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.
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 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:
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
Thames & 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.
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!
18 – Rule Your Room Kit
19 – Synth Kit
To Learn About Science & Building Stuff
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.
23 – Make Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science (book)
Science 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
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.
Other 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.
38 – Refractor Telescope
39 – Compound Microscope
40 – EyeClops Bionic Eye
42 – KEVA Trebuchet
46 – Mega Shark Teeth
47 – Geomag Mechanics
48 – Magna-Tiles
To Learn About History
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!
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!
64 – Memoir 44
69 – Qwirkle
70 – Four-Player Mancala
71 – ThinkFun Code Master
72 – Q-bitz
74 – Simon
75 – Rubik’s Race
76 – No Stress Chess
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!
79 – Chaos Tower
80 – The Zoob Challenge
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
87 – LightUp Tesla Kit
88 – LightUp Edison Kit
90 – Piper Computer Kit
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
97 – Learn to Solder Kit
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.
And be sure to check out the other great Christmas Gift Guides from my fellow bloggers at iHomeschool Network.