturing further into electronics, books for theoretical reference, learning and making videos, troubleshooting guide, and an award winning package design that opens up into a personalized workstation. Note: This is a safe kit.
This is an online e-course of Beginning Architecture with 25+ architecture lessons providing the early fundamentals of structures, home design, and zoo design.
Kids use things laying around the house like paper, popsicle sticks, straws, paper plates, and pipe cleaners along with learned methods to design their own homes! Each lesson concentrates on designing and personalizing a specific room of their homes, structures or zoos. By the end of the course, students will have designed a home specific to their personal tastes and will have built various designs.
This course provides more specific architectural challenges for students who are interested in playing with and learning about architecture and some interior design, making it a great holiday gift!
Teens will have a blast learning how to make their own website with the help of this fun, illustrated introduction to the basics of website-building. Mix creativity with real world empowerment. The awesome cartoon guide will help teens learn the basics and pretty soon, they’ll have a website all their own to show off to all their friends.
Readers learn how to use HTML tags, make their own site shine with CSS, customize WordPress to fit their needs, and choose a company to host the site. They also get advice on things like how to pick a good domain name – and those of you in the blogging sphere know that’s no joke!
Holiday Gift Guide For Homeschoolers Who Love Science
For the Little Scientists Ages 3 to 7
Science makes SENSES with this bucket of colorful, creative fun.
Experimenting with squishy, squashy polymers creates the perfect opportunities for young children to engage in sensory play and to naturally use scientific processes while having fun.
The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket comes with items such as test tubes, biodegradable cups, mixing spoons, coloring tablets, and an experiment guide to help you make the following: Gobbledy Goop, JellyStones, Water Marbles, Glow in the Dark Spit Balls, Slippery Spheres, Silly Squares, Space Sand, and Super Snow. Adding a little water to crystals and powder will create lots of science fun for your little ones.
Use this bucket to learn, create, and play with your child. That’s part of the fun of parenting! There are many ways to enjoy preschool science fun with the Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket. Use the super snow to practice writing letters and numbers, teach the importance of listening and following directions by allowing your child or student to work independently after being given instruction, and make Space Sand and use it to discuss the sea and coral reefs.
Turn your next craft day into an educational one!
This is truly a gift that keeps on giving. “We bought these kits almost a year ago and my kids have been loving them. Each month they arrive, the kids get extremely excited to get together the materials to do the experiments…It gives a good outline and the kids enjoy understanding what is needed to make everything work. I would recommend this to a friend.”
“My children are really enjoying their science now! Any time they get to do hands on, it’s awesome!” – Kristina P
Reach for the stars! Literally.
Learn the solar system while developing motor skills. Use the Solar System Stickers to map out the galaxy on your dining room wall. The solar system wall stickers set teach planet recognition, solar system configuration, constellations, phases of the Earth’s moon, seasons of the year, Earth’s axis and rotation around the sun, and spelling!
Unlike other decals, Peel, Play & Learn wall stickers are made of a fabric material that do not rip or tear – a huge bonus when you have a child with minimal fine motor skills. They do not damage your walls or wall paper (we only have painted walls, so I couldn’t try that out) and they stick to textured walls. Lastly – they are BPA free, which is important to me.
“Gabe is very interested in space at the moment and I hardly had the box open before he wanted to play with them. My son was desperate to use this set as soon as he saw them, and together with his younger sister Evey, we decided to map out the Milky Way Galaxy on the dining room wall. We talked about each sticker and I prompted the kiddos to try and remember the correct order of the planets.” -Patti B.
For The Homeschool Scientists Ages 8 to 11
Award winning science curricula that happens to have music videos. Yes.
“First of all, I have to confess that this DVD is not only my kids’ current favorite, it’s mine too! I was confident that my 9-year old son would enjoy it as he loves science. Not only was I right, even my 5-year-old daughter was fascinated by the DVD. My kids constantly are telling me what they have, learned from Marko the Pencil and his friend Bailey. One day I am hearing what photosynthesis (big word for a 5-year-old!) is all about and the next thing they are explaining plant cells.” –Elina
Invite kids to be a math & science detective!
