With the holidays approaching, the parents’ nightmare of searching for children’s gifts begins. Video games, dolls and plush toys are fun, but to the make the most of the gift, you can choose educational toys. They combine the fun with the capability to actually teach the kids something new and useful.
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Educational toys and games are also a great present for every kid who loves science and learning. Stargazing or building sets, strategic games or toys that teach them basic coding – we’ve picked the top five educational toys for holidays 2014.
This is a strategic game for kids above the age of 6 and is one of the most popular board games right now. Every set comes with 108 wooden blocks of different colours and shapes and the aim is to match the blocks by either shape or colour. It’s simple, but it can be really addictive for the little ones and it sells for $21.71 on Amazon.com.
This is currently the best-selling science & education game on the largest Internet retailer. It comes with detailed instructions how to build 101 basic electronic projects such as a voice-controlled lamp or a flying saucer. Kids won’t need any tools as the parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together like building modules. This is an incredibly fun game for both boys and girls and although it’s designed for kids ages 8 and up, a 6-year-old will be thrilled!
This game isn’t actually a game as it is about growing real sea monkeys. Their eggs come with the kit and as you pour in water, they come to life. The kids will learn more about the basic sea life and about these cute creatures, as well as they watch them grow every day. This is the perfect pet, because sea monkeys are easy to take care for. The kit includes also a book with facts, instructions and fun illustrations.
This is the ultimate chemistry kit for kids – it features all the needed test tubes, pipettes and everything else for a real science lab. Children can create a colour-changing volcano or giant, home-grown crystals, using the chemistry kit. It comes with step-by-step instructions for each of the 11 fun experiments and activities. And it’s only $22.89 on Amazon; ages 8 and up.
This innovative game teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 4 and up. You think it’s too early for coding? Well, you’re wrong – it allows children write “programs” with playing cards. It’s extremely simple and entertaining for little children and may get them really excited about programming. The kit sells for only $19.99, so it’s worth trying it.
All this games can be purchased on Amazon.com and as the website launches various sales and deals, you have a great chance of finding them for even less.