There are just two weeks left ’til Christmas … is all your gift shopping done? If not and you’ve got elementary-aged children to still buy for, look no further. Here’s a list of terrific gift ideas for both boys and girls, most of which can be on your doorstep via Amazon Prime in no time. You’re welcome!
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Taking puzzles to another level, Ravensburger has come out with 3D puzzles of famous landmarks, like the
Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. They also have a cool 3D puzzle globe!
It’s hard to beat a Perplexes and there are various sizes and mazes now, but here’s the
Perplexes Original to get you started.
Bring the world into your living room with the board game
Ticket to Ride, a cross-country train adventure based on Victorian-era Englishman Phileas Fogg’s claim to fellow members of a London gentleman’s club that he could circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. The objective of the game is to see who can travel by rail to the most cities in North America in just seven days. And there are also editions where you can travel through Europe, Asia, India, and Africa.
Is there a child out there who
doesn’t get excited about Lego sets these days? Since anything related to Star Wars is the top of many wish lists this year, here’s the Star Scavenger and a smaller X-Wing Fighter to choose from.
And how about a board game that builds the brain
and teaches cooperation? Forbidden Island, a game for 2-4 and recommended for ages 10 and up, was awarded the Mensa Brainy Toy for kids winner in 2010. To encourage outdoor exploration and adventure …
For the nature-loving kid, consider putting together a kit with these
Cometron binoculars, a compass, a magnifying glass, and a journal.
And something to help a kid be a scientist wherever he or she goes —
an LED pocket telescope!
All kids love to swing from trees, right? Here’s the top-rated
Blue Disk Swing Monkey. And here’s a hanging kit to go with it.
Do you know what badminton without the net is called?
And what kid wouldn’t want to try a
slackline like this one from Macaco? To foster the imagination … Misgoddess | Flickr CC by 2.0
This beautifully illustrated edition of
by Gillian Cross and Neil Packer is perfect for read-alouds on winter evenings with kids. The Odyssey
Traveling over the holidays or in the coming year? These audio books of
will keep youngsters engaged for hours. The Magic Treehouse Books 1-8
Many parents say that nothing beats an audio book narrated by Jim Weiss, so here’s his
and First Stories to Last a Lifetime American Tall Tales.
And if the child you are buying for doesn’t have a set, they are sure to love a set of
Magna-Tiles, Picasso Tiles, or Magformers. To enhance creativity and love of the arts and music … Alexbrn | Flickr CC by ND-2.0
142-piece wood art set by Art 101 is a special gift for an aspiring artist. National Geographic’s Kids Guide to Photography
foldable puppet theatre!
The Story Orchestra’s
isn’t just any version of the famous Christmas-themed ballet — it’s a beautifully illustrated book with “buttons” to press to hear the accompanying music. The Nutcracker Beethoven’s Wig Singalong Symphonies is a terrific way to introduce children to classical music. And you can find it as an MP3 as well. To grow in character …
Idea Box has two sets that are fun for kids — one focusing on growing in
kindness and empathy and another full of ideas for quiet indoor activities kids can enjoy. 365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities and Fun ways to Help Children and Teens Learn Etiquette
, by Amy Wellborn Book of Saints for kids And just for fun …
Perhaps especially for the hard-to-buy-for child, there are lots of reasons to buy this
indoor teepee tent. Walkie-talkies with a 2 mile range.
Here’s a no-brainer: A
globe ball you can kick around while it makes ice cream! Although this may be better for a big family so no one person gets too tired before dessert is ready.
And here’s an idea that’s not simply for fun — it’s for parental sanity: If your children constantly reach for new cups for every drink of water throughout the day, how about these
stainless steel mugs? They don’t break and come engraved with the names of colors — up to 8 — so each child can have his or her own. And here are some magnetic hooks to go with them. Read more: 5 Tips for taking great photos this holiday season (even with a smartphone!) Aleteia is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.