This year, I want to give gifts that will help my kids develop their literacy and skills, inspire their creativity, and boost their critical thinking abilities. I think that many people think the following:
Education Product = BORING
But they are SO wrong! And over the next few weeks I will be highlighting some of the products that I think are not only educational, but also FUN! Here are some of the ones that have made it to my list this year. Some of these have already been purchased, and others are under consideration, or awaiting my next shopping trip (minus children)...
Learning Resources has so many products that I love, but I've singled this one out because right now, my kids are big on science experiements. And this set allows my kids to role-play, while performing easy experiments. It comes with all those fun science tools, plus 10 double-sided activity cards and an activity guide.
My daughter is currently obsessed with performing magic tricks in front of an audience. Fortunately for her, my son is the best audience (he's two years younger) and is completely amazed by her tricks - even when it is very obvious where that card appeared from! But she is getting a bit frustrated by her limited ability to think up tricks, or her lack of equipment. So I've been looking at magic sets and have found several that I am investigating:
• Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set - Amazing multi-piece sets feature amusing illusions and crafty slight-of-hand tricks for the young magician to practice and perform. These easy-to-learn tricks are the same ones used by professional magicians: disappearing objects; multiplying coins; magic boxes; prediction tricks; a secret change bag and more. And the wooden storage chest magically transforms into a performance table¿with a secret compartment!
• Deluxe 100 Trick Magic Suitcase w/ Instructional DVD - Calling all junior houdinis! Get set to wow your audiences and amaze even yourself when you perform incredible magic tricks. Packed in this suitcase is 100 tricks that will get you started on your way to becoming a one-man show. The set includes a magic hat, magician's table, plus an easy to follow how to perform all of the magic tricks as well as written instructions. Also included are famous tricks like the cups and balls, disappearing dice, special magician's magic deck, magic drawer trick and many more. (Shown above)
You can find all of these and more over at La Librería. Just click on Educational Gifts.
Tomorrow: Bilingual and Spanish products!
Con mucho cariño...