(StatePoint) One of the best ways to motivate kids to learn is by making it fun, and birthdays are the perfect opportunity to equip the kids in your life with gifts that are equal parts entertaining and educational.
For some great gift ideas that turn what could be a chore into a good time, consider the following:
Watch it Grow
Whether you do-it-yourself or opt for a store-bought kit, a terrarium offers children a hands-on lesson in horticulture, biology, earth science and responsibility. Terrariums, which make great gifts, can be used to grow beautiful plants and flowers, or edible herbs for the kitchen.
Pair this gift with books about nature and gardening and you may inspire a green thumb for life.
Kids will always want to play video games, so why not allow them to learn while playing? Check out VTech’s InnoTV, an educational TV-connected gaming system designed with preschoolers in mind. It features an easy-to-use kid-friendly wireless controller and learning games for ages 3-8 that introduce language arts, science, technology, engineering and math concepts and more. InnoTV also offers access to a huge educator-supported library of additional games on VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, as well as compatibility with a variety of InnoTab MAX cartridges.
“The family gaming console has found a welcome place in many family rooms for good reason,” says Dr. Eric Klopfer, VTech Expert Panel member and Platform Learning Expert. “The console connected to the TV provides an interactive focal point for family gaming.”
InnoTV comes with single-player, age-appropriate educational games (many aligned with Common Core curriculum standards), and allows for multiple players — providing opportunities for social play, which is important for preschoolers learning to share, cooperate and take turns. To learn more, visit www.vtechkids.com/InnoTV.
Many children wish to explore the world of music, but unfortunately, their schools may not offer the exact programs they are looking for. You can nurture musical talent and interest at home with thoughtful birthday gifts, however. If your child is indecisive, consider a temporary rental of his or her instrument of choice and a starter pack of just a few lessons.
Kids’ Size Science
Bourgeoning scientists will love making their own observations and discoveries. Luckily, kids-size scientific apparatus are available for those just beginning to explore everything from cells of plants to the cosmos. Telescopes and microscopes designed with kids in mind can help young ones develop the skills needed to succeed in science.
When planning your gift, don’t forget the notion that fun and learning are two peas in a pod.