I don’t know about you guys, but I am not a fan of many of the advertised stocking stuffers. I don’t want another unused plastic toy or stuffed animal, but I do want stockings to be fun for my children. Today, I am sharing a list of over fifty educational stocking stuffers. These stocking stuffers are fun for kids, but they also pack an educational punch.
50+ Educational Stocking Stuffers | My Little Poppies Gift Guide 2016
In order to make things a bit easier, I’ve grouped them by subject. Is your child struggling with math? Sneak in some math fun this year… stealth learning at its best!
10+ Educational Stocking Stuffers: Mathematics, Reasoning, and Logic
Our family loves to play math. I’ve written several posts about how we use math games, play, and stories in our homeschool. These stocking stuffers provide wonderful math play… and they are fun for kids! I’d like to highlight what an impact Extreme Dot-to-Dots have had on our family. My kids are obsessed and, over the summer, I had a four-year-old happily counting past 1,000!
10+ Educational Stocking Stuffers: Science, STEM, and Nature
Keep your budding scientist happy with these fantastic stocking stuffers. These items will fit in a stocking and provide endless entertainment and learning! In particular, I’d like to mention our portable microscopes and compact binoculars. Each child has his or her own and we’ve had them for years. We rarely hike without one or the other! Another great idea would be a subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box– it’s a gift that keeps on giving! Another wonderful way to include science in your home is to enjoy what I call TUB STEM. I’ve included these amazing bath toys below.
10+ Educational Stocking Stuffers: Reading, Writing, Language Arts
Build a love of reading and writing with these fun stocking stuffers. I’d like to mention (again!) how much we all love this book light. It has fueled so much reading over here! Another fun idea for a stocking stuffer in this category would be a subscription to Sparkle Stories. They delight children’s imaginations and calm kids down!
10+ Educational Stocking Stuffers: History and Geography
This year, our family has fallen in love with Around the World Stories. I cannot recommend these stories highly enough. While eating lunch, or snuggled on the couch, we have traveled the globe and learned so much in the process! I’ve also included three of our favorite DVD collections: Kids’ Animated History with Pipo, Liberty’s Kids, and Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego. Finally, I have to mention History Unboxed, a monthly hands-on history subscription that we have enjoyed for the past two years.
10+ Educational Stocking Stuffers: The Arts
Here are some of our favorite art-related stocking stuffers. I’d also highly recommend checking out online art courses- they would make a great stocking stuffer! We have loved chalk pastels and studying the masters.
10 Educational Stocking Stuffers: Play & Imagination
Every year, our family picks our favorite toy of the year. I know that the year isn’t over yet, but we have a winner. I have a post and giveaway planned soon, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek. Our favorite toy this year, by far, is Build & Imagine. This kit is amazing. It is STEM meets play meets dollhouse meets colorforms (I’m dating myself here) meets magnatiles meets stories …. I could go on and on and on. Another fun play-based stocking stuffer would be a recipe for BIG bubbles and a bubble wand! You’ll notice I also included the famous Yodeling Pickle because it deserves a moment. It is hilarious and would make a fantastic Yankee Swap gift! (This pickle is my one exception to noisy plastic toys!)
Want to keep those kiddos busy through the holidays and make gifts in the process?
My holiday plan is to set up a craft invitation on our rarely-used dining room table and complete as many of the ornaments from this book as possible. And then, we will give them as gifts!
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Do you want to encourage kindness and avoid Elf on the Shelf?
Me too! Here’s what we’re planning:
Curious about our family’s curriculum choices?
Here they are:
Now, it’s your turn. I’ve listed some of our favorites and now I’d love to hear yours! What educational stocking stuffers would you add?
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram