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Overview: Gifts don’t have to be frivolous. And educational gifts don’t have to be boring. Here are some suggestions for educational gifts boys love which will also feed their minds!

We are only DAYS away from Black Friday and Cyber Monday! As the holidays approach, and we consider what presents we’d like to buy this year, why not choose a few which are not only fun but also educational?!? Most homeschoolers are used to having to stretch their money – so buying presents which do double duty in this way is not only wise but also practical.

100 Educational Gifts Boys Love

I’m not suggesting you buy your son’s next math book, his required reading, or the supplies for his next 10 science experiments. But there are some really fun gifts that you can buy for your son which will incidentally also be educational. They’re so fun, however, that he won’t object that you purchased him Christmas presents he will learn from!

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Here are some 100 super fun educational gifts boys love:

To Learn About Electronics

snap-circuitsSnap Circuits 

Snap Circuits are super fun and my boys have enjoyed building these kits for many years. They contain components which allow you to create electronic circuits to make things such as sound-activated switches, musical doorbells, a voice-controlled lamp, and police lights and sirens. They have several different kits to choose from:

1 – Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

2 – Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit

3 – Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Electronics Discovery Kit

4 – Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750R Student Electronics Training Program

5 – Snap Circuits Motion Electronics Discovery Kit

 

147e_14-in-1_solar_robot_kit_group_3Robots

What boy wouldn’t want to play with his very own robot?!? Kids can learn all sorts of skills from having their own robot.  And even better is when they can actually build the robot themselves!

6 – Cozmo

7 – 4M Table Top Robot (Crab)

8 – 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot Kit by Jeemak

9 – OWI Robotic Arm Edge

10 – Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot

11 – Meccano – Meccanoid 2.0

 

remote-controlledThames & Kosmos

These kids allow kids to build their own motorized vehicles and machines and to control them with a six-button infrared remote. They come with instructions for building such things as a bulldozer, a formula-one racer, and a robotic arm. When your son feels up for it, he can then come up with his own remote-controlled creations.

12 – Remote Control Machines

13 – Remote-Control Machines: Space Explorers Science Kit

14 – Remote-Control Machines: Custom Cars with Configurable Gear Box

15 – Remote-Control Machines DLX

16 – Kids First Aircraft Engineer

 

little-bitsLittle Bits

Little Bits is an easy-to-use platform for kids to create some amazing inventions. Little bits are color-coded, magnetic, and reusable. If you haven’t heard of them before, check them out. They’re pretty amazing!

17 – Gizmos and Gadgets Kit

18 – Rule Your Room Kit

19 – Synth Kit


To Learn About Science & Building Stuff

model-rocketModel Rockets

Model rockets are incredibly fun. Try getting a group of guys together and let them all compete to see whose rocket will go the highest. These are best used with adult supervision unless your son is older and very responsible.

20 – Estes Tandem-X Flying Model Rocket Launch Set

21 – Estes Taser Twin Model Rocket Kit

22 – Revell Germany Apollo Saturn V Rocket Model Kit

23 – Make Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science (book)

 

catapultScience Kits and Models

Cars, catapults, and roller coasters are so much fun. Boys have a blast building these kinds of items. Any time you can find a hands-on project for you son, he will learn so much more than if you just have him read about it.

24 – Nanotechnology Kit

25 – Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit

26 – Engino Ferris Wheel Construction Set

27 – K’NEX Education STEM Explorations: Roller Coaster Building Set (77078) 

28 – K’NEX Thrill Rides – Big Ball Factory Building Set

29 – K’NEX 70 Model Building Set 

30 – LEGO Creator Vehicle Transporter

31 – Simple And Motorized Mechanisms Base Set

32 – LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office

33 – STEM Newton’s Laws Engineering Kit

droneDrones

Drones are the hot new gift for this year. It’s amazing how many types of drones you can get. And if they have a video camera, they’re even more fun. Be sure to read the reviews, however. I’m finding that you definitely get what you pay for in this category.

34 – Six Axis Gyro Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera

35 – DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera

36 – DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera

butterflyOther Misc Science Gear

There are a few more types of science toys which don’t fit into the above categories but they’re super fun and educational nonetheless.