There are few better feelings than seeing your child light up, prideful when they solve the answer to a question on their own. To give your child this confidence, look no further than the I Love a Mystery Book Set for your holiday gift. The concept behind these mystery-solving books is super simple and highly entertaining for kids of many different ages. The set includes three books, two filled with science mysteries and one filled with math mysteries. Each mystery takes about one minute to read and solve, with one page covering the mystery and the next revealing the answer and a picture that helps explain the answer.
Kids love the fun stories (you’ll be asking your child to put these books down and go to bed finally) and you’ll love that the topics can be related to real life, such as calculating distance in a toll road and understanding probability of rolling certain numbers with dice.
“I love that these are short one page mysteries that you can read to your child at night. They always start a conversation and give me an opportunity to understand his current concepts of the world and tweak them. I would highly recommend these.” -Cari
Engage your five senses in learning!
Isn’t it helpful when you’re learning something new and there is some context? A beautiful combination of human body science, history, and imaginative fun come together in the Know Yourself Adventure Series. These high-quality subscription kits are the work of talented experts and artists who know how to keep kids laughing and entertained while learning important concepts.
Delivered monthly, each Know Yourself Adventure includes a Time Skaters comic book, science experiments and corresponding materials, historical lessons and healthy recipes. Each kit has an amazing theme like nothing you’ve ever seen before – for example, in the third kit, your child will travel to 1553 China to learn about the circulatory system!
Choose a plan that works best for your family by opting in for a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription, and give your child the gift of self-literacy this holiday season.
“The kids could not contain themselves when the box arrived, they were anxious to get their hands on everything, which is totally acceptable for this box! Along with supplies we needed to learn about the five senses were many extra fun reading materials. My son was really excited about the comic book and my oldest daughter found herself thrilled about the secret notepad and special pen. The pen contains a flashlight on the tip that reveals all of the secret messages she would write inside.” –Miss Frugal Mommy
Gifts For The Homeschool Scientists Ages 12 to 14
Seeing is believing – but it’s unbelievable what kids can discover with this set.
This high-quality microscope is not only a powerful tool on its own, but it also comes with an engaging and low-hassle experiment kit.
The Levenhuk LabZZ M101 Lime Microscope allows young and curious learners to study insects and plants, finding living microorganisms in a water drop and many other exciting things! Curious children will be able to work from directions about what to explore, or go off on their own and learn the magical wonders of the natural world down to the smallest levels possible.
The Levenhuk includes quality optics that can be compared to many ‘adult’ microscopes. Children can zoom up to 16x in the eyepiece, as well as six levels of magnification: 40x, 64x, 100x, 160x, 400x and 640x. The microscope is durable, but light, and operates on batteries which come included. The microscope is ready-to-use right out of the box, perfect for a gift.
Also included with the microscope is an activity kit, which including items such as an “Attractive Microscope. Scrutinizing the Microcosm” user guide, forceps, sea monkeys, flasks with yeast, pitch, sea salt and brine ship, 5 ready-to-use specimens, 5 blank slides, dropper, and a dust cover to protect it.
Survive Inside the Human Body Books
An educational gift for comic book lovers!
These bright and colorful books look like regular comics, but they’re deceptively full of engrossing information about human anatomy.
Survive! Inside the Human Body is a series of manga (Japanese-style comic books) that follow the journey of students through a human body. It’s a classic story, but presented in a way that’s never been seen before. Perfect for grades K-6, these comics contain anatomically-correct guides, real lessons, and a lot of age-appropriate humor.
“My 7 year old son LOVES these books (we bought all 3!). He has read and re-read them. They are perfect for before bed or in the car. Very informative and interesting.. he can not get enough of the comics!”
Explore with me Geology
This stuff makes every walk outside way more interesting. And kids love it!
Is your young learner interested in geology? This set of six packs contains a half-dozen rocks and minerals kits. Included are igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, minerals, fossils, and Rocks and minerals. It’s perfect for ages 8 and up, but really anyone expressing an interest in science will get a kick out of these kits. So you might be asking – what’s so interesting about rocks?
Geology is one of the most interesting fields of science out there. It’s literally everywhere. And rocks are the oldest things on our planet! The rocks under our feet tell a story that’s thousands of years old. Scientists still don’t know everything that there is to know about these building blocks of our world, but they’re learning new things every day. Rocks are responsible for beautiful mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and much more.
