Educational Christmas Gifts For Kids

December 4, 2019

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Now that Lukeโ€™s getting a bit older, itโ€™s become apparent that toys that are created just for the sake of it arenโ€™t always too popular anymore. As he grows and explores the world around him, we can tell that heโ€™s looking for a challenge. If a toy or game involves building, using his hands and his brain in unison or learning more about the world through osmosis then itโ€™s guaranteed to be a big hit. Oscarโ€™s not too far behind either. Heโ€™s at that wonderful toddler stage where everything is absolutely fascinating and heโ€™s always attempting to copy his brother. It seems like a great time to get them some educational Christmas gifts that will help them to learn more about the way things work.

If youโ€™ve got children who are also showing signs that theyโ€™re interested in educational and STEM toys, then hopefully this educational Christmas gift guide will give you some great ideas. It features some new toys that weโ€™ve been sent to try out and some old classics that weโ€™ve been enjoying throughout the year, so I can tell you for a fact that theyโ€™ve been big hits with the kids.ย 

Wooden shape sorted clock underneath a Christmas tree.

Personalised Shape Sorter Learning Clock

Iโ€™m a huge fan of personalised gifts, especially for the younger children. This personalised shape sorter clock from Funky Pigeon combines a charming personalised element with a fun, educational Christmas gift that will last for years. Wooden toys are absolutely gorgeous and, if I could, all the toys in my house would be made from wood! This clock teaches toddlers about shapes, colours and numbers, as well as introducing the concept of time. With moving clock hands and your childโ€™s name printed in the middle of the clock face, this cute little gift will stand the test of time.ย ย 

Natural History Puzzle Book underneath a Christmas tree

The Natural History Puzzle Book

The Natural History Puzzle Book from Welbeck Publishing contains over 100 puzzles and quizzes and over 150 colourful pieces of artwork to accompany the amazing nuggets of knowledge that make up this book. The puzzle book guides you through the history of our world and is brimming with questions that are bound to amuse children and parents alike. The puzzles come in 3 levels of difficulty, from easy to hard, and contain classic problems such as mazes, spot the difference and word searches, as well as some more complex puzzles! This little gem is going to be great for my 6 year old who loves a good puzzle book – it also means that we can have a little time together to bond over the puzzles and facts as we try and complete the book together.ย All of this makes it a fabulous educational Christmas gift idea!

Meccano Junior Kits

Weโ€™re big fans of anything that goes in this house, so Meccano is always a go-to choice when it comes to filling a few hours with something fun. The kits come with instructions and tools that help you to build some great moving machines, but itโ€™s also seriously cool to watch your kids get create and build their own vehicles. Even Oscar whoโ€™s 1.5 years old loves to help his brother out (under a careful grown upโ€™s eye) and understands the concept of using screws to hold pieces of the kit together. Meccano* and Meccano Junior* are absolutely fabulous STEM toys for children as they encourage critical thinking and promote engineering, creativity, design work and architectural minds . 

Botley The Coding Robot in front of a decorated Christmas tree.

Botley The Coding Robot

Earlier this year we reviewed Botley The Coding Robot* in honour of National Coding Week. Botley is one clever little guy and my 6 year old is still obsessed with him. After taking half an hour to go through and explain the basic concept of coding, Luke was able to produce a command list that made Botley do exactly what he wanted him to do. Weโ€™ve had hours of fun playing with Botley and if we hadnโ€™t have reviewed him, I definitely would have ended up buying him. Botley encourages critical thinking and helps develop early programming and coding skills that are needed later on in life. For more information on Botley, check out my Botley The Coding Robot Review

Playtive Junior 5 in 1 activity cube in front of a Christmas tree.

Activity Cubes

Weโ€™ve bought Oscar an activity cube for Christmas and I know that heโ€™s going to absolutely love it. There are so many amazing activity cubes* to choose from, weโ€™ve gone from one that we picked up in Lidl but I have seen some truly stunning ones on the market! I also find that these things are irresistible, for babies, toddlers, children AND adults! Thereโ€™s something about them that just makes you want to play. I know this will be a big hit with the kids and they encourage all sorts of skills, from problem solving to shape sorting. 

Clementoni Explore The World Interactive Globe in front of a Christmas tree.

Clementoni 61302 “Explore the World!โ€ The Interactive Globe 

Luke received this last Christmas as a joint gift from his step-daddyโ€™s side of the family. For the last year, itโ€™s been a massive hit with both kids. The smart globe is an interactive globe that uses a special pen to tell your child facts about the subject and country theyโ€™ve chosen.ย  The Clementoni Interactive Globe* includes information about languages, special foods, currency, geography and even their national anthem. The globe is extremely details and offers kids the chance to quiz themselves on the facts theyโ€™ve learnt.ย ย As far as educational Christmas gifts go – this one is absolutely great and it’s good value for money too.

Personalised Encyclopedia

Like I mentioned previously, we’re big fans of all things personalised! This personalised children’s encyclopedia makes a great educational Christmas gift for those with a thirst for knowledge. It’s packed full of over 90 fun and educational facts, alongside beautifully drawn illustrations. Luke’s name features on every single page, including the last one, where he needs to find it himself within a massive word search. The personalised encyclopedia is available from The Gift Experience.

Personalised children's encyclopedia underneath a Christmas tree.

Hopefully this list of educational Christmas gifts has given you some inspiration when it comes to buying the kids something this year. As I mentioned before, weโ€™re all big fans of educational toys and weโ€™re always spending our weekends building or learning something new about the world around us. As a parent, I canโ€™t recommend this type of toy enough as, not only is it great for the children, but it also teaches me the odd nugget and allows me to spend some really good quality time with the kids!ย 


  • Samantha Donnelly

    December 4, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    What a great gift guide I do love toys that are not only fun but are also educational as well, children learn so much more through play in my opinion x
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  • Jenni

    December 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I love all of these ideas! I really love the personalised encyclopedia – I am a big fan of personalised books and I might have to get one of these for my daughter.

  • Eileen M Loya

    December 4, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    When I buy toys for my grandchildren, I make sure it offers a learning opportunity. The interactive globe is perfect. I want my grandchildren to develop a love for travel and learn about different countries and their culture. This interactive globe will do just that. Thanks for letting me know about this awesome toy.
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  • Mellissa Williams

    December 5, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I like the Learning Resources coding robot and the interactive globe. You have some amazing educational gifts here. I could actually do with the globe myself, i’m rubbish at geography for a travel blogger!

  • Rhian Westbury

    December 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    so many great sounding gifts and it’s good that so many things are educational even though they look like fun x

  • Joanna

    December 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    As a traveler I would definitely choose the Interactive globe to gift to a child for Christmas, to inspire them to discover the world. This is a great collection of thoughtful educational gifts.
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  • Elizabeth Williams

    December 5, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Fantastic selection of educational gifts. My kids have out grown pointless toys too. I’m hoping to get them a globe this year, this one looks great. Also love the sound of Botley the coding robot.

  • Katie

    December 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    These toys are great! I can’t wait to start buying stuff like this for my little niece, educational toys are the best!

    Katie xoxo
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  • Latoyah

    December 7, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    There are some really good ideas on here, I love the personalised encyclopedia. Kids today rely on the internet to much to learn! I loved my encyclopedia as a kid!
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  • Fashion and Frappes

    December 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    These are all such clever toys! Honestly I am a little jealous because I don’t think we had these options when I was a kid. I really like the puzzle book – would love it even for myself!

  • Jennifer

    December 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I think it is really important that kids have fun when they are learning. School makes it such as negative experience!

  • Rebecca Smith

    December 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Such fabulous gift ideas. We have a globe like that and Jack loves it. I always try to buy the kids a couple of educational gifts at Christmas.

  • Kara Guppy

    December 9, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    My kids love Botley the Robot and have hours of fun with him. The interactive globe is fab too
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  • Emily Underworld

    December 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I’m here for educational gifts! My brother used to love Meccano, and that Natural History Puzzle Book looks so good!
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