Every year at Christmas the children have things that they want – of course they do! Toys and games that they have seen and would love Father Christmas to leave for them on Christmas morning. I don’t mind that, and I’ll always try and get the kids something that they ask for at Christmas, but I also like to think carefully about the rest of their presents. Items that they will use and love, but with a little educational element to keep their brains thinking.

Educational gifts for kids don’t have to be boring. There are loads of cool science gifts, puzzles, family games and more which they won’t even realise they’re learning from. All of the gifts I have listed for you here are really affordable too – so there are no huge price tags to worry about. Just simple, affordable Christmas presents for kids to help them learn.

Science Gifts

I have always loved science and all things STEM, I even have a Masters degree in engineering. Nurturing a love of the sciences in my kids in a fun way is really important to me, and the John Adams science kits are a great way to do that. They provide a cool set of science experiments on a given topic that will entice them to learn something new.

Gross Science has 12 yucky experiments that teach you how the body works. Learn how fart are made, create a bouncing poo, make a pus ball and much more. Kids are going to love giving it all a try! You never know – you might learn something too if you give them a hand.

A colourful box with "Ultimate Gross Science" written on it, with pictures of boys holding slime.
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If you think coding might be more their thing, then Secret Science is the one to try. I can’t give too much away, because that would spoil the secret right? But with secret messaging, circuitry and optical illusions it’s sure to capture their interest. There are 8 top secret activities, including making coding bracelets for you and a friend.

The Green Science sets is one of my favourite, with 15 experiments to do and made with 80% less single use plastic it is perfect for your mini eco-warrior. You can launch a recycled rocket, grow plants and discover renewable energy. With a 36 page booklet and 49 parts it’s sure to keep them busy for hours.

Puzzles

Ever since I was a kid I loved doing puzzles, and it’s still the case now. My youngest son has inherited that love, and I’m excited to let him have this Snail and the Whale puzzle on Christmas Day. Large jigsaws like this are perfect for little hands and gets them away from screens to have a bit of play time on the floor. They are great for their fine motor skills and for practicing problem solving too.

A boxed jigsaw, with a picture of a cartoon whale in an ocean on it
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Family Games

If you’re bored of a regular card game, then give Color Addict a try. It is a fast matching action family card game that will give you all a laugh. It is compact which makes it great for taking on holiday, or just sitting round the table after Christmas dinner. Taking around 10 minutes to play, it will get you thinking for a fun problem solving game.

A box with "Color Addict" written on it. The box sits infront of a grey background and fairy lights
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Forget Monopoly, let your kids aspire to be self sufficient outdoors with The Good Life. Move your wheelbarrow around the board and collect and trade fruit, vegetables, pigs and chickens. Sounds simple right? Except there are green fingered cards to throw a spanner in the works, and you’ll find yourself fighting against droughts and bird flu and having to protect your chickens from foxes.

The back of a box from a family board game. It shows a outdoor scene, with wheel barrows and chickens
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I love the Discover The World Game for learning all about our world. It’s an educational game for the whole family, learning about countries, continents and cultures as you race to be the travel champion. Not only does it teach you about our world and cultures, it also encouraged reading practice, problem solving and strategic thinking.

A board game with a world map on it with multicoloured countries
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For the younger kids, you can’t go wrong with BaaBaa Bubbles. A simple counting game, you make the sheep eat the food and watch the bubbles appear on his back. Be careful though – once he’s had enough he will pop the bubbles off! We have used BaaBaa Bubbles for the last year and had great success with improving counting and number recognition.

A green sheet with 12 circles with numbers on them, a plastic sheep and the instructions for a game called BaaBaa Bubbles
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Reading Gifts

Getting children to discover the magic of reading can be tough. With so many toys and gadgets around them it can be difficult to tear them away. The Children’s Book Club is designed to do just that. A brand new book arrives on the doorstep every month, gift wrapped, so that the excitement of Christmas can carry on well in to next year. Subscriptions can be bought for one, three, six or twelve months, so you can pick a timeline to suit your budget.

A childrens book entitled "The survival guide to monsters under the bed"
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Educational Toys

I don’t know a kid who hasn’t gone through a Paw Patrol phase at one point or another, and mine are both still in the midst of it. The Paw Patrol Smart Phone and Ryders Alphabet Tablet are great for introducing numbers and letters in a fun way. No pressure, just fun with Ryder and the pups with some learning along the way.

Paw Patrol Smart Phone And Ryder's Alphabet Tablet with some of the pups
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I find role play games some of the best for child development. Pretending to cook up a meal in the Smoby Chef’s Restaurant, using a Casdon Kenwood Toy Mixer, opening a Sweet Shop or doing the vacuuming with a toy cordless Dyson – it’s all educational! They are learning life skills, practicing social skills and working out how to act in “real life”. Plus it keep them entertained for hours.

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One of my favourite ways of teaching my kids to follow instructions, practice numbers and study science is through baking. They don’t even realise they’re learning and we all get a tasty treat at the end – so everyone’s a winner! Nadiya Hussain’s Deluxe Baking Set For Kids is designed with little hands in mind. With slightly smaller tools and 6 recipe cards to choose from your little chef will be gaining independence in the kitchen in no time!

I was sent some of these items in exchange for inclusion in this guide. All opinions are my own.

Giveaway

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