This set contains an amazing array of rocks for a budding geologist to learn from. The Explore With Me kit introduces children to the various types of rocks by providing examples of each. Kids will learn facts about what differentiates them, and can explore ideas such as how they are formed, where they can be found, and much more.
Gifts For Homeschool Scientits Ages 15+
The Manga (Comic Book) Guide to Relativity
Because pictures speak a thousand words…and kids love comic books.
The book takes teens through a fun story in which super-relatable high school student Minagi learns about the non-intuitive laws that shape our universe. Before your teen knows it, they’ll be mastering concepts like inertial frames of reference, unified spacetime, and the equivalence principle. They’ll see how relativity affects modern astronomy and discover why GPS systems and other everyday technologies depend on Einstein’s extraordinary discovery.
“I found the story to be compelling and amusing, often sending me into the giggles, and the explanations to be understandable, which is what you want from a textbook (and not always the case when it comes to physics). What I love about books like these is that they can grab readers who might not otherwise be interested in the topic (I rarely pick up books about Einstein’s theories, for example) and teach concepts in news ways. The Manga Guides definitely have a place on my bookshelf.” – Sarah Zielinski, contributor at Smithsonian.com
Function? Check! Fashion? Better than a lot of interior decor I’ve seen…
This Chemical Periodic Table Poster is a building block of education because it features the building blocks of all matter!Everything that we know of in the physical universe are made up of the elements listed on this table. Knowing and understanding this is one of the keys to unlocking a young learner’s love of science. The earlier they start to think about these the more excited they will become in the world around them.
This is an invaluable tool for anyone involved in the scientific field, and it can hang on the wall or on your door. It contains key data on all the elements, conversion factors, physical constants, and chemical structures.
This 18”x24″ laminated version of the periodic is reusable, durable, and crisply presents all the elements and a guide of how to read each one. Much better than a band poster.
“Love this poster, size and clarity. We have it on the wall and everyone from my 14 yr old to my 6 yr old like to quiz each other about it.” – Deb H.
Have you heard of Life of Fred? The LoF series is a huge hit among homeschoolers due to the way it blends story -based learning with fun. Plus it’s effective. That’s why there are whole communities dedicated to it!
Life of Fred Chemistry uses a unique blend of storytelling and educational guides to make any subject fun and engaging for kids – with the same characters and everything!
The series follows Fred, a math genius who lives in a quirky town where there’s always another adventure waiting around the corner. But fortunately Fred’s expertise expands beyond math. These books are incredibly easy to understand, due to the story-like nature of the books, but aren’t as dense or difficult to comprehend as a massive science textbook.
“Even though I loved Chemistry in school, I really wish it was taught the way that Dr. Schmidt teaches it! He uses real life type situations to teach about chemistry. I love how he tells us what we need to really know about chemistry and not just useless facts to memorize. The fact that the book is written by a math teaches helps a lot too, because the formulas and math in this chemistry book seem easier to learn and comprehend! This one is going in our permanent library.” – Cheryl K
Want to see more? Check out this awesome Holiday Gift Collection for Young Scientists.
I can’t believe it, but the holiday shopping season is upon us: I’m seeing holiday deals in my inbox already and it’s not even November! A lot of you might agree that holiday gift giving has lost some of what made it special in the past, and the expectation of material goods has gotten out of hand. Just google Walmart + Black Friday + injury for some of the worst.
But despite negative news, there is something really special about getting together and giving loved ones gifts that have meaning. So before you get anything to just check someone off your to-do list, take a moment to model thoughtful giving for your children, family and community. Give them a gift that will last.
Experiences create the memories that bond us. Consider taking loved ones on a local adventure, a music show, committing to an exercise routine or honing cooking skills together. Or even just setting up time for a special day with just the two of you. This can be inexpensive for your pocketbook, and rich in meaning.
Education is also a gift that lasts a lifetime. For youngsters in your life, how about a set of blocks that get their creative juices flowing, science experiments they can do with friends, or Peter and the Wolf, the Nutcracker and other classical pieces you loved as a child?
Whatever their passion as a young learner, stoke those coals. Your gift to them will not only last a lifetime but positively influence their community!
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