Top Educational Gift Ideas (Updated for 2018)

It is the gift giving season! What gifts can you give a child to ignite learning? 

I have found with my children that the right toys inspire learning. So together, with other Kent ISD consultants and parents, I have populated a list of educational gifts that we have seen engage our children and students.

I have categorized the ideas, but many of these really could fit into more than one category. I encourage you to read through each list. Please share with other educators and parents!


  • Spirograph The classic geometric drawing toy creates mathematical curves that are a lot of fun to make.
  • Arts and Crafts– You can easily go to the dollar store and create a simple gift that your children will love.
  • Zentangle Books– Never heard of Zentangling? It is an easy to learn method of drawing using repetitive patterns. Many people find it relaxing. It also helps with creativity and focus.
  • Perler Bead Kits– My children spend hours creating designs, patterns and characters with these little beads. They use math and creativity to design. And my iron has never seen so much usage.


Family game night can be a much richer experience with the following games. These games can develop strategy, geography, literacy, math, etc. Some of these games can be played with as little as one person, making them great for long car rides too.


Do you know a child that is interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics? These toys will give them hours of education and fun.


Reading and writing is so important in all aspects of education. I have been amazed at how much both my children love simple items such as a notepad and colorful pens. They let their creativity take over.

Outside Toys

Fresh air and sunshine is always good for the body and soul. So try these gifts to encourage your children and students to get outside and enjoy nature.


“Actually the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This quote is true, sometimes the best gifts are not toys and games but experiences. Here is a list of some great local places that would make incredible learning experiences for families to share. Plus, many of these places have summer camps, which would make a great gift too.

Other Ideas?

Do you have other ideas for educational gifts that you do not see on this list? Please share your ideas in the comments below. Enjoy your gift giving!

3 thoughts on “Top Educational Gift Ideas (Updated for 2018)”

  1. No problem! I was also looking into a weaving loom for my daughter who loves crafts and hands on activities. That would be another great gift for “makers” and “creators.”

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