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5 Educational But Fun Gifts To Keep Your Kid Learning At Home

Just don’t call them school supplies.

Megan Baldwin · 9 months ago

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  • art

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This year has made everything, including going to school, even more of a challenge. But teachers will tell you that lots of learning happens outside the classroom where kids can identify and pursue projects that interest them. So as we adjust to this new normal, here’s a roundup of our favorite educational but fun games, kits, and gifts to keep kids thinking and playing while practicing social distancing.

Camp Counsel: When we say free play, we mean unstructured play that’s led by your kid. Grown-ups may still be involved, but they’re not in charge or making the rules. With educational gifts, look for items that support free play — it helps build curiosity and creativity.

1. Doodlematic

Tink Digital

Tink Digital

Fully futuristic. This award-winning mobile-game-making kit helps you create your own mobile game by just drawing a level and snapping a photo of it. The companion app magically does the rest, giving kids a “crazy-this-is-real” introduction to design-thinking.

2. Kano Harry Potter Coding Wand

Kano

Kano

Make at-home learning a little more magic with Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Wand. The set teaches kids to build and program their own wand with over 70 step-by-step challenges and companion games.

3. Tegu 14-Piece Wooden Block Set

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Wooden blocks are a staple of free play and encourage a kid’s problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. Tegu’s magnetic set allows for big and tall creations and even comes with wheels that can be clicked on and off to make your creations zoom around.

4. Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box Set

Kid Made Modern

Kid Made Modern

This studio in a box has everything your budding artist needs to get started with sketching, painting, and coloring. The high-quality tools and supplies let them focus on creating, and it’s all packed in an organized case that minimizes post-masterpiece mess.

5. KiwiCo Subscription Box

Kiwi Co.

Kiwi Co.

KiwiCo will keep your kid busy and off screen with a hands-on project to complete — like make your own guitar or a felt succulent garden. The crates are designed for kids of all ages and ship out monthly — so there’s always something new to do.