37 – Butterfly Garden with Live Cup of Caterpillars

38 – Refractor Telescope

39 – Compound Microscope

40 – EyeClops Bionic Eye

41 – ZOOB Galax-Z Zoobotron

42 – KEVA Trebuchet

43 – Gyrobot Gyroscopic Robot Kit

44 – ReCon Rover with FREE Obstacle Course

45 – Pro Series Rock Tumbler

46 – Mega Shark Teeth

47 – Geomag Mechanics

48 – Magna-Tiles

49 – Backyard Safari Magnetic Bug Habitat


To Learn About History

lego-history50 – LEGO Education Fairytale and Historic Minifigures Set

51 – PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit

52 – Playmobil Egyptian Soldiers 

53 – Roman Legion Warriors Military Soldier Action Figures Historical Playset 

54 – Safari Ltd Historical Collections Civil War Officer’s Tent

55 – National Geographic PRO Series Metal Detector

56 – Realistic Looking Dinosaurs


books

Activity Books

Books make great Christmas presents. Whether you’re looking for a read aloud book, an audio book, or a book your son can enjoy reading on his own, it’s always a good idea to wrap a few of these and stick them under the tree. The books below, however, are in a different category. These books will help your boys build all sorts of cool stuff and conduct some amazing experiments. Fun stuff!

57 – STEAM Kids by Anne Carey

58 – Maker Lab 28: Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover by Jack Challoner

59 – A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature by Asia Citro

60 – The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

61 – Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle


games

Games

Games are great ways for kids to learn! Our family enjoys playing all sorts of games together. You can find some of our favorites here and here. The games below are on the brainier side of things. Still super fun, though!

62 – Brain Quest Smart Game

63 – Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

64 – Memoir 44

65 – Jump Start Escape from Adventure Island (Wii)

66 – Big Brain Academy (Wii)

67 – Reader Rabbit Games (Wii or Computer)

68 – Totally Gross: The Game of Science

69 – Qwirkle

70 – Four-Player Mancala

71 – ThinkFun Code Master

72 – Q-bitz

73 – SmartLab Toys Bing Bang Bounce

74 – Simon

75 – Rubik’s Race

76 – No Stress Chess


build

Building Sets

Lots of boys love to build stuff. Legos are always awesome! But here are some other less well-known items that your son can use to build with as well!

77 – KEVA Maple: 200 Plank Set

78 – Thames & Kosmos Kids First Amusement Park Engineer

79 – Chaos Tower

80 – The Zoob Challenge

81 – ZOOB Z-Strux Lift Sky Crane


computer

Computer Gear

There are all sorts of amazing resources for allowing our kids to learn about computers including building their own computer from scratch! If you have a techie son, these gifts would be phenomenal learning opportunities for him.

82 – Kano Computer Kit

83 – Little Bits Arduno Coding Kit

84 – Little Bits Smart Home Kit

85 – Little Bits Cloudbit Starter Kit

86 – Little Bits Hardware Development Kit

87 – LightUp Tesla Kit

88 – LightUp Edison Kit

89 – CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit ‎

90 – Piper Computer Kit


puzzle

Puzzles

Boys love to try to figure stuff out and to be challenged. The harder the puzzle the better!

91 – Perplexus

92 – Perplexus Epic

93 – Coggy

94 – Titanic 3D Puzzle

95 – Neuschwanstein Castle 3D Puzzle


tools

Tools

96 – Cool Tool 4 in 1 Workshop

97 – Learn to Solder Kit

98 – Real Construction Deluxe Tool Workshop

99 – Active Kyds 9 Piece Kids Tool Set with Real Tools

100 – GardenHOME Indoor, Small or Kids Garden 7-Piece Stainless Steel Garden Tools

Lots of ideas, huh?!? With a little bit of thought, we can buy some amazing gifts for our boys which will stretch their imaginations and teach them something at the same time. See what kinds of interesting and engaging Christmas gifts you can come up with this year! I hope this list helps you in that endeavor.

Do your boys enjoy educational toys? Do you have any other suggestions you would like to share? Please leave a comment below.

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